Competitive Tier 2 Program

The Public Service Commission’s October 15, 2020 Order [PDF] established a new, short-term Competitive Tier 2 Program within the Clean Energy Standard (CES). The new Competitive Tier 2 Program aims to maximize the contributions and potential of New York’s existing renewable resources to ensure their continued operations. The Program will support certain existing baseline renewable resources that are selected as part of three annual solicitations.

Second Competitive Tier 2 Solicitation

NYSERDA launched the second Competitive Tier 2 request for proposals, T2RFP21-2, on August 5, 2021 to accelerate progress towards New York’s goal of generating 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Through this solicitation, NYSERDA seeks to procure Tier 2-eligible Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from eligible facilities that entered commercial operation prior to January 1, 2015.

Responses were due to NYSERDA on September 9, 2021.


Eligible Competitive Tier 2 generators include existing non-state-owned run-of-river hydropower and existing wind resources located within the State that entered commercial operation prior to January 1, 2015. Generation from eligible facilities not already under contract with NYSERDA will be eligible for Competitive Tier 2 compensation.

Proposers’ Webinar and Q&A

NYSERDA hosted a webinar on this RFP and the submittal process for potential proposers on August 19, 2021.

Associated Documents

2021 Competitive Tier 2 Solicitation

Through its first Competitive Tier 2 solicitation issued on January 22, 2021, NYSERDA has selected three projects for award represented by two proposers to retain enough renewable energy in New York State to power nearly 8,300 homes and help support ongoing operations of these existing New York-based renewable energy facilities. The response indicates there is expanding market interest for RECs from Tier 2 eligible generators outside of NYSERDA’s procurements, especially among Community Choice Aggregations which allow local communities to voluntarily negotiate the best price and terms on energy supply, products, and services without direct financial support from New York State.

The awarded projects include:

  • Baldwinsville – Brookfield Renewable Trading and Marketing LP
    • 0.6 megawatt hydroelectric facility located in Onondaga County
  • Talcville – Brookfield Renewable Trading and Marketing LP
    • 1.1 megawatt hydroelectric facility located in St. Lawrence County
  • Moose River Hydro – Energy Ottawa New York
    • 12.2 megawatt hydroelectric facility located in Lewis County

Implementation Plan

NYSERDA filed a Competitive Tier 2 Re-sale Implementation Plan ProposalLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for stakeholder comment and Commission approval on May 1, 2021.  The plan includes a description of the Competitive Tier 2 REC re-sale process, timing, and NYSERDA’s interaction with the LSE obligations and reconciliation process.

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