This panel, moderated by Rob Thornton, IDEA, consisted of Christopher Berendt, Drinker Biddle & Reath; Jorge Camacho, District of Columbia Public Service Commission; Shalom Flank, The Microgrid Architect; and Edward Yim, Washington, D.C., Department of Energy & Environment.
The local government, private developers and numerous agencies in the District of Columbia have been actively collaborating for the past many years on planning and policy development for microgrid deployment. While some may feel that regulatory shift is not happening fast enough, given the many complexities of the microgrid-utility relationship, Edward Yim emphasized, “We shouldn’t lose sight of simple microgrids that we already have rules for.”
Jorge Camacho pointed out that we have metrics for penalizing poor utility performance, but what are needed are metrics for measuring and rewarding efficiency and good performance. “People are moving into the district, but electricity demand is going down,” he said. ”We need a way to measure and reward efficiency improvements.”