The PSC's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) program could open the door to more energy localization options for New Yorkers.
The big question regarding Track One is whether the existing utilities should serve as the Distributed System Platform provider that would manage and coordinate the Distributed Energy Resources. That’s a mistake, according to Citizens for Local Power co-founder Jennifer Metzger. “If the utilities are both purchasing energy and managing that system, there’s a direct conflict of interest, in which the utility might privilege its own assets rather than those of other actors,” Metzger said. It’s vital that the entity governing the distribution of energy be independent, she said.