NYSERDA is primarily funded by state ratepayers through the System Benefits Charge (SBC), which was established on May 20, 1996. These funds are allocated toward energy-efficiency programs, research and development initiatives, low-income energy programs, and environmental disclosure activities. The SBC was extended most recently until December 31, 2016.
Customers of the following utilities pay into the SBC:
To determine if you are paying into the SBC, look at a recent bill from your utility company to see if “SBC” or “RPS” is listed as a charge. If need assistance determining whether you pay into the SBC, contact NYSERDA at 1-866-NYSERDA.
Utility customers that do not pay into the SBC may still be eligible for NYSERDA programs. Contact NYSERDA at 1-866-NYSERDA to determine if any energy efficiency programs are available to you.