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PSC Order on NY Utility DR Program Changes for Summer 2020 – Market Minute (Video)

June 02, 2020



 

On May 14th, in response to COVID-19 related challenges and recommendations raised by stakeholders,  the New York Public Service Commission issued an Order directing most of the utilities to implement several changes to their Dynamic Load Management (DLM) tariffs to become effective as of June 1st. These changes will impact the Commercial System Relief Program (CSRP) and the Distribution Load Relief Program (DLRP) for Summer 2020 and are intended to increase program flexibility for DR aggregators and participants.

The PSC Order directs the utilities to make the following changes to their DLM tariffs:

First, there will be an additional enrollment window to allow new participants to participate in the programs in July through September if enrollments are submitted by June 1st.

Second, for customers currently enrolled will have an opportunity to adjust their committed kW reduction amounts for July through September if this is submitted by June 1st.

Third, testing will occur only if an event has not already occurred, and the PSC has directed utilities to not administer a test before July 1st.

Lastly, for customers that have utility interval or AMI metering installed but have not been able to establish communications between the meter and the utility will be provisionally approved to participate, pending establishment of the necessary communications and providing that meter data for the CBL baseline calculations and test/event performance can be retrieved to assess program performance for settlement and payment.

These changes will be applicable to all utilities within New York, except for PSEG-LI. The PSC Order directs Department of Public Service staff to work with LIPA/PSEG-LI staff to see if similar changes can be implemented for their CSRP and DLRP programs for this program season.

If your organization is currently participating in one or both of the CSRP and DLRP programs in 2020, or had opted not to enroll in these programs due to operational and electric load changes for the season, you now have one more opportunity to enroll to participate in July through September, or to adjust your level of participation through adjusting your enrollment value.

If you have any questions or would like to enroll, or adjust your current enrollment amount, in the CSRP or DLRP programs by June 1st, or have any other New York energy question, contact CPower and we’ll help you in any way we can.

On May 14th, in response to COVID-19 related challenges and recommendations raised by stakeholders,  the New York Public Service Commission issued an Order directing most of the utilities to implement several changes to their Dynamic Load Management (DLM) tariffs to become effective as of June 1st. These changes will impact the Commercial System Relief Program (CSRP) and the Distribution Load Relief Program (DLRP) for Summer 2020 and are intended to increase program flexibility for DR aggregators and participants.

The PSC Order directs the utilities to make the following changes to their DLM tariffs:

  1. Enrollment – an additional enrollment window has been added. New enrollments must be submitted by June 1st for participation in the CSRP/DLRP for July through September.
  2. Enrollment Adjustment – participants may adjust their committed kW to the CSRP and DLRP programs by submitting updated enrollments by June 1st, to become effective July 1st.
  3. Testing – utilities have been directed to not administer tests in their programs until July 1st at the earliest, and to not administer a test if an event has already been called.
  4. Metering – customers that have utility interval or AMI metering installed but have not been able to establish communications between the meter and the utility will be provisionally approved to participate, pending establishment of the necessary communications and providing that meter data for the CBL baseline calculations and test/event performance can be retrieved to assess program performance for settlement and payment.

These changes will be applicable to all utilities within New York, except for PSEG-LI. The PSC Order directs Department of Public Service staff to work with LIPA/PSEG-LI staff to see if similar changes can be implemented for their CSRP and DLRP programs for this program season.

If your organization is currently participating in one or both of the CSRP and DLRP programs in 2020, or had opted not to enroll in these programs due to operational and electric load changes for the season, you now have one more opportunity to enroll to participate in July through September, or to adjust your level of participation through adjusting your enrollment value.

If you have any questions or would like to enroll, or adjust your current enrollment amount, in the CSRP or DLRP programs by June 1st, or have any other New York energy question, contact CPower and we’ll help you in any way we can.

ERCOT Establishes the Covid-19 Electricity Relief Program – Market Minute (Video)

April 16, 2020




On March 26, 2020, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) established the COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program, providing eligible residential ratepayers in the state with a temporary exemption from disconnections due to non-payment of electricity bills. 

According to the PUCT’s draft of the Order, the program is to be funded by a rider implemented by Transmission and Distribution Utilities (TDUs).

The rider will collect funds to be utilized to reimburse TDUs and REPs for unpaid bills from eligible residential customers experiencing unemployment due to the impacts of COVID-19 and to ensure continuity of electric service for those residential customers. 

All customer classes are obligated to pay this charge. The initial rider will be based on $0.33 per megawatt-hour (MWh). 

The rider will have an immediate effective date upon being implemented by the TDU. 

It’s not known at this time how long the charge will exist. In its Order, the PUCT has reserved the right to supplement and/or modify the relief program by a subsequent order.

This is something we’re monitoring closely, so check back with The Current or sign up to learn more as it happens. 

ERCOT: ERS program criteria to remain in 2020 – Market Minute (Video)

 



In a recent letter to Qualified Scheduling Entities in Texas, ERCOT asserted that while the grid operator is sensitive to the distress organizations are feeling due to the current pandemic, ERCOT does NOT have the authority to alter the criteria applicable to Emergency Response Service (ERS) resources currently under contract.

If your organization is currently participating in the ERS program in 2020, you will be contractually obligated to perform under the program’s established criteria. 

Some organizations in Texas are asking what happens if they can’t perform DR due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

ERCOT has stated that it DOES have the discretion to “consider mitigating factors, including Force Majeure Events, that may have impacted ERS event performance or availability when determining whether to suspend a QSE or ERS Resource that fails to meet performance or availability criteria.”

ERS participants who think they may be unable to adequately provide ERS resources as contracted should contact their Curtailment Service Provider to discuss their situation.

If you have any questions about this or any other Texas related energy question, contact CPower and we’ll help you in any way we can.

CASPR in New England – Market Minute (Video)

March 26, 2020



In New England, the second annual Competitive Auction for Sponsored Policy Resources (CASPR) took place in February 2020 for the power delivery year of 2023-24. 

CASPR was created to prevent subsidized resources covered by tax credits or state incentives from depressing prices in New England’s forward capacity auctions. 

CASPR was designed to allow retiring resources that had secured capacity supply obligations to transfer those obligations to new, subsidized resources that do NOT have an obligation.

The existing resource — from a retiring fossil fuel plant, for example — can then retire and receive a final payment equal to the difference between the (higher) forward capacity auction clearing price and the (lower) secondary auction clearing price.

According to ISO-NE’s published results of the February CASPR auction, zero MWs cleared the auction because there were NO retiring resources leaving the market. 

This is the second year in a row the number of renewable resources seeking to ENTER the market have outnumbered the retiring resources seeking to exit the market. 

ISO-New England, the region’s grid operator hasn’t committed to fundamentally changing CASPR in 2021, though there has been talk of altering auction as New England seeks to move away from a fuel mix dominated by fossil sources to one that features a greater mix of renewable sources.

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