Brandon D. Zeller, an associate in the firm’s Environmental Law and Global Insurance Services groups, wrote an article for Law360 discussing a recent bill by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo that works toward cleaning up the state’s regulations about locating and permitting renewable energy projects.
In “NY’s Renewable Project Siting Bill Clears Way to Green Future,” Brandon talks about the ongoing challenges that Cuomo has faced while attempting to streamline the state’s renewable energy; how the proposed bill doesn’t fully find a solution for renewable energy, but directs agencies to perform a study to identify upgrades; and what this bill means for offshore wind development in the state.
“The areas identified for offshore wind development by the New York State Energy, Research, and Development Authority and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management lie south and east of Long Island, and electricity generated from new offshore wind projects in those areas could directly benefit the areas of the state where energy use is most intensive. Notably, however, the proposed offshore wind sites are all located on the outer continental shelf, which is within the federal government’s jurisdiction. As a result, siting and permitting process for offshore wind projects mostly involves federal rather than state processes.”
“NY’s Renewable Project Siting Bill Clears Way to Green Future,” Law360, March 16, 2020
Brandon D. Zeller focuses his practice on counseling and defending insurers in all areas of litigation, particularly in construction defect and bad faith matters. He regularly handles environmental litigation involving the Clean Water Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Brandon also has extensive experience handling environmental, liability, and coverage issues for clients in the oil and gas industry, as well as royalty disputes, downhole litigation, environmental claims regarding historical oil and gas operations, and offshore regulatory matters. In addition to handling litigation, Brandon writes for several of the firm’s publications, including the Environmental Law Monitor, the Insurance and Reinsurance Report, and the Asbestos Case Tracker, where he writes about coverage and allocation issues.