Summer 2018 Newsletter

Finally, summer! The last months have been a tough slog, but we have good news to report on several fronts: a victory in the Central Hudson rate case, movement on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), and a breakthrough in storage regulation. New threats include a planned “grid support project” that isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and needs to be opposed – indeed is being opposed by a strong coalition of Town of Ulster residents and environmental/energy activists.
 
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Contents:

  • Central Hudson Rate Case Victory Lowers Fixed Rates
  • Lincoln Park Grid Support Center Project
  • Ulster Green Business Challenge Lifts Off on June 27
  • Storage breakthrough on Federal and State Rules (could be a game-changer)
  • CCA (Working Group report, next steps to influence policy changes)

CCA (Working Group report, next steps to influence policy changes)

CLP has for several years been advocating for CCA “2.0” in New York—a version of CCA that harnesses the collective buying power and scale of communities to provide energy supply and services aligned with local needs and goals. However, after assessing the possibilities of working within the limits of the state’s regulatory framework, CLP has concluded that changes are needed in state policy and regulations for CCA to deliver meaningful long-term benefits to our communities.

Storage breakthrough on Federal and State Rules (could be a game-changer)

Earlier this year the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earned our praise for two decisions. To the surprise of many observers, it firmly declined to implement an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize coal and nuclear generation (supposedly for ‘resilience,” but in reality to help a few large corporations), and it also ordered all states to adopt rules that allow storage to compete fairly with other energy services. 

Lincoln Park Grid Support Center Project

Why would a Chicago-based company that has never built a fossil-fueled generating plant decide to build one in the Town of Ulster? It’s not entirely clear, but name of the so-called “Lincoln Park Grid Support Center” may give us a clue. The company’s site of the company (GlidePath) explains that its purpose is to offer the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) paid “regulation services and short-term energy during periods of peak demand.”