Meeting #44: State Activities on Distributed Energy Resources

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
10:00am – 3:15pm ET
NJ Office of Information Technology
300 Riverview Plaza
Trenton, NJ


This meeting will focus on a review of activities in the MADRI states addressing tariffs for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and best practices nationwide. The goal is to examine issues regarding tariff structures, data availability to best utilize distributed generation opportunities, aggregation of DER, what is working, and what are the barriers. We’ll also consider the information needs, in terms of data availability to know how much distributed generation (DG) is being connected to the grid and when and where it is operating.


9:30 – 10:00am
Networking with attendees

10:00 – 10:15am

The Honorable Richard Mroz, President, NJ Board of Public Utilities (substituting for MADRI Chair Commissioner Betty Ann Kane, who cannot attend)
John Shenot, Regulatory Assistance Project

10:15 – 11:30am
DER Deployment, Recent Decisions, and Current Proceedings in MADRI States
John Shenot, Regulatory Assistance Project: DER Deployment and Regulatory Proceedings Survey
Jon Kucskar, MD Public Service Commission: Maryland PSC: Public Conference 44
Mike Winka, NJ Board of Public Utilities: Town Center DER Microgrids Pilots

Prior to the meeting, a survey will be circulated to MADRI state public utility commissions seeking information on the status of DER deployment in the states, relevant recent decisions on DER issues (especially tariff issues), and current proceedings on DER issues. At the meeting, we will review the survey results and dive a little deeper into the answers from a couple of states. (Obviously, this conversation must steer clear of ex parte discussions of matters currently before any commission in attendance.)

11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30 – 1:30pm
Another Look at Settlements
Peter Langbein, PJM: PJM LSE Settlement Process
Bill Welzant, BGE: BGE Load Settlement

This session will follow-up on a March 2016 MADRI discussion about opportunities and barriers for competitive retail energy suppliers that want to offer dynamic energy supply rates to retail customers. In March, a competitive supplier identified several policies and procedures in the PJM wholesale market that limit or prevent the offering of dynamic retail rates. Today we’ll hear from PJM and one utility about their settlement processes and then discuss how those processes can facilitate or impede competitive dynamic price offerings.

1:30 – 3:00pm
Aggregation of DERs and the Need for Better Data
Dirk van Ouwerkerk, Anbaric
Betty Watson, SolarCity: Aggregation of DERs
Katherine Hamilton, 38 North Solutions: Aggregation of DERs and the Need for Better Data
Karen Lefkowitz, Pepco Holdings: Aggregation of DERs: The Need for Better Data

This session will focus on the aggregation of DG resources for bidding into wholesale markets or for microgrid purposes: what are the best practices, where are the best practices, and where are the barriers? An additional issue to explore is the importance of data on the potential and actual locations of DERs, and the ability of utilities and service providers to acquire that data so the most value can be obtained.

3:00 – 3:15pm
Wrap-Up, Adjournment
The Honorable Richard Mroz, President, NJ Board of Public Utilities
John Shenot, Regulatory Assistance Project