Goals for the electrical system of the future?
- Jul 1, 2021 10:51 am GMT
With the transition occurring in the electric system, what should be the goals of the system? Our current goals and principles, including regulatory are more than a century old, are they still relevant to the future system?
1) Universal connection, everyone is offered a connection?
2) No cross subsidization of different customer types (e.g., Industrial customers pay their share, and so do residential customers)?
3) Highly reliable system, with a reasonable level of resiliency?
4) Who should be responsible for resiliency the customer or the utility?
5) Build out the system only for known load, do not overbuild for future needs (e.g., don’t build to support future EV’s)?
6) Customers should have their needs (not wants) for energy met 24/365?
7) Acts of God are a reason for the system to go out (e.g., hurricanes)
8) Electricity should be as economical as possible; price is more important than quality?
9) The grid is a free “battery” that any producer can use?
10) The obligation to serve belongs to the local utility? (e.g., they are responsible for making sure the supply matches the load)
These 10 questions form the framework of our system today, should they form the framework as we transition? Each of them has an impact of duties, responsibilities, costs to build and costs to operate and maintain.
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