California and Texas lead the U.S. in efforts to modernize their electrical grids with smart grid technologies, according to a newly developed index that evaluates and ranks states.
The Grid Modernization Index, created by GridWise Alliance and Smart Grid Policy Center, evaluates the progress of state grid modernization efforts in three categories: policy, customer engagement and grid operations. California and Texas, which tied for the highest overall score, are far ahead of other top-ranked states, such as Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
The upshot? There's not one perfect approach when it comes to modernizing the grid. Take Texas and California. The two top-ranking states tied in all three categories. And yet, California and Texas took different approaches.
For instance, California regulates it energy market and has one of the most ambitious renewable portfolio standards in America. Texas also an RPS, although it should be noted that legislators introduced a bill to eliminate the mandate.
Texas has relied more on its deregulated energy market to spur the modernization of its grid. The competitive and deregulated markets allow retail power providers to use assets like smart meter deployments to increase customer pricing programs and engagement efforts, Becky Harrison, CEO of the GridWise Alliance said in a prebriefing reported by Greentech Media. That hasn't happened as quickly in California.
Other findings in the 2013 GMI report:
Graphic: GridWise Alliance
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