Hello Local Energy, Bye Old Power Industry, Say New York Regulators with Key Vote

New York, where the power industry began over a century ago, might be where it ends too. At least the power industry as we know it today.The state’s electric regulators made that clear February 26 when they took a key vote creating an electricity marketplace that elevates new, local energy over big central power plants and long transmission … [Read more...]

NY Okays Consolidated Edison Microgrid and Other Unconventional Grid Fixes

New York regulators have okayed a Consolidated Edison microgrid plan and other non-traditional resources to solve problems typically fixed by more conventional means.The utility, one of the nation’s largest, needs to ward off a 69-MW shortfall brought on by new electric demand in Brooklyn and Queens.The Public Service Commission called the … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait. Get Going Now on Microgrids and Distributed Energy, say NY Regulators

Yes, the wheels of government turn slowly. But not in New York. Not this time.State regulators called on utilities and other stakeholders late last week to get to work now on microgrids and distributed energy demonstrations, rather than wait for final rules in its Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV process.REV promises to decentralize the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Growth: How Far, How Fast Since Superstorm Sandy?

When massive storms hit, we get religion. Superstorm Sandy was that kind of storm. States along the US East Coast emerged from the wreckage two years ago this week with a new devotion to creating a more resilient electric system.Where the central grid failed, microgrids kept the lights on. So government leaders, businesses, and even some … [Read more...]

Con Edison to Meet the Energy Needs of a Changing City

Push aside your stereotype about Con Edison as a slow moving public utility Goliath, and meet an energy company determined to change how it operates.  Con Ed, which serves the metropolitan New York area, is taking an innovative, cost savings approach to delivering dependable power that offers a glimpse into the future of what I predict all major … [Read more...]

New York Grapples with Utility Monopoly Role in ‘REV’ Distributed Energy Market

Several energy players in New York are questioning the wisdom of letting utilities both manage and compete in a first-of-its-kind distributed energy market the state is planning.The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a  straw proposal for the market design of … [Read more...]

New York Utility Seeks Approval to Offer Microgrid Subscriptions

Central Hudson Gas & Electric is seeking approval to offer microgrid subscriptions, as part of a $46 million rate hike request filed with state regulators July 25.The New York utility would design, build and operate microgrids at the request of customers, who would pay a fee for the service on their utility bills. The fee would be determined … [Read more...]

New York “REVs” Up Microgrid with Big Plan

A microgrid here, a solar panel somewhere over there, a little energy efficiency throughout. That’s been the kind of electric grid revolution we’ve seen so far – a leaves-floating -in-the-wind sort.But no more. At least not in New York. The bellwether state last week put forward a declaration that at last gathers the disparate pieces into … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Opportunity: Watch New York

For those building microgrids, here is a proceeding to watch. Consolidated Edison, one of the nation’s oldest and largest utilities, has agreed to undertake a microgrid pilot project in a recent deal struck with several parties.The details are likely to come out sometime later this year. The timing is contingent on release of a separate … [Read more...]