Policy Documents

Electric Vehicle Supply Equirpment (EVSE) Technical conference

Notice of EVSE Technical Conference

On May 25, 2018 NYSERDA and DPS announced that they will convene technical conferences on Wednesday July 18th and Thursday July 19th to solicit stakeholder input and establish the scope of the staff's whitepaper regarding electric vehicle supply equipment and infrastructure. As set forth in the Order Instituting Proceeding, issued April 24, 2018 in this proceeding, the following topics will be discussed:

  • potential utility roles in supporting EVSE deployment;
  • potential utility roles in supporting EV charging services;
  • requirements to enable EVs and EVSE to operate as a source of grid services and system value, including possible data and instrumentation needs;
  • location considerations, including electric system, customer need, and community considerations
  • how to treat EVs and EVSE as DERs;
  • if tariffs and demand charges should be adjusted;
  • and much more. 
 (7/18/2018)
June 22nd, 2018 Policy Alert

June 22, 2018

 

Dear NY-BEST members:


It’s been a VERY busy and productive week for energy storage in New York! This Policy Update provides
a summary of recent major policy developments.

New York Energy Storage Roadmap

After months of hard work on the part of many parties, including staff at the NYS Energy Research and
Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the NYS Department of Public Service (DPS), and significant
engagement and input from NY-BEST and our members, we are pleased to share the news that the State
has released the New York Energy Storage Roadmap. The Roadmap charts the path to achieving
Governor Cuomo’s target of 1,500 MW of storage deployed on New York’s electric grid by 2025 and
forms the basis for the Public Service Commission to adopt a more aggressive 2030 storage target
before the end of the year.

The Roadmap includes a series of policy and regulatory recommendations to achieve the State’s energy
storage targets and open opportunities for energy storage in customer-sited, distribution system and
bulk system markets. Highlights of the recommendations include:

  • $350 million in funding for a new statewide market acceleration bridge incentive program to jumpstart the deployment of energy storage;
  • Proposed changes in retail rate design and the VDER tariff to provide increased values for benefits provided by storage;
  • The addition of an energy storage “adder”, within the State’s NY-Sun Program, for solar-plus-storage projects;
  • Expanded Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) opportunities and Earnings Adjustment Mechanisms (EAMs) through investor-owned utilities;
  • Actions to reduce storage “soft costs” and improve financing for storage;
  • New clean peak actions, aligned with proposed draft rules from the Department of Environmental Conservation, to reduce emissions from peaking units; and
  • Recommended modifications to wholesale markets rules to fully enable energy storage participation.

The Roadmap will be the subject of public comment and technical conferences (to be announced). NY-
BEST will share information about the meetings as soon as its available and we will actively participate in
the technical conferences. We encourage all our members to submit comments and participate in the
technical conferences to ensure a strong industry presence in the record and at the public meetings.

The NYS Public Service Commission is expected to take final action on the Roadmap recommendations
by the end of 2018. If you are interested in following the Roadmap activities at the PSC or submitting
comments, reference Case Number 18-E-0130 in the DPS document management system.

NY-BEST is completing an in-depth review of the Roadmap and will provide a more detailed summary in
the coming days. NY-BEST looks forward to continuing to work with our members and State partners to
finalize the Roadmap and unlock the vast benefits of storage for New York’s electric grid.

Additional information on the Roadmap and NYSERDA’s fact sheet can be found here.

NY Green Bank – Request of Information (RFI)

The NY Green Bank (NYGB) today released an RFI related to energy storage. The information provided
to the NYGB under the RFI will assist them in designing new financing mechanisms for energy storage
projects. As you will recall, Governor Cuomo previously announced a $200 million commitment from the
NYGB for energy storage projects.

Energy Storage Legislation Passed

The NYS Legislature wrapped up the 2018 session and we are pleased to report that their activities
included passing two bills important for the storage industry that we actively supported. The first,
(S.8971/A. 10410) sponsored by Assemblymember Carroll and Senator Lanza, provides a real property
tax abatement for energy storage equipment placed into service in New York City between January 1,
2019 and January 1, 2021. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration. We want to thank
those members who supported this bill, notably Brooklyn Solar Works and Sunrun who, along with our
team, worked diligently at the end of session to get the bill passed.

The second bill (S.7318-a/A.8291-a) sponsored by Assemblymember Paulin and Senator Griffo is a
Chapter amendment to the energy storage deployment legislation signed last year by the Governor,
requiring the Public Service Commission to establish a goal for the amount of energy storage to be
deployed in New York through 2030. The Chapter amendment includes technical clean-ups and changes
that were agreed to by the Executive and the Legislature last year. Most notably, the Chapter
amendment clarifies that PSC must establish an energy storage goal by December 31, 2018 along with a
policy to achieve the goal.

Joint Utilities Proposed Model Tariff for Hybrid Energy Storage and Distributed Generation Systems

As required by PSC Order Modifying Standard Interconnection Requirements, and consistent with the
Value of DER Phase One Order, the Joint Utilities filed a joint model tariff for compensation of a hybrid
energy storage system and distributed generation system interconnected with the three-meter
solutions. The model tariff incorporates four options and is intended to clarify the application of the
VDER value stack components to energy exported by a hybrid storage/DG system. It can be found at this
LINK.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the proposal.

 (6/22/2018)
June 22nd, 2018 Policy Alert

June 22, 2018

 

Dear NY-BEST members:


It’s been a VERY busy and productive week for energy storage in New York! This Policy Update provides
a summary of recent major policy developments.

New York Energy Storage Roadmap

After months of hard work on the part of many parties, including staff at the NYS Energy Research and
Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the NYS Department of Public Service (DPS), and significant
engagement and input from NY-BEST and our members, we are pleased to share the news that the State
has released the New York Energy Storage Roadmap. The Roadmap charts the path to achieving
Governor Cuomo’s target of 1,500 MW of storage deployed on New York’s electric grid by 2025 and
forms the basis for the Public Service Commission to adopt a more aggressive 2030 storage target
before the end of the year.

The Roadmap includes a series of policy and regulatory recommendations to achieve the State’s energy
storage targets and open opportunities for energy storage in customer-sited, distribution system and
bulk system markets. Highlights of the recommendations include:

  • $350 million in funding for a new statewide market acceleration bridge incentive program to jumpstart the deployment of energy storage;
  • Proposed changes in retail rate design and the VDER tariff to provide increased values for benefits provided by storage;
  • The addition of an energy storage “adder”, within the State’s NY-Sun Program, for solar-plus-storage projects;
  • Expanded Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) opportunities and Earnings Adjustment Mechanisms (EAMs) through investor-owned utilities;
  • Actions to reduce storage “soft costs” and improve financing for storage;
  • New clean peak actions, aligned with proposed draft rules from the Department of Environmental Conservation, to reduce emissions from peaking units; and
  • Recommended modifications to wholesale markets rules to fully enable energy storage participation.

The Roadmap will be the subject of public comment and technical conferences (to be announced). NY-
BEST will share information about the meetings as soon as its available and we will actively participate in
the technical conferences. We encourage all our members to submit comments and participate in the
technical conferences to ensure a strong industry presence in the record and at the public meetings.

The NYS Public Service Commission is expected to take final action on the Roadmap recommendations
by the end of 2018. If you are interested in following the Roadmap activities at the PSC or submitting
comments, reference Case Number 18-E-0130 in the DPS document management system.

NY-BEST is completing an in-depth review of the Roadmap and will provide a more detailed summary in
the coming days. NY-BEST looks forward to continuing to work with our members and State partners to
finalize the Roadmap and unlock the vast benefits of storage for New York’s electric grid.

Additional information on the Roadmap and NYSERDA’s fact sheet can be found here.

NY Green Bank – Request of Information (RFI)

The NY Green Bank (NYGB) today released an RFI related to energy storage. The information provided
to the NYGB under the RFI will assist them in designing new financing mechanisms for energy storage
projects. As you will recall, Governor Cuomo previously announced a $200 million commitment from the
NYGB for energy storage projects.

Energy Storage Legislation Passed

The NYS Legislature wrapped up the 2018 session and we are pleased to report that their activities
included passing two bills important for the storage industry that we actively supported. The first,
(S.8971/A. 10410) sponsored by Assemblymember Carroll and Senator Lanza, provides a real property
tax abatement for energy storage equipment placed into service in New York City between January 1,
2019 and January 1, 2021. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration. We want to thank
those members who supported this bill, notably Brooklyn Solar Works and Sunrun who, along with our
team, worked diligently at the end of session to get the bill passed.

The second bill (S.7318-a/A.8291-a) sponsored by Assemblymember Paulin and Senator Griffo is a
Chapter amendment to the energy storage deployment legislation signed last year by the Governor,
requiring the Public Service Commission to establish a goal for the amount of energy storage to be
deployed in New York through 2030. The Chapter amendment includes technical clean-ups and changes
that were agreed to by the Executive and the Legislature last year. Most notably, the Chapter
amendment clarifies that PSC must establish an energy storage goal by December 31, 2018 along with a
policy to achieve the goal.

Joint Utilities Proposed Model Tariff for Hybrid Energy Storage and Distributed Generation Systems

As required by PSC Order Modifying Standard Interconnection Requirements, and consistent with the
Value of DER Phase One Order, the Joint Utilities filed a joint model tariff for compensation of a hybrid
energy storage system and distributed generation system interconnected with the three-meter
solutions. The model tariff incorporates four options and is intended to clarify the application of the
VDER value stack components to energy exported by a hybrid storage/DG system. It can be found at this
LINK.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the proposal.

 (6/22/2018)
June 4th, 2018 Policy Update

This Policy Update includes a summary of some of the most recent policy and regulatory actions taking place in New York State impacting the energy storage industry.

 

Energy Storage Roadmap

NYSERDA and DPS are continuing to work on the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap, scheduled to be released later this month.  The Roadmap will be released as a Staff Proposal which will become the subject of public comments and technical conferences through the summer with the goal for PSC action on a final Roadmap by Q4 of 2018. NYSERDA has posted the base case modeling results on its website, along with a summary of the focus areas and timeline for actions. NY-BEST has been facilitating stakeholder input into the process and we expect that this activity will continue and grow once the Roadmap is released. We will keep you apprised on new developments and share the Roadmap once it is released.

 

Staff Proposal on VDER Value Stack Eligibility Expansion 

On May 22, 2018 the DPS staff filed their proposal on expanding VDER compensation to additional resources. The full proposal can be found here. Under the proposal standalone energy storage systems will be eligible to receive compensation for all aspects of the value stack except the environmental (E) value and will have capacity payments calculated through Alternative 3. Comments on the staff proposal are due by August 6, 2018. If you have specific comments or feedback that you would like us to consider, please contact us. 

 

Tesla and O & R REV Demo Project

On May 30, 2018 the PSC approved Tesla and O & R's Virtual Power Plant REV Demo Project. The entire project will consist of a portfolio of aggregated batteries totaling 4MW/8MWh in size. The partners intend to target two customer segment or installation types, the first of which is Commercial & Industrial (C&I) customers. These customers will have 250-500kW/0.5-1MWh behind-the-meter (BTM) battery systems installed on site, with a combined aggregated capacity of 2MW/4MWh. These systems will provide grid services to O&R, ancillary services to the NYISO wholesale market, and demand charge reductions to the host customer.

 

DPS Staff Whitepaper: Guidance for 2018 DSIP Updates

On May 30, 2018 the Department of Public Service released a whitepaper to provide guidance on the utilities' 2018 Distribution System Implementation Plan (DSIP) Updates. The guidance includes a host of new requirements for utilities' DSIPs, including detailed plans for energy storage integration, a 5-year energy storage deployment forecast, a description of the utility's alignment with the State's energy storage deployment goals, as well as requirements for EV integration. More information on the Guidance for DSIP updates can be found here

 

Notice of EVSE Technical Conference

On May 25, 2018 NYSERDA and DPS announced that they will convene technical conference on Wednesday July 18th and Thursday July 19th to solicit stakeholder input and establish the scope of the staff's whitepaper regarding electric vehicle supply equipment and infrastructure. As set forth in the Order Instituting Proceeding, issued April 24, 2018 in this proceeding, the following topics will be discussed:

  • potential utility roles in supporting EVSE deployment;
  • potential utility roles in supporting EV charging services;
  • requirements to enable EVs and EVSE to operate as a source of grid services and system value, including possible data and instrumentation needs;
  • location considerations, including electric system, customer need, and community considerations
  • how to treat EVs and EVSE as DERs;
  • if tariffs and demand charges should be adjusted;
  • and much more. 

 

NYISO

NY-BEST is actively participating in on-going meetings of the MIWG at the NYISO as they work to implement FERC Order 841 requiring the removal of barriers to energy storage participation in wholesale markets,  as well as the NYISO DER Roadmap and State of Storage Report. There are several issues important to energy storage being discussed, including dual participation, capacity, buyer-side mitigation, etc. We encourage companies interested in participating to join us.

If you have any questions or need additional information on any of the above items, please contact us at info@ny-best.org

 (6/4/2018)
DPS Staff Proposal on VDER Value Stack Eligibility Expansion

On May 22, 2018 the DPS staff filed their proposal on expanding VDER compensation to additional resources. The full proposal can be found here. Under the proposal standalone energy storage systems will be eligible to receive compensation for all aspects of the value stack except the environmental (E) value and will have capacity payments calculated through Alternative 3. Comments on the staff proposal are due by August 6, 2018. If you have specific comments or feedback that you would like us to consider, please contact us. 

 (5/22/2018)
Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems

The City University of New York (CUNY) Smart Distributed Generation Hub (DG) Hub, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), Con Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) worked together to develop the first comprehensive set of guidelines for installing energy storage systems. This document provides a checklist for energy storage project developers to follow when they are siting energy storage projects in New York City. Both the NYC Department of Buildings and Fire Department of New York had substantial input on this document, and it represents a significant step forward for the deployment of energy storage in the City. The Guide focuses on siting of outdoor lithium ion battery systems, including roof top installations. NYSERDA and CUNY are continuing their work with the City in relation to siting indoor systems.
 

 (4/27/2018)
Order Modifying SIR

The existing New York State Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR) provide an efficient interconnection process that allows distributed generation (DG) developers to connect projects to the distribution system without undue delay. At the April 19th Public Service Commission meeting, the commission approved changes to these requirements which enable the interconnection of energy storage resources. 

The changes to the SIR that were adopted by the Commission cover 4 types of energy storage installations:

  • new distributed generation plus energy storage,
  • standalone energy storage systems,
  • the addition of energy storage to existing distributed generation, and
  • the modification of an existing storage systems mode of operation.

Developers can propose metering configurations based on project economics and are required to comply with the rules laid out in Appendix K. Appendix K requires applicants to submit detailed operating characteristics without limiting potential applications. Combined systems (DG + ESS), for the purposes of the 5 MW SIR cap, are judged on the highest nameplate AC rating of the components or its maximum export capability.

The Commission also directed the Joint Utilities to file a draft tariff within 30 days to integrate hybrid DG and ESS into utility tariffs. The draft model tariff will be subject to a notice and comment period, followed by Commission consideration of the proposed compensation methodology of a hybrid DG and ESS interconnected with the three-meter configuration approved by this order. The Joint Utilities may also include proposals for alternate hybrid DG and ESS technical configurations, as well as draft tariffs for any such alternate metering configurations. These tariffs must be consistent with the Commission’s determinations in the VDER Implementation Order regarding compensation of hybrid DG and ESS.

 

 (4/20/2018)
Order Adopting Whole Building Energy Data Aggregation Standard

This April 19th action by the PSC is designed to improved data access for building owners and project developers. Access to system and customer data are also key to the development and operation of efficient markets. Furthermore, putting data into the hands of customers and developers enables individuals to make informed investment decisions based on their specific needs, goals, and values. However, in offering access to new categories of customer data, the Commission must ensure that appropriate privacy standards are in place such that individual usage data is protected.

Aggregated whole-building energy data can increase the ability of building owners to understand the energy characteristics and potential of their buildings. Such data enables benchmarking and can help building owners make development and investment decisions. Some local governments have required that owners of large buildings conduct such benchmarking.

 (4/19/2018)
Order Adopting Whole Building Energy Data Aggregation Standard

This April 19th action by the PSC is designed to improved data access for building owners and project developers. Access to system and customer data are also key to the development and operation of efficient markets. Furthermore, putting data into the hands of customers and developers enables individuals to make informed investment decisions based on their specific needs, goals, and values. However, in offering access to new categories of customer data, the Commission must ensure that appropriate privacy standards are in place such that individual usage data is protected.

Aggregated whole-building energy data can increase the ability of building owners to understand the energy characteristics and potential of their buildings. Such data enables benchmarking and can help building owners make development and investment decisions. Some local governments have required that owners of large buildings conduct such benchmarking.

 (4/19/2018)
Utility Energy Registry

At the April 19th session of the Public Service Commission, the commissioners voted to adopt the Utility Energy Registry. The Utility Energy Registry is an online platform being developed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), with the support of the investor-owned gas and electric distribution utilities, to provide streamlined public access to aggregated community-scale utility energy data. The UER is intended to promote and facilitate community-based energy planning and energy use awareness and engagement.

The registry will not include individual customer data but will feature community-level energy consumption data, market research, and other forms of generic customer data that will be valuable for service providers and other third parties to determine areas of opportunity. The registry is expected to go online during mid-2018.

 (4/19/2018)

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