The EMEP program is funded by a System Benefits Charge (SBC) collected by the state's investor-owned utilities. NYSERDA administers the SBC program (also known as the New York Energy $martSM program) under an agreement with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). New York Energy $martSM supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental programs. The program began in 1998 and is currently funded through December 2011.
In recognition of the link between energy and the environment, the PSC included an environmental research and monitoring initiative in New York Energy $martSM: the EMEP program.
The EMEP program supports an interdisciplinary approach to environmental research and seeks to build research capability in New York State to address critical energy-related environmental issues. EMEP has catalyzed numerous multi-institution collaborative efforts, bringing diverse perspectives and expertise into many projects.
EMEP places a premium on information exchange. The program seeks to accelerate the process of introducing the latest scientific findings into the realm of policy formulation, ultimately to increase the effectiveness of environmental control strategies. EMEP is developing an aggressive communication and outreach policy to further support the goal of science-policy integration and to ensure that findings of the research program are adequately disseminated among interested parties.
In 2006, the EMEP Program underwent an external evaluation to determine the program’s effectiveness in sponsoring and managing research, disseminating results, and affecting environmental policy. As part of this review, EMEP staff put together an overview of the program and major findings from more than 40 different research projects funded by EMEP. The evaluation, which was extremely favorable, may be found below.