NYSEG, RGE Propose Utility-Owned Solar, Storage In New Rate Cases
May 26, 2022 Email This Story Copyright 2010-21 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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NYSEG and Rochester Gas & Electric have proposed procuring 11 MW of company-owned battery storage, and 70 MW of company-owned solar for low-income customers, under newly filed rate cases
Specifically, the Companies are proposing a Low Income Clean Generation Program that would enable the development of 50 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity, with revenues from the solar facilities being used to provide bill credits to low-income customers.
The solar PV facilities would be treated as utility plant and recovered through base rates
Site acquisition, design, engineering, and construction would be procured through a competitive request for proposals issued and administered by the Companies.
Revenue generated by the solar facilities, net of maintenance cost, would be allocated to designated low-income customers for the life of the assets. Inclusion of energy storage in this specific program will be analyzed and considered to the extent that it will result in increased revenue.
Separately, the Companies propose several new energy storage systems (totaling 11 MW). The utilities would provide the output from the utility-owned energy storage systems into the NYISO wholesale markets. The Companies propose to use the net market revenues from these energy storage projects to provide credits to low-income customers. Revenues will be allocated evenly on a monthly basis to each of the designated low-income customers.