NY: Shared renewables program proposed


In New York, legislation has been introduced that would establish a shared renewables program applicable to solar and wind installations up to 2 MW (up to 1 MW in environmental-justice areas). The program proposed by A.B. 107 involves a subscription model that includes both residential and non-residential customers, and limits subscriber enrollment to an individual facility that is located within the same county (generally), load zone and utility service territory as the subscriber. Participants would receive a share of the facility’s generation as a retail bill credit (which may be rolled over monthly), with maximum subscription terms of five years for residential customers and 10 years for non-residential customers.

A.B. 107 would direct the New York Public Service Commission to initiate a proceeding by 7/31/2016 to develop the program, including rules governing consumer protection, interconnection and locational criteria for shared facilities. A.B. 107 would also require LIPA to develop a similar program.