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Report Gauges State-Level Grid-Modernization Efforts
THE NORTH CAROLINA CLEAN ENERGY Technology Center
(CETC), a think tank based at North Carolina State University,
releases a quarterly report, “ 50 States of Solar,” which tracks
solar policymaking at the state level around the United States.
In May, the CETC released its first-ever quarterly “ 50 States
of Grid Modernization” report, a policy tracker that outlines
regulatory and legislative efforts related to grid modernization
in every state. The authors use the term “grid modernization”
broadly to refer to actions making the electricity system more
resilient, responsive and interactive. Specifically, in the report,
the term is intended to include seven topics: smart grid and
advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), utility business model
reform, regulatory reform, utility rate reform, energy storage,
microgrids and demand response.
The report’s purpose is to provide state lawmakers,
regulators and other stakeholders with timely and unbiased
updates on how states are studying, adopting, implementing,
amending or discontinuing grid modernization policies. The
report catalogs legislative, regulatory and rate design changes
that affect grid modernization during the most recent quarter.
The first quarter’s report found 37 states, plus Washington,
D.C., took a total of 148 policy and deployment actions related
to grid modernization. These fell into several categories: 36
involved deployment ( 24 percent), 29 involved policies ( 20
percent), 25 involved financial incentives ( 17 percent), 22
involved studies and investigations ( 15 percent), 18 involved
business model and rate reform ( 12 percent), and 18 involved
planning and market access ( 12 percent).
The 10 most active states were New York ( 17 policy and
deployment actions); Hawaii (16 actions); California ( 13 actions);
Massachusetts ( 12 actions); Colorado (nine actions); Maryland
( 8 actions); and North Carolina, Maine, Nevada and Michigan
(five actions each).
The most common actions were AMI deployment ( 19
actions), smart grid deployment ( 13 actions), time-varying
rates ( 10 actions), AMI rules (nine actions), energy-storage
target (nine actions), and grid-modernization investigation
(nine actions). Other actions included microgrid deployment,
energy-storage deployment, rate reform study, energy-storage
rebate, energy-storage tax credit, integrated resource planning,
microgrid rules, and energy-storage study.
Tech Offerings Abound at 2017 NECA Show in Seattle, Oct. 7–10
FOR TECH ENTHUSIAS TS and early-adopters, the 2017 NECA Convention
and Trade Show is an excellent
opportunity to keep abreast
of industry innovations.
Nonmembers can attend
the NECA Show, too.
As in years past,
visit the Showstopper
Showcase, sponsored by
ELEC TRICAL CON TRACTOR,
where they can investigate 200
of the industry’s latest and
In addition to these old favorites,
the 2017 NECA Show will also feature
the NECA Presentation Theatre,
where show exhibitors will present
in-depth sessions about products or
services, or demonstrate a Showstopper
Also new this year is Techtopia,
which focuses on innovative trends and
disruptive technology, combining and
expanding on two of last year’s popular
booths—the Disruptive Technology
Pavilion and the Digital
“Now you can find
everything in one stop,” said
Joey Shorter, Ph.D., NECA’s
director of research.
Tech gurus Dahlia El
Gazzar and Tess Vismale
will return to help ECs
with technology at home and
work. Visitors can ask questions about
smartphones and social media or get tips
to increase productivity.
Techtopia will host industry
innovators such as ManufactON,
creators of a cloud and mobile solution
for prefab production and supply-chain
management, and HoloBuilder, the
makers of a web platform for creating
and sharing 360-degree views of
buildings. Other companies include
Rhumbix, Field Wire and Smartvid.io.
Each company will present on their
technologies in the Techtopia Theater
and be available for questions after.
Tom Waterman, CEO of Cis-Drones,
will also be on hand in a drone-focused
section of Techtopia. Attendees will be
able to watch drone demonstrations and
practice using a drone for themselves.
“Not everybody is going to accept
new technology on the job site, but
it’s coming,” Shorter said. “So why not
learn as much as you can and apply
what works for you? I don’t think robots
are going to take over the construction
industry, but technology is going to
augment it. Those who adopt will get
ahead of those who don’t.”
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