Overcoming Barriers to Distributed Resources Through Education and Dialogue


The Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative (MADRI) identifies and remedies retail barriers to the deployment of distributed generation, demand response, and energy efficiency in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Consistent with RAP’s vision for a clean, flexible electricity system, MADRI is guided by the belief that distributed resources should compete on equal footing with generation and transmission resources to ensure grid reliability and a fully functioning wholesale electric market. However, institutional barriers and lack of market incentives slow the deployment of cost-effective distributed resources in the Mid-Atlantic region. To that end, MADRI hosts open meetings to raise awareness and understanding of the issues. Past meetings have focused on the impact of environmental regulations on demand response resources (June 2012), smart meters and distributed resource data issues (February 2013), and the role of distributed generation in demand response programs (September 2012).

MADRI works towards three goals:

  • Educate stakeholders, especially state officials, on distributed resource opportunities, barriers, and solutions.
  • Develop alternative distributed resource solutions for states and others to implement.
  • Pursue regional consensus on preferred solutions.

MADRI was established in 2004 by the public utility commissions of Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and PJM Interconnection. RAP facilitates and organizes MADRI meetings on behalf of its members.

Visit our events page to learn about upcoming MADRI meetings.