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New York System Benefits Charge

Date Last Updated6/7/2013
Policy TypePublic Benefits Fund
State/FederalNY
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeNew York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Policy Initiation Date5/20/1996
Policy SummaryNew York's System Benefits Charge (SBC), which supports funding for CHP, was created in 1996 by the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), and it is currently administered by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The SBC supports energy efficiency, education, outreach, research and development, and low-income energy assistance.

The SBC is a surcharge on the customer bills of New York's six investor-owned utilities. In October 2011, the PSC extended the SBC program for a five-year period (1/1/12-12/31/16) with an annual average budget of $104.7 million.

In the 2012 to 2016 SBC Plan, the objective of the CHP program is to "reduce barriers and costs and increase market penetration of CHP in New York". To achieve this goal NYSERDA will: 1) implement a pilot program to promote pre-engineered modular-based CHP systems and to break down barriers to broader use of CHP in various markets; and 2) provide performance-based payments for custom CHP systems that benefit summer peak demand periods. The SBC plan budget for these initiatives is $15 million annually.

Funding for CHP projects provided by these resources would be found under related dCHPP incentive types (e.g., loan, grant, or rebate).
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
Resource Website(s) http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-Data-and-Prices-Planning-and-Policy/
Program-Planning/System-Benefits-Charge.aspx
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