Yesterday (Oct. 27) the New York’s Department of Public Services published its recommendations to state regulators for rooftop solar power and other distributed energy resources (DERs). The publication, Staff Report and Recommendations in the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Proceeding, was heralded by solar advocates who observed that the report is a major milestone in the state’s and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision process.
“New York embarked on an ambitious initiative when it set out to determine the value that solar and other clean energy resources deliver to New York consumers, to the grid, and to the environment,” said Sean Garren, Northeast Regional Manager at Vote Solar. “Today’s report marks a valuable first step towards that goal. We applaud staff’s collaborative stakeholder process that guided their recommendations to a strong compromise. This process is far from over, and we look forward to continue working with the Commission to develop the final order.”
The report covered a variety of renewable energy technologies, including photovoltaic, wind power, micro-hydroelectric generation, farm waste generation, fuel cell generation and micro- combined heat and power (CHP) generation. The publication follows DPS’s approval of Cuomo’s proposal of the 50 percent Clean Energy Standard.
“The [sic] report puts forth a credible framework for moving the state closer to the governor’s solar goals and establishing New York as a leader, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Commission to ensure the final order supports a diverse and robust solar market across the state,” said Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association. “Over the past year, the solar industry has engaged with numerous stakeholders in an intensive collaborative process to develop a successor to net metering that embraces the goals of REV while creating the foundations for a strong solar market. We applaud Governor Cuomo’s commitment to achieving his ambitious solar targets, and the staff's thoughtful and deliberate approach to integrating distributed energy resources onto the grid.”
The report is the department’s first step in estimating the value of DERs. While it maintains net- metering for residential customers with solar or other DER generation, It suggests a new compensation program for commercial-scale and community solar projects.
"The staff’s report today is an excellent starting place for New York’s efforts to better understand the value that distributed energy resources like solar bring to ratepayers, our energy supply, our environment, and to all New Yorker's health and wellbeing,” said Melissa Kemp, Policy co-chair of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association. “There is still more work to do to confirm that the details of this first step will value the true contribution of solar and be an equitable and effective approach for all New Yorkers, but we applaud the state’s commitment and leadership, and look forward to working towards a final order.”Tweet