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Non-Wires Alternatives

Learn about DER procurements to meet utility system needs

Non-Wire Alternatives projects allow utilities to defer or avoid conventional infrastructure investments by procuring distributed energy resources (DER) that lower costs and emissions while maintaining or improving system reliability. We invite you to browse the current and upcoming Non-Wire Alternatives procurements of each utility. Responses to open Non-Wire Alternatives procurements should be made directly to the offering utility. Do not submit RFP/RFI responses to REV Connect.

Central Hudson Opportunites

Coldenham / Distribution Feeder Upgrade

This project was identified in the 2017-2021 CIP. To successfully defer a distribution feeder upgrade, 1 MW of load relief is needed by 2019. Solicitation occurred in March and April 2017. Solutions are currently being evaluated.

 

Phillips Road / Substation

This system need and project was identified during the 2015 planning process. To successfully defer a new substation, 5 MW of load relief is needed by 2018. Solicitation occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014, leading to the implementation of a targeted demand management program, which is currently underway.

 

Northwest Corridor / Transmission Upgrade

This system need and project was identified in the 2015 planning process. To successfully defer a transmission upgrade, 10 MW of load relief is needed by 2019. Solicitation occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014, leading to the implementation of a targeted demand management program, which is currently underway.

 

Merritt Park / (2) Distribution Feeder Upgrades

This system need and project was identified in the 2015 planning process. To successfully defer the upgrade of two distribution feeders, 1 MW of load relief is needed by 2019. Solicitation occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014, leading to the implementation of a targeted demand management program, which is currently underway.

Con Edison Opportunities

Primary Feeder Relief  – Columbus Circle 

Con Edison is currently soliciting proposals to address overloads in Columbus Circle Network, located in Manhattan, by the summer of 2021. Request for Proposal solicitation closed on June 23, 2017 and Con Edison is currently evaluating potential portfolios. 

 

Primary Feeder Relief  – Hudson 

Con Edison is currently soliciting proposals to address overload in Hudson Network, located in Manhattan, by the summer of 2021. Request for Proposal solicitation closed on June 23, 2017 and Con Edison is currently evaluating potential portfolios.

 

Water Street Cooling Project 

Water Street Substation located in Brooklyn will need load relief starting the year 2019.  The company is currently reviewing this project and developing a Request for proposal.

 

Primary Feeder Relief – Williamsburg 

Two feeders in the Williamsburg network, located in Brooklyn, are projected to experience overloads by the summer of 2020.  The company is currently reviewing this project and developing a Request for proposal.

 

Cable Crossings (Flushing) 

Six distribution feeders in the Flushing network, located in Queens, are projected to be overloaded by the summer of 2019.  The company is currently reviewing this project and developing a Request for proposal.

 

Plymouth Street Cooling Project 

Plymouth Street Substation located in Brooklyn will need load relief starting the year 2019.  The company is currently reviewing this project and developing a Request for proposal.

 

Load Transfer W42st No. 1 To Astor 

The company is looking for load relief in Pennsylvania Network, located in Manhattan, to displace a load transfer between W42 Street Substation and Astor Substation in the year 2022.   The company is currently reviewing this project and developing a Request for proposal.

National Grid Opportunities

Baldwinsville

Substation MWh1 violation — Includes two substations and 5-6 overloaded feeders. The Sorrell Hill Substation currently exceeds the National Grid Distribution Planning Guidelines for Load at Risk and the Lysander Substation is nearing the point at which it will exceed this guideline as well.

Old Forge

Area of poor reliability – looking to NWA to solve summer loading and reliability problems. Radial Sub-transmission line (46kV) that runs through the Adirondack park in the Mohawk Valley Region of National Grid’s territory

Brooklea Dr

Loading on the step-down “ratio” transformer bank serving portions of the Village of Fayetteville has increased to a level that the step-down “ratio” transformer bank is overloaded during peak loading days. The area being considered for a NWA solution is located in Central New York southeast of the City of Syracuse. Relieve an overloaded step-down ratio bank on a Duguid Distribtuion feeder. 13.2kV WYE to 4.16kV WYE.

Gilbert Mills

Loading on the Gilbert Mills substation serving the Towns of Schroeppel, Palermo and portion of Hastings has increased to a level at which that is projected to be overloaded to 100% of its normal rating. A single transmission or distribution (“T&D”) contingency results in approximately 1.7MVA load at risk. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance.

Van Dyke

Loading on the substations serving portions of the Towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland and portions of the City of Albany has increased to a level at which the load at risk for a single transmission and distribution (“T&D”) contingency exceeds the risk threshold established in National Grid’s Distribution Planning Criteria. Additionally, 11.5MW of expected new commercial andindustrial load in the Town of Bethlehem will cause feeder loading beyond normal ratings. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to serve this new load and to reduce the area load at risk to maintain or improve reliability performance.

Golah-Avon

Golah – N Lakeville lines 216 and 217 projected to be above 100% of its summer emergency rating during a single contingency. Load relief is required to keep voltage within allowed criteria.

Buffalo 53

Loading on Station 53 has increased to a level at which the capacity of the transformers and cables feeding the station exceed the threshold established in the National Grid Distribution Planning Criteria. National Grid is commencing evaluations of non-wires solutions including but not limited to demand response or distributed generation (Distributed Energy Resources “DER”) to reduce loading on existing cables and transformers to prevent overload conditions.

BEECH AVE CONVERSION NIAGARA FALLS

Distribution feeder projected to be over 100% of summer normal rating. Load Relief needed on distribution feeder. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance.

RAQUETTE LAKE TRANSFORMER UPGRADE

Loading on the Raquette Lake substation transformer serving the Town of Arietta has increased to a level at which that is projected to be overloaded to 100% of its normal rating. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance.

FAIRDALE DSUB

Loading on the Fairdale substation serving the Town of Hannibal has increased to a level at which that is projected to be overloaded to 100% of its normal rating. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance.

NEW CICERO SUBSTATION DSUB & D-LINE

In the North Syracuse area, there are significant capacity and outage exposure issues that need to be resolved. Two major substations that need to be relieved are the Pine Grove Substation and the Bartell Road Substation. In addition to the relief needed at these two existing substations, there are existing distribution feeders with thermal overloads that need to be addressed.

BYRON F1863 – REBUILD /RECONDUCTOR

Looking to Increase capacity on existing feeder to enable stronger tie capabilities with neighboring feeder. Also, improve voltage conditions on the input side of several regulators which will improve their performance and reduce operational wear.

CHURCH ST 53 – CNTY HWY 132 CONVRT

Loading on the step-down “ratio” transformer bank serving portions of the town of Fultonville has increased to a level that the step-down “ratio” transformer bank is projected to be overloaded during peak loading days. The area being considered for a NWA solution is located in Eastern NY. Load relief downstream of the 13.2kV WYE to 4.8kV Delta step-down ratio transformer.

NORTH BANGOR CONVERSION (D-LINE)

North Bangor is a single ended 34.5/4.8kV distribution substation. MWh violations are the main driver for this project. There are limited ties in the area and upon failure at North Bangor sub it would be difficult to carry the load long term

BUFFALO 23KV RECONDUCTOR – HUNTLEY2  

Load Relief for underground sub-transmission cables beyond summer emergency ratings based on load projections.

CENTER ST 52 – ROUTE 5 REBUILD/CONV

Loading on the step-down “ratio” transformer bank serving portions of the town of Fonda NY has increased to a level that the step-down “ratio” transformer bank is projected to be overloaded during  peak loading days. The area being considered for a NWA solution is located in Eastern NY. Load relief downstream of the 13.2kV WYE to 4.8kV Delta step-down ratio transformer.

EAST PULASKI TRANSFORMER UPGRADE L  

Loading on the East Pulaski substation serving the Town of Richland has increased to a level at which that is projected to be overloaded to 100% of its normal rating. A single transmission or distribution (“T&D”) contingency results in approximately 1.5MW load at risk. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance.

LHH – MALLORY 34.5 KV 22 LINE REG.  

Sub-Transmission (34.5kV) voltage criteria violation during N-1 contingency events. Low voltage on stations on this Sub-T line during contingency events. Load relief and voltage support required.

WATERTOWN NEW 115/13.2 KV SUBSTATION

Substation MWh violation — Includes one substation with two transformer banks in violation of the MWh violation, as well as 2 feeders approaching thermal limits. The Coffeen Substation currently exceeds the National Grid Distribution Planning Guidelines for Load at Risk.

FORBES AVE – NEW SUBSTATION & D-LINE L  

Loading on the substation and Sub-transmission lines serving the city of Rensselaer has increased. The Rensselaer station is a single bank station, with limited 13.2kV feeder ties. Additionally, 18MW of expected new commercial load in the City of Rensselaer will cause distribution feeder / sub-transmission, and station transformer loading beyond normal ratings. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to serve this new load and to reduce the area load at risk to maintain or improve reliability performance.

BAKER ST – INSTALL 2ND XFMR

Substation MWh violation The Baker St. Substation currently exceeds the National Grid Distribution Planning Guidelines for Load at Risk. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance.

BFLO STA 139 – REPLACE TRANSFORMERS

Load relief needed on station transformers – during N-1 contingency (One Transformer bank out of service).

WEST SWEDEN – INSTALL NEW STATION & D-LIN    

Substation MWh violation — Includes three substations and one feeder approaching its thermal limit. The Brockport, Mumford, and West Hamlin Substations currently exceed the National Grid Distribution Planning Guidelines for Load at Risk. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance. These stations are in Western NY.

WHITAKER DSUB

Substation MWh violation — The Whitaker Substation currently exceeds the National Grid Distribution Planning Guidelines for Load at Risk. National Grid is evaluating alternatives to reduce the area load in order to maintain or improve reliability performance.

NYSEG Opportunities

New Gardenville Substation

The New Gardenville Substation, located in the Lancaster Division is composed of two 230/115 kV transformers serving 1,517 customers.  The transformers have experienced low bus voltages and thermal overload.  The traditional wires project is to install a third 230/115 kV transformer at the New Gardenville Substation and operate it in parallel with the two existing transformers.  NYSEG plans to release an RFP requesting Non-Wire Alternatives solutions for this project in Q3 2017.

Stillwater Substation

Stillwater Substation, located in the Mechanicville Division, is a 2.8 MVA substation transformer that has been near or over its nameplate rating. Approximately 1,270 customers are served by this substation. The traditional wires project is to upgrade the Stillwater Substation with a new 34.5-4.8 X 12.5 kV, 10/12.5 (14) MVA, LTC transformer and convert approximately two miles of distribution circuit to 12.5 kV from the substation to Colonial Drive. NYSEG plans to release an RFP requesting Non-Wire Alternatives solutions for this project, in late 2017

Hilldale Substation

Hilldale Substation, located in the Liberty Division, is composed of three 34.5/12.5kV 10.5MVA substation transformers loaded to near their nameplate rating.  The substation now serves approximately 2,608 customers and significant building and load growth is planned for the area.  The substation has experienced many outages on the 34.5 kV sub transmission line. The traditional wires project is proposed to relieve transformer loading by upgrading the existing substation transformer to a 115/12.5kV 1-12/16/20MVA LTC unit, converting the existing 4.8 kV circuit to 12 kV operation and adding a 2nd 12.5 kV feeder. This transformer will be served off the 115 kV rather than the 34.5 kV transmission system. NYSEG plans to release an RFP requesting Non-Wire Alternatives solutions for this project in 2018.

Orchard Park Substation

Orchard Park Substation, located in the Lancaster Division, is a 34.5-4.8 kV station with three 4.8 kV distribution circuit feeders, serving approximately 3,326 customers.   The existing 9.38 MVA transformer bank has been near to or over its peak nameplate rating. The traditional wires project is to replace the existing 34.5-4.8 kV, 9.38 MVA transformer bank with two new 34.5-4.8×12.5kV, 12/16/20 MVA LTC Transformer Banks, convert the three existing 4.8 kV distribution feeder circuits 285,286,287 to 12 kV operation and establish a fourth 12 kV circuit.  NYSEG plans to release an RFP for NWA solutions in 2018.

Orange and Rockland Opportunities

Monsey 

Capacity relief is needed beginning in 2019 for approximately 0.5 MW to be implemented annually during 2017 to 2019. To further defer traditional infrastructure, approximately 2.5 to 3.0 MW would be needed by 2021, depending on actual future growth.

 

Pomona

O&R has determined that 1.2 MW of load reduction by 2019 will satisfy current circuit contingencies. The present schedule for the projected new business load, in addition to the native load growth in the Pomona area, is expected to require approximately 6.0 MW of load reduction by 2025.

 

West Haverstraw Area – Distribution Circuit Relief 

The scope of the Non-Wire Alternatives will be to reduce the loading on three area circuits to improve transfer capability during contingency scenarios. To defer the capital project, O&R determined that it will need to implement approximately 5.0 MW of capacity reduction by the summer of 2021.

 

Blooming Grove 

The Company determined that approximately 15.5 MW of capacity reduction is needed by 2021 to improve customer-hours of interruption exposure and operate within Distribution Design Standards in the event of a contingency.  

 

Sterling Forest 67-1-13 (Tuxedo Park) 

Non-Wire Alternatives in the Tuxedo Park area will seek to provide capacity reductions of 746 kW by 2021 which would defer the installation of a 13.2 kV tie allowing the area operate within distribution design standards.

 

West Warwick 

The Company determined that approximately 7.0 MW of capacity reduction will need to be implemented by the summer of 2022.

 

Mountain Lodge Park   

Non-Wire Alternatives in Mountain Lodge Park seeks to reduce the load in Mountain Lodge Park by approximately 280 kW at peak time in order to defer the installation of a 13.2 kV tie that will provide 100 percent backup in the event of a contingency.

RG&E Opportunities

Station 51 Substation

Station 51 Substation, located north of Rochester in the distribution area, is a reliability improvement project.  The station provides service to customers with significant loading.   If the station transformer were lost the area distribution would not be able to support the load during the summer peak. This project will increase station capacity and develop second source contingency.  RG&E plans to release an RFP requesting Non-Wire Alternatives solutions for this project in 2018.

 

Station 46 Substation

Station 46 Substation located in an urban area of Rochester in RG&E’s distribution service area, contains two 6.25 MVA transformer banks on which the loading has reached the upper limits of their nameplate ratings.  The station’s six distribution circuits serve approximately 6,356 residential and commercial customers.  Presently, loss of either transformer places the other in a situation where it is loaded well above its rating. The traditional wires project is to replace transformer banks #1 and #3 at Station 46 with two new 34.5-4.16×12.5 kV, 13.4/17.9/22.4 MVA transformer banks.  RG&E plans to release an RFP for Non-Wire Alternatives solutions in 2018.