1. Designing Liberty Utilities' New Hampshire Residential Storage Program

    Designing Liberty Utilities' New Hampshire Residential Storage Program

    The increasing deployment of distributed energy storage has led utilities to focus on lowering peak demand across the United States. Throughout the Northeast, utilities are considering 'bring your own device' programs as battery storage, clean energy and utility advocates fight for ownership and swift technology deployment. Instead of leaving battery storage deployment up to the private sector, Liberty Utilities is developing the second regulator-approved storage program for utility-owned behind-the-meter in its New Hampshire territory.

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    1. The benefits from the program were laid out initially, but needed fine-tuning and clarity. Once we were able to do so, stakeholders supported the proposal.
    2. A lot of times when TOU rates are developed, stakeholders just eyeball it, and they put a lot of art into it.
    3. I think PJM would probably be the next one. And New York's sort of already has this in play through the value stack.
    4. We are in the process of ramping up so once we've done so we will review lessons learned.
    5. They are very active in sustainability planning.
    6. Really there's a series of benefits with the utility jumping in, especially first, which is they can work out a lot of kinks.
    7. We advocated launching the bring your own device program at the same time as the utility-owned battery storage program, and I continue to believe that would have brought more innovation and savings to the state more quickly.
    8. It is the same regardless of the technology or whether Liberty owns it.
    9. As part of the Settlement Agreement, the NH PUC will have a working group to provide the opportunity for a BYOD program in phase 1.
    10. Ultimately, New Hampshire will benefit from cost-savings, improved services, and reduced emissions, which is a great outcome – though it will take a little longer.
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