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    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    U.S. Grid Modernization Accelerating

    The 50 States of Grid Modernization: Over 300 Grid Modernization Actions Taken in Q2 2018

    August 1, 2018 (N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center [NCCETC])

    “…There were grid modernization actions in 42 states and the District of Columbia] during Q2 2018…with the greatest number of actions relating to advanced metering infrastructure rules, energy storage deployment, utility business model reforms, data access and grid modernization investigations…A total of 302 grid modernization actions were taken [according to NCCETC's The 50 States of Grid Modernization], representing an explosive increase in state activity in the first half of 2018. New York, California and Massachusetts took the greatest number of actions during the quarter, followed by Hawaii, Minnesota and New Jersey.

    …[Three trends in grid modernization activity emerged, with] (1) states moving toward more holistic utility planning processes; (2) utilities requesting special ratemaking treatment for grid investments, and (3) utilities proposing AMI opt-out fees, while states consider prohibiting opt-out fees…[The top five policy developments were] Massachusetts regulators issuing a decision on utility grid modernization proposals; New Jersey becoming the fifth state to adopt and energy storage procurement target; North Carolina regulators rejecting Duke Energy Carolinas’ Power/Forward grid rider; The Hawaii legislature enacting a bill creating a microgrid services tariff; and Pennsylvania legislators and regulators addressing alternative ratemaking…” click here for more

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