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"Reforming the Energy Vision": Transforming NY Utility Regulation

October 18, 2014 by Jim Kennerly
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New York Energy Reform

In the coming years, distributed energy resources will very likely continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment. Despite much of the escalating controversy surrounding net energy metering and solar PV, few executives would dispute the need for utility regulation to adapt to these changes.[read more]

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Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

How New York Plans to Revolutionize the Electricity Utility

September 10, 2014 by Dan Cross-Call

New York State took a big step forward in what is arguably the most ambitious initiative to define the future of the electricity grid. The regulatory staff at the state’s Department of Public Service reached a major milestone in its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, releasing the Track One Staff Straw Proposal.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY's New Business Model Should Properly Value the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

August 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Utility Future

As we’ve mentioned before, New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and ‘smart’ electric grid.[read more]

The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

August 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY Utility Regulators Should Consider Change to "Formula for Success"

August 20, 2014 by Rory Christian
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Utility Regulators' New 'Formula'

Acquire more customers, sell more electricity. This primary formula has fueled the runaway success of utility companies. But in an era when customers are technologically savvy, price conscious, and environmentally aware, more families are pursuing opportunities that will cut electricity bills and carbon emissions.[read more]

New York's Underused Water Infrastructure Funds Can Support Climate Resiliency

August 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Despite the nearly two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy came onshore and caused unprecedented damage across the Northeast region, there are many communities are still in the long and arduous process of rebuilding and recovering.[read more]

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

July 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."[read more]

Will the 2014 Smart Grid Triple Crown Go To New York State?

May 27, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

If there was a Triple Crown for the development of the Smart Grid, the state of New York could be the 2014 winner. It certainly deserves attention as a role model for other states in development of a Smart Grid and a truly resilient grid infrastructure as well.[read more]

Testing Ground for New Energy Storage in New York

May 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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New York state is, after California (and possibly Hawaii), the country’s biggest market for next-generation batteries and grid-scale energy storage. The action includes emerging opportunities in microgrids, behind-the-meter storage, renewable energy integration and other grid edge applications.[read more]

Smart Grid Transformations Are Opportunities for Utility Contact Centers

May 13, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision report should be required reading for all electric utility executives. It presents a framework to forge new utility business models and new electricity market models that leverage tech, policies, and financial innovations.[read more]

New York Offers $285M in Demand Reduction Incentives

May 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $285 million will be available in the form of rate incentives to decrease demand by up to 125 megawatts in New York City and Westchester, the county just to the north of the city, using combined heat and power systems.[read more]

New York Launches Major Regulatory Reform for Utilities

April 30, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently asked his public state commission and chairman of energy and finance, Richard Kauffman, to fundamentally shift utility regulation to meet the needs of a more distributed, consumer-focused energy system.[read more]

New York Green Bank Open for Business, Deals in the Works

April 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Green Bank

No you can’t deposit your money in a bank powered solely by wind and solar (well, maybe you can) but that’s not what the New York Green Bank is about. This bank manages a pool of state money to help finance private sector renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other projects.[read more]

New York Plans $40M in Prizes for Storm-Resilient Microgrids

January 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo has put $40 million in prize money behind his push to bolster the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy storm resilience with community microgrids. Will that be enough to overcome barriers that have challenged efforts to create microgrids in the Empire State?[read more]