New York state, one of the nation’s largest producers of distributed power, could add more than 2,000 MW of distributed energy resources (DER) by 2020, a new report from the New York Independent System Operator shows.
The report, “A Review of Distributed Energy Resources,” found that 80 to 90 percent of the state’s DER capacity (installations of 2 MW or less) now comes from photovoltaic (PV) solar projects. Ranked fifth in the nation for total DER capacity, New York state’s technical potential to add more DER capacity is high, according to the report.
“Though New York is relatively advanced in terms of total installed capacity of DER, there appears to be additional room to grow,” the report found.
The state could add another 881 MW of residential PV capacity and another 1,174 MW of commercial PV capacity by 2020, according to the report.
The report bolsters a number of state initiatives to expand the use of on-site power generation and storage technologies. The report evaluated the potential of several DER technologies, including PV solar, combined heat and power (CHP), backup generators, micro wind turbines, and energy storage. The report also cited several obstacles to DER development, including insufficient transmission interconnections, increasing regulation, cost allocation, and project financing.
“The report defines the most critical areas to address in order to anticipate and prepare for the changes facing the power industry,” said Hugo van Nispen, vice president of DNV GL, the advisory and testing organization that prepared the report.
To view the entire NYISO report, click here.