As part of its ongoing efforts to reform the state's electric utility industry, the New York Public Service Commission has approved a multi-utility, retail-access pilot program for commercial farms and food processors.
Dairylea Cooperative Inc., an agricultural cooperative with 3,500 members and affiliates in the state, submitted the proposal, one of six received by the commission under its recent restructuring initiative. The commission found the remaining five proposals insufficiently developed and referred them to appropriate utility-specific restructuring proceedings for further consideration.
The approved pilot initiative would require four upstate utilities (em Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., Rochester Gas and Electric Corp., New York State Electric and Gas Corp., and Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. (em to permit commercial farm and food processing customers to use outside supply sources. Under the pilot, member farms may aggregate their load or purchase supplies individually.