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New York State Energy Plan

The New York State Energy Planning Board approved the State Energy Plan on June 25th, 2015. The State Energy Plan lays includes goals for the State to achieve as part of the "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) initiative for electricity and complementary programs for other areas. The targets under the programs listed in the document would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The targets by 2030 include: a 40 percent cut in greenhouse gases from 1990 levels, a 50 percent statewide goal for renewable generation and a 23 percent cut from 2012 levels for energy consumption in buildings. 

NY Green Bank Releases RFP Soliciting Clean Energy Financing Arrangements

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of business operations for the New York Green Bank. The goal of the NY Green Bank is to stimulate private sector financing and accelerate the transition to a more cost-effective, resilient and clean energy system.

In commencing its operations, the NY Green Bank released a Request for Proposal (RFP) inviting proposals from private sector capital providers and other clean energy industry participants to propose partnership arrangements with the Green Bank that would facilitate the financing of clean energy projects (including energy generation and energy savings projects) in the State of New York. Proposals are being sought from industry participants and financial institutions in which NY Green Bank participation will facilitate private market financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that have difficulty accessing financing due to market barriers.

The RFP provides details on the eligible investments, eligible financing arrangements, and eligible proposers.  Eligible proposers include: energy service companies, developers, equipment manufacturers or others that provide equipment, materials and/or services related to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects along with financial institutions or other third-party capital providers that are financing, or intending to finance, such projects.

Importantly for NY-BEST members, ATTACHMENT B of the RFP entitled, “Illustrative Guidelines for Eligible Investments” includes an illustrative, non-prescriptive and non-exhaustive list of technologies that could be included in proposed project(s). It states that “NY Green Bank may consider supporting financing arrangements that include projects using technologies beyond the scope of Attachment B so long as proposers demonstrate a potential for increased deployment of energy efficiency or renewable energy and/or a potential for greenhouse gas reductions in New York State.” The list of eligible technologies includes, under renewable energy resources, Fuel cells (continuous duty) – natural gas fuel or hydrogen;  and under energy efficiency, it includes Load Reduction, thermal and electric energy storage and Demand response programs.

The RFP will remain open and proposals will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. Proposals that meet eligibility guidelines will be evaluated on a rolling submission basis as received. According to the Green Bank, the purpose of an ongoing RFP process is to “ensure all potential partners have an opportunity to propose financing arrangements.”

Last December, Governor Cuomo announced the initial capitalization of $210 million for the NY Green Bank, including $165 million redirected from other clean-energy programs by the New York State Public Service Commission and $45 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This was the first step in capitalizing the $1 billion NY Green Bank initiative announced by Governor Cuomo in his 2013 State of the State address. For more information about the NY Green Bank, visit their website.

NY-BEST and ESA joint comments to NYISO

NY-BEST and ESA jointly submitted comments to the NYISO MIWG in response to a request for stakeholder feedback.

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

NY-BEST Annual Report 2019
Since its inception, NY-BEST has worked with our members to grow the energy storage industry and storage markets in New York State and beyond. In 2018, our efforts focused on:
  • educating a broad range of decision-makers and stakeholders about the essential role of energy storage in transforming our electric grid and transportation systems;
  • advocating for policies and regulations that promote storage as a solution;
  • improving access and removing barriers to markets for energy storage;
  • growing and attracting energy storage businesses in New York;
  • providing resources, tools and services to members to support their success.
NY-BEST comments on Clean Energy Standard White Paper

On Friday, April 22, 2016, NY-BEST submitted comments to the NYS Public Service Commission on the Clean Energy Standard White Paper

NY-BEST Comments on DPS REV Track 2 White Paper

On October 26th, 2015, NY-BEST submitted comments to the NYS Public Service Commission on the DPS Staff White Paper on Ratemaking and Utility Business Models 9REV Track 2 White paper)

NY-BEST comments on FDNY Proposed Rules for Outdoor Stationary Storage Battery Systems (3RCNY 608-01) (5/31/2019)
NY-BEST comments on NYS DEC proposed Part 227-3 regulations (5/31/2019)
NY-BEST Comments on PSEG Long Island’s Proposed Utility 2.0 Plan

On July 1st, PSEG-Long Island released its proposed Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan. http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={EC2ADDD2-5FE1-44A0-A6F2-36AC02B1F29A}    NYS PSC requested comments on the proposed plan and in response,  NY-BEST submitted comments to PSC.