October 2004 - On September 22, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to establish a renewables portfolio standard (RPS) representing 25% of retail electricity sales by 2013. The RPS goal was first announced by Gov. George E. Pataki in his 2003 State of the State address. New York currently obtains 19.3% of its electricity supply from renewable sources. To meet the 25% target will require the addition of about 3,700 MW of new renewables-based generating capacity.
The PSC stated that a major objective in implementing the RPS is to support the growth of competitive retail markets for renewable resources and customer choice for renewables and therefore determined that the voluntary green power market should contribute at least 1% of the overall 25% goal. Currently, five of the seven largest utility companies in New York offer a green power program and a dozen green power marketers are active in the state.
News Release - PSC Votes to Adopt Aggressive Renewable Energy Policy for New York State (PDF 23 KB)
News Article - State Regulators Are Backing Pataki's Clean-Energy Goals (registration required)
More Information - New York's Green Power Program
More Information - New York PSC Order Approving Renewable Portfolio Standard Program (218 KB)
June 2003 - The New York Power Authority (NYPA), a state-owned power supplier for state agencies, municipal utilities, and rural electric cooperatives, is in the final stages of negotiations with two wind project developers to purchase up to 50 MW of wind energy beginning in 2005. The Authority plans to include the wind energy in a portfolio of renewable power to be supplied to state government customers under an executive order requiring state agencies to use renewable energy to meet 10% of their electricity needs by 2005 and 20% by 2010. NYPA may also offer the wind power to other interested customers.
News Release - NYPA Selects Proposals for Wind Power Purchases to Help Support Two Projects Upstate
NYPA Contact: Michael Saltzman (914) 390-8181
June 2001 - New York Governor George Pataki issued an Executive Order calling for state agencies to obtain 10% of their electricity needs from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and fuel cells, by 2005, with the percentage increasing to 20% by 2010. The order applies to state buildings and those of quasi-independent organizations such as the State University of New York and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The order also calls for state agencies to implement energy efficient practices, increase purchases of energy efficient products, and follow green building standards for new construction and renovation projects.
News Release - Governor Announces Creation of Greenhouse Gas Task Force
News Article - Pataki Orders a Shift Toward Renewable Energy