The Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative (MADRI) kicks off the first in a series of meetings to determine, “What needs to be done to make distributed generation (DG) more accessible to end-use customers, while balancing the interests of all stakeholders?” Over the next year, MADRI participants will seek consensus recommendations related to DG policy or ratemaking topics.

The August 20th meeting will focus on the challenges, barriers, and current practices related to combined heat and power (CHP) systems, policies, and ratemaking. We will explore available CHP technologies, and examine their cost and reliability benefits—not just for the DG owner but also for the utility system. Participants will also discuss how tariff and ratemaking issues can dramatically affect the economic viability of CHP systems, as well as consider non-tariff incentives that federal and state governments have provided for CHP, and how effective those incentives have been.

Visit the MADRI website to view the full agenda. An audio conference option is offered for those not joining the meeting in person.

MADRI meets approximately six times per year to address retail barriers to the deployment of distributed generation, demand response, and energy efficiency in the Mid-Atlantic region. Formed in 2004, the group promotes the implementation of distributed resources as a competitive alternative to generation and transmission in ensuring grid reliability and an effective wholesale electric market. The MADRI meetings, which draw participants from federal and state regulatory agencies, utilities, research and service organizations, as well as key stakeholders from the energy industry, focus on educating participants, developing alternative distributed resource solutions, as well as pursuing regional consensus on the preferred solutions.

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