Pilot Projects Working Group Community Page 2019-06-14T19:29:10+00:00


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Working Group Purpose

In the MEDSIS Staff Report released in 2017, the Commission’s Staff proposed an initial framework and parameters to be used to evaluate pilot project proposals. The Pilot Projects Working Group will make recommendations on the final framework and parameters regarding pilot project governance, selection, and management. The Pilot Project Working Group will not produce actual pilot project concepts or proposals. In particular, the group will address how pilot projects will be selected, monitored, and evaluated for success.

Key Questions to Address

  • What is the governance model for MEDSIS Pilot Projects?
    • Who are the stakeholders and what are their roles?
    • What is the process for pilot selection, ongoing monitoring and post-pilot evaluation of results?
    • What are the reporting requirements throughout?
  • What should the selection criteria (e.g., cost recovery, cost-effectiveness, EM&V criteria, additional funding, etc.) be for proposed MEDSIS pilot projects?
  • How should proposed MEDSIS pilot projects be screened to ensure they can be reasonably executed? (i.e. qualifications, project experience, resume, etc)
  • What is the method for monitoring on-going MEDSIS pilot projects to ensure full transparency between all stakeholders?
  • What is the method for evaluating the outcome of MEDSIS pilot projects?
  • Should pilot projects be selected, monitored, and evaluated differently depending on the type and/ or duration of the pilot project (e.g., rate design pilot vs. a microgrid project, scalability, replicability)
Working Group Name Date Time (eastern) Agenda Meeting Minutes Mtg. Location
WG6: Pilot Projects 10/22/18 1-4PM WG6_Mtg1 WG6_Mtg1 Commission Hearing Room
WG6: Pilot Projects 11/14/18 9-12PM WG6_Mtg2 WG6_Mtg 2 Commission Hearing Room
WG6: Pilot Projects 12/10/18 1-4PM WG6_Mtg3 WG6_Mtg3 Commission Hearing Room
WG6: Pilot Projects 1/15/19 9-12PM WG6_Mtg4 WG6_Mtg4 Commission Hearing Room
WG6: Pilot Projects 2/20/19 9-12PM WG6_Mtg5 WG6_Mtg5 Commission Hearing Room
WG6: Pilot Projects 3/19/19 9-12PM WG6_Mtg6 WG6_Mtg6 Commission Hearing Room
MEDSIS Report Workshop Day 1  4/25/19 9:30-4:30PM Joint Mtg Agenda Joint Mtg Day 1 Commission Hearing Room
MEDSIS Report Workshop Day 2   4/26/19 9:30-4:30PM Joint Mtg Agenda Joint Mtg Day 2 Commission Hearing Room
WG6: Pilot Projects 5/14/19 9-12PM WG6_Mtg7 WG6_Mtg7 Commission Hearing Room

WG6: Pilot Projects

Working Group Charter

Version 1.0 – Nov 9, 2018

1.0 PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The primary function of the Pilot Projects working group (the “Group”) is to assist the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (the “Commission”) in fulfillment of its MEDSIS Vision Statement.  This Charter shall govern the composition, leadership, responsibilities, and duties of this Group.

The Scope/ Description of the Pilot Projects Working Group is as follows:

In the MEDSIS Staff Report released in 2017, the Commission’s Staff proposed an initial framework and parameters to be used to evaluate pilot project proposals. The Pilot Projects Working Group will make recommendations on the final framework and parameters regarding pilot project governance, selection, and management. The Pilot Project Working Group will not produce actual pilot project concepts or proposals. In particular, the group will address how pilot projects will be selected, monitored, and evaluated for success.

2.0 COMPOSITION

The Working Group shall be comprised of interested parties, stakeholders, and participants of the MEDSIS Initiative.  The Group is open to any member of the public who would like to participate and accepts registrants on a rolling basis. Participants are required to first register on the MEDSIS Working Group Portal at dcgridmod.com in order to get access to relevant materials and meeting notices.

The Group’s meetings and activities will be facilitated by SEPA Power (“Consultant”).

3.0 TERM AND SCHEDULE

The Group shall be convened from October 2018 – May 2019.    Working Group meetings will start in October and meet monthly through the entirety of the working group process.  The actual schedule for each Working Group meeting is published on the dcgridmod.com website.

4.0 RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

By participating in the MEDSIS Working Group process, Group members agree to attend Group meetings, either in person or remotely.  Group members agree to offer their perspectives and input during meetings and to respectfully consider and evaluate the input of other Group members.  The Group will collectively review interim and final work products, when requested by Consultant, in accordance with the agreed upon schedule for completing those reviews.

The Group may also identify key resources that are needed to execute its tasks, including but not limited to volunteer resources from its members and any additional paid technical resources requested along with ideas to cover the cost.

The Group shall produce the deliverables identified in Section 7.0.

The Group shall maintain a posting of its draft work products for Group member use only on the MEDSIS Working Group Workspace https://members.sgip.org/higherlogic/ws/groups/MEDSIS_WG-6.  All interim or draft documents developed by the Group as well as all relevant stakeholder correspondence will be captured on this Workspace.

The Group shall maintain a posting of its finalized agendas, meeting minutes, interim and final deliverables on the MEDSIS Working Group Portal which will be accessible for all members of the public at dcgridmod.com.

5.0 KEY QUESTIONS TO ADDRESS

The Working Group will attempt to answer key questions that, if answered,  would allow the Group to develop a set of recommendations to the Commission regarding the selection, monitoring, and evaluation criteria for pilot projects consistent with the MEDSIS vision.  

Therefore the Key Questions the Group will attempt to answer are as follows:

  • What is the governance model for MEDSIS Pilot Projects?
    • Who are the stakeholders and what are their roles?
    • What is the process for pilot selection, ongoing monitoring and post-pilot evaluation of results?
    • What are the reporting requirements throughout?
  • What should the selection criteria (e.g., cost recovery, cost-effectiveness, EM&V criteria, additional funding, etc.) be for proposed MEDSIS pilot projects?
  • How should proposed MEDSIS pilot projects be screened to ensure they can be reasonably executed? (i.e. qualifications, project experience, resume, etc)
  • What is the method for monitoring on-going MEDSIS pilot projects to ensure full transparency between all stakeholders?
  • What is the method for evaluating the outcome of MEDSIS pilot projects?
  • Should pilot projects be selected, monitored, and evaluated differently depending on the type and/ or duration of the pilot project (e.g., rate design pilot vs. a microgrid project, scalability, replicability)

6.0 DESIRED OUTCOMES

Upon conclusion of the Working Group activities in May 2019, the Group will submit a report to the Commission outlining its recommendations regarding the selection, monitoring, and evaluation criteria for pilot projects consistent with the MEDSIS vision.  

The Group’s Desired Outcomes from the Working Group process are:

  • Recommendations on the governance model for MEDSIS pilot project selection, ongoing monitoring and post-pilot evaluation of outcomes.
  • Recommendations for a standardized request for proposal (RFP) and pilot project scoring methodology.
    • What qualifies, who qualifies, etc.
    • Should there be specific exclusion criteria? (i.e. Commission has stated in the Staff Report that unproven technologies, EE technologies, and project led by unregulated subsidiaries of utilities should be excluded in MEDSIS pilot projects)
  • Recommendations for monitoring and reporting on-going MEDSIS pilot projects.
  • Recommendations for evaluating MEDSIS pilot project outcomes.

7.0 DELIVERABLES

The primary deliverable from the Group will be a final Working Group report to the Commission.  The report will include the recommendations to the Commission regarding the selection, monitoring, and evaluation criteria for pilot projects consistent with the MEDSIS vision.  This report will be delivered to the Commission by the end of May 2019.

The Working Group Consultant shall develop and publish agendas prior to each Working Group meeting as well as meeting minutes after every meeting.  Additional artifacts, documents, presentations, reports, etc. as deemed relevant for the Group to complete its tasks may be produced by Consultant or Group members as mutually agreed upon by the Group members.  

The final versions of all deliverables will be posted on the MEDSIS Working Group Portal at dcgridmod.com once approved by the Group members.

  • Advanced Energy Group
  • AECOM
  • Alpha Solar Group
  • Anbaric
  • Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington
  • Arup
  • Center for Biological Diversity and American University Law School
  • CHA Consulting
  • ChargePoint
  • DC Climate Action
  • DC Office of the People’s Counsel
  • DC SUN
  • DC Sustainable Energy Utility
  • DC Water and Sewer Authority
  • DC Department of Energy and Environment
  • DER Consulting
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Enel-X (Formerly EnerNOC)
  • Energy Scalable
  • Energy Solutions
  • EV Advisors, LLC
  • Exelon
  • General Microgrids
  • GreenSync
  • Greentel Group
  • Grid 2.0
  • GRID Alternatives
  • ICF
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Metro DC DSA
  • Morgan, Lewis &; Bockius LLP
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • New Columbia Solar
  • NV5
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • OPAL-RT Technologies Inc.
  • Opus One Solutions
  • PA Consulting Group
  • Pareto Energy
  • PEER Consultants, P.C.
  • Pepco Holdings Inc
  • PJM Interconnection, LLC
  • PXiSE
  • Quanta
  • Revilo Hill Associates
  • Sierra Club
  • Storke, llc
  • SunRun
  • The George Washington University
  • ThinkEco
  • United States General Services Administration
  • USGBC- PEER
  • Wedgemere Group
  • WGL Energy
  • Willdan Energy Solutions
  • WMATA

Please email DCMEDSIS@sepapower.org or inquire here with any comments or questions