Transforming Maryland’s Electric Grid (PC44)

With a goal of ensuring that Maryland’s electric grid is customer-centered, affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable, the Public Service Commission initiated a proceeding, titled Public Conference 44 (PC44) to launch a targeted review of electric distribution systems in Maryland. This proceeding builds on two Commission technical conferences held recently that examined rate-related issues affecting the deployment of distributed energy resources (such as solar) and electric vehicles.

This proceeding aims to explore issues that will maximize benefits and choice to Maryland electric customers and, in particular, assess how the evolving electric grid impacts low- and moderate-income ratepayers.

In the Commission’s initial notice, seven topics were suggested for consideration in this proceeding. After reviewing written and oral comments, the Commission issued a notice on January 31, 2017 establishing guiding principles and amending the list of topics to better align with possible long-term outcomes. They include:

1. Rate Design
(David Littell, Workgroup Leader)
2. Electric Vehicles
(Case No. 9478)
3. Competitive Markets and Customer Choice
(Rule Making 62)
4. Interconnection Process
(Rule Making 61; John Borkoski, Workgroup Leader)
5. Energy Storage
(Andrew Johnston, Workgroup Leader)
6. Distribution System Planning (if sufficient funding available)

Draft Value of Solar Study (for stakeholder review):

NOTE: Daymark Energy Advisors will be available for questions and comments on the draft report at a public meeting on Monday, April 30th at 1pm. The meeting will be held in the Maryland Public Service Commission’s Hearing Room, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD. A deadline for written comments on the draft report will be subsequently set for some date after April 30th. (After April 13, please direct any questions about the report to Andrew Johnston, who can be reached at: Andrew.Johnston@maryland.gov.)

Additional information and related links:

Md. group submits plans for utility-led charger expansion (E & E Energywire, 1.29.2018)
Maryland Could Soon Have the Second-Largest EV Charging Network in the US (Greentech Media, 1.26.2018)
Gridwise Alliance Ranks Maryland #4 in Grid Modernization — gridwise.org

PHI has issued a ‘Request for Proposals’ for a Technical Consultant to Analyze the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Energy Resources in Maryland. Read the RFP excerpt here (contact information is included in the document).

Video of 2.28.2017 Stakeholder Meeting on Rate Design (requires an Flv Player)

Comments from stakeholders and other interested parties can be found in the PC44 docket.