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New York Renewable Portfolio Standard

Date Last Updated11/19/2012
Policy TypePortfolio Standard
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeNew York Public Service Commission
Policy Initiation Date9/1/2004
Policy SummaryNew York's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) includes CHP as an eligible resource. There are two tiers used to meet the RPS:
  • Main Tier: eligible resources include methane digesters and other forms of biomass, liquid biofuels, fuel cells, hydroelectric power, photovoltaics, ocean power, tidal power, and wind power. NYSERDA can procure Main Tier resources through auction, requests for proposals (RFPs), or standard offer contracts. While the Main Tier seeks to foster the development of additional renewable resources in New York, existing renewable energy facilities will also be eligible if they began operation on or after January 1, 2003.
  • Customer-sited tier (CST): eligible resources include fuel cells, photovoltaics, solar hot water, wind turbines, digester gas-fueled CHP systems, and methane digesters. CST systems are generally limited to the size of the load at the customer's meter.
The RPS applies to investor-owned utilities and targets 30% of state electricity consumption by 2015 to come from eligible resources. The program provides funding for CHP systems through a combination of capacity- and performance-based incentives. Eligible technologies include, but are not limited to, CHP systems fueled by anaerobic digestion biogas and (in certain regions) systems fueled by renewable biogas (including systems co-fired with renewable biogas). Incentives can be based on either capacity (kW) or output (kWh) and are awarded through competitive solicitations.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsRenewably-fueled CHP is eligible under the Main Tier; Digester gas-fueled CHP and fuel cell CHP using any type of fuel are eligible under the Customer Sited Tier (CST).
Eligible Project Size (MW)CHP systems >50 kW.
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
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