Renewable Generators and Developers

The Clean Energy StandardLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. [PDF] establishes several tiers of eligible renewable energy generators.

Tier 1 - New Renewables

The Renewable Energy Standard Tier 1 program is aimed at increasing new renewable energy development in New York State. Eligible Tier 1 resources include generators of electricity through the use of the following technologies: solar thermal, solar PV, on-land and offshore wind, hydroelectric, geothermal electric, geothermal ground source heat, tidal energy, wave energy, ocean thermal, and fuel cells which do not utilize a fossil fuel resource in the process of generating electricity, that entered commercial operation on or after January 1, 2015.

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Tier 2 - Maintenance Resources

The Tier 2 Maintenance program aims to provide targeted, adequate, and prudent support to New York’s existing renewable resources to ensure their continued operations. Eligible Tier 2 maintenance generators include run-of-river hydroelectric facilities (5 MW or less) and wind resources that entered commercial operation prior to January 1, 2003. 

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Competitive Tier 2

The Competitive Tier 2 aims to maximize the contributions and potential of New York’s existing renewable resources to ensure their continued operations. Eligible Competitive Tier 2 generators include existing non-state-owned run-of-river hydropower and existing wind resources located within the State that entered commercial operation prior to January 1, 2015.

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Tier 4 - New York City Renewable Energy

Tier 4 aims to increase the penetration of renewable energy in New York City and reduce reliance on fossil fuel generation. Eligible Tier 4 resources include generators of electricity through the use of the following technologies: solar thermal, solar PV, on-land wind, hydroelectric, geothermal electric, geothermal ground source heat, tidal energy, wave energy, ocean thermal, and fuel cells which do not utilize a fossil fuel resource in the process of generating electricity. Non-hydroelectric resources must have entered commercial operation on or after October 15, 2020, and hydroelectric resources must be existing or already under construction as of October 15, 2020. All eligible resources must be either located in New York City, or delivered through a new transmission interconnection to New York City.

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Contact

Email res@nyserda.ny.gov with questions about CES eligibility or programs.