Latest media about the Coalition & The Distributed Resources Authority Act of 2018.
Renewable Energy World
May 25, 2018
CLEAN ENERGY LEADERSHIP EMERGING IN WASHINGTON, DC
"About a month ago, legislators for the District of Columbia introduced a bill that, if passed, could revolutionize how utilities deliver power to customers. The bill is known as the Distributed Energy Resources Authority Act. It would establish an independent body that ensures DC utilities look at non-wires alternatives whenever they propose to spend more than $25M on construction to expand capacity or enhance reliability. The independent body would determine if any of the capacity or reliability requirements could be met with energy efficiency, demand response or distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and storage. ...
Tony Clifford [owner of Standard Solar] sees the legislation as a warning bell to other utilities. He said he believes utilities are going to have to be more responsive to what their customers want and what their customers government’s want. "[Pepco] could have moved forward on this on their own 3 or 4 years ago and they chose not to," he said.
The legislation could be up for a vote as early as this summer."
The Spark (ICF)
April 17, 2018
DC JUST PROPOSED A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND REGULATORY BODY — AND UTILITIES SHOULD PAY CLOSE ATTENTION
Two Washington, D.C. City Council members proposed a remarkable change in utility regulation last week. Mary Cheh and Charles Allen introduced a bill to create a Distributed Energy Resource Authority (DER Authority): a first-of-its-kind regulatory body that would be empowered to undertake traditional utility planning functions, and with a specific mandate to assess any proposed utility grid investment greater than $25 million and open it up to competitive bidDC just proposed a first-of-its-kind regulatory body.
Utilities should pay close attention—if adopted, this bill would create a new model of utility planning, operations, and oversight with far-reaching implications. The new DER Authority would have the power to assess any proposed utility grid investment greater than $25 million and open it up to competitive bids."
American Public Power Association
April 13, 2018
DC CITY COUNCIL BILL WOULD CREATE DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES AUTHORITY
A bill introduced April 10 in the District of Columbia's City Council would set up an independent authority to collect data on how and when energy is used by customers of local utility Pepco and create a marketplace for renewable energy to add to DC's grid.
The bill, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Charles Allen and Mary Cheh, has been referred to the Committee on Business and Economic Development.
"With this bill, like any other legislative effort," Allen said, "there will be opinions on both sides, but I have heard an outpouring of overwhelming support" since its introduction. "If this bill passes, it will be a monumental shift in the way we create and consume energy in the District. It will mean cleaner, more affordable energy and economic development and jobs for District residents."
April 13, 2018
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S 'DER' AUTHORITY' BILL: A RADICAL APPROACH TO GRID EDGE REGULATORY REFORM
"This new entity, with its own board of directors and funding, would have the power to do a couple key things.
First, it would collect and manage granular customer energy usage data from Pepco, the utility that provides electricity for the district. This is aimed primarily at giving customers access to their own data, but is also meant to support third-party access and use, with an eye toward optimizing investment in solar, energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, on-site generation, or other grid edge assets.
Second, whenever Pepco proposes any grid investment of $25 million or more, the DER Authority would open the project to competitive bids from non-wires alternatives — including bids from the utility itself. The goal is to find combinations of DERs that can alleviate whatever problems the utility’s grid investment was meant to solve.