Take Action! Urge the New York Public Service Commission to Adequately Fund Incentives for Solar Energy!

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In June, the New York Public Service Commission authorized $45 million for the "Customer-Sited" tier of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) through 2009. However, less than a third of this funding will go to solar PV and only a tenth will go to small wind. This is significantly short of what is needed to support these important technologies. 

Already by mid-year 2006, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) has has received as many PV incentive applications as were submitted in all of 2005, and has distributed almost as much money as it did during that entire year. At this rate, requested incentives in 2006 are expected to reach almost $7 million. The Commission's funding proposal would provide $4.6 million per year for solar incentives through 2009, making it impossible to meet even this year’s demand for incentives, much less future demands.

The incentive program is ratepayer funded and should be responsive to their interests and requests. The program should also follow the intent of the RPS to encourage the development of the most promising, rapidly growing, and beneficial renewable technologies. Solar PV is one of the technologies most in line with these goals.

This program is not a giveaway of ratepayer money, but a policy put in place to balance out the years of federal and state subsidies to conventional fuels, and also to account for the externalized costs and burdens of these fuels not presently measured in our economic system.

For more details on the PSC proposal and the reasons funding should be increased, click here.

December 13, 2018


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