“New York’s 2020 budget bill will contain the most significant overhaul of large-scale renewable energy project permitting since the enactment of Public Service Law Article 10. Building on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal, the “Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act” (the “Act”) will effectively dismantle the State’s much-maligned Article 10 process, which required electricity generation projects 25 megawatts (“MWs”) and larger to make their way through a multi-staged and multi-year permitting process before the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (“Siting Board”).
The Act, which takes effect immediately upon passage and execution, represents a major step toward achieving the goals set forth in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (“CLCPA”). These goals include having a minimum of 70% statewide electricity consumption come from renewable sources by 2030, and an emission-free grid by 2040. Advocacy groups, including the Alliance for Clean Energy – New York (“ACE-NY”) and the New York League of Conservation Voters, worked hard to get the bill passed, which was not without opposition from many upstate local governments and other parties.
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Hodgson Russ Renewable Energy Expert 2 April 2020.