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.
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.
NY-BEST is working with NYSERDA on an initiative to reduce soft costs for distributed energy storage resources. NYSERDA’s goal with the program is to help residents, businesses, local governments, utilities, and communities see energy storage as a viable and cost effective option for reducing peak load, increasing resilience, and utilizing clean energy efficiently. Through this program, NYSERDA and its partners will provide resources and technical assistance that will develop and implement comprehensive strategies to reduce distributed energy storage soft costs.