On June 12, 2014, the Patrick Administration announced that the Department of Public Utilities issued two orders requiring Massachusetts electric distribution companies to modernize the electric grid. This marks Massachusetts as the first state in the nation to require electric distribution companies to take affirmative and far-reaching steps to modernize the electric grid.
The DPU’s order requires each utility to develop and implement a 10-year grid modernization plan, to be updated regularly. The DPU determined grid modernization will provide several benefits including:
- Empowering customers to better manage and reduce electricity costs;
- Enhancing the reliability and resiliency of electricity service in the face of increasingly extreme weather;
- Encouraging innovation and investment in new technology and infrastructure, strengthening the competitive electricity market;
- Addressing climate change and meeting clean energy requirements by integrating more clean and renewable power, demand response, electricity storage, microgrids and electric vehicles, and providing for increased amounts of energy efficiency.
To learn more, read the Patrick Administration’s press release.