NYSEG, Rochester Gas and Electric file distributed system implementation plans

Published on July 19, 2023 by Dave Kovaleski

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New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) filed their 2023 Distributed System Implementation Plan (DSIP) with the New York State Public Service Commission.

The plans outline the companies’ strategy for supporting New York state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and advancing clean energy. The two companies are subsidiaries of Avangrid, Inc., a member of the Iberdrola Group.

“Climate change is an existential threat,” Pedro Azagra, Avangrid CEO, said. “Avangrid and its family of companies will play a fundamental role in the clean energy transition by integrating more renewable energy into the grid and electrifying sectors like transportation and heating. This plan lays a flexible foundation that will allow us to continue providing reliable and resilient power to our customers across the state as the New York electric grid becomes cleaner.”

The CLCPA is among the most ambitious climate laws in the nation and requires New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. Further, it calls for 70 percent of the state’s electricity to be produced by renewable sources by 2030. It also seeks to add 10,000 MW of solar capacity and 9,000 MW of offshore wind capacity by 2035. Avangrid, a leading sustainable energy company, has clean energy goals that directly align with the CLPCA. These include reaching scopes 1 and 2 carbon neutrality by 2030, ahead of most other major U.S. utilities. The company also plans to reach 16.9 GW emissions-free installed capacity by 2030.

“We’re very proud to be a key partner in supporting and enabling New York’s clean energy goals by building the grid of the future today,” Patricia Nilsen, NYSEG and RG&E president and CEO, said. “Previously, our DSIPs have focused on testing emerging technologies and capabilities. Now, we’re using the findings from these tests to begin to implement our vision. Since our previous DSIP filing, we’ve begun our smart meter and grid automation deployments, which will help us better serve our customers and monitor and control our system.”

NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40 percent of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves roughly 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers.

RG&E operates approximately 8,800 miles of electric distribution lines and 1,100 miles of electric transmission lines, 10,600 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines, and 105 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 378,500 electricity customers and 313,000 natural gas customers in the Rochester, N.Y. region.