New York’s latest clean energy development initiatives are expected to result in nearly $7 billion in direct investments to the state and to create approximately 4,500 jobs, write Goldberg Segalla’s Scott M. Press and Larry D. Mason in an article for the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law newsletter.
In their article, Scott and Larry discuss the three companies that are in the running to land New York State offshore wind contracts, including Vineyard Wind, Equinor Wind, and Bay State Wind, in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s July 21, 2020 solicitation for 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy.
“These proposals followed along the heels of the state’s 2018 solicitation for 1,700 megawatts of offshore wind, which could bring New York nearly halfway to its goal of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035,” they write. “The recent submissions come from familiar faces in the offshore wind industry, as the contracts awarded in 2019 include Equinor Wind’s 816 megawatt Empire Wind Project, and Sunrise Wind’s—another joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy—880 megawatt Sunrise Wind Project. The newcomer in the latest round of proposals is Vineyard Wind, which is no stranger to offshore wind projects in the east coast, as it has an 800 megawatt project underway in Massachusetts called Vineyard Wind 1 and procured an 804 megawatt project in Connecticut called Park City Project in 2019.”
“New York Takes Next Step in Nation-Leading Offshore Wind Efforts,” DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter, December 3, 2020
Scott M. Press focuses his practice on complex litigation involving environmental law and land use, representing clients in environmental litigation claims, regulatory and compliance counseling, and enforcement. Scott provides clients with an in-depth knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act, and others. He routinely handles complex environmental litigation matters, as well as regulatory enforcement and compliance matters including hazardous waste, site remediation and federal and state cost recovery and contribution claims. He also litigates matters involving contamination and exposure to chemicals and substances such as lead, PFAs, 1,4-Dioxane, TCE, and mold, and advises clients in environmental due diligence related to the purchase and sale of commercial property.
Larry D. Mason is a renowned trial and appellate litigator and counselor to many national and international businesses across diverse industries. Based in Chicago but with experience litigating and counseling clients through complicated and high-profile matters across the country and internationally, he dedicates most of his practice to insurance coverage, reinsurance, commercial litigation, environmental and toxic torts, and complex insurance regulatory matters. He also focuses on professional liability for clients in construction, environmental, and related industries; products liability; and identifying emerging risks. He brings his extensive experience to leadership positions in the firm, where he is chair of the Environmental and Mass Torts Coverage and Construction Coverage subgroups.