Not to be outdone by its neighbor, on April 19, 2018, the New York Public Service Commission (“NY PSC”) approved a series of reforms in its ongoing REV proceeding. According to a news release from the NY PSV, the reforms include expanding the integration of larger energy storage technologies; moving forward with an upstate “energy smart” community project; creating an on-line platform to make it easier to share data amongst energy companies; and making it easier for farmers to use anaerobic digesters to produce electricity. On energy storage, the NY PSC opened the door to distributed generation suppliers seeking to connect energy storage technologies to the distribution system, allowing for projects up to 5 MW to come on-line, and enhanced the Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR) application and contract process. Meanwhile, the NY PSC approved NYSEG’s request to implement time differentiated electric rate options, on a pilot basis, for the Energy Smart Community (“ESC”) project. The ESC project, includes the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to approximately 12,000 customers, and the pilot rates, including the selection of on-peak and off-peak time periods, are designed to convey strong price signals that focus on the system peak.
With these reforms, New York is continuing to take a leading role in the future of retail market design, and is looking to open up new market opportunities for distributed energy resources and transform its power sector.