NYISO’S System & Resource Outlook Report Identifies New York’s Path to Achieving Climate Goals

The Report’s Findings Back Business and Labor Coalition’s Clean Energy Principles

Albany, NY – Today, the NYISO published its 2021-2040 System and Resource Outlook (The Outlook) which sheds light on two important topics. The first is how the NYISO will need to keep the grid reliable while moving towards the CLCPA mandates. The cases that meet the CLCPA mandates show a significant percentage of the fuel mix is coming from Dispatchable Emission Free Resources (DEFR), a resource type that has not been identified. Without this widespread use of DEFRs by 2035, the NYISO warns that New York might have to utilize out-of-state generation to meet reliability safeguards. This underscores the importance of the New York Public Service Commission to address the concerns raised in IPPNY’s Zero Emission Petition. The second part of the report identifies Renewable Generation Pockets, highlighting where there will likely be transmission constraints with the buildout of more renewable energy. All sectors will have to work together in increasing transmission lines, developing in-state generation, and most of all maintaining reliability.

New York has chosen to be a leader in setting targets for a more renewable grid. The Outlook makes it clear that to meet these targets will require unprecedented levels of new generation and transmission lines. To get 20 GW of renewables online in the next seven years to meet the State’s CLCPA targets should not be seen as impossible but, rather, as an opportunity for the NYISO and policy makers to make market and policy changes prioritizing the investment of in-state non-emitting generation and acceptance of transmission projects, along with the associated creation of enormous job opportunities in New York.

The NYISO’s release of The Outlook further supports the Clean Energy Principles that were jointly devised by IPPNY, The Business Council of New York State, the New York State AFL-CIO, and the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council. The unique coalition of business and labor outlined seven principles to provide the framework to ensure that New York State’s energy goals are pursued responsibly, realistically, and not in a rushed fashion. The Outlook further proves that system reliability and resiliency are paramount, and that all solutions must be on the table for conversation as New York strives to reach its climate targets.

IPPNY President and CEO Gavin J. Donohue said: “The building out of new renewable resources at a level unseen before in this state cannot be done at the expense of system reliability. As each year passes without a better idea of what will be the Dispatchable Emission Free Resource, New York tightens its reliability margins and gets closer to needing to rely on out-of-state generation. We all certainly support a clean energy future, but we must be responsible about our approach and not rush the transition by shutting down vital resources before we have reliable alternatives that are both affordable and clean.”


IPPNY is an Albany-based trade association representing companies in the competitive power supply industry in New York State. IPPNY Members generate the majority of New York's electricity using a wide variety of generating technologies and fuels including hydro, nuclear, wind, natural gas, solar, energy storage, biomass, oil, and waste-to-energy. For more information, please visit our website at www.ippny.org.

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