In 2014, state public utility commissions grappled with issues ranging from grid modernization to energy efficiency rollbacks, with some of the proceedings continuing into next year. In this year-end post, we look back at the top 10 issues on commission dockets this year - and get ready for a busy 2015. Note: some links in this post reference documents in DocketDash, BillBoard or PowerPortal, applications in AEE's new energy policy software platform, PowerSuite. Click here and sign up for a free 14-day trial of PowerSuite.
New York Boldly Undertakes Comprehensive Utility Reform
The New York Public Service Commission opened a groundbreaking proceeding, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) in April 2014, which aims to address key barriers to the deployment of distributed energy resources through a significant redesign of utility planning processes, electricity market structures, and rate design. The rest of the country is watching closely, as the outcome of REV could help define the future of utility business models in many states.
AEE and its state and regional partners, Alliance for Clean Energy New York and the New England Clean Energy Council, have filed formal comments in the REV proceeding and, via the AEE Institute, published a report outlining a comprehensive approach to benefit-cost analysis for distributed energy resources needed to make REV successful.