Grid Modernization

“This is going to impact what’s happening in our community, not just for the next 5 or 10 years, but for our children and for our grandchildren.”  Bert Jackson, President Cape Cod Technology Council

“We will all be paying for Grid Modernization and it is important to have the community actively engaged in identifying what we want to see, and how much we want to pay for this.”  Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact Administrator

In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU or Department) opened an investigation into how it should modernize the electric grid,Picture24-150x150 which has remained largely the same over the last century. The investigation culminated in the DPU’s order mandating that each electric distribution company (EDC) file a Grid Modernization Plan (GMP) describing how the EDCs intend to make progress towards the DPU’s grid modernization objectives. Those objectives are:

  1. Reducing the effects of outages
  2. Optimizing demand, including reducing system and customer costs
  3. Integrating distributed resources
  4. Improving workforce and asset management

The EDCs filed their GMPs with the Department in August 2015 (links to each utility’s GMP are below). The implementation of these transformative GMPs will lay the groundwork for future implementation of energy efficiency plans, deployment of energy storage and distributed generation (e.g., solar photovoltaics), and the ability of customers to benefit from “smart” devices and appliances in their homes and businesses.

The DPU has recently started the process of reviewing each utility’s GMP to ensure that it is consistent with the framework laid out by the Department, including achieving the four primary goals above. The Cape Light Compact will be participating in review of the Eversource and National Grid GMPs as a docket intervenor to ensure that Cape and Vineyard residents and businesses will be able to benefit from grid modernization, and that costs are appropriate and fairly allocated.


Provide your input on what is needed for our region

Cape Light Compact is asking for the community’s input on how you would like to see a Smart Grid develop on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey at the link below, to help shape the Compact’s involvement in the regulatory review of the Eversource Grid Modernization Plan.


Upcoming Public Information Meetings

Cape Light Compact will be holding public information meetings in September and October to inform the community of what is being proposed and to gain input on what they would like to see. We hope that you are able to attend one of the meetings below.

Date Time Location
9/20/16 7 pm Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
9/22/16 7 pm Mashpee Public Library
9/24/16 2 pm Wellfleet Library
10/3/16 3 pm West Tisbury Public Library

What is a Smart Grid?

Watch the video below from the U.S. Department of Energy on what a Smart Grid is.

“Regulators and customers have a role to keep utilities on track. There are three R’s. We need to focus on Renewables. We need to focus on Resilience.  We need to focus on Reinvention.”  Karl Rábago, Former U.S. Department of Energy Official and Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center


Cape Light Compact and Cape Cod Technology Council held a joint meeting in June regarding Grid Modernization. Please watch the video as there is a lot of important information from our key speaker Karl Rábago and Compact Power Supply Planner Austin Brandt.


Overview of the Grid Modernization Plans and Presentation by Cape Light Compact

 


Summary and Presentation on Microgrids


Links:

To view all filings in each docket please go to the DPU File Room website, click “Dockets/Filings” near the top left corner, and select “Docket by Number” from the drop-down menu. To see the Eversource docket filings, type in 15-122. To see the National Grid docket filings, type in 15-120.

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