Posts by » Devin McDougall

In late April, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) denied a Water Quality Certification (“WQC”) under the Clean Water Act to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company (“Transco”) for the proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement natural gas pipeline (the “Project”). Among other components, the Project would include a 17.4 mile underwater pipeline with a diameter … Read Post


On February 9-10, 2018, SPR principals Daniel Riesel and Pamela Esterman will co-chair the 48th annual ALI CLE Environmental Law Course in Washington, DC. The course, which is co-sponsored by ALI CLE and the Environmental Law Institute, will feature advanced-level presentations by senior public officials, distinguished law professors, seasoned private practitioners, and experienced public interest … Read Post


This week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (“NYSERDA”) officially submitted an area off the coast of Long Island, referred to as an Area for Consideration for the Potential Locating of Offshore Wind Energy Areas, to the federal government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”).  NYSERDA is proposing that BOEM consider identifying … Read Post


Although much attention has been focused on the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord, the greatest current threat to solar development in the U.S. is a petition for an import tariff filed earlier this year by Suniva, a solar cell and panel manufacturer in the state of Georgia. Suniva’s petition was filed with the U.S. … Read Post


SPR associate Maggie Macdonald will be speaking at the Perrin Environmental Risk & Litigation Conference on Tuesday, June 20,2017, on a panel concerning recent insurance coverage litigation.  The conference will be held at the Westin New York at Times Square.  More information on the conference topics and registration is available here.  Registration for in-house counsel … Read Post


Last week Sustainable Westchester unveiled Westchester Power, the online registration portal for its new Community Choice Aggregation initiative.  Through Westchester Power, residents of 20 participating Westchester County municipalities have aggregated their collective purchasing power to obtain favorable, fixed electricity prices, as well as an option for 100% renewable electricity. Starting in May 2016, approximately 110,000 … Read Post


On May 1, 2016, community solar project sponsors may begin to apply for interconnection anywhere in the service territory of an investor-owned utility in New York. As previously reported, community solar is a new regulatory program in New York, which enables individual consumers to financially support a photovoltaic array in their community and receive credits … Read Post


On January 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2016 State of the State Address, reaffirming his objective of developing New York into an “international capital for clean and green energy products.” Cuomo’s remarks, combined with the accompanying 2016 Policy Book, provide a preview of clean energy opportunities coming to New York in 2016. The address announced … Read Post


On December 2, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the New York State Department of Public Service, which regulates electricity production in New York, to develop a Clean Energy Standard requiring that 50% of all electricity consumed in New York originate from renewable sources by 2030. Cuomo’s announcement comes as world leaders gather in Paris to … Read Post


In a case of first impression, the New York Supreme Court recently ruled that the common law doctrine of prior jurisdiction applies to municipal annexation proceedings. The court’s decision concerned an area of land in Orange County, New York that was included in two competing annexation petitions. SPR represents a group of property owners that … Read Post