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PSC In Retail Choice State Orders Working Groups On Rate Design, Other Grid Modernization Initiatives (Data Access, DERs, Microgrids, Etc.)

August 10, 2018

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Copyright 2010-17 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
Reporting by Paul Ring • ring@energychoicematters.com

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The District of Columbia PSC directed that working groups be developed for Phase 2 of its Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (MEDSIS) Initiative for the following areas: (1) Data and Information Access and Alignment, (2) Non-wires Alternatives to Grid Investments, (3) Future Rate Design, (4) Customer Impact, (5) Microgrids, and (6) Pilot Projects

Specifically, the PSC adopted recommendations on a consultant tasked with leading the MEDSIS process to form the following groups:

(1) Data and Information Access and Alignment Working Group – which will initially address the alignment of the MEDSIS Vision Statement with the Working Group process to chart a common framework and roadmap. On an ongoing basis, the group will function to coordinate data and information in an accessible format with all stakeholders between all Working Groups, including utility data and information related to relevant, ongoing proceedings.

(2) Non-wires Alternatives to Grid Investments Working Group – which will address Pepco’s interaction with specific technologies including, but not limited to, advanced control systems, energy storage, fuel cells, electric vehicles (EV), photovoltaic systems, smart inverters, and voltage regulation equipment as well as the rules concerning Pepco’s need to consider these technologies in the utility’s distribution integrated resource planning process;

(3) Future Rate Design Working Group – which will deal with investigating rate design’s impact on distributed energy resource (DER) adoption, evaluating alternative rate designs, including EV specific rates, and proper cost causation and realization;

(4) Customer Impact Working Group – which will address how increased DER integration impacts different customer types, particularly regarding customer equity, utility customer service, customer data privacy, and low-income inclusion;

(5) Microgrids Working Group – which will address microgrid development in the District, including newly constructed microgrids and retrofitted microgrids. The group will examine the benefits and costs of microgrids and produce recommendations to address microgrid ownership, operation, standards, and implementation; and

(6) Pilot Projects Working Group – which will finalize the parameters regarding pilot project governance, project selection, and management found in Section VII of the MEDSIS Staff Report. This group will not focus on producing actual pilot project concepts.

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