Policy Documents

Assembly Bill A6571 - Energy Storage Deployment Program

This bill establishes the energy storage deployment program to encourage the installation of qualified energy storage systems; relates to commercially available technology that is capable of absorbing energy, storing it for a period of time, and thereafter dispatching the energy. The commission will commence a proceeding to establish the energy storage deployment within 90 days of the passage of this bill, and will make a determination establishing an energy storage target no later than January 1, 2018. NY-BEST has routinely expressed support for this bill, and hopes the state establishes an aggressive deployment target. 

The Joint Utilities have started the process of developing Phase II of the VDER proceeding

NY-BEST has submitted two sets of comments on the VDER Phase II Proceeding. The first, released in December of 2016, can be found here. The second set of comments, released on May 30, 2017, can be found here

On January 19, 2017 the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. requested that the PSC authorize an extension of the BQDM Program without a termination date

NY-BEST submitted comments supporting the extension of the BQDM Program. The comments can be found here

On October 31, 2016 NYSERDA and the DPS released the Clean Energy Standard Phase I Implementation Plan Proposal

NY-BEST's comments on this proposal plan can be found here. The main concern highlighted by NY-BEST is the lack of a storage target, which would provide valuale operational flexibility to the grid. 

On October 27, 2016 the DPS released a staff report on the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Proceeding

NY-BEST submitted comments regarding this report on December 5, 2016. These comments indicated concern about undervaluation of dispatchable, behind the meter energy resources, as well as a general concern over the length and complexity of the REV process hindering private investment by increasing uncertainty. 

NY-BEST Comments on the Earnings Adjustment Mechanism and Scorecard Reforms Supporting the REV Initiative.

NY-BEST submitted these comments for clarification and to make recommendations to the PSC regarding stakeholder participation in the preparation of utility system efficiency EAM plans. These comments were related to Cases 14-M-0101 and 16-M-0429

On July 26, 2016 the PSC requested comments from interested entities regarding the Initial DSIPs.

NY-BEST submitted their comments in regard to the initial DSIPs on September 12, 2016. 


On January 9, 2017 NY-BEST submitted additional comments in response to the Supplemental Distributed System Implementation Plans. 

On July 27, 2016 the PSC solicited comments on each of the utilities BCA (Benefit Cost Analysis) Framework

NY-BEST submitted their comments here. The comments feature an emphasis on increasing the focus on energy storage in the BCA Framework. 

Investor Owned Utilities in New York State were required to file initial Distribution System Implementation Plans (DSIP) on June 30th, 2016

NY-BEST has prepared brief summaries of the initial DSIPs with a  particular focus on identifying potential opportunities for energy storage.

May 26, 2016, PSC held a technical conference and solicited comments on the role of energy storage in the Clean Energy Standard and REV proceedings

NY-BEST and several of our members presented at the technical conference. NY-BEST Executive Director, Dr. William Acker’s presentation can be found here.


NY-BEST also submitted supplemental comments recommending PSC take specific actions to advance energy storage.