Dan concentrates his practice on issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, sustainable development, land use law, municipal law, and real estate development. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. His work, from project inception through successful litigation, includes some of the largest wind farms in the eastern United States; multiple utility and small-scale solar projects; and landfill, gas-to-energy, biomass, storage, transmission, and energy efficiency projects. He successfully litigated a case of first impression concerning a municipality's right to regulate power-generating facilities based on greenhouse gas emissions.
Investment in New York’s renewable energy push requires understanding the changing real property taxation landscape, available exemptions, and the role of local assessors, taxing jurisdictions, and industrial development agencies. With the adoption of Real Property Tax Law § 575-b, the State is seeking standardized assessments, but that effort does address Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes or Host Community Agreement requirements, and storage is not addressed. We will examine the key real property tax points investors and developers must consider in evaluating projects.