New York's electric utilities have developed a coordinated grid planning process and an updated approach to analyzing the benefits and costs of infrastructure investments. These tools are meant to steer grid development to ensure compliance with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. However, in their present form, those tools do not make use of data on emissions outcomes to orient utilities' planning and investment decisions. Policy Integrity filed comments urging the Commission to recognize that compliance with the Climate Act in relation to grid planning requires, at the very least, consideration for planning decisions' impacts of global and local pollutants.
Those comments follow up on comments we filed with the Commission in the same docket last year.