This Policy Update includes a summary of some of the most recent policy and regulatory actions taking place in New York State impacting the energy storage industry.
Energy Storage Roadmap
NYSERDA and DPS are continuing to work on the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap, scheduled to be released later this month. The Roadmap will be released as a Staff Proposal which will become the subject of public comments and technical conferences through the summer with the goal for PSC action on a final Roadmap by Q4 of 2018. NYSERDA has posted the base case modeling results on its website, along with a summary of the focus areas and timeline for actions. NY-BEST has been facilitating stakeholder input into the process and we expect that this activity will continue and grow once the Roadmap is released. We will keep you apprised on new developments and share the Roadmap once it is released.
Staff Proposal on VDER Value Stack Eligibility Expansion
On May 22, 2018 the DPS staff filed their proposal on expanding VDER compensation to additional resources. The full proposal can be found here. Under the proposal standalone energy storage systems will be eligible to receive compensation for all aspects of the value stack except the environmental (E) value and will have capacity payments calculated through Alternative 3. Comments on the staff proposal are due by August 6, 2018. If you have specific comments or feedback that you would like us to consider, please contact us.
Tesla and O & R REV Demo Project
On May 30, 2018 the PSC approved Tesla and O & R's Virtual Power Plant REV Demo Project. The entire project will consist of a portfolio of aggregated batteries totaling 4MW/8MWh in size. The partners intend to target two customer segment or installation types, the first of which is Commercial & Industrial (C&I) customers. These customers will have 250-500kW/0.5-1MWh behind-the-meter (BTM) battery systems installed on site, with a combined aggregated capacity of 2MW/4MWh. These systems will provide grid services to O&R, ancillary services to the NYISO wholesale market, and demand charge reductions to the host customer.
DPS Staff Whitepaper: Guidance for 2018 DSIP Updates
On May 30, 2018 the Department of Public Service released a whitepaper to provide guidance on the utilities' 2018 Distribution System Implementation Plan (DSIP) Updates. The guidance includes a host of new requirements for utilities' DSIPs, including detailed plans for energy storage integration, a 5-year energy storage deployment forecast, a description of the utility's alignment with the State's energy storage deployment goals, as well as requirements for EV integration. More information on the Guidance for DSIP updates can be found here,
Notice of EVSE Technical Conference
On May 25, 2018 NYSERDA and DPS announced that they will convene technical conference on Wednesday July 18th and Thursday July 19th to solicit stakeholder input and establish the scope of the staff's whitepaper regarding electric vehicle supply equipment and infrastructure. As set forth in the Order Instituting Proceeding, issued April 24, 2018 in this proceeding, the following topics will be discussed:
- potential utility roles in supporting EVSE deployment;
- potential utility roles in supporting EV charging services;
- requirements to enable EVs and EVSE to operate as a source of grid services and system value, including possible data and instrumentation needs;
- location considerations, including electric system, customer need, and community considerations
- how to treat EVs and EVSE as DERs;
- if tariffs and demand charges should be adjusted;
- and much more.
NY-BEST is actively participating in on-going meetings of the MIWG at the NYISO as they work to implement FERC Order 841 requiring the removal of barriers to energy storage participation in wholesale markets, as well as the NYISO DER Roadmap and State of Storage Report. There are several issues important to energy storage being discussed, including dual participation, capacity, buyer-side mitigation, etc. We encourage companies interested in participating to join us.
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