NewEnergyNews: ORIGINAL REPORTING: Grid mod policy actions jump 75%, with storage playing a central role

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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: Grid mod policy actions jump 75%, with storage playing a central role

    Grid mod policy actions jump 75%, with storage playing a central role; While the number of actions rose significantly from Q1 2017 to Q1 2018, they remained within the same set of 37 states, according to the latest edition of 50 States of Grid Modernization.

    Herman K. Trabish, June 5, 2018 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: Policy work on grid modernization has accelerated greatly in 2018.

    A sure measure of how much and how fast the U.S. power system is changing is that the number of policy actions addressing grid modernization jumped 75% from Q1 2017 to Q1 2018. Grid modernization is everything from advance metering infrastructure (AMI) to rate design that would make the system "more resilient, responsive, and interactive," according to the Q1 2018 50 States of Grid Modernization. More broadly, it is the set of changes to the electric distribution system that will make the utility of the future possible. Energy storage played a major role in the significant increase of 2017 grid modernization policy activity. There were policy actions on deployment of storage, setting targets to grow storage, ordering studies on the challenges and opportunities of storage, providing rebates for it and setting rules for its interconnection. And policy actions on rate design and planning procedures had implications for storage.

    The Q1 increase in legislative and regulatory actions to direct grid modernization catalogued by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center's (NCCETC) quarterly report is "astonishing," NCCETC Policy Research Manager Autumn Proudlove told Utility Dive. It is happening because grid modernization is "an umbrella under which stakeholders and utilities are working to make the future electric system more reliable, more cost-effective, and cleaner," Proudlove said. It is also an indication of the growing need for policies that address the rising penetrations of distributed energy resources (DER), she added. Under this umbrella, lawmakers and regulators are addressing smart grid and AMI rules and deployments. They are working to reform the regulations and rates that will determine the new utility business model. And they are developing rules through which utilities and third-party providers can expand the availability of microgrids, demand response and energy storage… click here for more

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