New York Selects First Phase of RPS Projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that five companies have been selected to provide power in the first phase of its renewables portfolio standard (RPS) program that the Public Service Commission (PSC) put into place last year. Late last year, NYSERDA issued a fast-track request for proposals that could be on-line by December 31.

The five projects chosen included two wind facilities and three small hydroelectric projects. The wind projects selected include Flat Rock in Lewis County, N.Y., and Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm, in New Jersey. The small hydroelectric projects selected include Browns Falls Hydro and Higley Hydro in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., and Spier Falls Hydro in Saratoga County, N.Y. “Governor Pataki in his 2003 State of the State address made a commitment to make New York a national leader in renewable energy usage, when he asked the State PSC to implement a renewables portfolio standard,” said NYSERDA president Peter R. Smith. “We have been working diligently on behalf of the PSC to administer a comprehensive program that will provide the maximum benefit for all New Yorkers, and assure that we achieve the Governor’s goal.” “Increased use of renewable resources will produce greater fuel diversity for New York State, which will ultimately work to reduce energy price volatility and shield ratepayers from the impacts of price spikes for oil, natural gas, and coal,” said William M. Flynn, PSC Chairman. “New York’s RPS is a smart energy initiative that will stimulate economic development in the fast-growing area of clean energy technologies while also producing environmental benefits as we tap into cleaner energy resources.” Twenty-two proposals were received from this solicitation, which was the first of many that will be issued over the next several years to fully implement the RPS program, according to NYSERDA. The power producers selected in this round will be providing nearly 700 million kWh of eligible renewable electricity production in the first year. The amount of funding provided to the five projects selected will be $15.7 million the first year. “We were extremely pleased with the response and the mix of renewable energy projects that were proposed in this first round solicitation,” added Smith. “Not only will these projects begin helping us reduce our dependence on fossil fuel, but New Yorkers will reap the environmental and economic benefits that we had envisioned.” Information courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association
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