Unleashing latent value in distribution utility businesses
Wired Group associates are proud of the contributions they are making to the distribution utility performance improvement body of knowledge. Some of our work is in the public domain, and links to some of our more noteworthy public contributions are provided below.
Evaluation of Duke Energy's Ohio Deployment for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Wired Group principals and associates conducted a mid-deployment review of one of the larger U.S. smart grid deployments for one of the more forward-thinking regulators in the U.S. The evaluation incorporated a cybersecurity review, benefit quantification, organizational performance review, and project progress audit. (Ohio PUC 10-2326-GE)
Evaluation of SmartGridCity for Xcel Energy
Wired Group principals and associates evaluated the costs and benefits (economic, reliability, and customer experience) of various smart grid capabilities for this smart meter and distribution automation demonstration project covering 46,000 customers in Boulder, Colorado. (Colorado PUC 11A-1001E)
In this testimony on behalf of The Utility Reform Network in Pacific Gas & Electric's 2017 General Rate Case, Wired Group principals and associates describe cost-effective approaches to grid planning for distributed energy resource (DER) integration, as well as appropriate allocation of costs between DER owners and ratepayers. The Wired Group also presents PG&E's historical capital investment trends relative to US investor-owned utility averages.
Review and Synthesis of Available Research on Smart Grid Customer Benefits and Costs
In this secondary research project conducted on behalf of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, the Wired Group summarized research on the benefits of various smart meter and distribution automation capabilities (including direct and indirect economic, reliability, environmental, and customer choice benefits) and related them to costs in an easy-to-use "per customer" format. A companion guide, Technical and Economic Smart Grid Concepts for Consumers, was also developed as part of the project.
Proposal to Introduce Performance-Based Utility Compensation
In this testimony on behalf of the Coalition for Utility Reform, Wired Group President Paul Alvarez outlines the rationale and structure for distribution utility performance measurement and performance-based compensation before the Maryland PSC (Case 9361).
Proposal to Use Smart Meter Data to Address Multiple Sources of Cost Shifting
In this testimony on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund, Wired Group President Paul Alvarez describes why and how smart meter data should be used to address multiple sources of cost shifting between and among rate classes before the Kansas Corporation Commission (Docket 15-WSEE-115-RTS).
Integrated Distribution Planning: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Wired Group President Paul Alvarez authored this article published by Public Utilities Fortnightly in November, 2014. The article was further honored internationally by being republished in the ICER Chronicle in April, 2015.
Maximizing Customer Benefits: Smart Grid Performance Measurement and Action Steps
Wired Group President Paul Alvarez authored this article published by Public Utilities Fortnightly in January, 2012.
Buying Into Solar: Rewards, Challenges, and Options for Rate-Based Investments
Wired Group President Paul Alvarez authored this article published by Public Utilities Fortnightly in December, 2009.
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