Roundtable on Electrical Grid Improvements Set For Sept 11

On September 11, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, the Governor’s Energy Advisor will host a roundtable discussion on cost recovery for suggested improvements to the electrical grid.  This discussion is one of a nine-part series following the Governor’s July 26, 2012 Executive Order, “Improving the Resiliency of Maryland Electric Distribution System.” The roundtable panel will be held at the President’s Conference Room East 1 and 2 (1st Floor) in the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis.

The panel will discuss various ways to recover improvement costs including the idea of communities self‐identifying as willing to pay for upgraded services. Panelists include representatives from BGE, Sun Edison, Maryland’s Office of People’s Counsel, and the Organization of PJM states, an organization of 14 state utility regulatory agencies which includes the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Previous roundtables have been held on specific methods of improving resiliency such as undergrounding electrical wires, power storage and microgrids, smart grids, synchro-phasers, and power monitors.  Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner participated as a panelist in the opening roundtable discussion in August.

Based on the roundtable discussions, the Governor’s Energy Advisor and other key government agencies will provide legislative and other recommendations to the Governor on improving the resiliency of the electrical grid.  Public participation is welcomed, and additional information and opportunities for feedback are available at the Governor’s website.

The original Executive Order is also available online.

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