Long Island plays a central role in New York’s renewable energy future and continued success depends on the extensive type of public-private collaboration that Harris Beach excels at facilitating, two Harris Beach attorneys recently wrote in Long Island Business News.
Bill Flynn, leader of our Energy Industry Team, and Thomas J. Garry, managing partner of our Long Island office, discuss some of the challenges in an article in “Energy on Long Island,” a special section in Long Island Business News.
New York has proposed climate change initiatives among the most ambitious in the nation. The state is investing heavily in solar, wind, hydroelectric, battery storage, fuel cells and bio-mass resources to decrease reliability on fossil fuels.
The New York Independent System Operator recently selected the “Propel Project” to address a Long Island Offshore Wind Export Public Policy Transmission Need. A joint venture between New York Transco and the New York Power Authority, Propel will provide new transmission capabilities to deliver energy generated from offshore wind into the state’s power grid. Propel is the latest renewable energy investment with a Long Island focus. Five major offshore wind projects are underway off the coast of Long Island.
Flynn and Garry discussed how cooperation and collaboration between state and federal regulators, elected officials, developers, organized labor, local municipalities and the community at large is crucial to achieving the ambitious energy initiatives. They pointed out Harris Beach excels at navigating the complexities of multiple government jurisdictions at the local, state and federal level and has accomplished much on behalf of clients involved in the renewable energy transformation, as well as in the energy industry more broadly.