New York State Public Service Commission
Environmental Disclosure Program
On December 15, 1998, the New York State Public Service Commission directed all businesses subject to its jurisdiction that supply retail electric service to provide their customers with periodic environmental disclosure statements. The commission's directive applies to all electric utilities, energy service companies (ESCOs), and jurisdictional municipal and electric cooperative. The New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority will participate on a cooperative basis.
The environmental disclosure label contains a breakdown of the fuel source of the power generated or purchased and the amount of air emissions that power generation or purchase caused during a specific period of time.
The label also includes each utility's air emissions relative to the New York State average including the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) given off by power generated and purchased.
It is the Public Service Commission's intention that every retail electric provider will disclose this information to its customers every six months. The Board of Public Utilities will include the Envirnmental Disclosure Label in its New 'n Views newsletter as directed by the New York State Public Service Commission.
The description of these fuel sources in the following charts does not include the BPU's energy efficient heating system. The district heating system uses energy "twice", by utilizing steam from the power production rather than wasting this heat. This means that the BPU emissions are actually lower than reflected here for every unit of energy output because of its district heating system.