Suffolk County - Green Power Purchasing Policy

August 24, 2011


In April 2005, Suffolk County enacted two bills requiring the county government to purchase electricity generated by renewable-energy resources. The first bill directs the county to purchase 5% of its electricity through LIPA's Green Choice Program, provided that the total additional costs do not exceed $100,000 per year compared to the cost of conventional electricity. According to the county website, as of September 2010 the county had begun purchasing environmental attributes equivalent to 15% of total energy consumption. The incremental cost associated with this purchase is roughly $86,000.

The second bill requires the county government to buy at least 25% of its power -- for all county-run buildings and facilities -- from renewable sources by 2010 and includes a similar cap, limiting the excess spending to $500,000 per year compared to the cost of conventional energy. In August 2010 the county issued a request for bids to supply the county with renewable energy credits. An annual report must be filed on or before December 31 of each year, detailing the progress toward achieving the 25% goal.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: New York
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Wind (Small)
Renewables % or Amount: 2005 goal of 5%; 2010 goal of 25%
Source: LIPA Green Choice Program; possibly others


Name: Suffolk County Resolution No. 236-2005
Date Enacted: 04/20/2005
Name: Suffolk County Resolution No. 349-2005
Date Enacted: 04/20/2005


Name: Public Information
Organization: Suffolk County NY
Address: 100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge NY 11788-0099
Phone: (631) 853-4000

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.