Much of the Environmental Research Program’s work falls under the Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Protection (EMEP) program, which is funded by a System Benefits Charge (SBC) that is collected by the State's investor-owned utilities.
In recognition of the link between energy and the environment, the Public Service Commission (PSC) included an environmental research and monitoring initiative in SBC known as the EMEP program. The EMEP program is described in more detail in the SBC IV five-year operating plan.
In addition to the multi-year research plan, EMEP calls upon standing committees of external stakeholders to help guide the program’s research:
- A Program Advisory Group composed of representatives from New York State and federal agencies, utility organizations, and other public interest organizations guides the EMEP program from a big-picture perspective.
- A Science Advisory Committee composed of university-based federal and non-profit researchers assists EMEP in the development of its multi-year research plan and provides periodic review of critically important research.