Systems Integration Rhode Island (SIRI) Vision Document
Faced with the complexities and opportunities created by an increase in distributed customer energy resources, Rhode Island is poised on the edge of a fundamental change in its energy system. Energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, and new electric technologies have driven the need to move away from a traditional system designed for the one-way delivery of electricity from the utility to the consumer. State regulators convened a stakeholder group, Systems Integration Rhode Island (SIRI), to examine the many processes in place in Rhode Island to “map out key issues related to the future of Rhode Island’s electric grid and offer early stage recommendations for addressing opportunities, filling gaps, and gaining efficiencies in existing state processes” from both a medium- and long-term perspective. In an effort coordinated by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, a process facilitated and supported with technical guidance by RAP’s Rich Sedano, the SIRI group prepared this report of its vision, outlining six central recommendations—promote non-wires alternatives in distribution planning, assess the potential, cost, and benefits of active load management and strategic electrification of heating resources, promote the use of electric vehicles, review the efficacy of current renewable energy programs, explore the benefits and cost of time-varying rates and advanced metering infrastructure, and consider whether performance-based regulation would serve the public good.