New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved two initiatives to dramatically increase New York’s energy efficiency and energy storage targets to combat climate change. The new energy efficiency target for investor-owned utilities will more than double utility energy efficiency progress by 2025, reducing the state’s energy consumption by the equivalent of fueling and powering 1.8 million homes.
The energy storage initiative sets New York on a trajectory to achieve 1,500 MW of storage by 2025, which is enough electricity to power 1.2 million homes, and up to 3,000 MW by 2030. First announced as part of the Governor’s 2018 State of the State clean energy agenda, these energy efficiency and energy storage targets are vital to meeting New York’s clean energy goals.
“As the federal government continues to ignore the real and imminent dangers of climate change, New York is aggressively pursuing clean energy alternatives to protect our environment and conserve resources,” Governor Cuomo said. “These unprecedented energy efficiency and energy storage targets will set a standard for the rest of the nation to follow, while supporting and creating jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries.”
“We’re investing in projects and programs to advance our aggressive energy goals across the state,” added Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “While the federal government has turned its back on energy initiatives to reduce consumption and greenhouse gases, New York is leading the nation to ensure a cleaner and greener environment for future generations and combat climate change.”
In June, Governor Cuomo announced the State’s plan to jumpstart the development of energy storage in New York, calling for the deployment of 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025, or enough electricity for 1.2 million average sized homes, while avoiding more than one million tons of carbon pollution.
To achieve the Governor’s goal, the Commission today adopted a comprehensive strategy to address barriers that have been impeding energy storage technologies from competing in the energy marketplace. These actions are intended to accelerate the market learning curve, drive down costs, and speed the deployment of the highest-value energy storage projects for maximum benefit to New Yorkers and the electric grid.
In addition to the 2025 goal, a secondary energy storage deployment goal of 3,000 MW for 2030 is being adopted, which was called for pursuant to legislation signed into law last year by Governor Cuomo. When implemented, the strategy adopted by the Commission today will establish a critical foundation for the emergence of this clean-tech industry across the state and support New York’s goal to create 30,000 jobs in this industry.
To further stimulate energy storage deployment across the state and spur private sector investment, earlier this week, New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced it will invest $250 million over the next five years to accelerate the flexibility of the electric grid to give New Yorkers greater access to renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power. This multi-pronged, collaborative effort by NYPA will harness the abilities of third-party providers to address key market and financial barriers, and accelerate implementation of 150 MW of grid flexibility projects and decrease market risk.
Both Commission actions today are the result of extensive public outreach, numerous public hearings, regional forums, active stakeholder engagement, and public comment review.
The Commission order also:
- Authorizes a $310 million market acceleration bridge incentive to be administered by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), in addition to $40 million announced in November for pairing storage with PV projects, and directs NYSERDA to file a market acceleration bridge incentive implementation plan; and
- Directs the State’s six major electric utilities to hold competitive procurements for 350 MW of bulk-sited energy storage systems.
As more renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar, are brought online, energy storage will enhance efficiency of the electric grid to better integrate these variable resources. Importantly, energy storage will also enable these resources to meet periods of peak demand. Achieving the 2025 energy storage target will produce $2 billion in gross lifetime benefits to New Yorkers by reducing the reliance on costly, dirty and inefficient energy infrastructure, while also helping to scale up the clean energy industry.
According to a recent report by the American Jobs Project, New York is home to nearly 100 energy storage companies with expertise in hardware manufacturing, advanced materials, software development, and project management, and ranks fifth in the nation for energy storage patents due to the depth of research across its universities, national lab, and businesses.
“Under Governor Cuomo, New York is taking the lead in fighting climate change and growing the clean energy economy,” said Richard Kauffman, New York State Chairman of Energy and Finance. “Today’s energy efficiency and energy storage actions continues our nation-leading progress to maximize and deploy these important clean energy resources and reduce the need for new infrastructure by integrating solar, wind and energy storage to enable a more reliable and resilient electric grid, ensuring power is delivered when and where it’s needed.”
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, added: “Under Governor Cuomo, New York is not waiting to address the challenge of global climate change—instead we are taking bold and immediate action today. Today’s decisions by the PSC solidify the role of energy efficiency and of energy storage each as an important foundation of the state’s transition to a clean energy-powered future, and will allow those resources to deliver on their potential—including a more reliable system than the one we have today, billions of dollars in cost savings for consumers and the creation of thousands of new, good clean energy jobs for New Yorkers.”
In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Public Service (DPS) and NYSERDA to develop an ambitious new energy efficiency target by Earth Day. In celebration of Earth Day, DPS and NYSERDA staff issued the New Efficiency: New York report to establish New York’s ambitious 2025 energy efficiency target of 185 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of cumulative annual site energy consumption by 2025 – equivalent to fueling and powering 1.8 million New York homes annually.
New Efficiency: New York also identified a comprehensive set of actions to meet that target, with emphasis on increased energy savings through innovative utility efficiency programs, the first steps of which were approved by the Commission today.
The Commission order adopts 31 TBtu of additional site energy reduction by the state’s utilities, above existing utility efficiency goals and toward the achievement of the 2025 target. This goal is inclusive of a subsidiary annual three percent reduction in electricity sales by 2025 and 5 TBtu of savings from the installation of heat pumps, which will help further reduce emissions from the heating and cooling of buildings in a cost effective way.
Read the full release here.