in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has approved National Grid's smart grid pilot program. The project, pursuant to the Green Communities Act of 2008, includes approximately 15,000 customers in Worcester, or 1.2% of National Grid's electricity customers.

According to the DPU, the two-year pilot will test the ability of new technologies to reduce customer outages, save customers money by improving the operational efficiency of the grid, and fully integrate renewable energy and electric vehicles into the grid.

The pilot will also provide customers access to detailed energy usage information, enabled by advanced meters, which customers can access online or with cell phone apps. In addition, National Grid will test the impact of new pricing structures that reflect the changing costs of electricity, including higher costs at peak usage times, such as hot summer days, and lower costs at other times.

“National Grid’s smart grid pilot is designed to answer significant questions about how the reliability of the electric grid can be improved in the face of storms and other challenges, and about how customers can control their energy costs,” says DPU Chair Ann Berwick. “We look forward to pilot implementation, and to learning the lessons that will put us on a path to a completely modern electric infrastructure.”

The DPU notes the pilot program is not mandatory for customers in the project area.



Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

SPP Raises Concerns About EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan

Stakeholders around the U.S. are mulling over the Environmental Protection Agency's blueprint to cut emissions from existing power plants. The Southwest Power Pool has released its assessment of the plan.


Comverge, Constellation To Merge Demand Response Businesses

The two companies have announced a deal to combine their DR operations serving commercial and industrial customers and establish a new, standalone entity.


Grid-Scale Energy Storage Continues Making Inroads

A new report from Navigant Research highlights the biggest markets and most popular technologies for grid-scale energy storage.


Demand Response And Renewables Help SDG&E Tackle Record-Breaking Heat Wave

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recorded peak demand records last week and relied heavily on energy conservation, as well as imported wind and solar power, to keep the lights on.


Report: Utility-Scale Renewables Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study suggests the levelized costs of energy of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.

S&C Electric_id176
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
edf_id180