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A relatively new industry known as Controlled Environment Agriculture (“CEA”) embodies the consumer’s desire for local and organic food, and also accommodates the legal growth of recreational cannabis in many states. The push for locally-sourced foods and other commodities appears to be an enduring trend, both for the provision of higher quality products and for shoring up the supply chain, which showed its fragility during COVID-19.

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Bitcoin was introduced in 2008 as a decentralized currency that could be transmitted through a peer-to-peer network and recorded on a ledger known as a “blockchain.” Like any new and emerging industry, cryptocurrencies have been subject to a high level of public, regulatory and legislative scrutiny.

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Communities interested in cleaner energy, as well as greater control over their electric supply and reliability, are increasingly turning to microgrids — miniature power systems that serve an individual facility or area with electricity, either on its own or in concert with a larger power grid. Typically, a microgrid consists of energy generation and energy storage that can power a building or community and can be disconnected from the energy grid.

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As a well-regarded thought leader in these areas, we will utilize our Renewable Energy Post blog to frame the practical, economic, legal and technical aspects of the debate. Our goal is to engage all interested NYS constituencies, including energy providers, business and property owners, real estate developers, renewable energy developers and operators, and concerned members of the general public. In order to be successful, economic and environmental sustainability must not be mutually exclusive and must be balanced through the eyes of the energy consumer.
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lightbulb_solar.jpgOn September 14, 2017, the New York Public Service Commission (“PSC” or the “Commission”) issued an Order on Phase One Value of Distributed Energy Resources, which finalizes the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (“VDER”) Phase One Value Stack, as originally articulated in the Commission’s March 9, 2016 VDER Phase One Order. This milestone represents a major step toward moving beyond net energy metering (“NEM”) to articulate a refined valuation methodology for Distributed Energy Resources (“DER”) which recognizes the unique values DER provides to the grid.
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