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Smart Grids: POLICIES & MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES

PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:27 pm
by Chandy Ghosh
"SmartGridCity" in Boulder, a $100m venture, is one of the world's first functioning smart grid enabled cities. The goal is to increase power reliability, provide customers with more information about their energy use, and allow customers & the utility to remotely control energy use in the home. Several operational efficiencies, e.g., avoiding outages, have been achieved in these 2 years. SmartGridCity will also provide customers an in-home energy management website that will give its Boulder customers, with one of 16,000 "smart" meters, the ability to review energy use at home to design & personalize their energy use. What are the POLICIES & MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES that SmartGridCity needs to address to enable CO to showcase this effort and Massively Scale it across the nation? Challenges to be overcome as described in Rob Masinter's document:
1) What are the best approaches by which utilities, IPP’s, developers, and regulatory agencies can prioritize transmission interconnects necessary to scale renewable energy generation? Advances in policy development, quantitative modeling and strategic analysis are all required.
2) How should utilities plan for increasing amounts of distributed generation in terms of decreased demand on centralized generation, and the ability to supply power to the grid? Policy makers should consider incentive structures to accelerate consumer investment. Technologists need to create and segment value propositions for this emerging market.
3) Given project complexity and cross-firm involvement, how can project management and system integration expertise best be deployed (eg, full-time vs. contract ) and empowered to ensure project delivery?

Re: Smart Grids: POLICIES & MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:43 am
by Chandy Ghosh
Policies issues which need resolution:
1) Billing/Filing an effective rate plan with the PUC: What will a variable rate plan look like based on peak-scheduling? T&D & Enery-usage cost vs. decoupling of costs. Issues around Net-metering vs Production-Metering vs Demand-Metering.
2) Utility Incentives: Utilities are reluctant to invest in Solar energy: Production Tax Credit vs Investment Tax Credit policy issues need to be resolved. Mass scaling cannot occur unless utilities are at the table.