by Jeff St. John
August 24, 2018

Last month, New York’s investor-owned utilities reported their latest progress, and future plans, for meeting the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative — the broad effort to remake state energy and utility regulations to bring distributed, renewable energy into the mainstream. 

These new Distributed System Integration Plans, or DSIPs, revealed a lot of information about where utilities stand on creating the grid, IT and customer systems needed to measure and manage distributed energy resources at scale, and where they’re headed in the coming years. These include updates on grid modernization initiatives with various familiar acronyms like advanced metering infrastructure and distributed energy resource management systems, as well as the non-wires alternatives that are replacing grid upgrades with DERs, which is a topic that our research team will be delving into in more detail in the coming week. 

The DSIPs filed with the New York Public Service Commission also lay out the latest work on the REV demonstration projects that utilities are rolling out, from online customer marketplaces for efficiency services, to fully integrated smart communities backed by energy storage and grid automation. There’s a lot of data on how long-running projects are shaping up, as well as a few newly launched projects worth highlighting. 

Here’s a summary of the key developments in REV demo projects by utility.