Comments Regarding PSEG’s Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan & Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Plan
August 25, 2020
Long Island has long enjoyed a reputation as New York’s largest and most vibrant distributed solar market, with installed capacity of 477 MW-AC at the end of 2019. However, distributed solar installations on the Island have declined since 2016, with 2019 installations down over 15%. In the rest of the state, deployment increased by over 66% during the same time period. LIPA and PSEG-LI’s enhanced support for Community Solar through improvements to the Community Credit and the introduction of a dedicated Community Solar program for Low-and-Moderate Income (LMI) customers in early 2020 are important steps towards reversing this trend, but significant additional action and support is required by LIPA and PSEG-LI to achieve the volume of solar and storage deployments necessary to decarbonize Long Island’s electric sector and ensure the State is in compliance with the CLCPA’s 2030 and 2040 mandates, especially keeping in mind future load growth from the electrification of the transportation and heating sectors. It is within this overarching context that NYSEIA’s detailed comments, provided in the document linked below, should be viewed.