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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.


The Summer is off to a busy start and we have a few important policy updates to share with members:

  1. Con Edison Storage RFP – The final version of the Con Edison bulk procurement request for proposal was released on July 15, 2019. In general, the RFP has not changed significantly from the draft version. The first major date in the RFP process is the deadline for submitting qualifications. The deadline for qualifications is August 1, 2019 at 5 PM. Refer to Appendix A for more information on this step. Final submissions are due November 1, 2019 at 5 PM. Do not hesitate to reach out to the NY-BEST Team if you are planning to respond to this RFP, and we can provide support around the process, rules, and deadlines associated with the RFP.


  1. Long Island Updates


  1. Long Island Energy Storage Incentive Program

NYSERDA recently announced that incentives for retail (<5 MW, distribution connected) and residential energy storage are now available on Long Island. The incentive levels in Long Island start at $250/kWh (for both retail and residential), with a step down to $200/kWh for the residential program after 10 MWh has been deployed. Of the $53 million in RGGI Funds that have been earmarked for Long Island storage incentives, $14.9 million has been allocated to support this program. The remaining funds will be allocated at a later date, with a portion expected to be used for a bulk storage incentive. 


  1. Long Island Tariff Changes


  1. On July 24, 2019 the Long Island Power Authority Board will be voting on proposed tariff changes. The most important, for the energy storage industry, is the proposal to make standalone energy storage systems eligible for VDER compensation under the Long Island program. The changes will simplify the process for building VDER-based projects in Long Island, by aligning the program with compensation in the rest of the state.


  1. The DLM Tariff in Long Island, designed to accompany the residential storage incentive, can provide revenue certainty for behind-the-meter (BTM) projects. This program is an expansion of the existing CSRP/DLRP demand response programs on Long Island, and the major change is that compensation is locked in at the current demand response rate for 10 years at the time of registration. This contracted revenue stream provides more certainty to customers and financiers, improving the economic proposition for BTM energy storage projects.


  1. PSEG-Long Island Utility 2.0 - 2019 Annual Update – PSEG Long Island has issued the Annual Update to its Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan.  PSEG-LI continues to identify energy storage as a tool in modernizing Long Island’s grid. The long-range plan includes several different programs to test the capabilities of energy storage and/or speed the deployment of energy storage in constrained areas of the grid. Comments on the Update are due by August 30, 2019.


  1. Peaker Study Released

The Department of Public Service released the unit‐by‐unit “Peaker study” as required by the Public Service Commission as part of the Commission’s Energy Storage order. The study was intended to examine which downstate peaking power plant generating units are potential candidates for repowering or replacement with storage. DPS Staff, working with NYSERDA, LIPA, NYISO, DEC, Con Edison, and consulting firm Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) prepared the study.


The study examined two potential paths for peaking unit repowering or replacement:

  1. the potential to fully replace the historical output of peaking units with energy storage or energy storage paired with solar; and
  2. the ability of energy storage or energy storage paired with solar photovoltaic to bring peaking facilities potentially impacted by the DEC’s proposed NOx regulations for Simple Cycle and Regenerative Combustion Turbines into compliance.


The study relied on historical 2013 hourly operational and emissions data for the approximately 4,500 MW of affected peaking units to examine the technical feasibility of energy storage or energy storage paired with solar providing equivalent historical generation of the peaking units. (Peaker operational and emissions data from 2013 was chosen because it reflects the peak NYISO demand year.)


The study found the following:

  • At least 275 MW of peaking units were found to be potential candidates for replacement with 6‐hour energy storage sized to the maximum 2013 output of each peaking unit.


  • Over 500 MW of peaking units are potential candidates for replacement when using 8‐hour duration storage. 


  • 864 MW of peaking units could potentially be brought into compliance with the NOx limits with stand-alone 4-hour storage used to hybridize peaking units


  • Pairing solar with storage could result in 1,804 MW of peaking units being candidates for replacement or hybridization with 6‐hour energy storage


NY-BEST has several concerns with the study and is working with members to prepare comments. We have heard from several members raising concerns and questions about the study’s assumptions and findings.  Please reach out to us with your feedback.

  1. New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code: 2019 Energy Storage System Supplement

A supplement to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and building code was adopted as an emergency rule on July 1, 2019. Consistent with its status as an emergency rule, this rule will expire in 90 days, and the rule making process to adopt a final rule is now underway with the public comment period ending on September 21st, 2019. Click here to access the emergency rule, and find more information on the implementation process for a final rule. All input on the proposed rule should be directed to Jeffrey Hinderliter, at jeffrey.hinderliter@dos.ny.gov.  NYSERDA is hosting a webinar on the Building Code update on July 31, 2019 at 5 PM ET.  For those unable to attend, we’ve confirmed with NYSERDA that the webinar will be recorded and posted on NYSERDA’s website at a later date. Register at this link.


  1. Pilot DER Data Platform – Per the PSC’s Energy Storage Deployment Order, DPS and NYSERDA staff are moving forward with the development of a Pilot Distributed Energy Resources Data Platform. Staff have selected Orange and Rockland Utilities as the pilot’s participating utility and Trove Predictive Data Science, LLC (Trove) as the contractor for the Pilot DER Data Platform project. Staff and Trove will be doing outreach to DER developers to evaluate functionality and usefulness of Pilot Platform capabilities and in late Fall will host Pilot Platform testing and workshops. Pilot DER Platform is expected to be operational by December 31, 2019.


  1. NYISO Meeting on Buyer Side Mitigation

Following request from NY-BEST,  NYISO staff have scheduled an Information Session for Friday, 7/26 10 AM – 2 PM ET to review Buyer Side Mitigation, including its application to energy storage projects. We encourage those of you who are interested in participating in NYISO markets to participate in this meeting.  If you plan to attend in person, you must RSVP to the NYISO.

NY-Sun Initiative

The NY-Sun Initiative brings together and expands existing programs administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), to ensure a coordinated, well-funded solar energy expansion plan. Investing $800 million through 2015, the expanded solar program.

Electrification Coalition Roadmap The Electrification Coalition released its ‘Electrification Roadmap - Revolutionizing Transportation and Achieving Energy Security’ (11/1/2009)
New York Energy Storage Roadmap
The purpose of this New York Energy Storage Roadmap is to provide a reference document to all stakeholders in the growth of energy storage in New York. Its objective is to identify the state’s specific needs and to recommend potential strategies to meet the challenges of expanding the development, manufacturing and deployment of energy storage in New York. It is intended to enable industry, academic, and government participants to plan ahead as they put in place investments,legislation, business plans, research programs, teaming arrangements and commercial cooperative ventures.
Creation of this roadmap was spearheaded by NY-BEST and was initiated with a workshop held at NY-BEST’s “Capture the Energy 2012” conference in Troy, NY on March 7-8, 2012. A group of 45 experts convened and discussed the development of a statewide roadmap for the energy storage industry. Following the workshop, the present document was developed with support from the contributions and comments of a diverse set of stakeholders in the New York energy storage community.
New York State Energy Plan Developed pursuant to Executive Order No. 2 directing the creation of a State Energy Plan. (4/12/2010)
Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships Final Report This report recommends policy and practice changes to support collaboration between industry, higher education institutions and venture capital funding in New York State. The section on State Practices notes NYSERDA and NYSTAR as part of New York's leadership in government-led technology innovation and specifically identifies NY-BEST as a part of this leadership. (12/14/2009)