What is MADRI?
The Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative (MADRI) sought to identify and remedy retail and wholesale market barriers to the deployment of distributed generation, demand response, energy efficiency, and energy storage in the Mid-Atlantic region.
MADRI was established in 2004 by the public utility commissions of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and PJM Interconnection. The public utility commissions of Illinois and Ohio later became active participants. MADRI meetings were organized and facilitated by the Regulatory Assistance Project, funded through the U.S. DOE.
MADRI’s guiding principle was a belief that distributed energy resources should compete with generation and transmission to ensure grid reliability and a fully functioning wholesale electric market. However, institutional barriers and lack of market incentives appear to be slowing deployment of cost-effective distributed resources in the PJM Interconnection.