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2011 Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series

2011 Seminars


Navigating Complex Grid Interconnection Requirements: A Discussion For Professionals Working on Renewable Energy Issues

Requirements for connecting distributed generation systems, such as small on-site renewable energy power systems, to the electricity grid can vary widely.  Navigating the interconnection requirements for distributed generation equipment can be complex, and a number of industry groups have identified grid interconnection as a significant barrier to the installation of distributed generation technologies.  To assist companies and consumers meet interconnection requirements, and to lower costs for all parties, new standards have been established for grid interconnection and transmission facilities growth.  Join us for a special opportunity to hear these leaders reflect on the current state of grid interconnection requirements and the trends they see on the horizon. Panelist included:

Gregory Butler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northeast Utilities System
Elizabeth Grisaru, Esq., Of Counsel, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP
Sean Mullany, Assistant Counsel, New York State Public Service Commission

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Cyber Security for Smart Grids: Build a Successful Business Plan and Model 

It is estimated that over $150 billion is lost each year in power outages on an electrical system that hasn't been updated in nearly a century.  The implementation of smart technologies is revolutionizing the production, transmission, and consumption of electricity in the United States and affecting homes and businesses across the nation. The transformation to a smarter grid will increase the reliability, efficiency, and security of the country's electrical system; encourage consumers to decrease their electricity use; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and allow the integration of all energy sources into the grid of tomorrow.  Join the discussion as our panelists discuss the issues and challenges of cyber security and smart grid business development in New York State.  Invited panelists include:

Sanjay Goel, Director of Research, The New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance
Robert Heverly, Assistant Professor of Law, Albany Law School 
Mary Reidy, Lead Engineer for Smart Grid, National Grid
Ryan Smith, Manager of Infrastruture Services, New York Independent System Operators
Pradeep Haldar, Director, the Energy & Environmental Technology Applications Center

Regulating the Siting of Small Scale Renewable Energy at the Community Level:  Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Future

Because small-scale renewable energy generation at the consumer level can be a means of producing more affordable alternative energy, such generation can have a profound impact on the way that electricity is produced and consumed in the United States.  However, state and local laws can inadvertently impede the installation of these systems. These barriers may be caused by out-dated statutes and municipal codes, or by historic district and aesthetic regulations. Further, restrictive covenants and deed restrictions in homeowners association communities may further impede the goal of siting small scale renewable energy sources.  In response to these problems, many state and local governments have sought to promote small-scale renewable energy development through amendments to comprehensive planning and zoning laws, as well as through utility regulations and various financial incentives.  This seminar will look at the success of some of these developments, and discuss opportunities for siting and installing small-scale renewable energy systems.  Invited panelists include:

Patricia E. Salkin, Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, Associate Dean and Director, Government Law Center of Albany Law School and Amy Lavine, Senior Staff Attorney at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School

The New Article 10: Siting Process for Electric Generating Facilities

This seminar provided an overview of Article 10 of the Public Service Law, which will govern the siting of electric generating facilities in New York State.  Although a previous statute, which expired on January 1, 2003, governed the siting of electric generating facilities with a capacity of 80 mw or more, the new Article 10 has a threshold of 25 mw or more and provides for review of applications to construct, operate and/or modify electric generating facilities.  Under the new law, proposals to construct electric generating facilities that have a generating capacity of twenty-five megawatts or more, or proposals to increase the capacity of an existing electric generating facility by more than twenty-five megawatts, must first obtain a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need under Article 10. The seminar is designed to educate attendees about obtaining such certification under the siting process of Article 10, and to address questions about the process from companies looking to construct electric generating facilities, such as small scale wind farms, or to modify existing facilities.

The speakers for this event included:  Terresa Bakner, Esq., Partner, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna; William Little, Esq., Office of  General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation; Kimberly Harriman, Esq., Administrative Law Judge, Department of Public Service; Elizabeth Grisaru, Esq., Of Counsel, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna.