Clean Energy Standard

In 2016, the New York State Public Service Commission adopted its Clean Energy Standard (“CES”), which was later updated to reflect the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Under the CES, New York plans to procure 70% of its electricity needs from renewable resources by 2030. To meet this goal, load-serving entities are required to satisfy increasing proportions of their loads with renewable resources.

Read and Laniado has been involved in the development of the CES since its beginning, keeping multiple clients informed on the matter. In addition, our attorneys have presented on the CES and its related Clean Energy Fund on multiple panels. The Firm is also assisting its load-serving entity clients with CES compliance and advising renewable project developers on its implementation—in particular, procurements to be issued by NYSERDA or other governmental authorities and the siting of projects under Executive Law Section 94-c, Article 10, or SEQRA.