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NYS Changing Definition of “Covered Renewable Energy Project”

Mandates prevailing wage & labor agreements on virtually all green energy projects

At the end of the legislative session, lawmakers in both houses voted to pass a bill that will change the definition of a “covered renewable energy project” from five megawatts or more to one megawatt or more of power. What that means for contractors who perform this work is any renewable energy project in New York State at or above the one-megawatt threshold will be subject to prevailing wage. Also, the contractors working on that project will either have to enter into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) or a Labor Peace Agreement (LPA).

ABC strongly opposed this bill from the moment it was introduced. While we are disappointed that both the Senate and the Assembly voted to pass this bill, it has not yet been sent to the governor to be signed. That leaves us with a small window to push Gov. Hochul to veto this legislation.

ABC will need you to join our efforts in encouraging Gov. Hochul to veto the bill. We will have a Voter Voice campaign set up soon for members to send letters in opposition directly to the governor and her staff.