Meeting #39: Current Hot Topics in Regulation of Distributed Resources

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
10:00am – 3:15pm ET
District of Columbia Public Service Commission
8th floor – Commission Hearing Room
1325 G Street NW
Washington, DC


Topic

Technology developments, policy changes, and regulatory decisions affecting distributed resources are happening at a rapid pace. At this meeting, we "checked in" with all of the MADRI jurisdictions to get a handle on the hottest issues they are currently facing. The emphasis was on issues that fall within the regulatory jurisdiction of state public utility commissions. We also heard from PJM about current hot topics for federal regulation of distributed resource participation in wholesale markets.

This meeting was intended to provide background information and perspectives that will guide the direction of MADRI in future meetings. It will be used to select future meeting agenda topics, inform the possible creation of MADRI work groups focused on specific issues, and guide the possible development of MADRI consensus work products.


Agenda

9:30 – 10:00am
Networking with attendees

10:00 – 10:15am
Introductions
The Honorable Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, DC Public Service Commission
Janine Migden-Ostrander, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

10:15 – Noon
State Updates, Part I
The Honorable Betty Ann Kane, District of Columbia Public Service Commission: MADRI Meeting Presentation
John Farber, Delaware Public Service Commission: Delaware Status of Distributed Energy Resources
Krystina Schaefer, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio: Updates on Ohio’s Energy Mandates
Matthew Wurst, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: Pennsylvania Update

Representatives from four of the MADRI jurisdictions summarized their current programs and key regulatory issues for distributed resources.

Noon – 1:15pm
Lunch

1:15 – 2:45pm
State Updates, Part II
Daniel Hurley, Maryland Public Service Commission: EmPOWER Maryland Update
Michael Winka, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities: Microgrids: Why Now?
Pete Langbein, PJM Interconnection: PJM Demand Response and Energy Efficiency and Preparation for Outcome of Court Decision on EPSA Case

Representatives from two more MADRI jurisdictions summarized their current programs and key regulatory issues for distributed resources. A representative from PJM also offered insights on current hot topics for federal regulation of distributed resource participation in wholesale markets.

2:15 - 3:00pm
Opportunities for Collaboration to Maximize Learning from Microgrid Pilots
Dan Cleverdon, DC Public Service Commission Staff
Mike Winka, NJ Board of Public Utilities Staff
Discussion led by Janine Migden-Ostrander, Regulatory Assistance Project

In our final session of the day, we had a group discussion of opportunities for MADRI jurisdictions to collaborate with each other to maximize the learning and benefits that might be obtained from microgrid pilots, public purpose microgrids, etc. This discussion was introduced by staff from MADRI PUCs and then facilitated by RAP.

3:00 – 3:15pm
Wrap-Up, Adjournment
The Honorable Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, DC Public Service Commission
John Shenot, Regulatory Assistance Project


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