Mandatory Low Income Alternative Energy Option (New York)
Last modified on May 23, 2011.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Mandatory Low Income Alternative Energy Option|
|Incentive Type||Line Extension Analysis|
|Applicable Sector||Utility, Low-Income Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Other Distributed Generation Technologies|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Availability||Customer must be enrolled in the Home Energy Assistance Programs as an applicant for service to a primary residence.|
|Requirements||Utility must propose plans for alternative energy service and pay for that service up to the amount that they would have paid for extending electric lines to that residence if that option is less costly than extending the electric lines.|
|Service||Cost-benefit analysis and payment for a portion of that customer's alternative energy system.|
|Date added to DSIRE||2010-01-11|
|Last DSIRE Review||2010-01-27|
If a prospective low income customer of a utility in New York applies for a line extension, the utility will conduct a cost-benefit analysis on whether alternative energy would be cheaper than extending the lines to that property. If the owner agrees to the alternative energy option then the utility is obligated to pay the equivalent of the line extension for that customer's alternative energy system on their primary residence. Department staff reviews the application made by the utility and determines an appropriate resolution if the customer does not agree to alternative energy sources. Prospective customers should apply for the low income Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP) online, by mail, or in person at social services offices. In addition, customers should mail a written request to join the utility's low income program, which they will report quarterly to the Department of Public Service. The utility is only obligated to pay up to the amount that would have been paid for extending electric lines to the property.
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||NY CRR Public Service, Title 16 Article § 98.2|
|Date Enacted||10/06/1993 (subsequently amended)|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.