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Copy of ENE Advancing a Clean Energy Future in New England

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Advancing a Clean Energy Future in New England:
Reforming Incentives Governing Utilities
and the Power Grid

ENE Briefing
Setpember 12, 2013
1. New England's electric grid is outdated.

11. Existing planning & investment policies are barriers to achieving clean energy goals.

111. The need for reform to achieve our states' climate and energy goals.
New England's Power Grid is Outdated
Non-Wires Alternatives & Grid Modernization
Non-Wires Alternatives
Distributed Resources
Expanded Toolbox
Transmission & Distribution Planning Process
Incentives & Payment Mechanisms Create Unlevel Playing Field
Example: GridSolar, Maine
Increasing Costs Threaten Clean Energy Progress
Principles for Utility Reform
Non-wires alternatives should receive meaningful and comparable consideration in utility planning.
Level the playing field by providing comparable cost treatment to all resources.
Designed to deliver electricity from power plants to homes & businesses.
Over-built & inefficient
Non-wires alternatives
Locked out of planning process.
Full cost burden on individual states.
No cost recovery certainty.
High rate of return on T&D projects
Skewed Planning:
T&D planning only identifies T&D solutions
Socialized payment structure for T&D projects
Utilities are risk averse
Unlevel Playing Field
T&D projects earn high returns and are paid for by all New England ratepayers.
Skewed incentives & planning driving sky-rocketing expenditure on transmission
High regional T&D expenditure puts pressure on clean energy goals.
Need T&D to integrate renewables and EVs.
Non-wires alternatives &
grid modernization tools, strategies
Traditional T&D upgrades
Incentives & Cost Recovery Policies
Regional Progress
First impact of new forecast:
$259 Million of transmission investment deferred in Vermont and New Hampshire
Widespread, deep energy efficiency
Clean DG, electric vehicles, energy storage, new technologies.
Using information, data, and tools to reduce energy consumption in buildings.
Improved grid utilization, efficiency, reliability.
Connect renewable power projects
Opportunities and Potential: Cleaner Energy Supply, Lower Emissions, Embrace New Technology
Barriers to Change
Focus on T&D Solutions
Photo Source: University of Delaware
Contact Information

Abigail Anthony
Rhode Island Director
Phone: 401-276-0600
Email: aanthony@env-ne.org

Michael G. Henry
Director, ENE Sustainable Transmission Project
Phone: 401-276-0600
Email: mhenry@env-ne.org
ENE is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies.
Rockport, ME/ Boston, MA/ Hartford, CT/ Providence, RI/ Ottawa, ON

Photo source: GridSolar, LLP.
Current ENE Activities
Raising awareness and building networks, participating in on-going forums.
Developing state-level regulatory proposals and positions.
Proposing legislation to promote consideration of NTAs.
Preparing MOU for state collaboration on NTAs.
Assessing regulatory policy vehicles to promote change.
Evaluating queue for opportunities to promote NTAs.
Advancing principles for electric vehicle-grid integration.
Developing best practices for utility planning.
Reformed T&D Planning Process
Current T&D Planning Process
Current T&D Toolbox
How you can help
Share ideas regarding how best to
address the problems discussed here.

Join other stakeholders in a network
of parties interested in these issues.

Join ENE filings and letters
to lawmakers and policymakers
that raise and seek to address these issues.
Full transcript