NY Moving Ahead to Stop Wasteful Infrastructure Spending

NY is now leading the nation in promoting the development of microgrid technology.  The result has been a lot of new projects, including ConEd’s demand management project in Brooklyn and Queens that will eliminate the need for a new $1 billion (yup, that’s a “b”) substation.  Here’s what a recent story on Bloomberg said about the project:

Consolidated Edison Inc. can move ahead with a plan to give users in New York City’s two fastest growing boroughs incentives to boost energy savings and reduce reliance on the grid, the state Public Service Commission said.

The commission in a webcast meeting today approved the utility’s demand-management program for Brooklyn and Queens, where power consumption has jumped as gentrification spurred growth. The plan includes investments by consumers in more efficient lighting, batteries, rooftop solar panels and other strategies to cut demand.

Con Ed said in June that the plan would delay the need to build a $1 billion substation for the two boroughs until at least 2024.

“We are not going to change the landscape in one fell swoop,” Commissioner Gregg C. Sayre said. “That requires us to take small steps.”

Also at the meeting, commissioners discussed a broader energy vision for the state that includes proposals to give power companies more incentives to build new, cleaner generation and consumers incentives to cut use.

The Brooklyn/Queens plan for reducing demand will include energy efficiency, such as replacing refrigerators and painting roofs white, battery storage, distributed generation and microgrids, the company has said.

Con Ed envisions customer demand reductions totaling 41 megawatts. The company expects plan costs to be about $200 million, including expenses associated with the customer cuts and another 11 megawatts of reductions by the utility. Customer savings from the plan will be $400 million to $600 million, Robert Schimmenti, vice president of engineering and planning at the utility, said in a June 27 interview.

This is how you do electrical system investment – quality, not quantity.  And it’s cheaper for everyone.

Here is a link to ConEd’s request for proposals, so you can see the details of the proposed project.

The NY PSC is far ahead of WV PSC Chairman Albert’s ignorant “steel in the ground” fetish.  While the WV PSC sticks WV rate payers with over-capacity obsolete power plants, the NY PSC is serious about building a resilient electrical grid that actually saves rate payers and power companies money.

2 thoughts on “NY Moving Ahead to Stop Wasteful Infrastructure Spending

  1. Bill: Thanks for this update. We as residents and ratepayers can only hope that West Virginia will someday adopt these approaches to long-term savings and efficiencies. I doubt that the current crop of legislators and WVPSC commissioners can give up their dependence on AEP/MonPower/PotEd campaign contributions anytime soon.

  2. Thank you for sharing a way enlightened and forward thinking government works. In contrast, the current WV Legislature has no interest in incentives for independence or energy savings.

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