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The Smart Grid Stakeholder Roundtable Group: Perspectives
Author:
Alliance One
Year:
2009
Abstract:

This 
document
 is 
designed
 to 
capture 
key
 questions 
posed
 by
 stakeholders 
concerning
 implementation 
of 
smart 
grids.
 
These
 perspectives 
were 
compiled
 during 
a 
series 
of 
discussions 
among
 members
 of 
the 
Smart 
Grid 
Stakeholder
 Roundtable 
Group.

Key 
findings 
include:
- 
Stakeholders
 currently 
have 
more 
questions 
than 
clear 
direction 
about 
deployment 
of 
smart
 grid 
technologies.


- 

More 
information 
on 
smart
grid 
demonstrations 
and 
deployments 
is 
needed,
 particularly
 from
 the 
perspectives 
of 
utility 
regulators, 
consumers
 and
 those
 with 
expertise 
about 
the
 environmental
 impacts 
or 
benefits.
- 

Several
 key 
players, 
including 
consumers
 and 
utilities,
 will 
play 
a 
leading 
role 
in 
the
 development 
of 
smart 
grid.

- 

Some 
commercial
 customers
 and 
others 
are 
pursuing
 smart 
grid 
options 
outside 
the
 traditional 
utility 
rate
 structure, 
particularly 
in 
deregulated
 states.


- Technology
 investment
 is 
important, 
but 
thorough
 evaluations 
and 
possibly 
the 
adoption 
of
 additional 
policies 
are 
needed
 to 
ensure 
that 
the 
potential 
environmental
 and 
consumer
 benefits
 from 
smart 
grid 
investments 
exceed
 the 
costs.
- 

Pioneers 
of 
smart
 grid 
deployments 
need 
to 
learn
 from
 each
 other 
and 
help 
to 
inform 
further
 technology 
and 
policy 
development.

Document Type:
Report
Source:
DOE