NY PSC issues Order modifying National Grid’s Phase 1 transmission project list and interim spending cap

On May 17, 2024, in Case 20-E-0197, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order modifying the Phase 1 project list and the interim spending cap for subsequent Phase 1 projects. Phase 1 projects are local transmission and distribution projects that are immediately actionable projects that satisfy reliability purposes but can also reduce …

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Treasury, IRS announce applications for 2024 Program Year of the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program open May 28, webinar May 16

On May 13, 2024, the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) jointly announced that the 2024 program year for the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program would open for applications on May 28 at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST). Any bids submitted between the application opening and June 27, at 11:59 …

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NY NYISO continues to work on modeling improvements as part as capacity accreditation reform effort, focuses on non-firm CAFs

As last discussed in NY Flash 24-13, NYISO has been working to finalize a suite of capacity accreditation related proposals intended to measure contributions to resource adequacy more accurately, by improving its modeling of different generation resource types. On March 27, 2024, NYISO provided a presentation to the Management Committee (MC) summarizing NYISO’s complete suite …

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NY NYISO discusses Order 2023 incremental tariff revisions to align its Order 2023 compliance plan with Order 2023-A

As last discussed in NY Flash 24-14, over the past eight months, NYISO had been finalizing its FERC Order No. 2023 (Order 2023) compliance approach. As detailed in NY Flash 23-31, Order 2023 required independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) to transition to a first-ready, first-served cluster study process, and implements a …

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NY FERC accepts NYISO’s Order 2222 Compliance Filing

On April 15, 2024, in Docket ER23-2040, FERC issued an Order (the April Order) accepting NYISO’s  revisions, to its Open Access Transmission Tariff, submitted in compliance with FERC Order No. 2222 (Order 2222). As discussed in NY Flash 24-1, Order 2222 required independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission operators (RTOs) to allow heterogeneous distributed …

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NY Hemlock Ridge Solar files petition seeking CPCN and lightened regulatory oversight

On April 11, 2024, in Case 24-E-0228, Hemlock Ridge Solar filed a Petition with the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) and lightened regulatory oversight as an “electric corporation” under the Public Service Law (PSL), Article 1, Section 2(13). Hemlock Ridge Solar is a proposed 200 MW solar facility being …

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NY DPS Staff to host Advanced Technology Working Group technical conference May 2

On April 11, 2024, in Case 20-E-0197, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a Notice of Technical Conference announcing that, on May 2 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, New York Department of Public Service (DPS) staff will host a technical conference to discuss progress of the Advanced Technology Working Group (ATWG). Participants interested in …

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VT PUC issues Programmatic Standard-Offer Program Adjustments order, adjusting several terms for 2018 RFP

On March 16, 2018, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued its Programmatic Adjustments to the Standard-Offer Program in Docket 17-3935-INV, establishing terms for the 2018 Standard Offer Request for Proposals (RFP), last discussed in Flash Update 66.4. The PUC chose to adopt the recommendations from its February 20 Proposal for Decision (see Flash Update 66.3 …

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Massachusetts AG comments on ISO-NE consideration of delay of capacity accreditation reforms; ISO-NE continues discussion of prompt vs. forward capacity auctions with timing of capacity accreditation reforms

On August 1, 2023, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (Mass AG) submitted comments on ISO-NE’s presentation at the July 11 NEPOOL MC meeting (discussed in NE Flash 23-28) regarding alternative Forward Capacity Market (FCM) commitment horizons as well as a potential delay in implementing capacity accreditation reforms. ISO-NE originally planned to implement capacity accreditation in time …

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NH Senate Energy committee holding February 21 hearing on bill requiring net metering customer generators greater than 100kW to consume at least 20% of their own generation

On February 21, at 9:15am, the New Hampshire Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing on SB79 – An Act Relative To The Participation Of Customer Generators In Net Energy Metering. The bill, if enacted, would require that any customer generator between 100kW and 5MW with an in service date after January …

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CT Energy and Technology Committee to hold hearing February 21 on bills related to SCEF and NRES statute, expanding definition of Class I RPS resources to nuclear, hydro and waste to energy, Offshore wind fishing compensation, Siting Council hearing requests, and electric supplier surety bonds

The Connecticut Energy and Technology Committee (E&T) has posted the agenda for a public hearing the Committee will hold on February 21, beginning at noon, in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building. The Meeting will also take place over Zoom, and be streamed on the E&T Youtube Page. The E&T Committee will take testimony …

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OER and DG Board issues first draft of REG ceiling prices; presentation on IRA impacts to Rhode Island clean electricity market

On August 24, 2022, the Office of Energy Resources and the Distributed Generation Board (DG Board) issued the first draft of the 2023 Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program proposed ceiling prices, copied in the tables below. The message included a presentation of the ceiling prices, which provides an overview of assumptions and modeling implications. SEA …

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DEEP requests public comment on each CES technical session; Comments due between September 16 and October 21

On August 18, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a Request for Comments regarding the 2022 Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES). Under Section 16a-3d of the Connecticut General Statutes, DEEP is tasked with preparing a CES every four years to examine future energy needs, identify opportunities for cost reduction for ratepayers, …

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NY PSC to hold April 28 Coordinated Grid Planning Process technical conference

As discussed in Flash Update 21-50, on December 17, 2021, in Case 20-E-0197, the investor-owned utilities and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) (collectively, the Utilities), filed a Coordinated Grid Planning Process (CGPP) proposal, as required by a September 9, 2021 Order issued by the New York Public Service Commission (PSC). For an introduction to the CGPP, see this presentation …

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R/N U.S. Department of Commerce announces intention to move forward with solar PV circumvention inquiry; Advocates argue move could imperil solar industry

The U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) has issued a Notice announcing that it will move forward with nationwide inquiries to determine whether the imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells assembled in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, or Vietnam using parts from China are circumventing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) rules. As discussed in Flash Update 92.3, on …

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NY Stakeholders file comments on 10 GW DER Roadmap; NYC recommends increasing downstate project incentives and Joint Utilities plan to file DER solicitation alternative

As discussed in Flash Update 21-50, on December 17, 2021, in Case 21-e-0629, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Department of Public Service (DPS) Staff filed their 10 GW Distributed Solar Roadmap: Policy Options for Continued Growth in Distributed Solar (Roadmap). As discussed in Special Flash Update 21-37.1, on September …

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R/N Biden signs Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act into law, impacts on solar market potentially mitigated

As discussed in Flash Update 89.4, on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed an import ban on polysilicon sourced from Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. in the Xinjiang region of China over concerns that Hoshine’s products are produced with forced labor. Polysilicon is a material used in almost all photovoltaic (PV) …

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R/N New Jersey adopts California’s Advanced Clean Truck rule

On December 20, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it had adopted new rules modeled after California’s Advanced Clean Truck rule that will slowly phase out diesel trucks. DEP proposed the new Advanced Clean Trucks Program and Fleet Reporting Requirements in April 2021 (as summarized in Flash Update 88.9) in Docket 05-21-03. The new …

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R/N DOE to provide technical assistance to Northeast PUCs for grid modernization

On December 21, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its selection of state Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) to receive technical assistance from National Laboratories for the purpose of transforming the electric grid. Labs include the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. …

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NY DPS and NYSERDA Staff submit DER Roadmap; propose MW Block, Community Adder, and Solar Energy Equity Framework expansions to incent an additional 3,393 MW of distributed solar by 2030; stakeholder comments due March 7

As discussed in Flash Update 21-49, on December 17, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that in Case 21-e-0629, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Department of Public Service (DPS) Staff filed their 10 GW Distributed Solar Roadmap: Policy Options for Continued Growth in Distributed Solar (Roadmap). As discussed in Special Flash Update …

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NY Electric utilities file coordinated grid planning proposal and revised benefit cost analysis for transmission planning; includes creation of new stakeholder group

As discussed in Flash Update 20-45, on November 2, 2020, the investor-owned utilities and Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) (collectively, the Utilities) submitted, to the Public Service Commission (PSC), a Utility Transmission & Distribution Investment Working Group Report which analyzed distribution and local transmission constraints that could hinder the State’s ability to reach its Climate Leadership and …

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NY City of New York files comments supporting NYSEIA’s Petition to stay Net Energy Metering Customer Benefits Charge

As discussed in Flash Update 20-30, on July 16, 2020, in Case 15-E-0751, the Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order adopting, with modifications, the proposed recommendations in the Department of Public Service (DPS) Staff’s Whitepaper on Rate Design for Mass Market Net Metering Successor Tariff (Whitepaper). As discussed in Flash Update 19-50, DPS Staff evaluated possible rate design …

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NY Astoria Generating Company filing CPCN Petition for 135 MW Luyster Creek Energy Storage project

On December 11, 2021, the Astoria Generating Company filed before the Public Service Commission (PSC) a Petition seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity in Case 21-F-0628 for the Luyster Creek Energy Storage Project. The project is comprised of two distinct installations with four-hour batteries and a total capacity of 135 MW (540 MWh). We note that because …

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NY NRG Energy presents “green gas” offerings during ESCO stakeholder meeting, promoting the carbon reduction potential of natural gas carbon offsets

As discussed in Flash Update 21-4, on January 25, 2021, in Case 15-M-0127, Case 12-M-0476 and Case 98-M-1343, the Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order (the January Order) to address Petitions submitted by energy service companies (ESCOs) seeking to provide additional products and services. On November 22, the PSC issued a Notice scheduling a stakeholder meeting for December 9, 2021 to discuss …

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