Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge
A report released late last week for the nation’s capital calls for a new regulated entity known as a microgrid operator, part of the city’s far-reaching effort to modernize its electric grid.
The 433-page report came out of a multi-year effort launched in June 2015 by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. The effort was later named Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability or MEDSIS
The city had faced something of a crisis — or at last embarrassment — when in April 2015 several key buildings lost power, including the White House, the Smithsonian, the Department of Energy, the Justice Department, the University of Maryland and parts of the subway.
The multi-stage MEDSIS proceeding brought together 242 stakeholders over the last year to participate in a series of working groups. The recommendations are compiled in the report, which focuses not only on microgrids but also related distributed energy issues involving non-wires alternatives, data and information, rate design, and customer service.
Under the microgrid proposal, the public service commission would require that any microgrid in the city that has multiple customers be run by a regulated operator. Microgrids with just one customer would not need an operator.