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  • Wed

    Microgrids: Policy Pathways for Progress

    2:00 pmWebinar

    Tom Stanton presentation
    Laris Dobriansky presentation
    Farrokh Rahimi presentation
    Jean Ann Ramey presentation

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    Laws, rules, and franchises sometimes interfere with microgrid operations that would otherwise be technically feasible, provide multiple utility system benefits, and be highly efficient and cost-effective. This project reviews technological and business-plan options for microgrids, from easiest to implement in the current legal and regulatory climates to options typically blocked by current laws, policies, and rules. Case study examples: (a) explore the types of state laws and rules that facilitate or hinder microgrid development; and, (b) describe both already-open and readily achievable pathways for enabling microgrids for the benefit of the utility system and community economic development.

    Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher, NRRI
    Larisa Dobriansky, Chief Business & Regulatory Innovations Officer, General Microgrids
    Farrokh Rahimi, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Market Design and Consulting at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI)
    Jean Ann Ramey, Executive Director, Climable
    Moderator: Hon. Commissioner Emeritus Lorraine H. Akiba, Hawaii

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  • Sat

    NRRI Colloquium

    3:00 PM MountainFairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

    Ken Costello, Principal Researcher – Energy & Environment, NRRI
    The Challenges of Electric Power Resiliency for Decision-Makers

    The presumption among industry observers is that the resiliency of the U.S electric power sector is deficient. If industry spends additional monies on improving its resiliency, the benefits should outweigh the costs. In analyzing this common view, one needs to first define resiliency and then measure the benefit-cost ratio of enhancing it. Definitions of resiliency abound and its benefits are devoid of accurate quantification. Uncertainty of the benefits inevitably forces decision-makers to rely heavily on value judgments. It also makes strict cost-benefit tests less viable because of dubious results. Any analysis of resiliency, however defined, faces these limitations. Another challenge for decision-makers is designing a widely-used single metric for identifying a baseline level of resiliency, setting a standard, or quantifying the tradeoffs within a cost-benefit framework.

    Kathryn Kline, Senior Research Associate, NRRI
    Integrated Resource Planning: How Can We Approach Water IRPs as a Win-Win for Conservation and Efficiency?

    While Integrated Resource Planning has been a standard in the energy field for several decades, state commissions have not adapted this planning practice for wide-spread use in the water industry. Planning provides a win-win scenario where all parties benefit from deliberative process and increased regulatory certainty. How does the IRP process translate to water utilities, and how can state commission begin adopting elements of the IRP process for the benefit of consumers and utilities alike? This presentation will provide an overview of best practices for water IRPs, and provide some potential policy recommendations for states considering water IRPs for the first time.

    Dr. Sherry Lichtenberg, Principal Researcher – Telecommunications, NRRI
    State Universal Service Funds: An Update

    This presentation will review changes to state universal service funds as the federal USF moves from a “voice-centric” to a “broadband-centric” program. The presentation will address changes to state contribution methodology proposed or adopted in Maine, New Mexico, and Nebraska. It will also look at the ways in which the states are using USF funding to fill the gaps in broadband deployment