Comments on Distributed Energy Valuation Methods in New York
The New York State Public Service Commission’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” initiative, an effort to modernize New York’s electricity policy, seeks to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into the state’s energy supply. The Commission sought proposals on how to compensate these producers of electricity for the full value that they provide to the electric grid. We submitted joint comments with the Environmental Defense Fund on an appropriate valuation methodology. We encourage the Commission to include the full range of environmental benefits of DER, such as reduced air pollution, and to ensure consistency across the Commission’s other programs and across all technologies. This work builds on our earlier comments on unbundling price signals to compensate DER for the time-based, locational, and environmental benefits they provide.