Under PON 2157 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives for the purchase, installation, and operation of customer sited tier (CST, also called "behind the meter") fuel cell systems used for electricity production. Because such systems will help fulfill the CST component of the state RPS requirement, eligibility for incentives is generally limited to customers who pay the RPS surcharge on their electricity bills.
'''''Note: As of May 2, 2012, NYSERDA is no longer accepting Incentive Reservation Forms (IRFs). Owners that submitted an IRF prior to this date but did not receive an approval notice will be placed on a wait list, and will be notified if additional funding becomes available.'''''
Note: The documents described in this summary were designed to provide guidance to local governments that wish to develop their own siting rules for wind turbines. While they were developed under contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a state agency, none of the documents themselves have any legal or regulatory authority.
NYSERDA offers several options for homeowners to finance energy efficiency improvements made under the Home Performance with Energy Star program. NYSERDA partners with Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) to offer either on-bill financing or an unsecured loan for the installation of eligible energy efficiency measures in owner-occupied 1-4 family homes. EFS administers the loans, but the NYSERDA program subsidizes the interest rates, resulting in favorable terms for program participants.
The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers an incentive for homeowners of 1-4 homes that participate in the Home Performance with Energy Star program. The program entitles the participant to a rebate of 10% of the cost of qualified Home Performance improvements up to a maximum of $3,000.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers the Industrial and Process Efficiency (IPE) Program to provide performance-based incentives to manufacturers and data centers implementing energy efficiency and process improvements that reduce energy costs. The goal of the IPE Program is to help manufacturers and data centers increase product output and data processing to make it as efficient as possible. Incentives are available for both electric and gas efficiency improvements at both existing facilities and in new construction.
New York first adopted uniform interconnection standards in 1999 (see history below). The Standard Interconnection Requirements (SIR) have subsequently been amended several times since, most recently with the adoption of far reaching revisions in February 2009. Several more minor revisions necessitated by changing net metering laws have taken place since that time. Most recently, amendments were made to the SIR in March 2013 in order to simplify and expedite the interconnection application and review process, and to adopt changes made to net metering law in 2012.
The primary focus of EmPower New York is to provide cost-effective electric reduction measures, such as replacement of refrigerators and installation of high efficiency lighting. This program also offers cost effective home performance measures such as insulation, air sealing and heating system repair or replacement, as well as health and safety measures. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) currently contracts with Honeywell International to implement the EmPower New York Program.
Qualifying energy-conservation improvements to homes are exempt from real property taxation to the extent that the addition would increase the value of the home. The exemption includes general municipal property taxes, school district taxes, and special ad valorem taxes, but does ''not apply'' to special assessments. Eligible properties include single-family to four-family dwellings.
In May 2007 the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order instituting a proceeding to develop an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). The order set a goal of reducing electricity usage in New York by 15% from projected electricity usage in 2015. After examining comments and input from staff and stakeholders, the PSC issued a further order in June 2008 establishing detailed program targets, ratepayer collections to fund energy efficiency programs, and various other protocols for the EEPS.