Today’s Fluctuations 

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Con Edison’s DSIP 

Con Edison’s DSIP presents its self- assessment and five-year view of the integration of Distributed Energy Resources into

Quote from the Barron’s

Twilight in Electric Utilities

“Half of electric-utility executives surveyed recently expect their industry to go into a “death spiral” within 10 years…”

Thoughts: If solar panel manufacturers increase their efficiency to at least 50% and consumer product manufacturers continue their trend toward more energy smart and nanotechnology, we may one day have an electric power surplus. What if you iPad was a sheet of glass?


As we move into a DER environment installer will have more things to consider. 

Shipping lithium batteries: Are you up to date on the requirements? 

While this type of battery is not currently in use to store residential electricity auto companies plan to convert them for use in homes. 

New York Grid Regulation and Change | The Energy Collective

“New York’s Public Service Commission has provided some of the first details of how it plans to transform the state’s electric grid and energy markets, with proposals to turn the state’s utilities into distributed system platform providers, identify use cases for replacing grid upgrades with distributed generation, and create open markets for third-party competition.

Those are some of the highlights of the straw proposal (PDF) for New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, released late last month. The 81-page report is the first big step in a processlaunched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in April to create distribution grid planning, utility ratemaking and competitive energy markets that brings distributed energy resources to the forefront.” N.Y. Property Tax Exemption For Renewables Bill Ready For Signature

In a move that is expected to boost renewable energy in the state, the New York legislature has sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a bill (A.09446) that would extend property tax exemptions for certain solar, wind and biomass projects to Jan. 1, 2025.

The bill carries a 15-year property tax exemption for homeowners and residences installing qualified renewable energy systems. According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, property tax exemptions for solar, wind and farm waste energy systems have helped spur the development of renewable energy sources in the Empire State. A.09446 would extend those benefits to 2025, providing developers with incentives to pursue future projects.

New York is among several states that are using tax abatement programs to encourage renewable energy development.

Updated (11/7) Freddie Sun – New York Gets Its Renewables Game Plan Together.

Potential Valuation Problems For SolarCity Commercial Paper (added 11/7)

For some time I’ve hounded Governor Cuomo, okay, a few times on twitter, about New York’s dismal record for promoting solar, and astoundingly he has shot back with his own challenge to the renewable energy sector – make your projects worthy of investment. Now, I take this tone for two reasons, first, the announce of a Green Bank that will spur investments in the market, and secondly, the secondary market where these energy investment will be sold as bundles. Did you get scared too?

Whenever I hear that some group of loans will be packed and sold on a secondary market I think of the housing market, and there are now calls to disband the two GSE that performed the same function for real estate that the Green Bank will perform for the Renewable Energy market. not to mention that this plan is proposed by Cuomo, a former head of HUD.

What’s unfortunate is that renewable energy is the hot potato subject in politics. The fossil-fuel lobby is so entrenched in Washington, everyone has to mention Soyndra, even though its a poor example, its still the standard of failure for the Solar industry. Forget that China was generously supporting solar their industry. Today, we marvel at their resiliency, as if we really didn’t want to impose tariffs. That matter has more to do with where our government funding will go, either to start ups as the Green Bank, or towards a local push directed at municipalities and utilities. I see a fractured war, too many fronts.

I don’t want to write too much until I read the entire proposal, but I have some reservations, namely the variables that affect energy as an investment. Though PPA are great, is that where the bulk of investing will go? What about small start ups, installers, integrators, and contractors that what to diversify? Of course I’ll re-writing this. Okay, I’ll just make corrections beneath this. Integrity and whatnot.