Department of Public Service

Clean Energy Standard



The 2015 State Energy Plan states that 50% of all electricity consumed in New York State by 2030 should be generated from renewable sources. By letter of December 2, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the Department of Public Service to develop a Clean Energy Standard that converts the State Energy Plan targets into enforceable requirements.

On August 1, 2016, the Public Service Commission approved a Clean Energy Standard adopting a goal whereby 50% of electricity consumed in New York by 2030 would be generated by renewable energy sources (referred to as the “50 by 30” goal). The Clean Energy Standard comprised of a Renewable Energy Standard and a Zero-Emissions Credit requirement.

On July 12, 2018, the Public Service Commission adopted a goal to add 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind capacity in New York State by 2030. The Public Service Commission also authorized the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to hold initial procurement solicitations in 2018 and 2019, for an aggregate of approximately 800 MW or more of offshore wind. In response to the initial procurement, NYSERDA successfully contracted for 1,696 MW of offshore wind in October 2019.

On July 18, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which went into effect January 1, 2020. The CLCPA requires the establishment of a renewable energy program, as now codified in the Public Service Law. In particular, Section 66-p of the Public Service Law directs the Public Service Commission to “establish a program” whereby: (1) jurisdictional load serving entities (LSEs) have secured adequate amounts of renewable energy resources to serve at least 70% of load in 2030 (referred to as the “2030 Target” or “70 by 30 Target”), and (2) there are zero emissions in 2040 associated with electrical demand (referred to as the “2040 Zero Emission Target”). In addition, the CLCPA directs the establishment of programs for the procurement of specific technologies, including the deployment of 6 GW of photovoltaic solar generation by 2025, 3 GW of energy storage resources by 2030, and at least 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035.

On June 18, 2020, NYSERDA and the staff of the Department of Public Service filed a White Paper to identify a proposed regulatory structure to address the CLCPA requirements for a renewable energy program. This White Paper proposes to: (1) use the existing regulatory and procurement structure established under the Commission’s Clean Energy Standard to meet the 70 by 30 Target and set the state on a rapid and irreversible path to achieve the 2040 Zero Emission Target, and (2) adopt policy changes and other modifications to the CES in order to align with the CLCPA and meet this Target. These other modifications include the creation of two new Tiers; Tier 2 – a competitive tier to retain the attributes of existing renewable facilities that were in existence at the time the Clean Energy Standard was enacted and Tier 4 – designed to deliver renewable energy into the NYISO’s Zone J (NYC). An Order adopting the White Paper was issued on October 15, 2020.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Clean Energy Standard website: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Clean-Energy-Standard

Related Documents & Resources:
Documents & public comments submitted as part of this proceeding are publicly available by going to Case Number 15-E-0302

Tier 2 Maintenance Application Worksheet (February 2020)


Geothermal Technical Conference Slides - (External Resources)

The Commission’s August 1, 2016 Order Adopting a Clean Energy Standard (CES Order) refers to an Implementation Phase during which Staff would propose a process for interested parties to consider various administrative complexities involved in creating thermal renewable energy credits (TRECs) related to geothermal heat pumps. Staff has determined that a technical conference would be an effective manner in which to garner input and feedback in exploring the practical administrative mechanisms that might be employed to accommodate geothermal heat pumps as an eligible technology within the CES.

Accordingly, the Geothermal Technical Conference was held in Albany at the Department of Public Service on February 8, 2017. Attached are the corresponding slide presentations listed below, along with their affiliations. Those interested in the subject matter are encouraged to contact the speakers whose contact information can be found near the end of each presentation. This communication and input is important in informing DPS and the Commission in geothermal technology and how it may further the goals of the Clean Energy Standard.


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