Conduct a power grid study.
- Date Due:
- Responsible Entity:
- Conduct a power grid study.
- DPS, in consultation with NYSERDA, NYPA, LIPA, the grid operator, and the utilities, shall conduct a power grid study for the purpose of identifying distribution upgrades, local transmission upgrades, and bulk transmission investments that are necessary to facilitate the achievement of the CLCPA targets.
- ONGOING: on May 14, 2020, the PSC issued an Order on Transmission Planning Pursuant to the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, and on July 2, 2020, NYPA proposed a plan to upgrade and expand transmission lines in Northern New York.
- AREGCBA § 7(2)
AREGCBA § 7(2): "The department, in consultation with the New York state energy research and development authority, the power authority of the state of New York, the Long Island power authority, the state grid operator, and the utilities shall undertake a comprehensive study for the purpose of identifying distribution upgrades, local transmission upgrades and bulk transmission investments that are necessary or appropriate to facilitate the timely achievement of the CLCPA targets (collectively, "power grid study"). The power grid study shall identify needed distribution upgrades and local transmission upgrades for each utility service territory and separately address needed bulk transmission system investments. In performing the study, the department may consider such issues it determines to be appropriate including by way of example system reli- ability; safety; cost-effectiveness of upgrades and investments in promoting development of major renewable energy facilities and relieving or avoiding constraints; and factors considered by the office of renewable energy siting in issuing and enforcing renewable energy siting permits pursuant to section 94-c of the executive law. In carrying out the study, the department shall gather input from owners and developers of competitive transmission projects, the state grid operator, and providers of transmission technology and smart grid solutions and to utilize information available to the department from other pertinent studies or research relating to modernization of the state's power grid. To enable the state to meet the CLCPA targets in an orderly and cost-effective manner, the department may issue findings and recommendations as part of the power grid study at reasonable intervals but shall make an initial report of findings and recommendations within 270 days of the effective date of this section."