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Audit reveals delays in permitting for NY renewable energy projects

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An audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released Wednesday has revealed significant delays in the permitting process for renewable energy projects in New York, with applications taking over three years on average to complete. The Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), established to speed up this process, has been hindered by documentation issues, impacting the state’s clean energy initiatives.


According to DiNapoli, the delays are affecting New York’s ability to meet the targets set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which aims for 70% renewable electricity by 2030 and a zero-emission grid by 2040. The comptroller emphasized the need for ORES to improve transparency and track permitting timelines more effectively.

Despite the establishment of ORES in 2020 to streamline environmental reviews and permitting, most projects reviewed took nearly four years to secure a site permit. DiNapoli’s office has recommended that ORES implement measures to monitor the duration from application submission to permit issuance, to better identify and rectify delays in the process.