For Immediate Release - February 21, 2014

FEBRUARY 24-27: Patrick Administration to Hear Arguments on Modernization of the Electric Grid

WHAT:From February 24-27, the Department of Public Utilities will hold several public hearings to explore grid modernization in Massachusetts by the state’s electric utilities.

Monday, February 24, 2014

10:00 a.m. Panel to explore advanced metering and the requirement to achieve advanced metering functionality in three years.
2:00 p.m. Panel to discuss how to facilitate the adoption of new technologies relative to the utilities’ research and development activities.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

10:00 a.m. Panel to discuss regulatory treatment and cost-benefit analysis.
2:00 p.m. Panel to explore the cost recovery mechanisms available to utilities.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

10:00 a.m. Panel will look into the timing of the grid modernization process and cybersecurity.
2:00 p.m. Panel will discuss the development and implementation of performance metrics.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. Panel will explore opt-out, cybersecurity, and privacy and meter data sharing safeguard provisions to be included in grid modernization plans.
2:00 p.m. Panel will discuss concerns about potential health and safety effects of advanced meters and related technologies.

WHERE:Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston
Fifth Floor, Hearing Room A



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