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.
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
3:15 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