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New York PSC Opens Evidentiary Hearing on ESCO Markets

Posted in Energy
Considers Full-scale Regulation, Tariffs and Voiding Existing Contracts On December 2, 2016, the New York Public Service Commission issued a Notice of Evidentiary and Collaborative Tracks and Deadline for Initial Testimony and Exhibits, which initiates a new round in the agency’s regulatory investigation of New York’s retail energy markets. The proceeding will examine measures that… Continue Reading

New York Public Service Commission Clarifies REC and ZEC Obligations

Posted in Energy
LSE Obligation Deadlines Approaching In August 2016, the Public Service Commission (“Commission”) issued the Clean Energy Standard Order to set the framework for accomplishing two goals: achieving 50 percent renewable generation by 2030 and preserving the economic viability of three zero-emissions nuclear power plants as a bridge to the clean energy future. To meet the… Continue Reading

NY DPS Staff Report on Value of DER

Posted in Energy
The New York Department of Public Service Staff released a complex report of recommendations to the New York Public Service Commission on how to properly value distributed energy resources (“DERs”) as the state transitions away from net energy metering (“NEM”). Reforms to NEM—which credits distributed generation at the retail rate of electricity—have been a controversial… Continue Reading

Concerns Over Retroactive Changes to Net Metering Lead to Proposed Federal Regulation

Posted in Energy, Legislation
The debate over the future of net metering and the proper valuation of distributed energy resources has reached Congress. In the wake of a debacle over retroactive changes to net metering rules in his home state of Nevada, Senator Harry Reid (with Senator Angus King of Maine) recently proposed legislation on the subject. The proposal,… Continue Reading

NYISO Announces Study of Fast Growing Solar Industry

Posted in Energy
The New York Independent System Operator (“NYISO”) recently issued a press release announcing its plans to undertake a new study on the potential for growth in the net metered (aka “customer sited”) solar sector to determine the impact on New York’s electricity grid. The study is based upon the explosive growth in net metered solar… Continue Reading

New York State Public Service Commission Order on Remote Net Metering May Require Solar Projects to Obtain Subdivision or Lot Line Adjustment Approvals

Posted in Energy
Under New York State Public Service Law Section 66-j, certain remote net metered renewable energy projects, including solar energy facilities, are limited to 2 MW on a single deeded parcel in order to qualify for net metering. The Public Service Commission (“PSC”), in its December 14, 2014 “Order Raising Net Metering Minimum Caps, Requiring Tariff… Continue Reading

New EPA Administrator Touts The Benefits of Natural Gas

Posted in Energy
Newly confirmed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently delivered a speech on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in the energy industry. According to Energy In Depth, her remarks included the statement that: “Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy… Continue Reading

New York Greenlights Energy Transmission Line

Posted in Energy
The Champlain Hudson transmission line has received initial approval from the New York State Public Service Commission.  The transmission line will be capable of transmitting 1,000 megawatts of hydropower from Quebec to New York City.   Estimated to take at least three years to construct, the 335-mile line will be built under Lake Champlain and the… Continue Reading