REV Demonstration Projects
On February 26, 2015, as part of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding the NYS Public Service Commission issued the Order Adopting Regulatory Policy Framework and Implementation Plans for which the Public Service Commission (PSC) directed the six large investor owned utilities (IOUs) to develop and file proposed demonstration projects, now commonly known as REV Demo Projects. These six IOUs include Central Hudson, Orange & Rockland, Con Edison, National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas (NSYEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E).
By utilizing utility and third party partnerships when appropriate, REV Demo Projects aim to drive innovative, scalable, and replicable solutions that benefit both energy customers and utility shareholders. As such, the demonstration projects provide an opportunity to inform decision makers including those developing Distributed System Platforms (DSPs), those measuring customer feedback to the program and pricing, and those attempting to streamline Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) implementation.
To adhere to the goals laid out in the Order, the PSC outlined the following eight principles that REV Demo Projects must adhere to:
- REV demonstration should include partnership between utility and third party service providers.
- The utility should identify questions it hopes to answer or problems or situations on the grid and the market should respond with solutions.
- Demonstrations should delineate how the generated economic value is divided between the customer, utility and third party service.
- The market for grid services should be competitive.
- While some demonstrations may be bilateral, and therefore may not be “competitive” per se, utilities and service provider should propose rules (data, terms, standards, etc.) that will help create subsequently competitive markets.
- Demonstrations should inform pricing and rate design modifications.
- Utility and third party service provider(s) should consider deploying in their demonstrations advanced distribution systems.
- Utilities should explore opportunities in their demonstrations to work with and include various residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial customer participants.
REV demo project ideas can also be submitted through REV connect, a portal administered by NYSERDA that encourages companies to connect with the State’s investor-owned electric utilities. REV Connect offers streamlined evaluation, expert feedback, and, if successful, an opportunity to be matched with one of the New York utilities and other potential market partners.
How to submit your idea. New York seeks REV Demo Projects on an ongoing basis. If you have a service, product, or business model that can generate value that would be shared among energy customers, third parties, and utilities, click here to submit your idea to REV Connect.
DPS REV: Demonstration Projects
This section of the New York State DPS website provides useful information on the REV demonstration projects, including how the projects help advance REV goals and ways in which to submit new projects.
Proceeding on Motion of the Commission in Regard to Reforming the Energy Vision
Case 14-M-0101 | The State of New York Public Service Commission-Instituted New Case Proceeding on the Motion of the Commission in Regard to Reforming the Energy Vision. Features rulings, motions, notices, plans and proposals, comments, correspondence, and reports in relation to the Proceeding.
REV Connect: Principles for REV Demonstrations
This website page features a link to the Memorandum and Resolution on REV Demonstration Projects and a listing of the six REV Demonstration principles in the context of REV Connect.