O&R Looks to New Energy Savings, Grid Support Opportunities, Including Energy Efficiency, Storage, Alternative Power Sources

Orange and Rockland (O&R) wants to help customers served in the villages of Haverstraw and West Haverstraw and the hamlets of Garnerville and Samsondale take advantage of innovative ways to reduce the amount of electricity they need from the grid.

The company is asking prospective business partners to provide proposals on how they can help customers in this area served by the Company’s West Haverstraw substation manage and decrease their demand for grid electricity by installing solar panels, fuel cells, energy efficient equipment, batteries and other Distributed Energy Resources. O&R wants to reduce summer peak power consumption in this area by 5 megawatts for approximately 4,000 customers (3,000 residential, 1,000 commercial and industrial) served by this substation.

O&R will take the best ideas and consider incentives for business and residential customers who are willing to participate.

Rather than adding infrastructure, the company’s new initiative leverages third party energy solutions to meet increasing electric demand that is expected to exceed the local distribution circuits’ capacity within the next few years. By using innovative Distributed Energy Resources (DER) technologies, O&R can reduce the demand for electricity in that area and defer construction of new infrastructure --- a cost that would be borne by customers.

It is an approach that saves money for customers, helps O&R maintain reliable service and reduces emission from power plants.

“New technologies give us new options,” said O&R Vice President – Operations Francis W. Peverly. “Using those options, we can work with customers to help them manage their usage, get renewable energy and reduce their monthly bills.”

This project is designed to support New York State Public Service Commission’s (NYSPSC) goals of building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Those goals aim to help consumers make more informed energy choices, develop new energy products and services, and protect the environment while creating new jobs and economic opportunity throughout the state.

O&R has identified other areas where the company can work with customers to reduce their need for grid power and plans releasing additional requests for proposals. Click here for more information about the concept.