Non Pipe Alternatives

Maintaining Reliable and Affordable Energy Choices for Customers 

Non-Pipe Alternatives (“NPA”) utilize third party solutions to defer or avoid certain traditional natural gas capital projects (i.e., “pipes”) that are needed to address natural gas system reliability needs. We are committed to considering NPA solutions as substitutes for traditional gas capital projects where and when they are appropriate and cost-effective.  As with electric Non-Wires Alternative (NWA) projects, these potential NPA projects support New York regulatory and environmental policies including the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), those noted in the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) regulatory framework, as well as other New York regulatory proceedings and New York State goals.  

Strategy

We seek to implement a portfolio of NPA solutions which are  cost effective for customers, provide reliable alternatives to traditional natural gas capital projects, and reflect full cost recovery and earnings opportunities for our Companies, while we comply with regulatory directives, state environmental policy, and learn from working cooperatively with other utilities and stakeholders. NPA solutions are innovative and include but are not limited to gas energy efficiency improvements, gas demand response programs, beneficial electrification (which may include a variety of heat pump technologies as well as other solutions), or the introduction of additional natural gas equivalent supply (in various forms of energy).  

Project Selection and Process

As available technologies, regulatory requirements and state environmental policies mature, we will review identified natural gas system reliability needs and the traditional natural gas capital projects for opportunities to defer or avoid spending on those projects through NPA solutions. NPA resources will be procured through a competitive solicitation process and evaluated using an accepted benefit cost analysis framework which utilizes a societal cost test.