Policy Documents

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.

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. 


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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

On September 14, 2017 the PSC approved the VDER Compensation Mechanism

On September 14, 2017 the Public Service Commission announced the approval of the VDER (Value of Distributed Energy Resources) compensation mechanism. According to PSC Commissioner, John Rhodes, "The new compensation mechanism will spur the development of solar power, energy storage and other localized forms of electric generation." The order can be found here

NY-BEST and Phillips Lytle submitted comments regarding the regulation and oversight of DER providers and products

On August 23 DER advocates from all over the state submitted joint comments regarding the DER Oversight Rules put forward by the PSC. The comments were submitted in two sections; a cover letter and the comments

On August 11, 2017, New York State launched its new REV Connect web portal

This resource is meant to provide a resource for project developers and other customers to find beneficial distributed energy resources. It is a one stop shop for energy resources that is meant to speed the deployment of energy resources in the state. 

On March 9, 2017 the Commission directed the JU's to develop plans to implement the VDER Phase 1 Value Stack

NY-BEST's comments on the implementation plans can be found here. In general NY-BEST is most concerned with the failure to include energy storage in the phase 1 of the VDER Implementation Plans. NY-BEST's comments also includes specific concerns about each of the individual implementation plans, which can be found by searching the PSC website. Consolidated Edison's Implementation Proposal can be accessed here, as an example.