An Interview with NY’s Energy Czar on Advancing Microgrids and Re-creating Utilities

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This is the first in a series of interviews with notables who will speak at Microgrid Knowledge’s May 19 conference, “New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York.” Here New York state energy czar Richard Kauffman, who will serve as the morning keynote speaker, offers insight into how New York is … [Read more...]

FTC to NY: Be Wary of Utilities Derailing Independent Microgrids

New York policymakers need to take a closer look at the potential for utilities to derail independent microgrids and other competitors under Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), says the Federal Trade Commission. The federal agency issued the advice in response to a white paper by the New York Public Service Commission’s staff that looks at how … [Read more...]

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move. That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]

Moody’s on New York REV: Winners, Losers and What’s Next

New York utilities would not become obsolete, but may actually see their value increase under New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV, according to a report issued this week by Moody's Investors Service. REV is a regulatory remaking of electricity markets being watched carefully by other states as a possible model to manage the growing … [Read more...]

New York Readies for Next Step to Decentralize the Electricity Market

New York plans to roll out REV Connect in the coming weeks, a next step in its move to dramatically overhaul and decentralize the electricity market. Details are still forthcoming, but policymakers are describing REV Connect as a structure through which innovative energy technologies and business models can enter the New York market. It is … [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...]

Can a Utility Code of Conduct Keep Competition Fair in a ‘REV’ World?

It’s a kind of déjà vu all over again in New York as the state tries to work out a utility code of conduct so that distributed energy companies are not shut out by dominant monopolies. The New York Public Service Commission is encouraging market participants to provide input on utility rules for its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), an evolving … [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...]

New York Moves from Vision to Devilish Details on REV Pricing, Microgrids

New York is tackling the devilish details that will determine if Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) lives up to its promise of creating a market platform for microgrids and local energy. Pricing, of course, is everything in energy markets. To that end, public service commission staff are preparing a proposal about who will pay for what on the … [Read more...]