Non-wires Alternatives (NWA) to Grid Investments Working Group Community Page 2019-06-14T19:28:52+00:00


Non-wires Alternatives (NWA) to Grid Investments Working Group Community Page


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Working Group Purpose

The Non-wires Alternatives (NWA) to Grid Investments Working Group will start with defining the purpose and goals around NWAs in the District.  The Group will address and make recommendations on the process, tools and information requirements needed to evaluate non-wires alternatives to conventional grid infrastructure investments for meeting system needs.  An objective of this group includes identifying when, where and how – in the distribution system planning process – the utility and third-party providers can propose NWAs and the risks and compensations for NWAs.

The Group will consider utility access to and interaction with distributed energy resources (DERs) as defined by the Commission, including advanced inverters and regulation control equipment.  The Group will specifically address utility ownership of DERs. The Group will help ensure that grid upgrades fully consider DERs for meeting system constraints prior to any grid infrastructure plans.

Key Questions to Address

  • What are the goals of NWAs in the District?
  • What are the consistent and verified processes, tools and information requirements for planning non-wires alternatives to grid investments in the District?
    • What enhancements to the current utility distribution system planning processes (DIRP), tools and information requirements could be adopted to achieve the MEDSIS vision?
    • Where and how in the distribution planning process can Pepco list opportunities for third parties to suggest and/or propose NWAs?
    • What supplemental information not currently provided is needed to enhance the utility distribution planning process for all participants?
  • What other jurisdictions can the Commission learn from while addressing NWAs and what case studies and lessons learned can be adopted in the District?
  • Per the 1999 Act introducing competition to the retail sale of electricity in the District, Pepco is not allowed to own generation facilities in the District for the purpose of selling electricity.  What should the rules around generation sourced from DERs be in the District? Topics to address:
    • Ownership
    • Operation
    • Control
    • Value and Costs
    • Consumer Protection
    • Reliability
    • Cybersecurity
    • Data access by all parties
  • Can battery storage installed to improve the economics of EV charging infrastructure also provide grid and/or locational benefits in the District?
  • What are the existing methodologies and frameworks that best assign and evaluate the benefits and costs of DERs for NWAs?
  • What is the definition of an “advanced inverter”?
  • What happens to risk in an NWA world?
    • How is risk defined in NWA?
    • Who bears the risk for NWA projects? How do you assign risk or compensate the bearer of increased risk without passing it on to consumers?
  • What are the revenue models and utility incentives to promote NWAs?
    • What are the allowable earning structures for third-party and utility NWA contracts?
  • What types of NWA pilot projects should the working group recommend for the Commission’s consideration?
    • What would be the purpose and desired outcomes/outputs of these NWA pilot projects?
    • What type of process is needed to shape the design and implementation of such pilots in order to gain the benefit of expert stakeholder inputs and to maximize lessons learned?
Working Group Name Date Time (eastern) Agenda Meeting Minutes Mtg. Location
WG2: NWA to Grid Investments 10/25/18 9-12PM WG2_Mtg1 WG2_Mtg1 Commission Hearing Room
WG2: NWA to Grid Investments 11/14/18 1-4PM WG2_Mtg2 WG2_Mtg 2 Commission Hearing Room
WG2: NWA to Grid Investments 12/11/18 9-12PM WG2_Mtg3 WG2_Mtg3 Commission Hearing Room
WG2: NWA to Grid Investments 1/15/19 1-4PM WG2_Mtg4 WG2_Mtg4 Commission Hearing Room
WG2: NWA to Grid Investments 2/20/19 1-4PM WG2_Mtg5 WG2_Mtg5
WG2: NWA to Grid Investments 3/19/19 1-4PM WG2_Mtg6 WG2_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
WG2: NWA to Grid Investments 5/14/19 1-4PM WG2_Mtg7 WG2_Mtg7 Commission Hearing Room

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WG2: Non-wires Alternatives to Grid Investments

Working Group Charter

Final Version 1.0 – Nov 13, 2018

1.0 PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The primary function of the Non-wires Alternatives to Grid Investments 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 Non-wires Alternatives to Grid Investments Working Group is as follows:

The Non-wires Alternatives (NWA) to Grid Investments Working Group will start with defining the purpose and goals around NWAs in the District.  The Group will address and make recommendations on the process, tools and information requirements needed to evaluate non-wires alternatives to conventional grid infrastructure investments for meeting system needs.  An objective of this group includes identifying when, where and how – in the distribution system planning process – the utility and third-party providers can propose NWAs and the risks and compensations for NWAs.

The Group will consider utility access to and interaction with distributed energy resources (DERs) as defined by the Commission, including advanced inverters and regulation control equipment.  The Group will specifically address utility ownership of DERs. The Group will help ensure that grid upgrades fully consider DERs for meeting system constraints prior to any grid infrastructure plans.

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-2. 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 development of non-wires alternatives to grid investments for the energy delivery system in the District that are consistent with the MEDSIS vision.  

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

  • What are the goals of NWAs in the District?
  • What are the consistent and verified processes, tools and information requirements for planning non-wires alternatives to grid investments in the District?
    • What enhancements to the current utility distribution system planning processes (DIRP), tools and information requirements could be adopted to achieve the MEDSIS vision?
    • Where and how in the distribution planning process can Pepco list opportunities for third parties to suggest and/or propose NWAs?
    • What supplemental information not currently provided is needed to enhance the utility distribution planning process for all participants?
  • What other jurisdictions can the Commission learn from while addressing NWAs and what case studies and lessons learned can be adopted in the District?
  • Per the 1999 Act introducing competition to the retail sale of electricity in the District, Pepco is not allowed to own generation facilities in the District for the purpose of selling electricity.  What should the rules around generation sourced from DERs be in the District? Topics to address:
    • Ownership
    • Operation
    • Control
    • Value and Costs
    • Consumer Protection
    • Reliability
    • Cybersecurity
    • Data access by all parties
  • Can battery storage installed to improve the economics of EV charging infrastructure also provide grid and/or locational benefits in the District?
  • What are the existing methodologies and frameworks that best assign and evaluate the benefits and costs of DERs for NWAs?
  • What is the definition of an “advanced inverter”?
  • What happens to risk in an NWA world?
    • How is risk defined in NWA?
    • Who bears the risk for NWA projects? How do you assign risk or compensate the bearer of increased risk without passing it on to consumers?
  • What are the revenue models and utility incentives to promote NWAs?
    • What are the allowable earning structures for third-party and utility NWA contracts?
  • What types of NWA pilot projects should the working group recommend for the Commission’s consideration?
    • What would be the purpose and desired outcomes/outputs of these NWA pilot projects?
    • What type of process is needed to shape the design and implementation of such pilots in order to gain the benefit of expert stakeholder inputs and to maximize lessons learned?

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 development of non-wires alternatives to grid investments in the District that are consistent with the MEDSIS vision.  

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

  • Develop a definition of NWA.
  • Identify the goals of NWAs in the District.
  • Review and provide input to the types of distribution system planning processes, tools and information requirements for Pepco to adopt (DIRP).
  • Articulate opportunities and make recommendations to the Commission regarding Pepco’s distribution system planning process for collaboration to promote NWA consideration.
  • Study NWA models and best practices from other jurisdiction that are compatible with the District.
  • Identify the existing benefit-cost analysis (BCA) frameworks for NWA and develop recommendations for shared, consistent methodologies for assigning benefits and costs of NWA.
  • Develop recommendations for the Commission to consider addressing utility ownership of DERs, including but not limited to energy storage devices.
  • Develop recommendations on how to define, obtain information about and deal with risk in an NWA environment.
  • Identify the revenue models and utility incentives that can be developed to promote NWA in the District.
  • Develop for the Commission’s consideration a list of recommended NWA pilot projects.

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 development of non-wires alternatives to grid investments for the energy delivery system in the District that are 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.

  • ABB
  • Advanced Energy Group
  • AECOM
  • Alpha Solar Group
  • Anbaric
  • Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington
  • Arcadia Power
  • Bicky Corman Law, PLLC
  • Bidgely
  • ChargePoint
  • ConnectDER
  • DC Climate Action
  • DC Office of the People’s Counsel
  • DC SUN
  • DC Sustainable Energy Utility
  • DER Consulting
  • District Solar
  • DC Department of Energy and Environment
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Earthjustice
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Enbala
  • Enel-X
  • Energy Scalable
  • Energy Solutions
  • Energy Storage Association (ESA)
  • EnerNex
  • EQ Research
  • EV Advisors, LLC
  • Exelon Utilities
  • Fluence
  • General Microgrids
  • Generate Capital
  • Georgetown Climate Center
  • GreenSync
  • Greentel Group
  • Grid 2.0
  • Grid Lion
  • GridWise Alliance
  • ICF
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Metro DC DSA
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • Navigant Research
  • New Columbia Solar
  • NRG Energy, Inc.
  • NV5
  • OPAL-RT Technologies Inc.
  • Opus One Solutions
  • PA Consulting Group
  • PEER Consultants, P.C.
  • Pepco Holdings
  • PJM Interconnection, LLC
  • Plugged In Strategies
  • PXiSE
  • Quanta
  • Revilo Hill Associates
  • SemaConnect
  • Sierra Club
  • SunRun
  • Tenley Consulting
  • Tesla
  • The Climate Mobilization
  • The George Washington University
  • The Northbridge Group
  • ThinkEco
  • United States General Services Administration
  • Urban Ingenuity
  • USGBC- PEER
  • WGL Energy
  • Wedgemere Group / USGBC
  • WGL Energy
  • Willdan Group, Inc.
  • WMATA

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