Microgrids Working Group Community Page 2019-06-14T19:28:30+00:00


Microgrids Working Group Community Page


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Working Group Purpose

The Microgrid Working Group will address microgrid development in the District, including newly constructed microgrids and retrofitted microgrids.  This group will examine the benefits of costs of microgrids, including factors such as safety, reliability and resiliency.  The Microgrid Working Group will produce recommendations to address key questions raised in Section V.C. of the MEDSIS Staff Report regarding microgrid ownership, operation, standards, and implementation.  In particular, this group will investigate if current regulations are adequate and appropriate to regulate the construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing microgrid facilities.

Key Questions to Address

  • How are costs for microgrid projects recovered? What are the different business & institutional models that need to be put in place to address proper microgrid compensation and cost recovery?
  • What types of entities should be allowed to own and operate microgrids?
    • What are the different types of ways utilities are able to engage in microgrid projects in the District?
  • What are the allowable microgrid ownership and operational structures under the Commission’s current regulations?
  • How can the Commission improve on its current regulations to ensure that future microgrid projects achieve the MEDSIS vision?
    • Should a light touch regulatory framework be considered?
  • How can microgrids further enable customer choice in the District?
Working Group Name Date Time (eastern) Agenda Meeting Minutes Mtg. Location
WG5: Microgrids 8/21/18 1-4PM WG5_Mtg1 WG5_Mtg1 Commission Hearing Room
WG5: Microgrids 9/21/18 9-12PM WG5_Mtg2 WG5_Mtg2 Commission Hearing Room
WG5: Microgrids 10/25/18 1-4PM WG5_Mtg3 WG5_Mtg3 Commission Hearing Room
WG5: Microgrids 11/16/18 9-12PM WG5_Mtg4 WG5_Mtg4 Commission Hearing Room
WG5: Microgrids 12/12/18 1-4PM WG5_Mtg5 WG5_Mtg5 Commission Hearing Room
WG5: Microgrids 1/17/19 9-12PM WG5_Mtg6 WG5_Mtg6 Commission Hearing Room
WG5: Microgrids 2/21/19 1-4PM WG5_Mtg7 WG5_Mtg7 Commission Hearing Room
WG5: Microgrids 3/20/19 1-4PM WG5_Mtg8 WG5_Mtg8 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
WG5: Microgrids 5/15/19 1-4PM WG5_Mtg9 WG5_Mtg9 Commission Hearing Room

WG5: Microgrids

Working Group Charter

Version 1.0 – Sep 19, 2018

1.0 PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The primary function of the Microgrid 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 Microgrids Working Group is as follows:

The Microgrid Working Group will address microgrid development in the District, including newly constructed microgrids and retrofitted microgrids.  This group will examine the benefits and costs of microgrids, including factors such as safety, reliability, and resiliency. The Microgrid Working Group will produce recommendations to address key questions raised in Section V.C. of the MEDSIS Staff Report regarding microgrid ownership, operation, standards, and implementation.  In particular, this group will investigate if current regulations are adequate and appropriate to regulate the construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing microgrid facilities.

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 Working Group shall be convened from August 2018 – May 2019.  Working Group meetings will be conducted monthly. 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-5.  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 make recommendations to the Commission regarding Microgrids operations in the District that are consistent with the MEDSIS vision.  

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

  • How are costs for microgrid projects recovered? What are the different business & institutional models that need to be put in place to address proper microgrid compensation and cost recovery?
  • What types of entities should be allowed to own and operate microgrids?
    • What are the different types of ways utilities are able to engage in microgrid projects in the District?
  • What are the allowable microgrid ownership and operational structures under the Commission’s current regulations?
  • How can the Commission improve on its current regulations to ensure that future microgrid projects achieve the MEDSIS vision?
    • Should a light touch regulatory framework be considered?
  • How can microgrids further enable customer choice in the District?

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 on how microgrid development can occur in the District in a manner that is consistent with the MEDSIS vision.  

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

  • A taxonomy that classifies the different types of microgrid applications and business use-cases.
  • A recommended plan to identify existing and proposed microgrid projects in the District.
  • Determination on the adequacy of the Commission’s current microgrid regulations to meet the MEDSIS vision and make recommendations for improvements, as needed.
    • Policy and regulatory recommendations should address allowable microgrid ownership and operation structures in the District.
  • Recommendations on how services or impacts related to microgrid functionalities can be compensated.

7.0 DELIVERABLES

The primary deliverable from the Group will be a final Working Group report to the Commission.  The report will make recommendations on how microgrid development can occur in the District 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.  

  • ABB
  • Advanced Energy Group
  • AECOM
  • Alpha Solar Group
  • Anbaric
  • Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington
  • Center for Biological Diversity and American University Law School
  • CHA Consulting
  • DC Climate Action
  • DC Office of the People’s Counsel
  • DC SUN
  • DC Sustainable Energy Utility
  • DC Water and Sewer Authority
  • DER Consulting
  • District Solar
  • DC Department of Energy and Environment
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Earthjustice
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Enel-X (Formerly EnerNOC)
  • Energy Forward, LLC
  • Energy Scalable
  • Energy Solutions
  • EnerNex
  • EQ Research
  • New Regulation LCC
  • EV Advisors, LLC
  • Exelon Utilities
  • General Microgrids
  • Greentel Group
  • Grid2.0
  • Gridwise Alliance
  • Honeywell
  • ICF
  • Innovation Energy Project Development
  • Morgan, Lewis &; Bockius LLP
  • Navigant
  • NV5
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • OPAL-RT Technologies Inc.
  • Opus One Solutions
  • Pareto Energy
  • Pepco Holdings Inc
  • PJM Interconnection, LLC
  • PXiSE
  • QTech Rock
  • Quanta
  • SCE&;G
  • Siemens
  • Storke, llc
  • SunRun
  • Tenley Consulting
  • The George Washington University
  • The Microgrid Resources Coalition
  • ThinkEco
  • United States General Services Administration
  • Urban Ingenuity
  • USGBC- PEER
  • Washington Gas
  • Wedgemere Group / USGBC
  • WGL Energy
  • Willdan Energy Solutions
  • WMATA

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