On June 23, 2014, the Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force Report was released, charting a path forward for microgrid deployment in Maryland. Microgrid technology combines clean, distributed power generation with advanced control equipment, enabling portions of the electric grid to remain online even if the wider grid is down. The report is the result of four roundtable meetings with representatives from sister states, project developers, utilities, and non-profit think tanks, as well as ratepayer advocates, legal thought leaders, and others. The Task Force began with the hypothesis that microgrids serving individual customers in a campus style setting are now practicable in Maryland and looked to technology and regulatory solutions that can serve several customers across multiple properties. Additionally, this effort looked to develop public purpose microgrid policies as part of a long-range, holistic vision for the state.
The Task Force makes several important recommendations in the report. First, the Task Force recommends that Maryland pursue public purpose microgrids in the short term, for uninterrupted electric service to critical community assets such as community centers, commercial hubs, and emergency service complies. This will provide widespread public benefits when the regional grid is down. The Task Force also concludes that utility-owned and operated microgrids are in the policy interest of Maryland are practical under current law, which supports development and further regulatory approval. Moreover, the Task Force provides sample policy outlines to potentially authorize third party public purpose microgrids, operated by local governments and private developers, with an eye towards spurring innovation and ensuring consumer protection. Finally, the Task Force recommends that the State create a new Grid Transformation Program to help facilitate these recommendations and run three new grant programs for public purpose microgrid projects, advanced controls, and energy storage.
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The outline below summarizes the key conclusions and recommendations of the Maryland Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force. The page numbers reference the locations in the report in which the conclusions and recommendations appear.
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