Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Post # 60 - Some Validation for D.C. Pilot Program

The National Action Plan Coalition (NAPC), a coalition of non-profit organizations in the utility, smart grid, regulatory, energy efficiency, environmental, and consumer advocacy areas, has issued a case study examining the PowerCentsDC pilot program in the District of Columbia. As I’ve previously posted, PowerCentsDC involves smart meters and a number of different demand response options.

The NAPC was formed to formed to implement the National Action Plan on Demand Response issued last year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. The new NAPC report, PowerCentsDC: A Model for Stakeholder Collaboration, states that the DC pilot was unique because “various stakeholders—including consumer advocates, regulators and the local utility—joined together from the beginning to design, plan and implement it. Early education and involvement of stakeholders has become a high-priority issue in the [Demand Response] and Smart Grid sector according to most experts in the field.”

NAPC also states that the case study represents an alternate way to interpret specific a demand response or smart grid activity after it has taken place. Instead of focusing on the quantified results, the NAPC focused a narrative version of how the effort went from start to finish. In addition, the case study enables readers to identify best practices.

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