Thomas has broad experience assisting clients with environmental regulatory issues with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Federal Environmental Protection Agency. He also regularly assists project developers, solar developers, as well as telecom carriers and tower companies with right-to-build approvals under land use and zoning laws and related environmental impact reviews, including the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Thomas has worked extensively on environmental impact reviews for large scale infrastructure and private development projects.
In the energy sector, Thomas has assisted clients with regulatory matters before the New York State Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He regularly assists with all matters related to development of renewable energy projects, including power purchase agreements, solar leases, and project legal and regulatory issues (such as Public Service Commission regulations, utility tariffs and Energy Law Article 9), as well as local approvals and SEQRA reviews. Thomas and members of the Energy and Renewables Team have successfully defended Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) with compliance investigations by the New York Public Service Commission and New York State Attorney General.
In the telecom sector, Thomas regularly assists carriers and tower companies with land use and zoning approvals for new towers and modifications/upgrades to existing facilities. Thomas specializes in obtaining telecom approvals from the Adirondack Park Agency. Thomas’ reputation with agency staff and knowledge of the Adirondack Park Agency’s process often enables him to obtain quick approvals resulting in significant savings for the firm’s clients. He also frequently assists telecom companies with obtaining Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity from the New York State Public Service Commission.
Thomas regularly assists clients with administrative-based litigation in his substantive areas of expertise, both before administrative agencies and in the courts.