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Finalized 94-c Renewable Energy Regulations Released

New York Office of Renewable Energy Siting Finalizes Regulations Implementing Section 94-c Of Executive Law

Earlier this month, the New York Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) finalized regulations implementing Section 94-c of the Executive Law. This comes almost one year after the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (AREGCBA) established both ORES and Section 94-c in an effort to speed up the approval of renewable energy generation facilities in New York.

In September of 2020, ORES published a draft of the implementing regulations and Uniform Standard Conditions (USCs). The recently finalized document includes USCs applicable to all projects approved under Section 94-c.

The LaBella team reviewed the finalized provisions and found that although they include some new requirements and clarify some terminology, they are not dramatically different from the preceding drafts. Perhaps most importantly, ORES accompanied the finalized provisions with a 174-page Assessment of Public Comments. The assessment summarizes each comment received on the drafts, presents a discussion authored by ORES, and indicates whether ORES modified the final provision in response to the comment and, if so, how.

As the 94-c process is still new, the Assessment of Public Comments offers valuable insight into how ORES views the process and its underlying requirements.

More information on the finalized regulations are available here.

The accompanying Assessment of Public Comments are available here.

At LaBella, we have tracked the 94-c regulations since inception and remain committed to providing our clients with the information they need to be successful in ongoing and future renewable energy projects.

Greg Senecal, Director of Environmental
About the Author
Greg Senecal
Director of Environmental

Throughout my career at LaBella, I’ve been continuously supported in my own growth and development. Now I love watching the staff we hired out of college 10-15 years ago grow and mature into the best team of professionals I have ever been involved with.  This aspect of my job brings me great joy.

Greg joined LaBella Associates as an Environmental Analyst in 1990 and was appointed as the Director of the Environmental Division in 2005. Under Greg’s leadership, the firm’s environmental team has grown from a staff of 10 to over 220 employees. Greg has played an important role in geographic expansion for the firm, opening offices and leading efforts in regions where the firm has targeted growth. Additionally Greg led the creation of the ecological department, environmental construction department, and renewable energy practice group to diversify and provide full service solutions to LaBella’s clients.  Greg serves on the LaBella Board of Directors, and heads up several emerging market teams within the organization.

Greg earned a BS in Environmental Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse in 1990, and is a Masters Level Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.  Greg serves on the board of the Al Sigl Community of Agencies.

Additionally, Greg has served on the Town of Irondequoit’s Conservation Board, mentors high school students who are interested in environmental careers, and has coached youth sports.  He is an avid outdoorsperson and enjoys spending time with his wife Ella, sons Cole and Mitchell, and his dogs in their hometown of Irondequoit, NY.