As New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) initiative continues to promote increased deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (“DER”), the Public Service Commission (“PSC” or “Commission”) recently established the first set of Uniform Business Practices for DER providers (referred to as the “UBP-DERS”). See Case 15-M-0180, In the Matter of Regulation and Oversight of Distributed Energy Resource Providers and Products, Order Establishing Oversight Framework and Uniform Business Practices for Distributed Energy Resource Suppliers (issued October 19, 2017). Continue Reading New York Public Service Commission Establishes Regulatory Framework for Distributed Energy Resource Providers – Registration Required by February 1, 2018

lightbulb_solar.jpgOn September 14, 2017, the New York Public Service Commission (“PSC” or the “Commission”) issued an Order on Phase One Value of Distributed Energy Resources, which finalizes the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (“VDER”) Phase One Value Stack, as originally articulated in the Commission’s March 9, 2016 VDER Phase One Order. This milestone represents a major step toward moving beyond net energy metering (“NEM”) to articulate a refined valuation methodology for Distributed Energy Resources (“DER”) which recognizes the unique values DER provides to the grid. Continue Reading New York Moves Beyond Net Metering, Recognizing Unique Value of DER

Battery.jpgNotwithstanding New York’s aggressive efforts to lead the way in renewable energy and carbon reduction, New York’s programs have been relatively anemic when it comes to encouraging energy storage. In 2015, New York launched the NY-Sun Commercial / Industrial Incentive Program, which offered performance-based incentives for large-scale solar photovoltaic (“PV”) systems, and provided a $50,000 additional incentive for projects that integrated energy storage. Most recently, the New York Public Service Commission adopted a mandate requiring that each individual New York utility deploy two separate energy storage projects at two separate substations or feeders by the end of 2018, which spurred the utilities to file a number of Requests for Proposals to address deficiencies on their networks. Continue Reading NY Legislature Adopts Energy Storage Program to Address Peak Load and Intermittent Renewables: Legislation Would Require Storage Target by End of 2017

Renewable_Energy.jpgOn June 1, 2017, New York Governor Cuomo, California Governor Brown and Washington State Governor Inslee declared their states’ commitment to the ideals of the Paris Climate Agreement (“Agreement”) by forming a United States Climate Alliance (“Alliance”). This action came in response to President Trump’s announcement earlier that day which stated the United States would immediately cease implementation of the Agreement which they joined in 2016. Governor Cuomo also issued an Executive Order which condemned President Trump’s decision as “an abdication of leadership” which “threatens the environmental and economic health of all New Yorkers.” Continue Reading New York Announces Major Climate Policies in Response to President Trump: A Multi-State “Climate Alliance” and 40,000 Clean Energy Jobs Projected by 2020


On May 10, 2017, at the Independent Power Producers of New York (“IPPNY”) conference, Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, announced that John Rhodes has officially accepted his nomination to head the New York Public Service Commission (“PSC”) and that Governor Cuomo will soon nominate two more PSC commissioners so that the PSC can return to its full strength of five commissioners by the end of the legislative session, which is scheduled to close on June 21, 2017. Rhodes has been the president and CEO of the New York State Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) since 2013, and previously directed the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Once confirmed, Rhodes will fill the seat vacated by former Chairman Audrey Zibelman, whose departure left the PSC with three vacant seats and gave rise to questions concerning whether the PSC has a quorum to make regulatory decisions. Continue Reading PSC and FERC Returning to Full Strength: Agencies Set to Square Off on New York’s ZEC Program

Since mid-March, the New York Public Service Commission (“PSC”) has had only two Commissioners, leaving it without a Chair and two additional Commissioners. This has caused many to question whether or not the PSC can act with only two Commissioners, and also creates concerns if the Commissioners are split on a matter. Continue Reading When Will the New York Public Service Commission Be at Full Strength?


Public Service Commission Proposes Revisions to Uniform Business Practices

(See Part 1: NY PSC Pushes Storage as Critical Component to Utility Planning Process)

The New York Public Service Commission (“PSC” or “Commission”) issued a Notice Seeking Comments on Revisions to the Uniform Business Practices (“UBP Revisions”or “Notice”), which is the Commission’s latest effort to amend the Energy Service Company (“ESCO”) marketing requirements. In response to a seemingly minor 2017 statutory amendment to the NYS General Business Law protecting deceased accountholders from termination fees, and a narrowly drawn petition filed by Green Mountain Energy Company to eliminate the requirement that marketers provide their full first and last name on their employee badges for safety and privacy reasons, the Commission took the opportunity to propose sweeping new regulations to the retail energy market. Continue Reading Phillips Lytle’s PSC Report from the Capital (Part 2)


NY PSC Pushes Storage as Critical Component to Utility Planning Process:

Utilities Must Deploy Energy Storage Projects Before 2019

(See Part 2: Public Service Commission Proposes Revisions to Uniform Business Practices)

As Public Service Commission (“PSC”) Chair Audrey Zibelman departs from her role as leader of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) initiative, she gave one final push intended to “accelerate the utility planning process” for creating the long-envisioned Distributed System Platform markets. Continue Reading Phillips Lytle’s PSC Report from the Capital (Part 1)

It has been reported that Tom Congdon, Chief of Staff of the N.Y. Department of Public Service, has just been named Deputy Chair of the State’s Public Service Commission (“PSC”) by outgoing Chair Audrey Zibelman.

Congdon, who was Governor Cuomo’s Assistant Secretary for Energy for over four years, is considered to be strongly supportive of the Governor’s energy agenda. Continue Reading Tom Congdon Named Deputy Chair of N.Y. Public Service Commission

On January 26, 2017, the New York Public Service Commission held the first procedural conference concerning the Track I evidentiary process described in the Notice of Evidentiary and Collaborative Tracks and Deadline for Initial Testimony and Exhibits that was issued on December 2, 2016. The purpose of the procedural conference was to identify parties, discuss a procedural schedule and address issues related to discovery for Track I of the evidentiary process. In Track I of this proceeding, the Commission intends to build an evidentiary magnifying_glass_files.jpgrecord of the current state of the retail energy market—a record that the New York Supreme Court found lacking in the Reset Order litigation earlier this year. That record may include extensive and detailed historic data related to the actual prices charged to retail electric and gas mass-market ESCO customers, number of ESCO customers served, volume of sales, complaint data and more. Continue Reading New York Public Service Commission Evidentiary Hearing Update: DPS Staff Expected To Seek Discovery From All ESCOs, Regardless of Party Status