Update: Comparison Group working group participation form
Dear GRID members,
I wanted to let you know that a group is forming to tackle one of the specific issues that we had on our radar - comparison groups. Some participants in GRID and some from beyond, are initiating an effort to dig in on comparison groups given the needs emerging from COVID to understand the relative impacts of programs on the grid. In the end, they expect to submit a set of methods to the GRID steering committee, and ultimately to the governing board of EM2.
This approach is much like the technical detail that EVO and LBNL took on for working on technical issues around non-routine adjustments. When concrete approaches are ready (I've heard they are close!) the GRID working group would be a place to review do additional testing and adopt specifics (i.e. detailed documentation in line with CalTRACK) for use cases that matter to EM2 members.
As you recall, we left our regular meetings of the GRID working group with the realization that our group is best positioned to review proposals to bring in standardized approaches (with the detailed documentation), rather than use the group to devise approaches from scratch. We'd unveiled several reasons in our discussions at the end of 2019 and decided to re-convene when approaches were ready to review.
So using a similar tack on the comparison group front, beginning in two weeks, McGee Young and other members of the group will host a twice-monthly open call, where they will describe the testing that they are doing in support of methods to define non-participant comparison groups. In real time they will be developing a set of replicable, transparent methods for quantifying exogenous factors that lie outside of forecasted consumption trends. They plan to spend approximately 4-6 months doing this work. In the end, they expect to submit a set of methods to the GRID steering committee, and ultimately to the governing board of EM2.
With scheduling always a challenge, they have pre-selected Friday, May 22nd, from 11:30-12:30 PT as the kickoff event for this working group. Subsequent meetings will be held at the same time on alternating weeks going forward. If you would like to be added to the calendar invitation for the kickoff and subsequent meetings, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/f6iDv9XouNzM5B4F8
GRID Chair (acting)