The solar industry responded to the New York Public Service Commission’s (Commission) approval of utility implementation plans in the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) proceeding. These critical plans set the compensation for solar customers in each utility service territory and established a successor program to net metering in New York. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) released the following joint statement:
“Although the industry supports the Commission’s goal to properly quantify the full value of clean energy, the recently approved utility implementation plans use incomplete and inadequately refined methodologies that fail to accurately calculate the economic and environmental benefits of solar.
“New York has ambitious goals for deployment of clean, distributed energy, and those goals cannot be met without a stable regulatory environment. We are concerned about the signal this sends to clean energy businesses evaluating investment decisions throughout the region, and the impact on the nascent community solar industry.
“During the case, the solar industry explained the flaws in the utility VDER implementation plans and proposed several alternatives for compensating solar customers for the values their projects provide. While we recognize these initial implementation plans are a first step toward more precise valuation, we are discouraged that the Commission approved the assumptions behind the utilities’ plans.
"Our organizations remain committed to ensuring that the VDER framework captures all the value that solar provides to customers and the grid. As the second phase of the VDER case begins, the solar industry seeks a more robust, deliberative process that will allow for a thorough examination of utility data, consideration of independent analysis by outside experts, and sufficient opportunity for discovery and debate over the complex questions involved in this case.”
Date: Sep 19, 2017