The 50 States of Grid Modernization Q2 2017 Update Report Released Today


36 states and the District of Columbia took some type of action on grid modernization during Q2 2017

Raleigh, N.C. – (August 3, 2017) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q2 2017 edition of The 50 States of Grid Modernization. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reforms, energy storage, microgrids, and demand response.

Key Grid Modernization Actions in Q2 2017

The report finds that 36 states and the District of Columbia took some type of action on grid modernization during Q2 2017 (see figure below). Specifically, the report finds that:

  • 40 state or utility proposals in 20 states to implement demand response programs or deploy advanced metering infrastructure, smart grid technologies, microgrids, or         energy storage were pending or decided.
  • 19 states plus D.C. took action to study or investigate grid modernization, energy storage, demand response, or rate reform.
  • 19 states considered or enacted changes to policies related to grid modernization, including energy storage targets and clean peak standards.
  • 15 states considered changes to utility planning processes or rules enabling market access.
  • 14 states took action related to utility business model or rate reforms.
  • 11 states considered adopting new incentives or making changes to existing incentives for energy storage and microgrids.


Q2 2017 Legislative and Regulatory Action on Grid Modernization


“States and utilities are taking more action than ever toward modernizing the electric grid,” said Autumn Proudlove, lead author of the report and Manager of Policy Research at NCCETC. “An increasing number of states are examining technologies, policy, and rate reforms in a coordinated fashion.”
New York, Massachusetts, and California saw the most action on grid modernization during the quarter, while the most common types of actions across the country related to advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid deployment, grid modernization investigations, residential time-of-use rates, and energy storage deployment.
A total of 181 state and utility-level actions related to grid modernization were proposed, pending, or enacted in Q2 2017. The report notes the top five policy developments of Q2 2017 were:

  • The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources adopting a 200 MWh energy storage target;
  • Nevada enacting a suite of energy storage and grid modernization bills;
  • Vermont launching a broad grid modernization proceeding;
  • The Maryland and North Carolina legislatures initiating energy storage studies; and
  • Hawaii’s investor-owned utilities filing a revised grid modernization plan.

“Grid modernization has become a topic of nationwide interest, with the majority of states across the country taking or considering actions,” observed David Sarkisian, Policy Analyst at NCCETC. “With 19 states currently conducting studies or investigations, there are likely to be many more policy changes coming in the near future.”
View the Executive Summary
View the Q2 2017 Update Report

View The 50 States of Grid Modernization: Q2 2017 Update (Maps and Charts in PPT format)
View the Q1 2017 report and other The 50 States publications
Media Contact: Shannon Helm, NCCETC,