Policy Documents

NY-BEST Policy Update – Governor Cuomo Announces Tax Relief Proposals

As a preview to his State of the State address scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced details of a more than $2 billion tax relief proposal designed to increase economic opportunity and attract and grow businesses across the State.

 (1/6/2014)
DOE Report - Grid Energy Storage

Modernizing the electric system will help the nation meet the challenge of handling projected energy needs—including addressing climate change by integrating more energy from renewable sources and enhancing efficiency from non-renewable energy processes. Advances to the electric grid must maintain a robust and resilient electricity delivery system, and energy storage can play a significant role in meeting these challenges by improving the operating capabilities of the grid, lowering cost and ensuring high reliability, as well as deferring and reducing infrastructure investments. Finally, energy storage can be instrumental for emergency preparedness because of its ability to provide backup power as well as grid stabilization services.

 (12/1/2013)
NASEO Case Study on NY-BEST
NASEO Case Study on NY-BESTAs of 2012,the State of New York’s energy storage industry employs approximately 3,000 workers and is responsible for over $600 million in annual global sales. New York represents an ideal market for further advancing energy storage. The state is home to the largest metropolitan area in the country served by an enormous and aging underground electricity infrastructure and the largest mass transit system in North America (with more than 6,300 subway cars, 2,300 railcars,
and nearly 6,000 buses), both presenting great opportunities for energy storage.
NASEO Case Study on NY-BEST

As of 2012,the State of New York’s energy storage industry employs approximately 3,000 workers and is responsible for over $600 million in annual global sales. New York represents an ideal market for further advancing energy storage. The state is home to the largest metropolitan area in the country served by an enormous and aging underground electricity infrastructure and the largest mass transit system in North America (with more than 6,300 subway cars, 2,300 railcars, and nearly 6,000 buses), both presenting great opportunities for energy storage.

 (10/23/2013)
Long Island Power Authority Releases RFP for Generation, Storage, Demand Response and Renewable Energy

On Friday, October 18th, 2013, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) issued two separate requests for proposals (RFPs) asking developers to propose projects to be part of Long Island’s future energy supply. One proposal is to begin replacement of Long Island's fleet of "peaking" generation facilities with newer, cleaner distributed resources and the other is for variable-sized renewable energy projects.

 (10/21/2013)
2012-2013 CAIR Report

Energy storage can play an important role in the reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and greenhouse gases in two critical sectors – transportation and the electric grid. For instance, energy storage can recapture and then deploy energy lost during braking in vehicles and store electricity until needed on the electric grid. Energy storage can also mitigate the need for new fossil-fuel powered peaking plants used infrequently during the year, increase the use of intermittent renewable energy sources, and enable distributed generation to island from the electric grid during an outage. The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology ConsortiumTM (NY-BEST) was established in 2009-10 to help position New York State as a global leader in energy storage technology for heavy-duty transportation, electric grid, and other storage applications.

 (10/1/2013)
Policy Update: New York Green Bank

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a $1 billion New York Green Bank initiative that will use approximately $165 million in uncommitted energy-related funding for the Green Bank’s initial capitalization.

 (9/12/2013)
NY-BEST Policy Update - June 2013

The New York State Legislature ended its 2013 legislative session this past weekend. Here’s a brief summary of notable actions for the energy sector:

Start-Up New York – The NYS Legislature passed legislation to implement Governor Cuomo’s Tax Free NY program. Start-up New York (SUNY Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform UPstate NY) is designed to foster entrepreneurialism and job creation on a large scale by transforming public higher education through tax-free communities across the state, particularly upstate. The State University of New York campus system, along with other college communities, will serve as the framework of the START-UP NY program to attract high-tech and other start-ups, venture capital, new business and investments from across the world. START-UP NY is intended to attract companies to bring their ventures to Upstate New York by offering new businesses the opportunity to operate completely tax-free – including no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax – while also partnering with the world-class higher education institutions in the SUNY system. For more information, see the Governor’s press release summarizing the program.  READ MORE>>

 (6/24/2013)
CAIR Program Plan

New York State’s regulations that implement the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) programs to control nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are set forth at 6 NYCRR Parts 243 and 244. These regulations establish seasonal and annual emissions cap-and-trade programs that are designed to mitigate interstate transport of ozone and fine particulate pollution. These regulatory programs will, in concert with other programs, assist states in the eastern U.S. in attaining the ozone and PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards.

 (6/18/2013)
NY-BEST Policy Update - Cuomo Announces the Installation of Hundereds of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Governor Cuomo today announced that more than 360 electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid charging stations will be installed across the state as part of the Charge NY initiative.

Charge NY is an initiative to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years and to put up to 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road during that period. The initiative is being spearheaded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  READ MORE>>

 (4/11/2013)
Indian Point Contingency Plan

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) respectfully submits the following comments in regard to the Indian Point Contingency Plan.  Con Edison and NYPA have proposed to include 100 MW of Energy Efficiency/Demand Reduction/CHP in their Plan to address the potential closing of the Indian Point nuclear facility. In their February 1, 2013 proposal and in Con Edison’s March 12, 2013 Reply Comments in the case, Con Edison specifically includes energy storage as an acceptable form of demand reduction.

 (4/4/2013)

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