Pricing

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.

Arizona on Value of Solar

Turning Point for Distributed Energy

In December 2016, Arizona's utility regulators set in motion a new policy many believe is likely to undermine investment in solar and other distributed technologies in the state. We urge advocates and regulators looking for sustainable models of state DER policy to think carefully before following Arizona's example.

Why Are We Still Arguing About NEM?

Competitive Market Will Take Care of Next Burning Issue

I do not understand why we are still distracted by Net Energy Metering (NEM). It worked well when we had not-so-smart meters and were trying to encourage rooftop solar penetration. People in general and students of regulation in particular are left confused and can easily find some support for both sides. This results in conflicts and proposed compromises that keep the debate going at full tilt. Two things are missing or mostly overlooked in all this regulatory discourse.

FERC, Renewables and Potatoes

Hidden Costs of Externalities

We continue to rush towards a renewable future without considering overall system design, the costs that various renewable scenarios impose on grid operation, and the operation of the grid with these scenarios. When the externalities of climate change and ocean acidification create an overwhelming mandate to move away from fossil fuels, we have no choice but to go forward. Shouldn't we try to pick the cheapest path?