Expanded retail-level demand response programs will take effect as soon as July 1 in targeted areas of upstate New York under measures approved by the New York Public Service Commission on Wednesday (14-E-0423).
The PSC ordered the five distribution utilities outside of New York City to offer dynamic load management to customers. Payments would be made to customers who reduce load during “called demand response events,” when load is expected to reach its peak.
The programs are mandated to be available everywhere by July 2016, with implementation plans due in January. DR is already available in the Consolidated Edison service territory.
The PSC acknowledged that the “accelerated program rollout” created technical challenges that would limit availability. Priority areas were established that offered the greatest benefits at the lowest costs, based on factors including system stress and local distribution constraints, the PSC said.
For this summer, the plan is generally limited to more densely populated areas around upstate cities, such as Buffalo. New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric did not designate areas but were ordered to do so by July 1.
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