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Non-Wires Alternative Opportunities
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Central Hudson’s Non-Wires Alternative Initiatives

Central Hudson is actively pursuing distributed energy resource (DER) alternatives to traditional utility projects, known as “Non-Wires Alternatives.” Through Non-Wires Alternatives, Central Hudson can defer or eliminate the need for transmission & distribution infrastructure upgrades, meeting the dynamic needs of the electric system while reducing future rate pressure. As part of the capital planning process, Central Hudson uses the following suitability criteria to identify opportunities:

Criteria

Potential Elements Addressed

Project Type Suitability

Project types include Load Relief and Reliability*. Other categories currently have minimal suitability and will be reviewed as suitability changes due to State policy or technological changes.

Timeline Suitability

Large Project

36 to 60 months

Small Project

 18 to 24 months

Cost Suitability

Large Project

 > $1M

Small Project

 > $300k


*Reliability projects entail projects for remote single source regions or customer requested enhanced reliability projects (i.e., redundant supplies).

Non-Wires Alternative Opportunities

Central Hudson has four NWA projects currently underway. Three projects have already been implemented and one is in the procurement phase.

Project Name/Description

Project Type

Need Timing

Project Size

Procurement & Development Timeline

Estimated RFP Timing

Coldenham / Distribution Feeder Upgrade

Load Relief

 Dec 2019

Small

34 months

Mar 2017
(NWA Currently Underway)

Philips Road / Substation

Load Relief

 May 2018

Large

42 months

Nov 2014
(NWA Currently Underway)

Northwest Corridor / Transmission Upgrade

Load Relief

 May 2019

Large

54 months

Nov 2014
(NWA Currently Underway)

Merritt Park / (2) Distribution Feeder Upgrades

Load Relief

 May 2019

Small

54 months

Nov 2014
(NWA Currently Underway)

 

Coldenham: This project was identified in the 2017-2021 CIP. To successfully defer a distribution feeder upgrade, 1 MW of load relief is needed by 2019. Solicitation occurred in March and April 2017. Solutions are currently being evaluated.

Philips Road: This system need and project was identified during the 2015 planning process. To successfully defer a new substation, 5 MW of load relief is needed by 2018. Solicitation occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014, leading to the implementation of a targeted demand management program, which is currently underway.

Northwest Corridor: This system need and project was identified in the 2015 planning process. To successfully defer a transmission upgrade, 10 MW of load relief is needed by 2019. Solicitation occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014, leading to the implementation of a targeted demand management program, which is currently underway.

Merritt Park: This system need and project was identified in the 2015 planning process. To successfully defer the upgrade of two distribution feeders, 1 MW of load relief is needed by 2019. Solicitation occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014, leading to the implementation of a targeted demand management program, which is currently underway.

Additional Information on Planning & Procurement Processes