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Future Microgrids: How New York Can Drive the Electric Vehicle Market

Depictions of future microgrids often include fleets of electric vehicles. What will it take to bring about this future? NRDC's Luke Tonachel and Miles Farmer describe how New York, a microgrid leader, can become an EV leader as well. Through its much-discussed Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort to modernize our electric system for the … [Read more...]

How the Money May Flow in New York's Model Distributed Energy Market

Ryan Katofsky, of the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), looks at how money may flow within the new distributed energy market created by New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). A little over a year ago, in an update on New York’s groundbreaking Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, we wrote that the “devil is in the details.” Today, we … [Read more...]

The Challenges in Developing a Community Microgrid

Before developing a community microgrid, it's important to engage the right experts and take into account certain market challenges, as detailed in this except from  “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” The value of a microgrid lies in its sophisticated ability to … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS…NY Awards Money to 83 Community Microgrids; Reports Groundswell of Interest in NY Prize

New York today awarded 83 prizes of $100,000 each for community microgrid feasibility studies through the $40 million NY Prize program. The planned community microgrids are located throughout the state but are heavily centered in the demand-heavy southern tier that includes New York City, Long Island and MidHudson Valley. Spurred by … [Read more...]

Central Hudson and NRG Energy Propose Complex Microgrids in New York

Central Hudson Gas & Electric wants to test the market for complex microgrids in a project with NRG Energy that may span as many as 50 buildings. The New York utility described the project in a recent filing before the state Public Service Commission. It is one of the seven projects offered by Central Hudson to help the state develop its … [Read more...]

Retroficiency Finds Large Energy Efficiency Potential in NYC Buildings; National Model Could Avoid New Utility Infrastructure

New analytics out from Retroficiency show that energy efficiency in buildings can bring Consolidated Edison half way to its goal of deferring construction of a 52-MW substation in the Brooklyn/Queens area. The Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program has become the focus of industry attention nationwide, as New York pursues an innovative approach … [Read more...]

Grid Cybersecurity May Increase Costs for Distributed Energy

Joshua  Sturtevant, Van Hilderbrand, Jeffrey Karp and Morgan Gerard, all of Sullivan & Worcester, explore grid cybersecurity in Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).   As the energy system evolves from a macro-utility-centric model to a distributed energy smart grid, a new concern has arisen quite separate from the more publicized battles over … [Read more...]

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...]