Damian Sciano, director of distribution planning and distributed useful resource integration for New York utility Consolidated Edison, has a sophisticated job: getting the three.Four-million-customer utility prepared for a future that’s going to depend on clear electrical energy to fulfill nearly all of its vitality wants.
After a decade of investing in modernizing its largely underground, networked New York Metropolis grid and outlying overhead distribution system, Con Edison has constructed a powerful basis for integrating distributed vitality assets comparable to rooftop photo voltaic, behind-the-meter batteries, electrical car chargers and fast-acting demand response into its grid operations.
It’s additionally been modernizing the IT programs to place its new grid infrastructure to work, with advanced load circulation modeling, outage restoration and grid restoration programs, demand response administration platforms, and, after Hurricane Sandy, a giant concentrate on resiliency, he mentioned.
The 2015 launch of the New York Reforming the Power Imaginative and prescient initiative, an bold statewide plan to include distributed vitality assets into day-to-day utility operations, boosted Con Edison’s DER ambitions. Beneath REV, Con Edison and the state’s different investor-owned utilities are tasked with making a sprawling distribution system implementation plan outlining their vary of efforts, in addition to a distributed system platform to harness the worth of customer-owned and operated DERs and reward them for his or her contributions.
New York REV has additionally pushed Con Edison’s work on “non-wires options” to exchange or postpone costly grid investments with the capability and adaptability of DERs. Its flagship effort, the Brooklyn Queens Demand Administration mission, is deferring a $1 billion distribution substation improve with roughly half that sum of money spent to put in grid-scale batteries and procure demand response, vitality effectivity and different customer-sited assets.
However final 12 months’s passage of the Local weather Management and Neighborhood Safety Act has introduced added urgency to those efforts. “Nothing we did was directionally flawed — however [the legislation necessitated] a dramatic change in how we’re going to get there,” Sciano mentioned. Whereas New York REV set a aim of 50 p.c renewables by 2030, CLCPA “not solely [mandates] 100 p.c renewables by 2040, but in addition the electrification…of autos…and heating programs” for its prospects as pure fuel is phased out.