Environmental Research and Development Program
NYSERDA's Environmental Research Program develops and demonstrates energy-efficient technologies associated with waste management and pollution control and supports research to better understand the environmental impacts of energy production and use. Principal areas of emphasis are:
New York Generation Attribute Tracking System (NYGATS)
The Energy and Environmental Markets (EEM) program area at NYSERDA has been tasked to design and administer a new initiative to design, implement, operate, and maintain an internet-based electronic information system called the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System (NYGATS). NYGATS will track and create tradable generation attribute certificates for electricity generated within New York State, including energy imported and consumed within the state. 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).
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is an agreement among 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The RGGI states have committed to cap and then reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that certain power plants are allowed to emit, limiting the region's total contribution to atmospheric greenhouse gas levels. NYSERDA’s role is to administer or participate in the auctions of New York’s CO2 allowances.
NYSERDA, on behalf of the state of New York, holds title to the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in Cattaraugus Country. NYSERDA's West Valley Site Management Program addresses the Center's environment management challenges by implementing sound environmental, health and safety, and technical policies, and working to ensure that the U.S. Department of Energy honors its obligations under the West Valley Demonstration Project Act for the cleanup and long-term care of the site.
Radioactive Waste Policy and Nuclear Coordination
NYSERDA's Radioactive Waste Policy and Nuclear Coordination program covers the spectrum of state and federal activities related to nuclear power, radioactive materials control, and radioactive waste management. NYSERDA serves as the State Liaison Officer (SLO) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and lead State agency for nuclear safety. NYSERDA also coordinates the State's nuclear power activities and runs the State's annual radioactive waste reporting program.