Skip to Main Content
Services Talent Knowledge
Site Search
Menu

Alert

Our attorneys stay on top of changes in legislation, agency regulations, case law, and industry trends—then craft timely legal alerts to keep clients up to date on legal developments important to their business.

May 15, 2020

NYS PSC Commences Planning for Upgrades to Utility Distribution and Local Transmission Facilities

In an order issued yesterday, the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) kicked off the first phase of the planning process for the upgrades to New York State’s transmission and distribution facilities that will be required to meet Governor Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goals. The PSC’s order, issued pursuant to the recently adopted Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, requires electric utilities regulated by the PSC to work together on a study of the upgrades to their distribution and local transmission facilities required to meet New York State’s clean energy goals.

The utilities are required to provide their preliminary results by August 1, 2020, and to submit final results, including a list of potential distribution and local system upgrades, by November 1, 2020. The PSC intends to seek public and stakeholder comment on these proposals and to act on them after receiving that input.

The PSC also requested input and proposals for the development of a transparent planning process to identify additional projects on the utilities’ distribution and local transmission systems that support achievement of New York State’s clean energy goals as well as an approach to evaluate the costs and benefits of these projects.

As part of this discussion, the PSC suggested that some projects may provide multiple benefits, such as replacing aging assets, while simultaneously furthering New York State’s clean energy goals. In these circumstances, the PSC suggested it might be open to recovering part of the cost of those projects in a manner that would reflect the state-wide benefits they provide. These utility proposals are due on or before October 5, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this alert, please contact George Pond, partner, at gpond@barclaydamon.com; Angela Sicker, law clerk, at asicker@barclaydamon.com; or another member of the firm’s Regulatory Practice Area.

Featured Media

Alerts

Recent DOJ and OCR Settlement Highlights Provider Responsibilities to Deaf and Hearing Impaired Patients

Alerts

Court Rules in Favor of Office of Renewable Energy Siting Regulations in Article 78 Challenge

Alerts

HHS OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA and COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Alerts

New York State Cannabis Control Board Holds First Meeting

Alerts

NYS DOH and DASNY Announce Availability of Funds for Residential Health Care and Other Providers

Alerts

To Dismiss or Not to Dismiss? Second Department Takes Another Look at Abandonment

This site uses cookies to give you the best experience possible on our site and in some cases direct advertisements to you based upon your use of our site.

By clicking [I agree], you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For information on what cookies we use and how to manage our use of cookies, please visit our Privacy Statement.

I AgreeOpt-Out