New York

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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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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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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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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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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Upcoming NYSERDA Learning from the Experts offshore wind webinars

NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind team has been hosting a public, educational webinar series, titled Learning from the Experts, covering a diverse range of topics in offshore wind, including modeling, technologies, regulatory processes, stakeholder engagement, and more. Past webinar recordings and materials can be found on the Offshore Wind Webinar Series webpage. Additional upcoming sessions are scheduled as follows …

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CAC issues resolution releasing Draft Scoping Plan for public comment

On December 20, 2021, the Climate Action Council held a meeting during which it released a resolution, approving the release of its Climate Action draft Scoping Plan for public comment. As discussed in Flash Update 21-47, the scoping plan will outline the CAC’s recommendations to achieve the State’s emissions targets, carbon-neutral economy, and will include, among other elements: Measures to …

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PSC approves NSYERDA’s 2022 CES Administrative Budget

On December 16, 2021, in Case 15-E-0302, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order approving the Petition submitted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its 2022 Clean Energy Standard (CES) administrative budget of $30.21 million. NYSERDA is required to file an annual petition with the PSC to cover its …

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Other News of Note January 3, 2022

Foley Hoag hosting webinar series on CAC’s draft scoping plan: Foley Hoag is hosting a webinar on January 12, 2022, at 3:00 pm and January 13, 2022, at 9:00 am to discuss the New York Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan. The event will feature Richard Kauffman, the Chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as …

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BOEM issues final Environmental Analysis and Finding of No Significant Impact for NY Bight offshore wind

On December 16, 2021, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it completed its environmental review of potential impacts from offshore wind offshore wind energy leasing activities in the New York Bight and published the Final Environmental Assessment (EA), which also resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact. The EA analyzed potential environmental impacts and considerations of up to …

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Regional and National

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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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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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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EPA issues Final Rule on mileage standards, reversing trump-era rollback and adopting most stringent alternative proposal for model years 2025 and 2026

As last discussed in Flash Update 91.4, on August 5, 2021, President Biden released a fact sheet outlining the Administration’s efforts to ensure that half of all vehicles sold in the United States are electric by 2030. The effort included a focus on increasing the stringency of emission standards promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reversing …

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BOEM issues final Environmental Analysis and Finding of No Significant Impact for NY Bight offshore wind

On December 16, 2021, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it completed its environmental review of potential impacts from offshore wind offshore wind energy leasing activities in the New York Bight and published the Final Environmental Assessment (EA), which also resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact. The EA analyzed potential environmental impacts and considerations of up to …

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US Wind and Skipjack additional development approved by Maryland PSC

On December 17, 2021, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) announced its approval of additional offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two offshore wind developers, US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy. The PSC issued Order 90011 in Case 9666 awarding US Wind’s ‘Bid 2’ project (808.5 MW) 2,513,752 ORECs per year at a price schedule equivalent to a levelized price of …

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Other Regional and National News of Note January 3, 2022

EBC holding webinar on grid resilience during electrification on January 25: The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) is holding a webinar entitled, “EBC Energy Resources Webinar: Electrification – Is the Grid Ready?” on January 25, 2022, at 9:00 am. The webinar will address the impacts that electrification is expected to have on the grid. Commercial fishing …

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