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National Grid, also known as Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, serves densely populated urban areas in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany and remote and sparsely populated rural areas throughout upstate New York. The company has proposed to implement advanced metering functionality to automate meter reading and enhance grid and customer-level information exchange.  It is conducting demonstration projects on resiliency and customer engagement.

Develop customer portals and increase system monitoring

Created the New Energy Solutions team to manage REV activities

“Listen, Test and Learn” stakeholder engagement

Align REV with corporate Connect21 goals

Business model innovation using REV Track 2 mechanisms

REV Demonstration Projects

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National Grid is partnering with local customers, OBG, and GE consulting to fund a microgrid through a new tariff design, testing demand for a premium resiliency service. This project also includes new metering, billing, and financial services for DER providers.

Current Status

National Grid and its partners are working on a detailed engineering design and business plan, and expect to make a go/no-go decision in December 2017.


The Distributed System Platform (DSP) REV Demo aims to develop a platform that can accurately calculate the locational value of energy in our distribution system, and leverage local customer-owned DERs to fulfill system needs; creating a distribution level marketplace for energy. National Grid has partnered with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) as a test bed, and with Opus One Solutions for the technology development.

Current Status

The Financial Model that will be used to generate the locational price signals has been developed. Currently, all project partners are working on developing the DSP technology. The DSP is expected to go live by the end of 2017.


National Grid is partnering with Solar Liberty and GE to help low-to moderate income (LMI) customers access clean energy while reducing debts through a neighborhood solar project in an economically distressed area. This project will also evaluate possible grid efficiencies that can be derived from installing generation near the point of use.

Current Status

Residential PV solar systems are currently being constructed and connected.  The baseline data for the grid efficiency evaluation has been collected, and the baseline analysis is nearly complete. National Grid and NYSERDA also are collaborating to offer LMI customers energy efficiency solutions.


The Clifton Park project is deploying smart meters that use wireless technology to send real-time data about a customer’s electric usage to National Grid.  The technology features provided by the Opower portal, the AMI meters, and voice recognition technology through the Smart Home Rate will incentivize customers to reduce energy use during times of peak demand.  Customers will learn more about their energy use and how to control their electric bill, see near real time energy usage on the portal, and have the potential to earn gift cards they can redeem at their favorite stores.

Current Status

Over 13,000 electric smart meters and over 11,400 gas ERTs have been installed in Clifton Park. The team has completed design of and tested a peak event model using NYISO load forecasts. Upgrades related to voltage and power factor are in process.The team received approval from Staff on The Smart Home Rate, filed on June 6th, which will add voice recognition technology features to customers in Clifton Park that opt into the VTOU rate.


National Grid aims to accelerate the pace and scale of interconnecting distributed generation systems above 50kW through upfront investment by the Company along with alternative cost allocation methodology aimed at removing barriers for DG interconnection applicants.

Current Status

National Grid is testing the approach at two of its substations, Peterboro and East Golah. Civil construction work was completed in September 2017 and overall construction completion is anticipated in December 2017. The Company is actively marketing the Project to DER developers seeking to interconnect in the demonstration areas.


National Grid’s Smart Home Rate is linked to its Clifton Park Project. It will leverage the existing offering, tools, and price signals through a voice recognition technology platform that enables customers to control appliances in their home remotely.

Current Status

Development of an Implementation plan is underway.

Non-Wires Alternative (NWA) Projects

Since as early as 2006, National Grid has been working to reduce energy usage and defer transmission and distribution system upgrades through non-wires alternatives. NWA technologies include: demand response, energy efficiency, and distributed energy sources such as battery storage and distributed generation. The National Grid NWA team is working to advance more than 20 NWA opportunities in upstate New York.

For the latest information regarding potential NWA opportunities and their status, visit the REV Connect Non-Wires Alternatives web page and National Grid’s System Data Portal. From the System Data Portal, click on the “DER Opportunity Documents” tab located on the far right. National Grid also holds a NWA stakeholder update conference call every 4th Monday from 1-2pm. Please e-mail to be added to the invitation. 

Relevant Filings

Document Name Date of Filing Link
2016 DSIP 07/01/2016 National Grid DSIP [PDF] in Case # 14-M-0101
Supplemental DSIP 11/01/2016 Joint Utilities Supplemental DSIP [PDF] in Case # 14-M-0101
Efficiency Transition Implementation Plan (ETIP) 06/01/2017, 06/07/2017 NMPC 2018-2020 ETIP [PDF] and revised Budget [PDF] in Case # 15-M-0252
Community Resilience Microgrid Demo 03/11/2016 Implementation Plan [PDF] and Quarterly Reports in Case # 14-M-0101

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) DSP Engagement Tool Demo 06/17/2016 Revised Scope [PDF] and Quarterly Reports in Case # 14-M-0101

Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar Demo


Implementation Plan [PDF] and Quarterly Reports in Case # 14-M-0101
Demand Reduction in Clifton Park Demo 01/17/2017 Implementation Plan [PDF] and Quarterly Reports in Case # 14-M-0101
Smart Home Rate Demo Proposal 02/01/2017 Proposal [PDF] in Case # 14-M-0101
Distributed Generation Interconnection Demo 05/24/2017 Implementation Plan [PDF] and Quarterly Reports in Case # 14-M-0101
Order Approving Rate Plan
*Rate Case in Progress
Case # 10-E-0050
Case # 17-E-0238

Available Data

For further detail on available data, visit the National Grid System Data Portal website or the Joint Utilities of NY Utility-Specific System Data web page.



Peak Load Forecast National Grid System Data Portal - Company Reports
Load Data National Grid System Data Portal - Circuit Data Via Interactive Map
Total Sales US EIA 861 - Power Sales, Revenue and Energy Efficiency data files
Demographics US EIA 861 - Power Sales, Revenue and Energy Efficiency data files


Penetration Rates 2016 DSIP [PDF]: Implementation Plan
Stage 2 Hosting Capacity map National Grid System Data Portal – Hosting Capacity Map
Beneficial Locations National Grid System Data Portal – DER Opportunity Map
NWA Opportunities National Grid System Data Portal – Click on the menu icon on the far right to select DER Opportunity Documents
Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR) Pre-Application Request via National Grid Distributed Generation Application Package web page
Queued DG and Installed DG Monthly SIR Inventory Report available on the NYS DPS – SIR Inventory Information web page


Capital Investment Plan National Grid’s Five-Year Transmission and Distribution Capital Investment Plan [PDF] can be found under Case # 12-E-0201 or on the National Grid System Data Portal – Company Reports
Reliability Statistics 2016 Annual Electric Reliability Report [PDF] can be found under Case # 17-E-0164 or on the National Grid System Data Portal – Company Reports
Substations 2016 DSIP
Voltage 2016 DSIP: End to End Advanced Metering Functionality Technologies
Poles and Manholes 2016 DSIP: Developing DSP Capabilities
Circuit Capacity and Design Criteria 2016 DSIP: Distribution Planning Criteria

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