MTS programs focus on developing state-wide and national policy leadership on energy and climate change issues for industry representatives and policy-makers through targeted policy dialogues, strategic problem solving and advocacy efforts. MTS’s three programs are centered around electricity – from the distribution grid to data from smart meters and energy using consumer devices:
More Than Smart is a the overarching umbrella organization, comprehensive framework and process for integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) onto the power grid at the distribution level. Beginning with the physics of electricity and ending with robust markets for DER services, MTS takes state regulators through the entire process of creating a technology-agnostic, attribute-based electricity system that is workable, cost-efficient and clean. The MTS Framework results in increased capacity of the distribution grid to accommodate renewables, storage, and other DERs, leading to a mixture of utility-owned and non-utility-owned assets that efficiently meet demand at the local level.
Mission:data is a coalition that promotes the use of smart meter data to enable customers to access DERs at the touch of a button. Virtual energy audits, efficiency recommendations with software and smartphone energy apps are examples of services made possible only when customers have access to their usage data in a standardized format. Mission:data has over 30 advanced energy management companies representing $1.0 billion/year advocating for third party access to energy data with customer consent. By successfully addressing technical and privacy issues, smart policy solutions can unleash the significantly underutilized value of smart meters. MTS helped found Mission:data, now a separate non-profit, MTS continues to provide Mission:data technical expertise and policy guidance.
The Smart Electronics Initiative is a unique MTS collaborative of consumer electronic designers, manufacturers, and retailers working together with policymakers, academia and NGOs to promote the production and use of the most energy efficient consumer electronic devices in the world. Early leaders for the initiative include ARM Holdings, Belkin, Marvell, ON Semiconductor, Power Integrations, UC Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a growing number of members. California’s Title 20, Title 24 and the Governor’s Green Building Action Plan are all parts of GTLG’s effort to improve the end use efficiency of devices.