The First Smart Grid Opinion Survey of North American Regulators
After the survey:
- 38 percent of respondents already have regulations that require an Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment, an additional 7 percent reported that they are allowing deployments without regulations, while 22 percent report additional analysis is either underway or required.
- 48 percent of respondents favor the recent formation of the NARUC-Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Smart Grid Collaborative, while an additional 31 percent felt more time is needed before they can judge. Eighteen states have already joined the Collaborative.
Additional results of the survey revealed that regulators are clearly intererested in Smart Grid and increased energy efficiency, but they are not certain that the benefits outweigh the cost for customers at this point:
- Commissioners have not yet formed a consensus about the values of AMI: The cost of AMI may exceed direct operational savings causing regulators to rely on case-specific filings not general industry valuations.
- Most regulators are not ready to share the real-time costs of energy with all classes of customers: More than half (51 percent) of the respondents do not support real-time pricing for all customer classes and only 9 percent do.
- Renewable energy sources abound – but at a price: Nearly three out of four states (73 percent) have access to adequate supplies of renewable resources, but their representative commissioners were quick to add that those resources are substantially more costly than current fuels.
To download the full study results visit this site
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