Mandatory Low Income Alternative Energy Option (New York)

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Place New York
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
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
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

References DSIRE[1]


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.[1]


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