SmartGrid 101

These materials, developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, are intended as orientation and reference materials. Given the rapid change in smart grid developments the modules are not intended to address the latest and greatest in smart grid, rather the modules address core issues and provide links to key reference documents. Smart Grid 101 materials are being presented in PowerPoint format with explanatory notes in the Notes View, as well as in PDF Format.

Chapters 1-3: Introduction
Smart grid defined from customer, regulator and utility perspectives, costs and benefits as well as objectives. Reliability defined, metrics reviewed and shortcomings relative to smart grid discussed. NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 4: Metering
Advanced versus Smart Meters, technical comparisons, discussion of meter health, accuracy, privacy, interoperability, and accuracy reviewed. NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 5: Rate Design
Rate design for smart grid, relationship to prices, policy issues, compatibility with efficiency, demand response, electric vehicles, and renewables. Comparison and review of results between Peak Time Rebate and Critical Peak Pricing and discussion of implementation issues. NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 6: Demand Response
Demand response objectives, design transitions from DR1 to DR2 to smart grid, comparison of requirements and best practices, opt-in versus opt-out, control strategies, and overview of ZigBee SEP and OpenADR. NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 7: Customer Automation Technology
Smart appliances, communicating thermostats, plug-load controllers, in home displays (IHDs), and energy management system trends in customer automation. Overview of regulatory issues, utility customer perspectives and use cases compared security and privacy, interoperability and standards. NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 8: Customer Data Access
In home displays (IHDs) defined and put into context of the entire information stream necessary to meet customer needs. Are IHDs necessary, a review of the research to-date, strengths and weaknesses and alternative implementation options? SMUD residential pilot results presented by Karen Herter. NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 9: Privacy
Overview of the Smart Grid Privacy issues, information flows, gaps in regulatory framework, and a review of the California Public Utilities Commission Decision in Rulemaking 08-12-009. Presented by Dierdre Mulligan (Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology) and Jennifer Urban (Assistant Professor, Sameulson Law, and Technology & Public Policy Clinic). NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 10: Cyber Security
Overview of Smart Grid cyber security issues, activities by state and federal organizations, potential threats, resources, and regulatory issues. NARUC slides with notes and links to resources.

Chapter 11. Standards — (Not Available)

Chapter 12. Distribution, Transmission, Communications, Sensors, Analytics — (Not Available)

Chapter 13: Transition Planning
Examines and contrasts innovative opt-in and opt-out rate design and regulatory options for transitioning to smart grid dynamic rates. Presented by Severin Borenstein (Professor, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business) and Ron Binz, former Commission with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. NARUC webinar slides with notes and links to resources.