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Programs & Incentives
Programs & Incentives » Central Hudson » Distributed Generation » Programs & Incentives

Incentives

State and federal incentives exist for a variety of renewable energy sources. In addition, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives to install grid-tied solar and wind generators. Please visit their website for more information:

Installers

In order to receive funding through NYSERDA, you must use a NYSERDA-approved installer. A list of eligible solar and wind installers can also be found on NYSERDA’s website.

Service Classification

The size of your system and current service classification will determine your new service classification once your generator is interconnected.  Some customers may qualify for net metering or remote net metering. If you do not qualify for net metering, please see our electric rate tariffs (leaf 228 for service classification 10 and leaf 272 for service classification 14) for more information.


Current Programs

Community Distributed Generation (CDG)

CDG Opportunity Zones
Central Hudson Gas & Electric has elected to include its entire service territory for Community DG during Phase 1 of the Public Service Commission’s case regarding Processing on Motion of the Commission as to the Policies, Requirements and Conditions for Implementing a Community Net Metering Program.

Please use the below link to view Central Hudson’s Community Distributed Generation Opportunity Zone map which outlines Central Hudson’s electric service territory. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Community DG Opportunity Zone Map

CDG Allocation Request Form
This form is for use in connection with Central Hudson's Community Distributed Generation Program as contained in General Information Section 46 of P.S.C. No. 15 – Electricity (“Tariff”). Please fill in all of the required fields on the following form, sign and mail them to the address located at the bottom of page. CDG Allocation Request Form

CDG Self-Certification

Prior to commencing net metered service under CDG (and annually thereafter), CDG Hosts must self-certify in writing that they will abide by all terms and conditions of General Information Section 46 – Community Distributed Generation of P.S.C. No. 15 – Electricity and the requirements of the PSC that are adopted pursuant to orders issued in Case 15-E-0082 and Case 15-M-0180, as they may be amended or superseded time to time. Here is an "example form" that may be used to fulfill this self-certification requirement.


Net Metering

Applicability

Net metering is achieved by allowing a customer's meter to spin in the reverse and forward directions. When the customer's generator is producing less energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the energy passing from the utility to the customer and spin in the forward direction. When the customer's generator is producing more energy than the customer is using, the electric meter will measure the excess energy passing from the customer to the utility and spin in the backward direction. The surplus energy is subtracted, or "netted," from the energy supplied by the utility to the customer, thus "net metered." Information on New York State's program, including rebates and incentives, can be found at www.nyserda.ny.gov.

Eligibility

The following chart summarizes New York State law regarding eligibility for net metering: 

Central Hudson Renewable Energy
Incentive Type:
New York (PSL §66-l) - Net Metering*
Eligible Renewable/
Other Technologies:

Wind

Applicable Sectors:
Residential
Non-Residential
Farm-Service Wind
Limit on System Size:
25kW
Up to 2 MW
500 kW
Remote Net Metering:
No**
Yes
Yes
Limit on Overall Enrollment:
.3% of 2005 Demand per IOU

*Refer to specific utility tariff leaves for more detailed rules and regulations applicable to net metering.
**Residential customers who own or operate a farm operation as defined by Agriculture and Markets Law 301(11) and locate solar photovoltaic, micro-hydroelectric, wind, or fuel cells on property owned or leased by the customer are also eligible for remote net metering.


Remote Net Metering

Applicability

A Customer that owns or operates non-residential photovoltaic generating equipment, farm waste electric generating equipment, non-residential micro-hydroelectric generating equipment, non-residential fuel cell generating equipment or residential customers with farm operations that own or operate micro-hydroelectric generating equipment, photovoltaic generating equipment or fuel cell generating equipment, all as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-j, or farm or non-residential wind electric generating equipment, as defined in Public Service Law Section 66-l, that is net metered pursuant to the applicable sections in General Information Section 38.

Customer Requirements and Eligibility

The customer must apply for remote net metering by providing the Company with an executed Application, signed by the customer, for Remote Net Metering, as set forth below. After the initial application for remote net metering, the customer may designate additional Satellite Accounts or delete existing active Satellite Accounts from the remote net metering arrangement once per year, from January 1 through January 31 to be effective commencing with the subsequent Host Account billing.

The customer must designate the customer meter where the net metering eligible resource is located (“Host Account”) and the customer accounts where the customer would like to apply net metering credits (“Satellite Accounts”) from the Host Account. The customer may designate all or a portion of net metering credits generated by the Host Account to be applied to Satellite Accounts.

Accounts must be held by the same customer, on property owned or leased by the customer, within the same load zone as determined by the New York Independent System Operator’s locational based margin price as of the date of the initial request by the customer to conduct net metering. The Company reserves the right to investigate and/or obtain proof that all accounts are held by the customer.

In order to satisfy the statutory 2,000 kW limit applicable to photovoltaic generating equipment, each solar array of not more than 2,000 kW must:

(a) be separately metered and interconnected to the utility delivery system; and,
(b) be located on a separate site; and,
(c) be independently operated from any other project.

Please see Leaf 163.5.6 of our electric rate tariffs for additional information.

Applications for remote net metering can be downloaded from the “Forms” section and submitted with your final interconnection request.

Farm Waste Generating Equipment


Billing

If you are not eligible for net metering, there are many other options available to offset your usage. Please see our electric rate tariffs for more information.


Green Power

Explore our Green Power, SavingsCentral and Environment and Sustainability sections for more information on other renewable energy programs that are currently offered in New York State.