Future Microgrids: How New York Can Drive the Electric Vehicle Market

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Depictions of future microgrids often include fleets of electric vehicles. What will it take to bring about this future? NRDC's Luke Tonachel and Miles Farmer describe how New York, a microgrid leader, can become an EV leader as well. Through its much-discussed Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort to modernize our electric system for the … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS…NY Awards Money to 83 Community Microgrids; Reports Groundswell of Interest in NY Prize

New York today awarded 83 prizes of $100,000 each for community microgrid feasibility studies through the $40 million NY Prize program. The planned community microgrids are located throughout the state but are heavily centered in the demand-heavy southern tier that includes New York City, Long Island and MidHudson Valley. Spurred by … [Read more...]

Central Hudson and NRG Energy Propose Complex Microgrids in New York

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric wants to test the market for complex microgrids in a project with NRG Energy that may span as many as 50 buildings. The New York utility described the project in a recent filing before the state Public Service Commission. It is one of the seven projects offered by Central Hudson to help the state develop its … [Read more...]

Grid Cybersecurity May Increase Costs for Distributed Energy

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Joshua  Sturtevant, Van Hilderbrand, Jeffrey Karp and Morgan Gerard, all of Sullivan & Worcester, explore grid cybersecurity in Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).   As the energy system evolves from a macro-utility-centric model to a distributed energy smart grid, a new concern has arisen quite separate from the more publicized battles over … [Read more...]

Hello Local Energy, Bye Old Power Industry, Say New York Regulators with Key Vote

New York, where the power industry began over a century ago, might be where it ends too. At least the power industry as we know it today. The state’s electric regulators made that clear February 26 when they took a key vote creating an electricity marketplace that elevates new, local energy over big central power plants and long transmission … [Read more...]

NY Okays Consolidated Edison Microgrid and Other Unconventional Grid Fixes

New York regulators have okayed a Consolidated Edison microgrid plan and other non-traditional resources to solve problems typically fixed by more conventional means. The utility, one of the nation’s largest, needs to ward off a 69-MW shortfall brought on by new electric demand in Brooklyn and Queens. The Public Service Commission called the … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait. Get Going Now on Microgrids and Distributed Energy, say NY Regulators

Yes, the wheels of government turn slowly. But not in New York. Not this time. State regulators called on utilities and other stakeholders late last week to get to work now on microgrids and distributed energy demonstrations, rather than wait for final rules in its Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV process. REV promises to decentralize the … [Read more...]

Story Update! NYPA Pursues Microgrids; Reinvents Its Mission for the New Grid

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NYPA today provided updated information on where it is considering building microgrids. In addition to Riker's Island and Red Hook, mentioned below, the authority is studying use of microgrids at the Stony Brook University Research and Development Park on Long Island and the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  The New York Power Authority  is poised … [Read more...]

New York Details its Energy Vision (REV)

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 Brett Feldman, senior research analyst, Navigant Research, offers the latest on REV -- New York's cutting edge plan to create a functioning market for microgrids and distributed energy. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has released its latest straw proposal on its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.  It includes … [Read more...]

Should New York Be Wary of Utility Monopolies in Distributed Energy?

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Should New York let utilities both manage and compete in the distributed energy market  the state is planning? That's one of the big questions the industry is debating in New York's “Reforming the Energy Vision,” or REV. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a … [Read more...]