The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center released its Q3 2017 edition of The 50 States of Grid Modernization on November1. The quarterly series looks at US state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reforms, energy storage, microgrids, and demand response.
The overall picture is that momentum behind the transition away from a carbon based energy economy into one that incorporates renewables and energy storage is picking up — if, as perhaps should be expected, in a disparate and occasionally faltering rate between states.
The report finds that 33 states and Washington DC took some type of action on grid modernization during Q3 2017.
Specifically, the report found that:
“Energy storage and other distributed energy resources are playing a large role in grid modernization efforts,” said Autumn Proudlove, lead author of the report and manager of policy research at the centre. “Distributed energy resources are being increasingly viewed as a potential solution, rather than simply a challenge.”
Of the 33 states taking action on grid modernization during the quarter, 26 took actions specifically related to energy storage policies and deployment.
Overall, the most common actions of the quarter related to advanced metering infrastructure, smart grid, and energy storage deployment, followed by grid modernization investigations.
A total of 184 state and utility-level actions related to grid modernization were proposed, pending, or enacted in Q3 2017.
The report says the top five policy developments of Q3 2017 were:
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