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Commercial and Industrial
Contingency Analysis - A method of treating uncertainty that explores the effect on the alternatives of change in the environment in which the alternatives are to function. This is a "what-if" type of analysis, with the what-ifs being external to the alternative, in contrast to a sensitivity analysis, where the parameters of the alternatives are varied. Source: American Society for Cybernetics
Continental Automated Building Association - An international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. Source: CABA
Compressed Air Energy Storage - Uses electrical energy, usually off-peak, to compress air into underground storage reservoirs for storage until times of peak or intermediate electricity demand. The storage is typically underground in natural aquifers, depleted oil or gas fields, mined salt caverns, or excavated or natural rock caverns. To generate power, the compressed air is first heated by gas burners, then passed through a turbine. Source: US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Customer Average Interruption Duration Index - The average customer-minutes of interruption per customer interruption. It approximates the average length of time required to complete service restoration. It is determined by dividing the annual sum of all customer-minutes of interruption durations by the annual number of customer interruptions. Source: 2009 Minnesota Statutes
California Independent System Operator - An electric transmission organization built around a globally-recognized and inspired team providing cost-effective and reliable service, well-balanced and transparent energy market mechanisms, and high-quality information for the benefit of their customers. Source: California ISO
The California Clean Energy Fund - A non-profit entity, that makes for-profit investments via a number of investment strategies and partnerships. It is an “evergreen” fund, where any profits are reinvested in companies and programs that support CalCEF’s mission of driving change in the energy system. Source: CalCEF
California Measurement Advisory Council - A forum for development, implementation, presentation, discussion, and review of market assessment and evaluation (MA&E) studies for energy programs within California. CALMAC coordinates and facilitates the dissemination and presentation of completed MA&E studies to stakeholders, policy makers and the general public. Source: CALMAC
Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals - A self-supporting, non-profit organization of federal, provincial, and territorial boards and commissions which are responsible for the regulation of the electric, water, gas, and pipeline utilities in Canada. Source: CAMPUT
California Air Resources Board - A part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, an organization which reports directly to the Governor's Office in the Executive Branch of California State Government. The CARB seeks to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state. Source: Air Resources Board
Customer Baseline - A utility, regional, or organization specific method of determining basic customer usage on an hourly, daily, monthly, seasonal, or yearly basis.
Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies - A Texas non-profit formed in 2005 to enhance the safety, reliability, security, and efficiency of the Texas electric transmission and distribution system through research, development and commercialization of emerging technologies. Source: CCET
Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration - Part of the University of Delaware that conduct scientific research on power from fluid flows in the environment, evaluate technical methods to convert, transmit and store that power, and to conduct policy analysis of rules to integrate those sources into today’s policy and planning processes. Source: CCPI
Carbon Capture and Storage - An approach to mitigating global warming based on capturing carbon dioxide from large point sources such as fossil fuel power plants and permanently storing it away from the atmosphere. Source: Oilgae
Canadian Electricity Association - The national forum and voice of the evolving electricity business in Canada. Source: CEA
California Energy Commission - California's primary energy policy and planning agency. Source: CEC
Consortium of Energy Efficiency - A national, nonprofit public benefits corporation that works as a consortium of efficiency program administrators from across the U.S. and Canada who work together on common approaches to advancing efficiency. Source: CEE
Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center - One of 20 centers of excellence in different industries that the Sloan Foundation has established at 13 universities.
Source: CEIC
Consortium for Electric Infrastructure to Support a Digital Society - A consortium, headed by EPRI, designed to improve the existing electricity infrastructure and create a new infrastructure that can meet the growing demands of a digital society. The consortium eventually became the EPRI’s IntelliGrid Consortium. Source: EC&M
Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions - A program office with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory designed to research, develop, and disseminate new methods, tools, and technologies to protect and enhance the reliability of the U.S. electric power system and efficiency of competitive electricity markets. Source: CERTS
Combined Heat and Power - The generation of electricity and the capture and use of otherwise wasted heat energy byproducts. A CHP system is also referred to as cogeneration. Source: EPA
International Council On Large Electric Systems - Permanent, non-governmental and non-profit International Association, based in France that is one of the leading worldwide Organizations on Electric Power Systems, covering their technical, economic, environmental, organizational and regulatory aspects. Source: CIGRE
Common Information Model - An abstract model that may be used as a reference, a category scheme of labels (data names) and applied meanings of data definitions, database design, and a definition of the structure and vocabulary of message schemas. Source: CIM Users Group
CIM Users Group - Under the administrative umbrella of the UCA International Users Group, a not-for-profit corporation, the CIM Users Group is dedicated to the promotion of the portability of existing applications and to the promotion of the ease of installation of new applications through the use of such standards as the common information model, message bus, and common data access specification. Source: CIM Users Group
Critical Infrastructure Protection - Aims to improve physical and cyber security for the bulk power system of North America as it relates to reliability. These efforts include standards development, compliance enforcement, assessments of risk and preparedness, disseminating critical information via alerts to industry, and raising awareness of key issues. Source: NERC
Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee - A group reporting to NERC's Board of Trustees that is comprised of industry experts in the areas of cyber security, physical security, and operational security. Source: NERC
Customer Information System - A system used to track customer information, generate bills, issue service requests, and “manage” customer relationships by providing information and insight about each customer’s individual needs and preferences. Source: EMA Inc.
Configuration Management - An umbrella activity developed adopted by the DOD to (1) identify change, (2) manage that change, (3) ensure that the change is being properly implemented, (4) report the change to others who may have and interest, and (5) record the change for historical reference. It includes the technical and administrative direction and surveillance actions taken to identify and document the functional and physical characteristics of a configuration item (CI), to control changes to a CI and its characteristics, and to record and report change processing and implementation status. CM also provides a complete audit trail of decisions and design modifications. Source: DoD Defense Acquisition University
Change Meter work Order
Change Meter Order Management - Processes and procedures that provision, detect, and determine non-conformance of meters, and set-up responsible meter disposal and recycling. Source: Capgemini
Critical Peak Pricing - Rate structures that employ a high price that comes into effect during “critical peak” periods of high electricity demand, typically with some advance notice to the customer (as much as one day ahead or in some cases only a few hours ahead). Source: ACEEE
California Public Utilities Commission - Serves California’s the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service through regulating privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. Source: CPUC
Competitive Renewable Energy Zone - A proactive transmission approach to identify high quality resource zones, develop a master plan for transmission, and begin building or authorizing transmission within designated zones. Source: Clear View Alliance
Cooperative Research Network - Research program exclusively dedicated to supplying the knowledge and technology needs which can ensure electric cooperative success. CRN, formerly Rural Electric Research, was established in 1973 to fund research specifically for NRECA member systems -- more than 1,000 member-owned rural electric power systems and their affiliates--that would benefit from a collaborative research program that funds projects to provide a competitive edge. Source: NRECA
Congestion Revenue Rights - A financial instrument that entitles the CRR owner to be charged or to receive compensation for congestion rents that arise when the transmission grid is congested. Source: ERCOT
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission - An independent public authority in charge of regulating and supervising Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications. Source: CRTC
Cyber Security - Protecting computer and internet based information by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks. Source: United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
Smart Grid Cyber Security Coordination Task Group - A NIST lead collaborative group designed to develop an overall cyber security strategy for the Smart Grid that includes a risk mitigation strategy to ensure interoperability of solutions across different domains/components of the infrastructure. It has since been renamed the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel-Cyber Security Working Group. Source: NIST
Curtailment Service Provider - A company, group, or individual, whose action on behalf of itself or one or more other Members or non-members, participates in the energy market by causing a reduction in demand. Source: PJM
Computer Security Resource Center - Division of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory designed to provide standards and technology to protect information systems against threats to the confidentiality of information, integrity of information and processes, and availability of information and services in order to build trust and confidence in Information Technology (IT) systems. Source: CSRC
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