Articles, Blogs & Other Materials
- In June 2019, the Department of State prepared model local laws that include consideration of future physical climate risk.
- “New Statute Requires State Agencies to Consider Climate Risks,” New York Law Journal, November 13, 2014
- Gundlach, J. “Local Law Provisions for Climate Change Adaptation” May 2016. Columbia Law School. Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.
- New Statute Requires State Agencies to Consider Climate Risks,” New York Law Journal, November 13, 2014
- “New York Environmental Legislation And Regulations in 2014,” New York Law Journal, January 15, 2015
- New York’s New Sea Level Rise Projections Will Affect Land Use, Infrastructure”, Michael Gerrard and Edward McTiernan, New York Law Journal, March 8, 2017
New York to Lower Cap on Emissions Under Carbon Trading Program, Keshia Clukey, Bloomberg, April 29, 2020
- NYISO studies grid future, Samantha Maldonado and Marie J. French, Politico, March 8, 2020
- New Climate Law Will Reshape NY's Key Sectors, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan, New York Law Journal, July 11, 2019
- The effect of New York's new climate law on municipalities: Deep but uncertain, Michael B. Gerrard, New York zoning law and practice report, November/December 2019
- The heat is on, New York: A new climate law is a major landmark, but now requires work and sacrifice, Michael B. Gerrard, New York Daily News, June 23, 2019
- What It Takes to Implement the Climate Protection Act in New York, Stephanie Lai, Columbia Spectator, Oct. 24, 2019
The New York State Clean Energy Dashboard is a resource that provides a Statewide snapshot of program activity by electric and gas utilities and NYSERDA. The Dashboard aggregates and provides information on utilities’ and NYSERDA’s programs and their progress towards target.
NYSERDA’s five primary strategic outcomes are:
- Increasing Energy Efficiency
NYSERDA provides energy solutions that reduce the energy consumption and increase the energy efficiency of New York's residents and businesses.
- Growing Renewable and Diverse Energy Supplies
NYSERDA diversifies New York's portfolio of energy resources by growing renewable and distributed generation resources and reducing petroleum use.
- Creating a Clean Energy Economy
NYSERDA catalyzes economic growth by supporting technology and business innovation and by developing a skilled clean energy workforce.
- Protecting the Environment
NYSERDA reduces the environmental impact of energy production and use.
- Satisfied Customers
NYSERDA is responsive to customer needs–delivering accurate and timely information, services and programs.
NYSERDA’s performance relative to these primary strategic outcomes is summarized in the Performance Metrics 2018 [PDF].
NYSERDA's progress is detailed in Annual Report on Operations and Accomplishments and Mission Statement and Performance Measurement - March 31, 2018 [PDF] in relation to NYSERDA's Strategic Outlook [PDF].
Related Proceedings and Actions
On April 24, 2018, the Commission opened this proceeding to consider the role of electric utilities in providing infrastructure and rate designs to accommodate the needs and electricity demands of electric vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment. It will also consider the characteristics of electric vehicle charging stations and how they may facilitate electric vehicle participation as a distributed energy resource. The proceeding's docket is available here.
Most recently, on April 7, 2020, the Commission issued a notice soliciting input from the clean energy industry on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and ideas that should be considered to sustain critical workforces.
On April 29, 2020, DEC and NYSERDA released proposed regulations to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation's first regional program to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. The revised regulations would advance New York's portion of the 30 percent regional cap reduction from 2021 to 2030, ensuring that regional emissions are 65 percent below the starting cap level by 2030, and furthering the CLCPA reduction mandates.
The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act was passed as part of the 2020-2021 New York State budget. The Act will provide for resiliency investments in a number of measures, such as restoring critical habitats and reducing flood risk. Read more here.
On May 14, 2020, the PSC granted a petition to extend NY-Sun, the State’s distributed solar incentive program. The order directs NYSERDA to file an updated NY-Sun Operating Plan by June 1, 2020.
The PSC's order explains, "New York State has established clean energy goals that are both ambitious and necessary to respond to the challenge of climate change, including to transition to a distributed, dynamic, and carbon-free grid of the future. Meeting those goals will require the implementation of sustained, coordinated, and vigorous programs by all participants in the State’s energy system. . . . [T]he NY-Sun program has been a successful means of achieving New York’s distributed solar goals and should be expanded and extended to match the breadth of those goals."
On May 14, 2020, the PSC issued an order requiring utilities to begin an expedited review of their distribution and local transmission infrastructure to assist in the development of the state's power grid study. The order sets in motion a study that will:
1.Evaluate the local transmission and distribution system of the individual service territories, to understand where capacity “headroom” exists on the existing system;
2.Identify existing constraints or bottlenecks that limit energy deliverability;
3.Consider synergies with traditional Capital Expenditure projects - drivers of synergies could include aging infrastructure, reliability, resilience, market efficiency, and operational flexibility;
4.Identify least cost upgrade projects to increase the capacity of the existing system;
5.Identify potential new or emerging solutions that can accompany or complement traditional upgrades;
6.Identify potential new projects which would increase capacity on the local transmission and distribution system to allow for interconnection of new renewable generation resources; and
7.Identify the possibility of fossil generation retirements and the impacts and potential availability of those interconnection points.
Utilities must submit preliminary results by August, 2020, and submit final results -- including potential distribution and local system upgrades -- by November 1, 2020.