O&R Seeks New Sustainable Grid Support Technology for Warwick; Plan Saves Money, Maintains Service, Reduces Power Plant Emissions

Orange and Rockland (O&R) wants to help customers in specific parts of its Warwick service area to take advantage of innovative ways to reduce the amount of electricity they need from the power grid.

The company is asking prospective business partners to provide proposals on how they can help supplement customers’ electric service in parts of Warwick, Pine Island and Florida by installing solar panels, fuel cells, energy efficient equipment, batteries or other local distributed energy resources.


O&R wants to reduce peak electric consumption from the power grid in this area by 10 megawatts for approximately 4,000 residential customers and 530 commercial customers 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. O&R is taking this approach at select locations matching these criteria throughout its service area.


“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 monthly bills.”


The reduction in the demand for electricity those technologies can provide lets O&R defer a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Wisner substation. Much like the energy efficiency programs O&R offers to its individual customers, this new approach saves money for customers, helps O&R maintain reliable service and reduces emissions from power plants --- only on a much larger scale.


Link to RFP


O&R has identified other locations where the company can work with customers to reduce their need for grid power and plans releasing additional requests for proposals. Click on this link for more information about the Warwick proposal.

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