NYS Government and Regulatory Agencies
NY-BEST interfaces regularly with several State agencies that have programs impacting energy storage in New York State. These include:

 

NYSERDA

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, is the State’s chief energy office. As a state public authority, its mission is to advance innovative energy solutions in ways that improve New York's economy and environment.
 
NYSERDA implements a number of programs to promote energy storage, including providing technical assistance and incentive funding for eligible energy storage projects in New York State.
 
In 2018, at NY-BEST’s urging, NYSERDA developed an Energy Storage Roadmap quantifying the benefits of energy storage for New York’s electric grid and proposing a set of recommendations for deploying energy storage. The Roadmap served as the basis for the Energy Storage Order adopted by the Public Service Commission and the creation of market acceleration incentives and mechanisms to spur energy storage development.
 
For more information on NYSERDA’s  market acceleration incentives for energy storage visit: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Energy-Storage
 
For information on other NYSERDA programs related to energy storage R&D and electrified transportation, visit NYSERDA’s website at: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/
 

 

NYS Department of Public Service and Public Service Commission

The NYS Department of Public Service (DPS) serves as the staff for the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC). Among its many responsibilities, PSC is the primary regulatory agency overseeing the State’s electric utilities. In 2014, PSC launched a strategy known as the Reforming the Energy Vision, commonly known as REV, to modernize the State’s electric grid system by:

 

  • Promoting more efficient use of energy, 
  • Achieving deeper penetration of renewable energy resources such as wind and solar, 
  • Gaining wider deployment of “distributed” energy resources, such as micro grids, roof-top solar and storage, 
  • Promoting greater use of advanced energy management products and, 
  • Empowering customer choice.

 

NY-BEST is actively engaged in numerous PSC proceedings related to the REV initiative and represents the storage industry in these proceedings.

In December 2018, after considerable input from NY-BST ad the storage industry, PSC issued the landmark Energy Storage Order setting the State’s goals for deploying energy storage on the grid of 1.5 MW by 2025 and 3 GW by 2030. The Order incorporated many of the recommendations proposed in the Energy Storage Roadmap and initiated several additional regulatory actions to meet the energy storage deployment goals.

For additional information, visit the PSC website at https://www.dps.ny.gov/
 

 

New York Independent System Operator

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is a non-governmental non-profit entity responsible for managing the state’s power grid and wholesale energy market NYISO is accountable to both federal and state regulatory bodies and must maintain compliance with reliability requirements. The NYISO’s independent Board of Directors collaborates with stakeholders via a shared-governance process that is intended to provide all market participants a voice in the operation and evolution of the marketplace. NY-BEST actively participates in numerous NYISO committees, including the Market Issues and ICAP working group, to ensure that energy storage is properly valued and is fully able to participate in wholesale electric market.

For more information, visit https://www.nyiso.com/

 

New York State Legislature

The New York State Legislature is the State’s legislative body responsible for creating State laws. In 2019, NY-BEST was proud to support the passage of the NYS Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act {S.6599 (Kaminsky) /A.8429 (Englebright)}.
 
The legislation, which was signed by Governor Cuomo codifies the following goals: 

 

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by from anthropogenic sources 100% over 1990 levels by the year 2050, to be achieved through 85% reductions in emissions 15% offsets; 40% reduction in climate pollution by 2030
  • 70% renewable energy by 2030
  • 100% emissions free electricity by 2040
  • 9 GW of offshore wind energy by 2035
  • 6 GW of solar energy by 2025
  • 3 GW of energy storage by 2030 
  • Statewide goal of 185 trillion BTUs reduction from 2025 forecast 
 
NY-BEST works with our Policy Leadership Circle to identify our legislative priorities each year. 
 

 

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is the State’s chief environmental regulatory and natural resource conservation office.  Among its many responsibilities, DEC regulates air pollution emissions from stationary sources, such as power plants, and from mobile source, such as vehicles.

In December 2019, DEC adopted regulations to significantly reduce NOx emissions from peaking generating units during ozone season. The regulations allow the impacted units to demonstrate compliance with the emissions limits by averaging emissions with commonly controlled and connected energy storage or renewable energy resources.

 

 

NYS Department of State

The NYS Department of State (DOS) serves as the State’s chief planning agency. Among its responsibilities, DOS sets the State’s building construction and energy conservation standards and oversees the enforcement of the standards by local jurisdictions. In the fall of 2019, the Department adopted a supplement to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code for outdoor energy storage systems which serves as a base-line standard for municipalities. However, please note that New York City has its own separate code and requirements for energy storage systems.

 

 

Long Island Power Authority

The Long Island Power Authority was established as a non-profit public authority in 1986. LIPA owns the electric transmission and distribution system on Long Island. As result of the LIPA Reform Act of 2013, the Authority utilizes a public-private partnership business model and contracts with PSEG Long Island, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated to operate LIPA’s electric system under a 12-year contract. Under its operating agreement, PSEG-LI must file annual updates to its Utility 2.0 plan

 

 

New York Power Authority

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) was created to deliver public power.  Today NYPA owns and operates 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA customer base includes local governments, large and small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community-owned electric systems and rural electric cooperatives and government entities. NYPA implements several programs to promote energy efficiency, the development of clean energy technologies and electric vehicles. For information on NYPA programs and procurements, visit the NYPA website at https://www.nypa.gov/


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