Buying Green Power

Electricity comes from a variety of sources: natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear, hydropower, biomass, wind, solar, and solid waste. Green Power is electricity generated from renewable energy sources that are environmentally friendly such as solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower.

The New York State Public Service Commission supports the development of renewable energy service programs in utility service territories across New York State. These programs are spurring the development of new sources of renewable energy and the sale of Green Power to New York consumers. As a result, most New York consumers now have the opportunity to choose Green Power for a variety of renewable energy options.

Green Power

  • Produces fewer environmental impacts than fossil fuel energy
  • Helps to diversify the fuel supply, increasing the reliability of the New York State electric system and contributing to more stable energy price
  • Reduces use of imported fossil fuels, keeping dollars spent on energy in the State’s economy
  • Creates jobs and helps the economy by spurring investments in environmentally friendly facilities
  • Creates healthier air quality and helps to reduce respiratory illness

If just 10% of New York's households choose Green Power for their electricity supply, it would prevent nearly 3 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, 10 million pounds of sulfur dioxide, and nearly 4 million pounds of nitrogen oxides from getting into our air each year. Green Power helps us all breathe a little easier.

 

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Solar Electric Program (NY-Sun)

Provides incentives and financing to make solar-generated electricity accessible and affordable for all New York homeowners, renters, and businesses. Using solar can help lower energy costs compared to using conventionally generated electricity. Additional program components include training for installers and public officials, standardized permitting processes, and consumer education.

Renewable Heat NY

Supports the installation of high-efficiency, low emission wood heating technology for residential, municipal, and commercial buildings. These advanced technology heating systems enable consumers to use local wood pellets and cordwood as fuel in a cleaner way. Technologies include stoves and pellet and cordwood boilers with thermal storage, many of which are made right here in New York State.