Business and Policy Track

Business and policy issues involve the interoperability aspects of the business processes, regulatory issues and customer interactions at the highest level of the GWAC interoperability stack.  Interoperability considerations relative to utility incentives, mobile loads, innovative rate structures and demand response programs all may fall within the business and policy area as follows:

  • Incenting mobile load management:  How to incent mobile-load management such as charging of electric vehicles involving cross utility interoperability/cross-jurisdictional interoperability?  Issues that could be addressed:  living in one utility service area and working in another utility service area; living in one state and working in another.
  • Authorizing customer data for third parties:  How customers authorize third parties to access real-time meter data in an interoperable manner that facilitates broad availability of this service and ensures appropriate privacy of customer data?
  • Incenting clean consumer generation:  How to incent clean (environmentally appropriate) consumer level energy generation with a common interoperable tariff and appropriate data?  Common interconnection standards are defined in the IEEE 1547 standard.
  • Tools and policies for regulators:  With regard to interoperability, what tools/policy-constructs and challenges face local, state and federal regulators?
  • Implementing innovative rate structures:  With the implementation of smart grid, how can rate structures be commonly implemented such that they support interoperability across large customer groups and vendor equipment?  Issues that could be addressed: demand response, net metering, fixed rate for excess generation in an hour, must-use vs. may-use rates, and a machine-readable rate.
  • Implementation of smart grid and the future of the fixed tariffs offered by the Provider of Last Resort:  Such a topic would be an opportunity to address the concerns of advocates of small and low income residential customers, yet opens a good business opportunity to competitive providers to offer customers a fixed tariff rather than an indexed or time of use tariff.  Encouraging such business opportunity addresses one of the seriously contentious point impeding the development of both smart grid and innovative rate designs in many jurisdictions.
  • Transactive energy:  This topic will provide the opportunity for people involved with research and development of transactive energy techniques to share their approaches, discuss the nature of these approaches, and identify research and development needs.
  • Policy road mapping:  Nothing happens in the utility industry without some sort of public process to consider the goals, options, policies and the “roadmap” for planning. While developing and using technology roadmaps is a key aspect of planning for smart grid implementations, progress can be accelerated or retarded depending on whether the appropriate and timely policies are established. Individual utilities, regional combinations of utilities, ISO/RTOs and state-level policy roadmaps can guide policy-makers in terms of what policies are needed; when they are needed; the consequences of implementing them and the politics of achieving consensus to do so. Papers are invited from contributors who have designed, managed and implemented both the process of developing a policy roadmap for smart grid and the implementation of actual policies.


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Important dates

  • Submission open: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 to Sunday, July 22, 2012
  • Authors notified: August 27
  • Papers due: October 12
  • Comments to authors: November 10
  • Final papers due: November 24