Data for Grid Decarbonization

 
February 2021

Join us for a webinar discussing these findings and recommendations!

Wednesday, April 7
10-11am PT
 
California’s electricity infrastructure is entering a period of profound change, with state leaders striving to achieve 60 percent renewable sources by 2030 and 100 percent zero-carbon power by 2045, while increasingly severe heat waves and wildfires threaten the reliability and resilience of the grid.

 
Developers are introducing a range of flexible grid technologies to meet the dual challenge of resilience and decarbonization, from distributed renewable generation and battery storage to vehicle-grid integration, building energy management, and advanced distribution grid sensors. While these technologies are becoming increasingly mainstream and affordable, effective and efficient deployment relies on a key resource – energy data – that can maximize the flexible use of diverse energy resources.
 
Abundant energy data – from grid structure and operations data that depict system assets and capacity, to customer-level data on consumption and rates, to real-time performance data for distributed assets – already provide the information needed to operate a modern, flexible grid. However, state regulators, electric utilities, technology developers, and customers face a thicket of regulatory, privacy, and incentive-based challenges to optimizing the generation and management of this data.
 
To identify solutions to these challenges, CLEE and UCLA Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment convened a group of energy data experts in August 2020. Our new report, Data Access for a Decarbonized Grid, details the challenges facing optimal energy data access and a set of high-priority solutions including:
  • Adopting performance-based regulation of electric utilities to provide financial incentives for high-quality, efficient data generation and management. 
  • Re-examining the California Public Utilities Commission’s 15/15 rule for customer data aggregation (which sets numerical limits on customer cohorts) and considering use of differential privacy methods instead.
  • Modernizing utility IT systems to adapt to rapidly evolving technological and customer needs.
You can access the report and its full set of recommendations here.
 

Contact Ted Lamm or Ethan Elkind for more information.
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