O&R Seeks Microgrid Support for Electric System

Orange & Rockland (O&R) wants to use alternative and innovative technologies that would operate as a microgrid to maintain electric service reliability for its customers in Washingtonville, and parts of Blooming Grove and Salisbury Mills.

O&R is asking prospective business partners to provide proposals on how they can maintain electric service reliability for customers in the area served by the company’s Blooming Grove substation by installing solar panels, fuel cells, energy efficient equipment, batteries and other Distributed Energy Resources (DER). O&R seeks capacity of up to 17 megawatts for approximately 5,125 customers (4,914 residential, and 211 commercial and industrial) served by this substation. In addition, potential solutions will be required to operate as an engineered microgrid, balancing local system conditions, and maintaining local system protection, in the event of a contingency situation.

To submit a proposal, please contact Michael Heaton.

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

Rather than building new infrastructure, the company’s new initiative leverages third-party energy solutions to meet system load in the event of a contingency situation. By using innovative DER technologies, O&R can maintain system reliability in that area and defer construction of new capital project infrastructure.

It is an approach that helps O&R maintain reliable service and reduces emissions 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 protect the environment.”

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.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.