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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NYSERDA announces $204 million for large-scale renewable energy projects

NYSERDA, in conjunction with the Public Service Commission (PSC), has awarded $204 million of funding to eight large-scale electric generating projects to produce and deliver renewable electricity to New York consumers.  The projects will be funded through the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which finances the development of renewable energy resources that will help reduce harmful emissions, increase energy security, and build a clean energy economy.         
The funding will support wind power initiatives at the Hardscrabble (Herkimer County), Steel Winds II (Erie County), and Marble River (Clinton County) wind projects; hydroelectric projects including upgrades to the Wappingers Falls (Dutchess County) and Taylorville (Lewis County) power projects; and biofuel projects including co-firing operations at the NRG Dunkirk (Chautauqua County) facility, landfill gas-to-electricity at the Albany Energy (Albany County) project, and a new 100 percent biomass Black River Generation  project (Jefferson County). 

Last year, the Public Service Commission expanded the RPS goal to increase the proportion of renewable electricity sold in New York from 25 percent to 30 percent by 2015.  Under the a state goal of ‘45 by 15,' in addition to obtaining 30 percent of our electricity through renewable technologies, another 15 percent will be obtained through energy efficiency measures. 

New York is nationally recognized for its investments in clean renewable energy technologies.  Including projects from this latest solicitation, 39 projects have been selected under the RPS program representing more than 1,532 megawatts of renewable capacity.  These include 14 wind farms, 19 hydroelectric facility upgrades, one landfill-gas project, three power plants that will partially displace coal with biomass, and two power plants that will use 100 percent clean renewable biomass.  Of the 39 projects selected to-date, 26 are operating, five are under construction, and the eight selected under this solicitation are under development.