Competitive Tier 2 Program

The Public Service Commission’s October 15, 2020 Order [PDF] establishes a new Competitive Tier 2 Program within the Clean Energy Standard (CES). The new Competitive Tier 2 Program aims to maximize the contributions and potential of New York’s existing renewable resources to ensure their continued operations. The Program will support certain existing baseline renewable resources that are selected as part of three annual solicitations.

2021 Competitive Tier 2 Solicitation

NYSERDA launched the first Competitive Tier 2 request for proposals, T2RFP21-1, on January 22, 2021 to accelerate progress towards Governor Cuomo’s goal of generating 70% of New York State’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Through the 2021 solicitation, NYSERDA seeks to procure Tier 2-eligible Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from eligible facilities that entered commercial operation prior to January 1, 2015.

Responses were due to NYSERDA on February 24, 2021. NYSERDA expects to issue the 2022 Competitive Tier 2 Solicitation in late 2021.


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. Generation from eligible facilities not already under contract with NYSERDA will be eligible for Competitive Tier 2 compensation.

T2RFP21-1 Proposers’ Webinar

NYSERDA hosted a webinar on this RFP and the submittal process for potential proposers on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Presentation: Competitive Tier 2 Program Proposer's Webinar [PDF]

Updated 02-16-2021: Competitive Tier 2 Program Q&A: Responses to Proposer Questions [PDF]

Associated Documents

Implementation Plan

NYSERDA will file a Competitive Tier 2 implementation plan for stakeholder comment and Commission approval by May 1, 2021.  The plan will include a description of the Competitive Tier 2 REC re-sale process, timing, and NYSERDA’s interaction with the LSE obligations and reconciliation process.

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