Albany Law Offers Seminar on Clean Energy for Homes, Businesses

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Date: 10/25/2011

As part of its Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series, Albany Law School's  Government Law Center is offering the seminar “Regulating the Siting of Small-scale Renewable Energy at the Community Level: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Future.” The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will provide an overview of the strategies that have helped to increase the use of small-scale renewable energy, focusing on systems installed at the home and business levels.

Small-scale renewable energy produces more affordable alternative energy that can have a profound impact on the way electricity is consumed in the United States. However, state and local governments often inadvertently prevent the installation of these systems by using outdated municipal codes and other regulations and restrictions in communities. The seminar will explore state and local government’s responses and solutions to these problems, including comprehensive zoning and planning laws and financial incentives. 

The speakers for the event are Patricia Salkin ’88, Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, Associate Dean and Director, Government Law Center of Albany Law School, and Amy Lavine ’07, Senior Staff Attorney at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School.  

The seminar will be offered on Nov. 1, 2011, at Albany Law School from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd-floor Boardroom of the 2000 Building. There is no cost for the program, and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register to attend, contact D'Vora Koelling at 518-445-2329 or

The Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series is supported by funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is part of a concerted effort by the Albany Law School’s Government Law Center (GLC) to provide support to renewable energy firms across the state.  Other NYSERDA-backed efforts by the GLC include the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial White Paper Series and the Legal Handbook for Early Stage Business. For more information, visit