Con Edison, New York agency revise their Indian Point backup plan

Consolidated Edison Co. of New York (Con Edison) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed a revised plan with the New York State Public Service Commission on how to deal with any closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant.

The PSC had earlier this year ordered a request for proposals to be issued for power generation and transmission projects that would be needed in case Indian Point has to shut due, in part, to delays in getting license extensions for its two units from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Con Edison and NYSERDA were among the parties making offers in that Indian Point back-up program.

The two parties said in their June 19 revision that, in consultation with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), they have come up with a revised plan for energy efficiency, demand reduction, and combined heat and power (CHP).

The revised plan includes a joint program, to be implemented by Con Edison and NYSERDA, with support from NYPA, designed to achieve 100 MW of cost-effective peak demand reduction by summer 2016 within the Con Edison service territory. The 100 MW demand reduction will be coincident with the system peak and will be in addition to peak demand reductions that are currently included in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Resource Needs Assessment (RNA).

In addition to the 100 MW in demand reduction, the revised plan also includes a 25-MW CHP program to be administered by NYSERDA, and NYPA’s plan to save an additional 15 MW through the Build Smart NY program.

The initial Indian Point Contingency Plan, filed with the commission by Con Edison and NYPA on Feb. 1, set forth a flexible approach that was designed to build upon Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) programs with incremental incentives designed to produce 100 MW of demand reductions by the summer of 2016, along with increased energy savings that would increase the likelihood of achieving the state’s energy efficiency goals. An April 19 PSC order required that Con Edison and NYSERDA jointly file a revised plan, in consultation with NYPA that would expand or add specificity in the following areas:

  • The potential contribution of on-site baseload generation – CHP and distributed generation – beyond NYSERDA and NYPA CHP projects “in the pipeline”;
  • The potential contribution of large customers in Con Edison’s electric service territory who may be practically capable of switching from electric to steam-driven chillers;
  • Prioritization and segmentation of the markets for efficiency, load management and demand response, including which building types and other facilities Con Edison and NYSERDA intend to pursue aggressively and why;
  • How many megawatts can be secured from what resource category at given cost/MW levels to make informed decisions on program targets budget, as well as the proposed source and nature of any required financial incentive;
  • The proposed means to discipline and minimize the level of project support required, including how the plan would limit financial support to projects that otherwise would not come online in a timely fashion and limit incentives to less than 100% of project costs; and
  • How the revised plan will build on and be integrated with existing programs like EEPS, Technology and Market Development and the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.