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Clean Energy Initiative


Building a clean, resilient, reliable, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

The Office of Markets and Innovation within DPS seeks to stimulate effective competitive Clean Energy Markets with strategic investments, innovations in energy products and services to achieve New York’s clean energy targets as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act).

Clean Energy Standard

New York’s Clean Energy Standard (CES) is designed to fight climate change, reduce harmful air pollution, and ensure a diverse and reliable low carbon energy supply.​​​​ CES is proceeding on a Motion of the NYS Public Service Commission to Implement a Large-Scale Renewable Program and a Clean Energy Standard. It encompasses Large Scale Renewables, Land Based PV, Land Based Wind and Off-Shore Wind.

Find more information about New York's Clean Energy Standard on NYSERDA's CES web page

Documents and public comments submitted as part of this proceeding are publicly available by going to Case Number 15-E-0302.


Offshore Wind  

As part of the Clean Energy Standard, the NYS Public Service Commission recognized the potential for offshore wind production as a renewable energy resource that is secure, reliable,  and cost-effective. The Climate Act calls for the development of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.

  • Encompasses Offshore Wind Procurement
For more information on the proceeding in the Matter of Offshore Wind Energy, visit Case Number 18-E-0071.



NY-Sun offers financial incentives to install solar panels for residential, nonresidential, and large commercial and industrial projects

More information on NY-Sun can be found in Case Number 19-E-0735 or on NYSERDA's Solar Projects webpage.

Clean Energy Fund

The Clean Energy Fund (CEF) reinforces New York's commitment to accelerate the growth of the clean energy economy. It provides long term funding certainty to local businesses and significant flexibility to the administrators of the State's clean energy programs. The CEF encompasses four major portfolios:

  • Innovation and Research: The CEF helps to spur innovations through research and technology development that will drive clean-tech business growth and job creation while providing more energy choices to residential and business customers.
  • Market Development: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers a variety of activities to stimulate consumer demand for clean energy alternatives and energy efficiency while building clean energy supply chains to meet growing customer demand. Information on Market Development can be found in Case Number 14-M-0094 and in Matter 16-00681.
  • NY Green Bank: The NY Green Bank accelerates the deployment of clean energy through a variety of financing tools targeted at alleviating financial market barriers and harnessing capital markets. The NY Green Bank leverages private sector investment, expands the availability of capital and increases confidence in lending for clean energy projects. More information on the NY Green Bank can be found in Case Number 13-M-0412.
  • NY-Sun: The NY-Sun Program is making solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses and communities throughout New York while on track to meet the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act target of 6 gigawatts (GW) by 2025. More information on NY-Sun can be found in Case Number 19-E-0735 or on NYSERDA's Solar Projects webpage.

View NYSERDA's Clean Energy Dashboard for a snapshot of program activity by electric and gas utilities and NYSERDA.

Distributed Energy Resources

Value of Distributed Energy Resources 

This proceeding addresses the mechanism to compensate energy generated by distributed energy resources such as solar photovoltaic, energy storage, combined heat and power, anaerobic digesters, wind turbines and small hydro and fuel cells.

  • Encompasses the Value Stack, Rate Design, CDG, Standby Rates, Technology-Neutral Optional Rate, Net Metering, MCOS
For more information, view DMM Case 15-E-0751.


NY-Sun offers financial incentives to install solar panels for residential, nonresidential, and large commercial and industrial projects.

For more information, view DMM Case 19-E-0735.

Community Distributed Generation (CDG)

Also called shared solar, solar farms, or community solar, CDG provides solar access to more consumers than was previously possible. Renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools, and businesses for whom rooftop solar is not a viable option, can now access the benefits of solar energy.

For more information, view DMM Case 19-M-0463.

Energy Storage

Energy Storage Deployment Program 

This proceeding encourages energy storage deployment and addresses New York’s energy storage target of 6 GW by 2030. New York’s ambitious storage target is accompanied by Market reforms and cost-effective procurement mechanisms including incentives for private customers to install storage. 
  • Encompasses Utility Requests for Proposals, and NYSERDA’s Retail and Wholesale Programs.
For more information, view DMM Case 18-E-0130.

Community Choice Aggregation

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allows participating local governments to procure energy supply service and distributed energy resources (DER) for eligible energy customers in the community. These customers will have the opportunity to opt out of the procurement, while maintaining transmission and distribution service from the existing Distribution Utility.

For more information, view DMM Case 14-M-0224, and the CCA page.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Proceeding on Motion of the Commission Regarding Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and Infrastructure. This proceeding addresses clean and reliable transportation in NYS to help meet the goal of 40% greenhouse gas reduction by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050 as well as the goal to phase out new sales of fossil fuel-burning cars by 2035, with a 2045 target for trucks and buses. 

  • Encompasses the EV Infrastructure Make Ready and Managed Charging Programs

For more information, view DMM Case 18-E-0138.

Commercial EV Rate Design

Staff proposed an alternative to traditional demand-based rates (Managed charging and a demand charge phase-in rate).

For more information, view DMM Case 22-E-0236.

Residential EV Charging Tariff

Time-of-use rates, with one-year bill guarantee. For more information, view DMM Case 18-E-0206.

Energy Efficiency NE:NY

Proceeding in the Matter of a Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Initiative. New York is committed to achieving its energy efficiency goals through this initiative with a fuel neutral savings target of 31 Tbtu, heat pump deployment target of 5 Tbtu and an annual reduction of 3% in electricity sales by 2025 of which 20% of the incremental energy efficiency funding targets the LMI customer segment.

  • Encompasses the Utility Based Energy Efficiency, Utilities Roles, Planning, Investment, Electrification, and Heat Pumps

For history and current information, view Case 18-M-0084.

For related documents and resources, visit the Clean Energy Guidance Documents page

New York State Clean Heat Program

The Clean Heat Program, which all the major utilities participate in along with support from NYSERDA, promotes the electrification of space and water heating by offering contractor and customer incentives for the installation of air- and ground-source heat pumps.

For history and current information, view Case 18-M-0084.

Energy Efficiency and Building Electrification