Other Comments Submitted


Comments to US Department of Transportation 
Transportation Infrastructure:

Notice of Review of Policy, Guidance and Regulation

Reducing Burdens for Construction of Infrastructure
Data Interoperability as Innovation Enabler
Impact


XBRL-CET Memo to Homeland Security
Modernizing Energy and Transportation Infrastructure
Emergency Response for Puerto Rico


Comments to California Department of Transportation 
Caltrans SB1 / SB103 Small Business
Reducing Burdens for Construction of Infrastructure
Data Interoperability as Innovation Enabler
Impact


Comments to US Department of Commerce 
   Cross- Agency Priority Goal:
Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset
Reducing Burdens for Construction of Infrastructure
Data Interoperability as Innovation Enabler
Impact


Comments Submitted Webpage

Nathan Wood
Founder & Chief Enabling Officer

SpectrumAEC


Executive Director

Construction Progress Coalition (CPC)

Response

Commercial Interest

DOE RFI Summary Recommendation
The DOE should continue its active leadership and engagement in establishing and promoting federally recognized machine readable data standards for digital communications and electronic transactions for the construction and operations of the Smart Grid infrastructure to promote ConstrucTech, InsurTech and FinTech innovation and competition enabled by the cost effective and reliable Orange Button data exchange, and to prevent silo approaches, proprietary systems, endorsements or exclusivity given to any provider of products or services.    

Response

DOE RFI

Executive Summary - Public Benefit
This Public Benefit component is the first of two interrelated Abstracts offered by Construction Progress Coalition (CPC), Surety Resource Connection (SRC) SunSpec Alliance, Wells Fargo  and XBRL US, for continuing DOE Green/Orange Button public/private collaboration efforts to establish federally recognized machine readable data interoperability throughout the national energy infrastructure supply chain as a Public Benefit.

PG&E should continue and expand its participation in the construction and operations of the Smart Grid infrastructure, to promote small business, ConstrucTech, InsurTech and FinTech innovation and competition enabled by the cost effective and reliable Orange Button data exchange, and to prevent silo approaches, proprietary systems, endorsements or exclusivity given to any provider of products or services.

For 3P commercial interests to meet its maximum potential there must be a foundation provided by PG&E that enables B2B, B2G or any combination of data exchange that is widely adopted, reliable, secure and cost effective.  With PG&E leadership and the Green/Orange Button, the foundation is no longer a technology question; it is a consensus challenge that when overcome will produce a Public Benefit that enables small and large Commercial Interests the ability to innovate.

For the Public Benefit, the responders will lead a collaboration effort with PG&E to further expand the Green/Orange Button XBRL and Surety Taxonomy to incorporate any data elements requested by any of the other participating 3P’s for digital communications and electronic transactions through a Common Data Exchange (CDX) to support PG&E’s new vision and business plan.

This approach will focus on specific, collaborative Action Plans focused on Data Interoperability, Financial and Surety eCommerce and cyber security. While the Public Benefit of the ease of data interoperability is somewhat immeasurable, PG&E and the Construction, Finance and Surety industries will all have significant savings in terms of time, cost and scope of doing business in California. The costs to PG&E will be minimal; primarily focused on corporate and IT participation in existing and proposed industry-wide initiatives.

K. Dixon Wright

Senior Vice President - USI Insurance

Chairman - Surety Resource Connection, Inc.

See Also:

Executive Summary - Commercial Interest
The Public Benefit Abstract offered by Construction Progress Coalition (CPC), Surety Resource Connection (SRC), SunSpec Alliance, Wells Fargo and XBRL US, is for continuing DOE Green/Orange Button public/private collaboration efforts to establish federally recognized machine readable data interoperability throughout the energy infrastructure supply chain as a Public Benefit.

This separate “Commercial Interest” Abstract will utilize the DOE Green/Orange Button data interoperability to implement an Impact Underwriting Data Based Risk Management structure for the Construction, Finance and Surety industries. This approach will streamline the permit process, contractor, customer and PG&E engagement and for participating in the On-Bill Repayment program, where improved underwriting and risk management is achieved through data driven decisions and analytics enabled by data interoperability. 

Summary Recommendation
PG&E should continue its active leadership and engagement in establishing and promoting federally recognized machine readable data standards for digital communications and electronic transactions for the construction and operations of the Smart Grid infrastructure to promote ConstrucTech, InsurTech and FinTech innovation and competition enabled by the cost effective and reliable Orange Button data exchange.

PG&E should engage with abstract responders to develop commercial applications that utilize DOE Orange Button open data standards for:

  •    Online System for National Permit Process
  •    On-Bill Repayment
  •    Solar eProcure
  •    Interconnection, Contract and System Performance Guarantees

For the Commercial Interest Abstract the responders will lead a collaboration effort with PG&E for digital communications and electronic transactions through a Common Data Exchange (CDX) for small and large scale energy projects, the initial permit and the On-Bill Repayment Program, including the development of the Solar eProcure website to assist PG&E customers in securing qualified solar installers, and support managing existing and future projects.

CPC Report

Responders

Larry Clopp

President / CEO

Surety Resource Connection, Inc.

Alfred R. Berkeley
Former Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman of

     the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council
Former Chairman of XBRL US
Former Director of XBRL International
Former Director of The World Economic Forum USA.

On Bill Program


Department of Energy
On Bill Financing and Repayment Programs


Environmental Defense Fund
On-Bill Repayment ​​


From Chapter 10, Page 2, of the Business Plan

Increase supply of, and access to, affordable capital for energy efficiency investments: Many customers lack access to affordable capital with which to finance energy efficiency measures.6 Small commercial enterprises often have difficulty securing loans through traditional lenders, and public agencies often face barriers raising sufficient capital to finance large scale measures. Tactics to expand the availability of affordable capital include:

  • Credit enhancement pilots offered in partnership with California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA)
  • Raising caps and other parameters for OBF loans.
  • Replenishing the pool of OBF funds with third-party capital, facilitating larger transactions

Jonathan Previtali
Director of Technology & Technical Services
Wells Fargo Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance

Board member - Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator

     Orange is the New Green (Button)


Pacific Gas & Electric

Request for Abstracts (“RFA”) 
from Third-Party Energy Efficiency Implementers

To design, propose, and implement

energy savings services

and/or programs (“3P Programs”)

PG&E Request for Abstracts – Ideas and Concepts for Restructuring PG&E

The group response to the PG&E Request for Abstracts, along with the similar response to the DOE Request for Information a week earlier, reflects an ongoing collaboration among many stakeholders that have contributed to XBRL, Construction Progression Coalition and the DOE Orange Button in search of best practices and innovation that can be enabled with reliable and secure data interoperability as the legacy analog energy grid with limited stakeholders and controlled data is modernized and restructured into a digital Smart Grid with unlimited stakeholders, unlimited data points and bi-directional power.

The challenges of restructuring the energy infrastructure needs to consider not only new technologies, but new realities that an open energy marketplace will impose, and new realities that climate change is impacting, like the wildfires that have become so much more destructive and financially devastating.

The 2018-2025 Business Plan issued by PG&E, and the associated request for abstracts, outlines the forward thinking restructuring guidelines that will change PG&E from a massive entity that internally retained all aspects of energy generation and delivery, to an significantly leaner entity that leverages the flexibility and innovation of external third parties to free PG&E from the burden of having to develop internal resources as the grid transitions from being built and paid for by utilities, to privatized and built by third parties better, faster, cheaper leveraging ConstrucTech, InsurTech and FinTEch,
 
Critical to this restructuring is private financing from capital markets, with insurance and surety products and services from the financial markets.  Critical to both is the ability to implement data driven decisions.
 
The PG&E business plan that forecasted the restructuring that PG&E would need to implement, and the associated request for abstracts to stakeholders, had January 14th as the date for creative ideas and recommendations to be submitted to PG&E.  The same day that PG&E formally notified that it will be filing chapter 11 for restructuring.


As our colleagues and partners at PG&E work through the restructuring of the utility we trust the many other responders also provided new ideas and concepts that will contribute to the successful emergence of a modernized and restructured PG&E, ready to fight climate change with greater efficiency.

We look forward to contributing to PG&E’s efforts, and collaborating with other responders.

Response

Public Benefit