Massachusetts DPU to investigate grid modernization policies


Ann Berwick,
Chair, Massachusetts
Boston, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 5, 2012 – The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is to launch an investigation to ensure that electric distribution companies adopt grid modernization technology and practices that will enhance electric service reliability and empower customers to better manage their use of electricity.

“Grid modernization will give customers the opportunity to gain more information and control over their electricity usage and save money on their electricity bills,” said DPU chair Ann Berwick. “Developing policies that will take full advantage of a modern grid will also allow DPU to continue fulfilling its mission of service reliability to residents across the Commonwealth.”

The DPU will also examine how electric grid modernization can lower overall costs of electricity and improve service to customers.

In addition, the investigation will explore the potential for the deployment of technologies such as advanced meters, cell phone applications, and smart appliances, which will enable customers to respond to changes in the price of electricity throughout the course of a day.

DPU will form a Grid Modernization Stakeholder Working Group to assist in developing a roadmap for advancing grid modernization in the Commonwealth. The process will begin with a public workshop on November 14, 2012.

In 2008 and 2012 respectively the Green Communities Act and An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth to enhance the development of energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation came into law in Massachusetts. Consistent with these statutes, grid modernization is a vital component of the DPU’s ongoing efforts to promote clean energy resources and a more efficient and reliable electric system.