Non-Pipe Alternatives

Maintaining Reliable and Affordable Energy Choices for Customers 

Non-Pipe Alternatives (“NPA”) utilize third party solutions to defer or avoid certain traditional natural gas capital projects (i.e., “pipes”) that are needed to address natural gas system reliability needs. We are committed to considering NPA solutions as substitutes for traditional gas capital projects where and when they are appropriate and cost-effective.  As with electric Non-Wires Alternative (NWA) projects, these potential NPA projects support New York regulatory and environmental policies including the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), those noted in the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) regulatory framework, as well as other New York regulatory proceedings and New York State goals.  

Strategy

We seek to implement a portfolio of NPA solutions which are  cost effective for customers, provide reliable alternatives to traditional natural gas capital projects, and reflect full cost recovery and earnings opportunities for our Companies, while we comply with regulatory directives, state environmental policy, and learn from working cooperatively with other utilities and stakeholders. NPA solutions are innovative and include but are not limited to gas energy efficiency improvements, gas demand response programs, beneficial electrification (which may include a variety of heat pump technologies as well as other solutions), or the introduction of additional natural gas equivalent supply (in various forms of energy).  

Project Selection and Process

As available technologies, regulatory requirements and state environmental policies mature, we will review identified natural gas system reliability needs and the traditional natural gas capital projects for opportunities to defer or avoid spending on those projects through NPA solutions. NPA resources will be procured through a competitive solicitation process and evaluated using an accepted benefit cost analysis framework which utilizes a societal cost test.

 

Project Opportunities

The capital project which is currently the subject of an active NPA solicitation is:

 

Project Opportunities

Project Name

Lansing NPA Project

Time of Need

11/1/2021

RFP Release Date 12/4/2019

 

Current Projects

 

Lansing Non-Pipe Alternatives

The Lansing Non-Pipe Alternatives (NPA) Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks responses from qualified respondents with the capability to deliver innovative solutions that provide needed natural gas system load relief in the Lansing New York Gas Moratorium and surrounding areas.  NYSEG issued this RFP for solutions which will defer or avoid the need for the construction of the planned Lansing/Freeville Reinforcement Gas Pipeline Project, through the reduction of existing natural gas usage and/or the introduction of additional natural gas equivalent supply (in various forms of energy) into the Lansing, NY area. The NPA solution(s) must address the Companies' responsibility to provide safe and reliable service at reasonable costs and in an environmentally sound manner.

An RFP was issued in December 2019 and relevant documents are listed below.

 

Associated Documents