In January 2017, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) released its Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) Roadmap for New York’s Wholesale Electricity Markets as a way to better meet the needs laid out in REV. The roadmap provides a clear path toward the integration of DERs into the wholesale market. As a result of the roadmap the NYISO DER Pilot Program was formed to focus on DER participation in NYISO’s energy, ancillary services, and capacity markets. The objectives of the Pilot Program will be:

  • Identifying and evaluate barriers to entry of DER
  • Demonstrating coordination processes and procedures between the ISO, DER
  • Coordinating Entity (DCE) and the Utilities’ Distributed System Platform (DSP)
  • Understanding technical capabilities and dispatchability of DER, small resources, and aggregations
  • Assessing performance of DCEAs
  • Evaluating the impact of integrating DER into NYISO’s various software systems


NYISO Reports

Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap for New York’s Wholesale Electricity Markets
January 2017 | This roadmap presents the NYISO’s vision for integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) into the NYISO’s Energy, Ancillary Services, and Capacity markets. The document outlines high-level concepts to facilitate the emergence of dispatchable DER through economic-based products to promote greater grid and market efficiencies.

NYISO Demand Response Programs: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Prospective Resources
September 12, 2018 | This FAQ provides answers to a wide range of questions on NYISO Demand Response Programs, including the types and benefits of Demand Response programs offered by NYISO.

NYISO Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Pilot Program Guide
October 2017 | This report is a comprehensive guide to the NYISO’s DER Pilot Program, which focuses on understanding physical operation attributes of the DER and associated coordination and was developed to inform market design efforts within the NYISO; build operational DER experience among the NYISO, utilities and market participants; and demonstrate market and grid operational coordination to integrate DER and DER aggregations.

Distributed Energy Resources Market Design Concept Proposal
December 2017 | The NYISO is in the midst of a multi-year effort that will open New York’s Wholesale Energy, Ancillary Service, and Capacity Markets to a diverse set of new Distributed Energy Resources (DER). This DER Market Design Concept Proposal (MDCP) is the second step in the market design process and builds on the ideas outlined in NYISO’s February 2017 DER Roadmap and subsequent stakeholder discussions.

NYISO Meter Data Study Final Report
December 8, 2017 | This Meter Data Study report examines issues identified in the Meter Policies track in the NYISO’s Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap for New York’s Wholesale Electricity Markets (DER Roadmap).

2018 Power Trends
May 3, 2018 | This annual report provides information and analysis on how technology, economic forces and public policy are shaping a more dynamic power grid, and the implications for the state’s wholesale electricity markets.

Independent & Stakeholder Reports

Distributed Energy Resource Participation in Wholesale Markets: Lessons from the California ISO
May 2, 2018 | Columbia Climate Law | This article from the Energy Bar Association that appears in the Energy Law Journal examines the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) DER program after its first year of operation that includes mention of the NYISO.


Distributed Energy Resources Participation Model
September 6, 2018 | NYISO | This site compiles regulatory and other documents related to the NYISO’s Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Participation Model, which will include the design of DER performance obligations, metering and telemetry requirements, baseline and performance measurement and verification rules, resource modeling, and the development of an understanding of how to balance the simultaneous participation of DER in retail-level programs, as well as the NYISO’s wholesale markets.

NYISO Pilot Program: Distributed Energy Resources
NYISO | This site details the NYISO’s DER Pilot Program, which is guided by the DER Roadmap with a focus on informing wholesale market design, and planning and operation for DER wholesale market integration. The site provides a program guide, application and registration forms, a program schedule, and other useful information.

PRESS RELEASE | NYISO Announces Distributed Energy Resource Pilot Projects
July 26, 2018 | Announcement by the NYISO regarding three pilot projects to demonstrate DER capabilities and options for their integration into its wholesale markets.