Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Technology Council, Bring Grid Modernization In Focus

cape light compactDENNIS – Officials with the Cape Light Compact and the Cape Cod Technology Council are calling on residents to familiarize themselves with proposed changes to the electrical grid.

At a recent forum in Dennis, officials with both organizations highlighted some of the proposals detailed in a $496 million grid modernization plan Eversource has submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

“This is the biggest change for electric utilities for electric utilities in the last century,” said Karl Rabago, a utility analyst who served as the forum’s keynote speaker. “We are shifting from a mechanical utility structure in which power flows from the generating plant to the consumer, to one that has digital intelligence and power can flow in both directions. It opens up a lot of possibilities for power generation, storage, stability, and local energy generation.

Officials at the forum stressed the importance for the public to get involved in the proposal process, saying it will have an impact on ratepayers. “It’s vital that our community learns about this to help shape what it will mean for our homes, businesses and our regional economy,” said Bert Jackson, the President of the Cape Cod Technology Council.

Some of the issues highlighted by the Cape Light Compact are whether the region should push for “smart meters” as part of the modernization process, how much Cape Codders and Vineyarders are willing to pay for electric service, and a balanced allocation of costs compared to the rest of the state.

Information about the proposed upgrades can be found at the Cape Light Compact’s website.

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