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One Size Doesn't Fit All!

Offer Choices

David Boonin

Offer end uses as the product, and not therms or watts. The utility becomes a true energy service company.

Is It Finally Time to Embrace Multiyear Rate Plans?

Customers and Utilities Benefit

Ken Costello

In the U.S., electric utilities are the major supporter of MRPs. In other countries, the government has been a major proponent. Countries such as Australia, Canada and Great Britain have relied heavily on MRPs, often citing the deficiencies of traditional rate-of-return ratemaking.

What is the Right Rate Design?

Fairness Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Tanuj Deora

Fairness has conflicting meanings for customers, utilities, power generators, DER providers, and others. Regulators and policymakers must understand their goal should not be the perfect rate design; it doesn't exist.

The Impact of Time-of-Use Rates in Ontario

TOU Shows Tangible Results

Neil Lessem, Ahmad Faruqui, Sanem Sergici and Dean Mountain

With the mass rollout of smart meters, the idea of default TOU rates is gaining traction. This article presents the load shifting and conservation impacts of TOU rates on residential electricity use in Ontario from their inception in 2009 through to the end of 2014.

Are We Paying Too Much for Residential Solar?

Many Voters Unaware of Costs

By Robert Borlick

The typical solar customer in Southern California could recover their investment in seven years. After which, the facility would provide essentially free electricity for at least 18 more years. If this sounds too good to be true, it is. Those generous returns are paid for by federal taxpayers and California residential customers that lack rooftop solar.

Residential Demand Charges: Bad Choice

Time-of-Use is a Better Reform

Charles Cicchetti

Utilities go too far in their proposals to recover capacity costs from rooftop solar customers who self-generate. The affirmative case for Time-of-Use tariffs that reflect marginal costs is strong for all customers.

Rethinking Rationale for Net Metering

Quantifying Subsidy from Non-Solar to Solar Customers

Barbara Alexander, Ashley Brown, and Ahmad Faruqui

A thought-provoking call for fact- and principle-based policy on the controversial net metering matter. From three respected co-authors from diverse backgrounds.

Response to Cicchetti Re: Net Metering

A response to the letter by Charles Cicchetti in our April 2016 issue, which was a response to the letter by Ashley Brown in our February 2016 issue.

Robert Borlick

As Ashley Brown correctly stated in his letter, large-scale solar projects produce electricity at roughly half the cost of that produced by rooftop solar. Charlie states that customers installing rooftop solar are: “… paying to reduce dependence on greenhouse gases and to expand societal benefits ....” Not exactly.

Competing Perspectives on Demand Charges

Survey of consumer advocates identifies areas of agreement and disagreement

Ryan Hledik and Ahmad Faruqui

This article summarizes perspectives on both sides of the demand charge issue. Based on this review, it proposes practical initiatives to address key concerns about residential demand charges.

Response to Mitnick Re: What Consumers Want

A response to the Editor-in-Chief column by Steve Mitnick in our May 2016 issue

Richard Pierce, Jr.

Unless and until we have access to economic bulk storage, substitution of carbon-free sources for fossil fuels will increase cost significantly. The cost must be borne by some combination of taxpayers and ratepayers.