New York Renewable Portfolio Standard

A Clean, Green Tomorrow Starts Today

A Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a policy that seeks to increase the proportion of renewable electricity used by retail customers. New York has adopted an aggressive goal of obtaining electricity from renewable sources. RPS energy targets fall into three groups:

  • Main Tier or Large Scale Generators - Large scaled generators that sell power to the wholesale grid or in some cases generate power for onsite use.
  • Customer-Sited Tier - Small scaled generators such as a photovoltaic (PV) system on a residence
  • Other Market Activities - Individuals and businesses that choose to pay a premium on their electricity bill to support renewable energy and state agencies that are subject to renewable energy purchasing requirements through similar policies.

NYSERDA is responsible for administering the Main Tier and the Customer Sited Tier aspects of the program.