Ensuring a stronger grid that is capable of withstanding a catastrophic event, or alternatively a grid for which outage durations can be minimized in such an event, involves several steps. First is prevention: identifying the grid’s weaknesses and how to mitigate them. Second is recovery: steps to ensure quick restoration of service after a major event. Third is survivability: measures taken to encourage and safely enable customers, neighborhoods, campuses, and communities to physically isolate themselves from a disabled wider grid system during an outage. All of these options require regulatory leadership in terms of authorizing inquiries into grid resiliency, approving cost recovery mechanisms, and designing rates that encourage innovative solutions. This paper offers options and recommendations for identification of grid weaknesses and solutions; investments in software and cloud-based information data systems; investments in hardware and assets to strengthen reliability; and rate designs that complement these policies.
Regulatory Approaches to Grid Resiliency and Security
January 18, 2017
- Janine Migden-Ostrander ,
- David Littell ,
- Riley Allen