New York commission directs utilities to deploy energy storage projects

Published on March 13, 2017 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

The New York State Public Service Commission recently directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.

The new requirements are part of a Commission order advancing utility planning of Distributed System Implementation Platforms (DSIP).

“With advances in energy storage technologies, utilities should be using energy storage as part of their normal course of business,” Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman said. “Now is the time to determine the best locations, technologies, and uses for energy storage, and today’s order will accelerate the utilities’ deployment of this technology.”

The commission provided the utilities with new goals and requirements to deploy projects that perform at least two types of grid functions, such as reducing the amount of power during times of peak demand and increasing the generating capacity of a substation.

The order also requires utilities to take other steps to promote the development of energy-saving initiatives rather than constructing infrastructure to meet energy needs, to do more to provide information to assist developers in connecting projects with the grid and to improve hosting capacity maps and similar information.

This directive is part of a larger order by the commission called Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), which is aimed at improving utility planning.