Policy Documents

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)
Tariff Filing by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. to Modify Its Electric Tariff Schedule, P.S.C. No. 10, Regarding Electric Energy Storage Systems

Con Edison proposed 5 modifications to its tariff: 

  1. Amend the tariff to expand the definition of energy storage to include batteries, flow batteries, fly wheels, and compressed air energy storage, among others.
  2. Expand the ability for energy storage to participate in any NWA project, instead of specific projects such as the BQDM program. 
  3. Allow energy storage to export to the distribtuion system as part of participation in DR programs, with some qualifications regarding the system and its capabilities. 
  4. Storage systems will be excluded from earning a reliability credit applicable to standby service customers. 
  5. Inverter-based systems will be allowed to export energy to the secondary distribution system as part of SC-11 Buyback Service. 

 

 (2/22/2018)
Order on Phase One VDER Project Size Cap and Related Matters

The Public Service Commission today expanded the size of distributed solar, hydroelectric, wind and other clean energy projects eligible for VDER compensation to from two to five megawatts. The Joint Utilities opposed the ruling, saying it is inconsistent with the goals of VDER and will put significant pressure on the utilities in the near-term. The ruling will not apply to CHP systems, as the accurate compensation of larger CHP generators will require additional analysis. Existing systems, between 2 MW and 5 MW, will be allowed to opt-in to VDER compensation with some exceptions. 

 (2/21/2018)
The State of Storage: Energy Storage Resources in New York's Wholesale Electricity Markets

On December 4th, 2017 the NYISO released a document detailing the roles that energy storage can play in New York's electricity markets and laying out a plan for integrating them into the grid more effectively. The document reveals that energy storage will be able to serve several new roles in wholesale markets in the near future. The document breaks up the timeline for energy storage into three steps, which will be concluded by 2023. These steps include: Integration, Optimization, and Aggregation. 

 (12/4/2017)
New York Energy Storage Deployment Bill

Governor Cuomo has approved Energy Storage Deployment legislation and issued an Approval Memorandum.  The legislation requires the Public Service Commission to establish a energy storage goals for 2018, and create both policy and regulatory mechanisms to achieve that goal. 

 (11/29/2017)
Real Property Tax Exemption for Energy Storage

Senate Bill S4069 provides an exemption from real property tax for a selection of advanced energy systems, including energy storage. The bill was sponsored by Joseph A. Griffo from the 47th district. 

 (10/23/2017)

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