Community Energy
Workshop #1
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
MassCEC, Boston, MA

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Boston Microgrid Workshop #1

March 24, 2014 (12:15 PM to 5 PM)

MA Clean Energy Center—63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

Convener: Pace Energy and Climate Center

Facilitator: Dr. Jonathan Raab, Raab Associates, Ltd.

 

Agenda

12:15   Networking Lunch and Registration

1:00     Welcome, Introductions, and Project Overview—Tom Bourgeois, Pace Energy and Climate Center

1:15     Agenda Review, Today’s Goals, and Groundrules—Jonathan Raab

1:25     Microgrids in the U.S. and Beyond—Rob Thornton, IDEA

  • Today’s Microgrids – Operational, Technical and Business Practices
    • U.S. Cases and International Examples 
  • Exploring the Microgrid Value Proposition; Multi-Party Market Conditions and Considerations

1:45     Legal Issues Related to Microgrids in MA—Seth Hoedl, Harvard Law School

  • Assessment of current franchise law
  • Legal considerations for market access, serving customers, etc.

2:15     Introduction of Multi-Owner, Boston-Based Microgrid Scenario

  • “Blue sky” context—Fran Cummings, Peregrine Energy
  • Proposed microgrid scenario—Laxmi Rao, IDEA, and Dr. Beka Kosanovic, Northeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership
  • Feedback from participants

3:00     Break

3:15     Benefits and Costs of Multi-Owner, Boston-Based Microgrid Scenario

  • Small group exercise: What are the most significant benefits and costs from the following perspectives: A) owners/end-users, B) utility, and C) all ratepayers/society
  • Report out to plenary and discuss.

4:15     Potential Hurdles to the Multi-Owner, Boston-Based Microgrid Scenario

  • Small group exercise: What are the most significant technical, economic/financial; and regulatory/statutory hurdles?
  • Report out to plenary and discuss

4:50     Looking Ahead: Planning for Next Workshops

5:00     Adjourn