Establish state distribution and local transmission upgrade programs within 60 days of the initial power grid study findings.

Section 7(2) of the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act requires DPS, in consultation with NYSERDA, the power authority of NYS, LIPA, the grid operator, and the utilities, to 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. Section 7(3) mandates that the PSC open a proceeding to establish any capital plan required pursuant to that study.

Statutory Language: 

AREGCBA § 7(3): "The  commission  shall, within 60 days of the initial findings and recommendations required by subdivision two of this section, or at  such earlier  time as the commission determines to be appropriate, commence a proceeding to establish a distribution and  local  transmission  capital plan  for  each  utility in whose service territory the power grid study identified distribution upgrades and local  transmission  upgrades  that the  department  determines  are necessary or appropriate to achieve the CLCPA targets (the "state distribution and  local  transmission  upgrade programs").  The  state  distribution  and  local  transmission  upgrade programs shall establish a prioritized schedule  upon  which  each  such upgrade  shall  be  accomplished.    Concurrently, the Long Island power authority shall establish  a  capital  program  to  address  identified distribution and local transmission upgrades in its service territory."