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Accelerating the Gas Transition


Accelerating the Gas Transition will help decarbonize New York State’s natural gas system and end-uses, such as heating and industrial applications, to achieve Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) targets and other local requirements, such as Local Law 97 in New York City. While there are efforts underway now to support building decarbonization, such as New York’s Clean Heat program and utility non-pipe alternatives projects, there are still areas in need of innovation to cost-effectively tackle the next stage of transition, ensure equitable access to solutions, and transform the business models for gas utilities.

Accelerating the Gas Transition needs can be addressed by a variety of solutions. Here are some illustrative examples of utility opportunities, and we expect even more could address this Innovation Opportunity – stay tuned for our Innovation Sprint on this topic coming later in 2021!

This Opportunity differs from the existing Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunity by tackling innovation for longer-term challenges, rather focusing on near-term adoption of distributed solutions such as residential sited heat pumps or other behind-the-meter solutions. The Clean Heat Program also has resources for related solutions.

Near-Term Needs Mini-Sprint

Ahead of the full Innovation Sprint to be launched later this year, we are soliciting ideas for a pair of near-term utility needs related to the gas transition. Our goal is to accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions in partnership with utilities that advance New York State’s Climate Act targets and provide value by addressing an unmet need.

The Mini-Sprint structure differs from a full Innovation Sprint in two key ways:

  • Limited utility participation
  • Shorter facilitation period with less coaching from the REV Connect team

However, top submitters will still receive expert feedback, be invited to a meeting with New York utilities, and benefit from potential matchmaking with one or more of the utilities to pursue innovative partnerships.

Key Dates:

    • Submission deadline: August 4, 2021 at 8 PM Eastern
    • Utility meetings: Date TBD, early or mid-September

Want to participate? See links to additional information below that will help you put your best foot forward and subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed about upcoming activities.

Utility-Specific Interests

Utility Propose Ideas Via Interests and Needs
National Fuel REV Connect
National Grid REV Connect
  • Potential demand side resources (Non-Pipeline Alternatives) to address natural gas system constraints in the Downstate New York service territory

Funding Pathways

If you have a solution in this area, you can explore these funding pathways:

  • NYSERDA PON Renewable Heat NY Program offers to fund the installation of biomass heating.
  • NYSERDA PON Community Heat Pump Systems offers funding for site-specific scoping studies, site-specific detailed design studies, construction, and best practices guidebooks.