Pricing

Forging a Path to the Modern Grid

Energy Efficiency Solutions

It's not news that power systems across the United States are experiencing an upheaval. With the greater deployment of energy efficiency, renewable energy and distributed resources, as well as different usage patterns and customer demands, today's grid is struggling to perform to our expectations.

Transitioning to a more modern electrical grid will require changes to the pricing structures used by electric utilities, moving beyond the traditional two-part rate with its roots in the nineteenth century.

Price Responsive Demand

Economic Experiments

It is little wonder why so many commissions prefer a regulatory model that shields most consumers (especially residential) from real time market volatility.

Do Load Shapes of PV Customers Differ?

Implications for Rate Design

A load shape for PV customers that is materially different from the status quo residential customer may be sufficient grounds to implement a separate rate class.

Electricity or Natural Gas

Which Holds the Real Price Advantage?

The price of electricity per Btu based on marginal costs may be considerably lower than the price of natural gas when the grid is primarily supplied by wind and solar.

Jousting at Windmills

Maryland PSC Subsidizes Offshore Wind

Maryland’s residential and smaller business customers will bear the full cost of the subsidies.

Dynamic Pricing Works in a Hot, Humid Climate

Evidence from Florida

We examine the impacts of dynamic pricing on conservation and load shifting in the hot and humid climate of Florida. We then compare the results to those from dynamic pricing experiments across the world. Our evaluation is based on the Energy Smart Florida pilot study, which was run by Florida Power and Light, the third-largest electric utility in the United States.