Phillips Lytle - Renewable Energy

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Buffalo, NY 14203, United States

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Fracking Alert: Home Rule Prevails In New York's Highest Court

On Monday, New York’s Court of Appeals, its highest court, upheld the power of municipalities to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) within their boundaries…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

EPA To Consider Mandatory Disclosure Of Chemicals Used In Fracking Fluids

In what is considered a first step towards requiring natural gas drillers to disclose the chemical constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids, EPA recently released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Lawsuits Over Hydraulic Fracturing SGEIS Imminent: Joint Landowners Threaten Suit Before Year End

It appears that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) will very likely face multiple legal challenges to its long-delayed issuance of a final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Additional Support for Opening Up MLP Structure to Renewables

Earlier this week, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) lent their support to a revamped version of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act. The bill was reintroduced earlier this year by Senators Chris…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

New York State Moves Forward to Capitalize Its Green Bank

Earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the State would be creating a Green Bank to leverage private sector financing for renewable and other related clean energy projects. The Green Bank was identified…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

New EPA Administrator Touts The Benefits of Natural Gas

Newly confirmed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently delivered a speech on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in the energy industry. According to Energy In Depth, her remarks included the statement that..…more
| Energy & Utilities

Change in NYSPSC Leadership on Hold

Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Audrey Zibelman to the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) and she was recently confirmed by the New York State Senate..…more
| Energy & Utilities

ACORE Adopts New Strategic Plan

The American Council on Renewable Energy (“ACORE”) has adopted a new strategic plan..…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Biomass Facilities Lose CO2 "Deferral"

The U.S. EPA greenhouse gas regulations provided biomass facilities with an important incentive - a unique “deferral” from having to achieve established CO2 emission limits. For certain biomass facilities not being regulated for…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Proposed Energy Bill Approximately $4 Billion Less Than President's Request

Recently, the House Appropriations Committee released its fiscal year 2014 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (“Energy Bill”)…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking

Extension of NY-Sun Program May Benefit Hurricane Preparedness

In an earlier post, we discussed the opportunity for supply chain manufacturers as a result of the NY-Sun program. New York’s solar energy industry received an additional boost with the recent passage of the New York Solar Bill…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Appeals Court Upholds Drilling Bans

In twin decisions handed down today, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department upheld two local zoning laws that prohibit activities related to oil and gas development (commonly referred to as “hydraulic…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Surge in New York State Solar Projects Signals Supply Chain Opportunity

While some believe that New York State is a relatively sunny state, this spring has, so far, made others question this tag. However, New York is looking to take advantage of its sunshine through the NY-Sun Competitive PV…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Unconventional Compromises on Natural Gas Regulation

While New York’s natural gas resources remain locked down between perpetual regulatory limbo and extreme polarization among interest groups, recent events have proven that compromise is possible…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Bipartisan Group of Senators Wants Clarification of "Commencement of Construction" Under the Wind PTC

Last week, a group of U.S. Senators submitted a letter requesting swift clarification by the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) of language regarding the wind production tax credit…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation
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