New York legislature’s push to create energy storage programmes and targets welcomed by industry
US-based trade industry groups NY-BEST and the Energy Storage Association, have welcomed the passing of bills in New York providing a framework for the state’s regulator to establish an energy storage deployment programme.
Last week, New York State Legislature unanimously passed The Energy Storage Deployment Program bill. NY Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 would direct the regulator, the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC), to develop a programme that would include an energy storage procurement target in the state for the year 2030.
The bi-partisan passing of the two bills has been led by Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, along with a number of other state legislators. Alongside the target would be a number of supportive schemes to enable it to be met. The bills and programme now go before state Governor Andrew Cuomo, a supporter and advocate of clean energy and political instigator of New York’s ambitious Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV) grid modernisation initiative.
Another group instrumental in the formation of NY REV, NY-BEST (New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium), a trade advocacy and technology commercialisation group, emailed Energy-Storage.News to applaud the latest step.
Legislation ‘will propel economic growth’
NY-BEST executive director William Acker said that the group and its members in the industry were “extremely grateful” to Griffo and Paulin “for their leadership” as well as to the “entire New York State Legislature for their strong support of energy storage”.
“Energy storage has an important role to play in modernising New York’s electric grid, providing real benefits for ratepayers and producing environmental and economic benefits for the state. This legislation will help accelerate deployment of important storage resources on the state’s electric grid,” Acker said.