“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, 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:
- Reducing the effects of outages
- Optimizing demand, including reducing system and customer costs
- Integrating distributed resources
- 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.
Public Information Meetings
Cape Light Compact held public information meetings in September and October 2016 to inform the community of what is being proposed and to gain input on what the community would like to see.
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
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.
- Eversource Grid Modernization Plan
- Cape Light Compact’s First Set of Information Requests – to view responses to the Compact’s IRs, please visit the DPU File Room at the link above
- On July 12, 2017, Cape Light Compact JPE filed an initial brief with the DPU.
- On March 10, 2017, Cape Light Compact and its witnesses filed testimony with the DPU. To view what was filed, please click each link below.
- National Grid Electric Grid Modernization Plan
- Procedural Schedule