Solar City launches group to push for distributed resource plan in NY state

Written By: Stratton Report
April 19, 2016

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On April 19, Solar City announced that it had joined with six New York investor-owned utilities to launch the Solar Progress Partnership. The group yesterday filed a joint proposal with the New York Public Service Commission for the long-term growth of distributed solar and other distributed resources to benefit New York ratepayers.

The partnership includes Advanced Energy Economy as well as all New York investor-owned utilities: Con Edison, Orange & Rockland, Central Hudson, National Grid, Rochester Gas & Electric and New York State Electric & Gas (the latter two participating as Avangrid).

John McAvoy, the chairman and CEO of Con Edison remarked: “We’re working together to keep our state’s solar industry vibrant while enabling us to maintain the robust power grid that solar energy requires, and in a way that is fair to all customers. Utilities and solar companies have found common ground to enhance our environment, the economy and electric reliability.”

SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive commented:

“The deep institutional knowledge of these six utilities, and the creative approach they are taking to the evolution of electricity, is inspiring. Leaders like these will lay the foundation for the grid of the future.”

The partnership’s initial proposal concerns community and residential solar policy. It recognizes the value of distributed resources on the grid and builds on the New York Public Service Commission’s white paper on the future development of distributed resources.