New York Generation Attribute Tracking System (NYGATS)

In 2012, the State Legislature passed Assembly Bill A6114-C (the same as S 3872-C) which requires NYSERDA to establish a generation attribute tracking system that records electricity generation attribute information within the state, and processes generation attribute information from energy imported and consumed within the state, as a basis for creating tradable generation attribute certificates. The Energy and Environmental Markets (EEM) program area at NYSERDA has been tasked to design and administer this new initiative by engaging stakeholders and executing activities to design, implement, operate, and maintain an internet-based electronic information system called the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System (NYGATS). Partnering with NYSERDA in this new initiative will be the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and the administrator of the New York wholesale electricity market, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).

NYGATS will support New York’s Environmental Disclosure Program (including fuel mix and emissions for electricity consumed in state), the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and voluntary green power or renewable energy certificate transactions (among other policies and programs). It will also characterize the attributes of electricity imports and exports, and have the capability to interface and exchange information with other certificate tracking systems. Through the development of NYGATS, entities with accounts in NYGATS will be able to verify and substantiate ownership of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to support compliance or voluntary claims.

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2013 April Stakeholder Comments

On March 20, 2013, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Department of Public Service (DPS), with support from the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), hosted a stakeholder meeting at the DPS offices in Albany. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information to stakeholders on the development of the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System (NYGATS), which is required by Assembly Bill 6114-C.

During the meeting NYSERDA and the DPS presented several slides outlining specific program and policy issues for stakeholders to consider. The slides from the stakeholder meeting can be found under Stakeholder Meeting on the NYGATS website. Provided are Stakeholders comments on questions and issues NYSERDA was seeking comment on, including those that were raised at the meeting.

NYGATS Functional Specifications

NYSERDA plans to issue an RFP in 2014 to retain a qualified contractor to design, and implement NYGATS. At the March 2013 Stakeholder Meeting NYSERDA agreed to share the Functional Specifications for information and comment. As part of the process NYSERDA has conferred with multiple tracking system administrators, referred to historical documents and has considered Stakeholder comments to prepare the Functional Specifications.

A draft version of the Functional Specifications is provided for your consideration and comment. NYSERDA believes these specifications reflect the key characteristics of other tracking systems applicable to NYGATS. 

Comments may be submitted to and should be submitted no later than Friday, June 20, 2014. In your email, please include in the subject line of your email the phrase "NYGATS Functional Specifications - Stakeholder Comments". Please note NYSERDA reserves the right to accept or not accept comments.

If you need assistance with this process please contact Michele Goyette at NYSERDA, or 518-862-1090 x 3506.

We kindly thank you in advance for providing your comments and for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us.

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Last Updated: 05/30/2014