Author/s: The Union of Concerned Scientists (Mike Jacobs and Julie McNamara)
51st State Phase II Roadmap > The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) envisions a future state with many opportunities for improved relationships and new partnerships. The utility would invite third-parties to create solutions to problems located between the itself and customers. This could involve anything from creating a user friendly customer service platform to selling batteries. There would be many programs to incentivize meeting environmental policy goals including electric heating rebates, feed-in-tariffs, cap and trade emission programs, plus renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. The 51st State would eventually adopt time-of-use rates with granular data and bill impact summaries for customers. This data would require new assets to facilitate a two-way network including AMI, in-home devices and volt/var control devices. UCS sees many opportunities for load control in the 51st State.