As a condition of the Exelon-Pepco merger of 2016, the Maryland Public Service Commission ordered that Pepco propose a pilot project for two public-purpose microgrids in the company’s service territory: one in Prince George’s County and the other in Montgomery County. Pepco made such a filing earlier this week. The proposed microgrids will include distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar photovoltaic (PV), battery energy storage systems (BESS), and natural gas-fired generation. Improving the resiliency of the community’s electric supply is a key purpose of the project. Pepco said that a preliminary estimate of the total project cost is $44.2 million, with the resulting first-year customer bill impact equal to 46 cents. Pepco plans to supplement the proposal with additional information by February 2018. The company additionally requests that the PSC consider holding a technical conference before 31 December 2017, during which the company can describe the proposal and receive additional stakeholder feedback.
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