Suffolk County - Green Power Purchasing Policy (New York)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place New York

Name Suffolk County - Green Power Purchasing Policy
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2011-08-24
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables 2005 goal of 5%; 2010 goal of 25%

Source LIPA Green Choice Program; possibly others

Date added to DSIRE 2005-05-05
Last DSIRE Review 2010-09-02

References DSIRE[1]


In April 2005, Suffolk County enacted two bills requiring the county government to purchase electricity generated by renewable-energy resources. The first bill directs the county to purchase 5% of its electricity through LIPA's Green Choice Program, provided that the total additional costs do not exceed $100,000 per year compared to the cost of conventional electricity. According to the county website, as of September 2010 the county had begun purchasing environmental attributes equivalent to 15% of total energy consumption. The incremental cost associated with this purchase is roughly $86,000.

The second bill requires the county government to buy at least 25% of its power -- for all county-run buildings and facilities -- from renewable sources by 2010 and includes a similar cap, limiting the excess spending to $500,000 per year compared to the cost of conventional energy. In August 2010 the county issued a request for bids to supply the county with renewable energy credits. An annual report must be filed on or before December 31 of each year, detailing the progress toward achieving the 25% goal.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information
Department Suffolk County NY
Division Department of Environment and Energy
Address 100 Veterans Memorial Highway

Place Hauppauge, New York
Zip/Postal Code 11788-0099
Phone (631) 853-4000


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Suffolk County Resolution No. 236-2005

Date Enacted 2005-04-20

Authority 2: Suffolk County Resolution No. 349-2005

Date Enacted 2005-04-20

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"