New legislation could give New York Power Authority, utilities an advantage in solar development

The Alliance for Clean Energy NY (ACE NY) opposes a bill passed by the New York Senate on June 1, S.6453-CA.1466-D, which gives the New York Power Authority (NYPA) unlimited ability to purchase, build and operate renewable energy projects without any competitive cost control. The bill also requires all power generation owned by NYPA to be renewable by 2030; that state buildings will be powered by NYPA by 2030; and that all electricity used by municipal buildings will be provided by NYPA if electricity costs are less than utility rates.

ACE NY says this would give NYPA an unfair advantage in renewable energy development.

“The renewable energy industry is very disappointed that this bill passed the New York Senate. There are barriers to building wind and solar projects in New York, but this bill won’t solve them. NYPA must focus on the necessary upgrades of the transmission grid to enable the interconnection and delivery of clean energy – that is the right role for NYPA. NYPA already has the authority to buy clean energy from new wind and solar projects and deliver it to its customers, and that would be another useful role for NYPA. Placing NYPA and private clean energy developers on an unfair playing field is simply not going to help us achieve our clean energy goals,” said Anne Reynolds, executive director of ACE NY.

ACE NY too opposes S.9426A.10484, which would give regulated New York state utilities the right to own and operate large-scale renewable electricity generation projects, which they are currently not allowed to do. Time and again, New York has decided that it protects taxpayers by having separate companies that own the power plants and the wires. But S.9426/A.10484 would allow utilities to use renewable energy, jeopardizing New York’s plans to meet its climate goals. ACE says this bill will not remove barriers to sustainable development and will instead create an uneven playing field for renewable energy companies in upstate New York.

News item from ACE NY

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