National Grid seeks to support the company’s contribution towards NY State’s aggressive policy goals, which include targets of 3 GW of storage by 2030, 6 GW of solar PV by 2030, and 100% carbon neutrality by 2040. National Grid also seeks to support the company’s key performance indicators (KPIs) and earnings adjustment mechanisms (EAMs), such as peak load reduction and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) utilitization and mega-watts interconnected.
To support these overarching goals, National Grid is seeking to develop solutions that will expand adoption of energy storage and other distributed generation (DG) across a variety of customer segments by improving the ease of DG interconnection. As such, National Grid is seeking solutions that increase utility hosting capacity and/or reduce the time and cost required to interconnect Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems, including storage-only and storage paired with distributed generation (DG), on the distribution network or located at a customer’s premises.
National Grid wishes to identify ideas that have a line of sight to a valuable and scalable solution. The final scope of the implementation of the developed solutions will be determined during the evaluation of the technology and business models proposed in this design sprint, though National Grid encourages market participants to make recommendations when submitting a concept as to how their concept would be implemented.
Initiatives pursued in response to this opportunity align with National Grid’s business objectives, including:
The objectives of this opportunity include:
All proposed solutions must include a proposed business model that addresses how costs will be allocated amongst the respective partners. The proposed business model must also demonstrate how the solution will achieve one or more of the following goals:
National Grid will consider solutions for all customers and any applications that require an electrical connection for an energy storage system or other DG.
National Grid is seeking partnership structures with revenue sharing and which share risk and reward between the utility and the submitter. Submitters should also provide a clear timeline for deliverables and go/no-go stage gates at which National Grid and the company will decide if or how to proceed.
National Grid will consider submitter teams that include:
National Grid will also consider different ways in which the partnership could be implemented:
National Grid is seeking solutions that will reduce the time and cost required to interconnect Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems on the distribution network or located at a customer’s premises. This work should be focused on one or more of the following two focus areas:
All proposed solutions must comply with cyber and legal requirements (DSA, NDA, Contract, MOU).
In addition to supporting regulatory and company priorities, successful solutions from this pilot will be scalable in such a way that greater economies can be realized with greater adoption. Solutions must have line of sight to the value that will be created for customers and National Grid at scale.
If, through implementation, the solution is proven valuable to customers and the utility, there may be opportunity to apply the solution with other utilities in New York.
By easing interconnection with the use of storage, National Grid’s customers will benefit from increased resource diversity which in turn can support improved system efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.
Background / Related Information
New York Standardized Interconnection Requirements
Principles of REV Demonstration Projects
National Grid’s Utility Profile
Energy Storage Innovation Sprint
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