Demand Flexibility/Connected Devices (2020 – Present) | LBNL

SEPA is currently supporting Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the development, publication, and promotion of a study focusing on utilities’ transition from traditional demand response to integrated demand flexibility programs.

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This project will center around highlighting best practices, potential pitfalls, and successful case studies, focusing on the optimization of connected devices and capabilities of demand flexibility programs, including grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB) and connected communities. The project will incorporate input and lessons learned from a wide audience pool encompassing topics across the technology, regulatory, and utility business model spectrums. The outcomes will be targeted primarily at the utility audience and include both case studies and a summary report to help utilities guide future planning and investment decisions in this space. SEPA’s current tasks include updated a background literature review specifically to focus on demand flexibility, and then coordinating and facilitating a series of five workshops with leading utilities and representatives from industry to identify current best practices and prioritized gaps.

Smart Charge Management Program Design (2021 - Present) | Exelon

SEPA is currently supporting two of Exelon’s operating utilities, Potomac Electric Power (Pepco), and Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), in the design and implementation of an EV smart charge management program for residential and commercial fleet customers in their Maryland (MD) distribution utility territories.

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The project will implement large-scale utility managed charging of electric vehicles and deliver a stack of benefit streams that will accrue to the local distribution utility, the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) partner, EV owners, and all customers. SEPA is leading the program design, marketing, and messaging components of this project.

Through this engagement SEPA will:

  • Gather market research for the smart charging demonstration in consultation with BGE, PHI, and the technology solution providers.
  • Develop unique incentives and smart charge actions for each customer segment (residential, multi-unit dwelling, public, workplace, and fleets) and a marketing and outreach program to attract the desired level of customer participation.
  • Support in determining duration and size (# of chargers and geography) of the demonstration and identification of likely pilot participants.
  • Develop a marketing and outreach program to attract the desired level of customer participation while balancing program costs with expected system benefits.
  • Identify key marketing messages and marketing approaches (e.g. microtargeting of select customer groups) that will help increase enrollment.

At the conclusion of the budget period one, SEPA and partners will produce a report documenting the market research, design the customer SCM demonstration, and quantify the financial impacts of the demonstration that will be presented to the Maryland PSC for approval.

Transportation Electrification Strategic Planning Framework (2020 – Present) | Multi-Client

SEPA is currently leading a multi-client engagement to develop a comprehensive framework to guide utility’s creating Transportation Electrification Strategic Plan customized for their service territory.

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Project participants include a wide range of U.S. electric utilities, from smaller cooperatives to large investor-owned organizations. Key elements the strategic plan framework is expected to include:

  • Current state of the EV and charging infrastructure market and projections for future market development
  • Customer requirements and engagement strategies, including customer facing materials
  • New utility business opportunities
  • Available tools for forecasting and utility planning
  • EVSE interconnection processes and best practices, including journey maps
  • Rate design options
  • Value of EVs and EVSE for utilities derived from load growth and load management
  • Defining potential utility strategic objectives
  • Internal organizational structure options and utility departments, including staffing approaches
  • EV program options
  • List of data resources and options to collect customer input

Project participants are also able to extend their involvement in the project and engage SEPA to help develop their customized strategic plan. For those participants, SEPA will provide additional support including facilitated engagement with both internal and external stakeholders, customer survey development and execution, and a final internal utility strategic framework workshop.

DER Interoperability Profiles (2020 – Present) | NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contracted with SEPA to provide the electric power sector with actionable information and tools to enable the successful and efficient integration of DER in a standardized manner utilizing multiple standards, communication protocols and data models for multiple implementation scenarios.

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This engagement will seek to address two key elements:

1.     What are the elements needed for a generic, standard neutral DER interoperability profile?

2.     What are the most impactful implementation profiles based on the standard neutral profile?

SEPA has three key deliverables:

  • Convene industry to develop requirements for a standard neutral DER Interoperability profile (communications protocol, data model, logical interfaces, etc.).
  • Application of the standard neutral DER Interoperability Profile in the development of two DER Implementation profiles based on existing standards selected by the participants.
  • Industry outreach and publication strategy to explain the value and promote the adoption of the work to SEPA membership and industry.