On September 14, 2017, the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC or the Commission) issued its Order on Phase One Value of Distributed Energy Resources Implementation Proposals, Cost Mitigation Issues, and Related Matters (the Implementation Order). The Implementation Order sets the methodologies by which utilities throughout the state of New York will determine the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER). It follows the Commission’s March 9, 2017 Order on Net Metering Transition, Phase One of Value of Distributed Energy Resources, and Related Matters (the VDER Phase One Order), which the Commission issued in furtherance of the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and is analyzed in a prior Latham & Watkins Client Alert.
In accordance with the VDER Phase One Order, each utility in the state submitted an Implementation Proposal addressing calculation and compensation methodologies for Distributed Energy Resources (“DERs”). The Implementation Order largely approves the utilities’ Implementation Proposals, with certain modifications relating to the recovery of VDER costs, the methodology behind the Installed Capacity credit, and the calculation of Market Transition Credits. The Order also addresses certain issues associated with the Value Stack for DERs and cost mitigation.