NYS Ups Energy Efficiency and Energy Storage Targets to Combat Climate Change
In a further move to combat climate change and meet the state’s clean energy goals, the New York State Public Service Commission has approved significant increases in the state’s energy efficiency and energy storage targets. Responding to a directive by Governor Andrew Cuomo to develop an ambitious new energy efficiency target by Earth Day, the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued the New Efficiency: New York report, which established an ambitious energy efficiency target for the state of 185 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of cumulative annual site energy consumption by 2025—equivalent to powering 1.8 million New York homes annually. The report also described actions to meet that target through a range of innovative utility efficiency programs, the first steps of which were recently approved by DPS. In June 2018, the Governor announced a plan to spur development of energy storage in the state, calling for 1,500 megawatts (MW) of energy storage by 2025. In December 2018, the commission adopted a comprehensive strategy to address barriers that have been impeding energy storage technologies form competing in the energy marketplace. In addition, a secondary energy storage deployment goal of 3,000 MW by 2030 is being adopted. For the Governor’s press release, click here.