Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Decisions & Activities re: Smart Grid

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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Decisions & Activities
re: Smart Grid

Background: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant has enabled UTC
staff to undergo in-depth training on smart grid technologies and applications, and has
contributed to the agency’s development of a utility smart grid reporting rule, review of utility
smart grid investment reports, status updates, and pilot smart grid and demand-response
programs.
Smart Grid Reporting Rule
In order to encourage Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to consider the value of a “smart grid,”
the UTC adopted a rule that requires such utilities to file an annual “smart grid technology
report” on smart grid technologies they are considering. Avista, for example, participates in
several demonstration projects that test a number of smart grid technologies.
• U-090222 – PURPA/Smart Grid Rulemaking
http://www.utc.wa.gov/docs/Pages/DocketLookup.aspx?FilingID=090222


Electric Vehicles
The UTC initiated a work session to consider its role in the development of electric vehicle
infrastructure and other regulatory issues relating to electric vehicles in Washington. The work
session addressed issues such as whether the resale of electricity at public charging stations
ought to be subject to economic regulation, the extent to which existing laws provide protection
to consumers who purchase electricity for vehicle recharging, and whether the Commission will
need to address additional ratemaking considerations for investor-owned utilities (such as time-
of-use tariffs).
• UE-101521/UE-101800 – Electric Vehicles Regulation and Infrastructure
http://www.utc.wa.gov/docs/Pages/DocketLookup.aspx?FilingID=101521

Dynamic Pricing Research
The UTC conducted a foundational study funded by the National Association of Regulatory
Commissioners to better understand Dynamic Pricing and its applicability to Washington
regulated electric utilities. Dynamic Pricing allows changes in the cost of energy to be more
transparent, and thus potentially improving overall economic efficiency and reliability of the
production and consumption of electricity.

UE-101521/UE-101800 – Electric Vehicles Regulation and Infrastructure
http://www.utc.wa.gov/docs/Pages/DocketLookup.aspx?FilingID=101521


Source: Washington UTC website
http://www.utc.wa.gov/aboutUs/Pages/ARRASmartGridTechnology.aspx