2019 Priorities for the
Alliance for Clean Energy New York
For New York State to achieve its ambitious Renewable Energy Standard goals we need significant investment and accelerated construction in all three market segments: efficiency, distributed renewables, and grid-connected renewables. Each has unique challenges but offer great opportunities for economic growth and job creation.
ACE NY priorities for Large-Scale, Grid-Connected Renewables:
Continuing NYSERDA RFPs and timely award of contracts for Tier 1 of the Clean Energy Standard, with fair and transparent evaluation processes for bids;
For offshore wind, a contract award in 2019; continuing procurement opportunities; and progress on the identification and auction of new offshore wind lease areas in federal waters;
Improvements to state and Local permitting processes, particularly Article 10, to allow responsible developers to move steadily and predictably through the process, so that there is a healthy pipeline of diverse projects;
A timely and effective NYISO interconnection process, with a Class Year that actually takes one year;
NYISO rules that are fair and favorable for renewable energy and energy storage;
A Clean Energy Standard program that works for the full array of technologies; land-based wind, utility-scale solar, offshore wind, hydropower, sustainable biomass, and fuel cells.
A “Tier 2” of the Clean Energy Standard that supports existing renewable resources, and/or a carbon price at the NYISO to address this issue;
Additional opportunities for offtake arrangements, such as Index REC contracts for Tier 1; new demand from NYPA, LIPA, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, or corporate buyers.
For distributed renewables, ACE NY will continue to participate in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) proceedings at the DPS to enhance opportunities for distributed solar and other clean technologies. ACE NY will continue to fight to protect the market opportunities for distributed solar and other DER and will strive to make the NY markets work for investment in new energy storage projects.
For energy efficiency, ACE NY will work with our members to weigh in on the successful and timely implementation of NY’s new Order on Accelerated Energy Efficiency Targets, issued December 2018. This will be a big year for this Order to get defined and implemented.
And we can’t forget the Legislature -- The change in leadership in the New York State Senate means there are numerous new legislators to meet and inform about the clean energy industry, and the need for significant legislative proposals. We will continue to participate in PSC proceedings and monitor NYISO activities, but we also have to be at the Capitol. We will track the bills that our member companies care about and take advantage of opportunities to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation.