NYSEG AND RG&E PROVIDE COMMENTS ON DRAFT STATE ENERGY PLAN
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Rochester, NY, September 15, 2009 – NYSEG and RG&E are well-suited to assist the state in achieving key policy objectives, strategies and recommendations described in the draft State Energy Plan, the companies said in a statement to the State Energy Planning Board today in Albany.
The companies commended the board for its leadership and initiative in developing the draft energy plan. Further, the companies said, only through careful planning and coordinated efforts will the state continue to responsibly and cost-effectively meet its energy needs. Meaningful objectives – coupled with implementing thoughtful strategies to achieve those objectives – will help secure New York’s energy future which, in turn, will assist in strengthening the state’s economy.
The companies’ comments focused on three subjects covered in the draft energy plan: infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Infrastructure Investment: NYSEG and RG&E are in full agreement with the draft energy plan’s statement, “The ability to construct new, and maintain existing, delivery infrastructure is key to maintaining reliability.”
Taking the draft energy plan’s recognition of the importance of infrastructure investment a step further, the companies said the state must recognize that for utilities to invest the capital needed for system reliability and new technologies, appropriate regulatory consideration of those investments is critical.
Energy Efficiency: In support of the draft energy plan’s objective to increase the efficiency of the state’s electric system, NYSEG and RG&E have submitted two requests for federal stimulus funds to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for proposed smart grid projects. These projects would assist the state in meeting its objectives of delivering and using energy more efficiently, and investing in energy infrastructure.
In addition, Energy East, NYSEG and RG&E’s parent company, has requested federal stimulus funds from DOE for a Compressed Air Energy Storage plant – a proven power generation technology that uses less fuel and produces fewer pollutants than traditional generation sources.
Renewable Energy: NYSEG and RG&E have owned and operated renewable hydroelectric generation for decades and are experienced in maximizing this resource for the benefit of the companies’ customers and the state.
The companies said they have also facilitated the interconnection of hundreds of renewable generation sources to their energy delivery systems. Since 2006, the companies have connected more than 600 photovoltaic systems, nearly 40 wind projects and three hybrid projects, with the number of installations increasing each year. Commercial wind generation connections alone represent 415 megawatts of capacity, with a total additional capacity of 350 megawatts in the queue for next year.
In addition, NYSEG is examining the concept of dedicated circuits to move power generated from methane digesters to the state’s electrical grid. The concept would be safer for customers and utility workers; increase power quality; accommodate all customer generation at less cost; provide the capability for additional renewable resources; and provide a platform for smart grid technology testing and design.