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Renewable Energy Development at NYSERDA . Jeff Peterson NYSERDA June 25, 2008. Discussion Outline. Renewable Energy Task Force Recommendations - Creates the policy foundation Market Development - Builds wholesale and retail markets to meet policy goals Business Innovation

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Development at NYSERDA

Jeff Peterson


June 25, 2008

discussion outline
Discussion Outline
  • Renewable Energy Task Force Recommendations
  • - Creates the policy foundation
  • Market Development
  • - Builds wholesale and retail markets to meet policy goals
  • Business Innovation
  • - Grow sustainable businesses to serve the market
  • Renewable Fuels
  • - Long term commitment through investment in research and planning
renewable energy task force1
  • The Task Force was charged with three primary goals:
  • Identify barriers in New York State to wider deployment and installation of renewable energy;
  • Recommend policies, including financial incentives to overcome those barriers to attract clean industries to economically depressed regions of the state; and,
  • Identify future market areas where additional research and development investment is necessary.
Clean, Secure Energy and Economic Growth:A Commitment to Renewable Energy and Enhanced Energy Independence




renewable energy task force summary recommendations
  • Re-Commit to Meeting the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Goal and Evaluate Raising Renewable Energy Target
  • Enhance and Expand New York’s Existing Net Metering Law
  • Invest in Clean Energy Businesses for Economic Growth
  • Develop Both a Renewable Fuels Roadmap and a Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Study
  • Expand Research and Development efforts for Renewable Energy
  • Reclaim a Leadership Role Through Building and Product Energy Performance
  • Expand Purchases of Renewable Energy by Local Governments
  • Create a Vehicle Efficiency/Vehicle Miles Traveled Working Group
  • Build a Sustainable Market for Solar Energy in New York State
  • Develop a Strategy to Reap the Benefits of New York’s Wind Energy Potential
  • Expand Training Programs to Sustain a Green Collar Workforce
  • Improve Overall Agency Consistency and Coordination
  • Use Creative Financing to Promote Investment in the Renewable Energy Industry
  • Encourage the Use of Advanced Metering and Smart-Grid Technology
  • Build on Public and Private Educational Programs
  • Facilitate Interconnection Processes for Renewable Distributed Generation

Renewable Portfolio Standard

  • Target: 25% of retail sales served by 2013
  • Existing resources account for about 19.5%
  • Incremental requirement satisfied as follows:
    • Main Tier (NYSERDA) 9,850 GWh
    • Customer-Sited Tier (NYSERDA) 50 GWH
    • Voluntary Green Retailing 1,800 GWh
    • State Agency Purchases 300 GWh
    • Total 12,100 GWh


Design and administer a series of competitive procurements and incentive programs to add new grid-tied renewable generation and increase the penetration of renewable technologies located behind-the-meter on the customer premises and preserve existing renewable resource base


Cumulative RPS Program Outcomes

- Main Tier -

New capacity (at end program year 2009) - approx. 1,345 MW

Total Available REC produced annually - nearly 4,300,000

Facilities involved - 31 projects/29 in New York

Resource type - 16 hydro/3 biomass/13 wind

New capacity under NYSERDA contract - 1,106 MW

Expected NYS economic benefits - approx. $ 1.4 billion

REC under contract to NYSERDA annually - approx. 3,500,000

Weighted REC price - $ 17/MWh

% of 2013 program goal achieved - approx. 35 %

Results pending execution of contracts under 3 rd procurement cycle

role of nyserda cair and rggi initiatives
Role of NYSERDA CAIR and RGGI Initiatives

Funded/managed critical research on auction principles and practices

Selected auction services provider and expect to execute auctions or brokered arrangements to comply with these new initiatives

RGGI - Region wide auction

CAIR - NYSERDA administered auctions/brokered arrangements

NYSERDA administers CAIR/RGGI programs on behalf of NYS DEC

NYSERDA allocated carbon (CO2) (approx 65 million tons) and nitrous oxide (NOx) allowances (approx 23,000 tons) respectively to sell to entities affected by these new regulations.

Proceeds from the sales of CO2 and NOx will be used to promote and implement programs for energy efficiency, renewable or non-carbon emitting technologies, and innovative carbon emissions abatement technologies with significant carbon reduction potential.

why businesses need to pay attention to climate change

Why Businesses Need to Pay Attention to Climate Change

Regulatory Risk – Emission regulation.

Supply Chain Cost – Higher component and energy costs as suppliers pass along increasing carbon-related costs to their customers.

Product and Technology Opportunities - Ability to identify new market opportunities for climate-friendly products and services.

Reputation – Public, or consumer, perception on the role of the company as a steward of the environment.


What Drives Public and Private Decisions?

Based on: J.E. Pater, Framework for Evaluating the Total Value Proposition of Clean Energy Technologies, Technical Report NREL/TP-620-38597, February 2006


Development of commercial market

  • Develop market for prototypes

Business Scale-up

Clear path to competitive economics

Support Business Innovation along with Technology Development

  • Identify early-entry market segments
  • Validate market size/fit

High Level Business Plan

  • Develop viable product concept
  • Identify potential applications for product

Business Development

Value Proposition

Product Idea

Will the technology work?


Product Definition

Is the business viable?

Business Concept

Initial Concept

Will it work for a customer?





Working Prototype




Technology Development


  • Research and development
  • Demonstrate key concepts


  • Demonstrate working system prototype

Technology Development

  • First generation field prototypes
  • Refine prototypes

Bench-top fabrication

  • Beta field prototypes
  • Pre-production product refinement
  • Low volume commercial deployment
  • All value-chain firms on-board

Contract manufacturing

Pilot-scale manufacturing

  • Product refinement
  • Volume scale-up

Commercial production

Navigant, 2008

Clean Energy Business Growth & DevelopmentPON 1124$6 million of funding -$200,000 per projectRound 3 – August 4, 2008
  • Partner with companies to share the risk of --
    • Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Implementation of new business models and strategies
  • -- that will enable the adoption and diffusion of clean energy technology.
clean energy technology manufacturing incentive program
Clean Energy TechnologyManufacturing Incentive Program

PON 1176

$10 MILLION AVAILABLE - $1.5 million per project


Expand the level of manufacturing of renewable, clean, and energy-efficient products in New York through …

… funding for Facility and Site Characterization, Project Development and Construction, and Project Commercial Operation

retf renewable fuels
RETF Renewable Fuels
  • Governor Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force included examination of Renewable Fuels
  • TF Report concluded: “…no single renewable fuel will answer increasing energy needs…NY should address critical concerns regarding specific fuels…both to solve energy mandates and prioritize environmental, land-use and health concerns in policy decision making.”
  • Calls for completion of Renewable Fuels Roadmap
    • RFP will be issued by NYSERDA very soon

Located at the Griffiss Technology Park in Rome, NY

  • Pilot Plant: 500,000 gallons/year of ethanol
  • NYSERDA Funds: $14.8 million Total Cost: $29.8 million
  • Pilot plant used to test proprietary thermophilic microbes (e.g. T. saccharolyticum) and engineered Consolidated Bioprocessing (CBP) microorganism (reduce enzyme requirement)
  • Partners: Genencor, Cornell, Clarkson, Dartmouth
  • Feedstocks: willows, papermill sludge, switch grass

Co-located with the Lyonsdale 19MW power plant.

  • Pilot Plant:130,000 gallons/year of ethanol
  • NYSERDA Funds: $10.3 million Total Cost: $20.7 million
  • Biomass extraction (hemicellulose), membrane separation and fermentation developed and tested at SUNY-ESF
  • Partners: SUNY-ESF, New Energy Capital, O’Brien & Gere
  • Feedstocks: willows, harvested wood

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The Way I See It #289

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Jeff Peterson


17 Columbia Circle

Albany, NY 12203

518-862-1090 ext. 3288