Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement
The ATWG is committed to working with other organizations and stakeholders to advance program goals. We encourage technology vendors, research entities, and other interested parties to share specific proposals for coordination through this ATWG Input Form.
The ATWG held its first technical conference on April 27, 2023 at the Department of Public Service in Albany, NY. Representatives from the ATWG and its Task Forces presented information on current work and future plans. The ATWG plans to hold future sessions to facilitate collaboration with industry stakeholders and interested parties.
We are happy to share information or discuss your ideas. Please feel free to contact us by email at ATWG@ceadvisors.com for general inquiries and feedback.
Our Mission and Background
The goal of the Advanced Technology Working Group (ATWG) is to establish a sustainable working group and R&D program to help ensure that the electric transmission and distribution systems in New York can support the achievement of Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLPCA) goals.
The ATWG aims to identify, discuss, and resolve technical barriers and challenges associated with developing and deploying advanced technologies on the New York electric transmission and distribution (T&D) systems. ATWG’s goal is to ensure that the necessary policies, procedures, and standards exist to address technical, process, regulatory, and economic concerns related to modern and innovative technologies.
On January 20, 2022, the New York Public Service Commission issued its Order on Power Grid Study Recommendations, directing the Joint Utilities and Commission Staff to establish a group tasked with addressing “the challenge of identifying and removing barriers to the deployment of new technologies.” The Advanced Technology Working Group (ATWG) has come together to serve as the working group directed in that Order.
The ATWG includes representatives from the New York Department of Public Service, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York investor-owned utilities, power authorities, and power authorities, and the New York Independent Service Operator (ISO). The ATWG holds regular meetings to discuss issues related to technology innovation and the deployment of technologies that can support CLCPA goals. The ATWG works with organizations involved in the New York Coordinated Grid Planning Process (CGPP) to help evaluate advanced technology-based solutions in power grid planning.
The ATWG oversees and coordinates the activities of three Task Forces that are focused on advancing high priority technologies. These are:
- The Energy Storage Task Force, focused on increasing the deployment of energy storage in electric transmission and distribution applications.
- The Dynamic Line Ratings (DLR) Task Force, focused on applying DLR technologies to increase the capability of existing transmission and distribution lines to deliver more energy from renewable energy resources to customers.
- The Power Flow Control (PFC) Task Force, focused on PFC technologies to ensure the reliability and efficiency of electric transmission and distribution systems as net-zero resources increase.
The ATWG is exploring other technologies that will support ongoing power grid reliability and goals of the NY CLCPA.
Reports, Presentations, and Regulatory Background
Spring 2023 Technical Conference Presentation, April 27, 2023
This presentation was delivered by the ATWG to engage with stakeholders at the NY DPS Staff Office in Albany, NY.
Progress Report, January 20, 2023
This report summarizes ATWG activities and milestones from 2022 and presents a program plan for 2023.
This report presents the ATWG’s mission, governance, R&D approach, and near-term plans. It provides background information on the high-priority technology areas that are the focus of our Task Forces.
Utility Transmission and Distribution Investment Working Group Report, November 2, 2020
This report details the objectives of the ATWG in the context of transmission and distribution efforts related to the May 2020 DPS Order on Transmission Planning Pursuant to the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefits Act.
New York State Utility Transmission and Distribution Investment Working Group - Advanced Technologies Working Group Report, October 29, 2020
This report outlines the initial objectives and scope of work for the ATWG, including potential technology solutions and synopses of pertinent government funded projects and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) programs.
New York Department of Public Service, Order on Transmission Planning Pursuant to the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, May 14, 2020
This Order was issued by the NY PSC in Case 20-E-0197, Proceeding on Motion of the Commission to Implement Transmission Planning Pursuant to the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (Transmission Planning Proceeding) and provides the basis for exploration of advanced transmission technologies as a means to achieve environmental policy objectives and related requirements.