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Report December 8, 2017

Smart Non-Residential Rate Design

By Carl Linvill, Jim Lazar, Max Dupuy, Jessica Shipley, Donna Brutkoski

Electricity use by non-residential customers accounts for nearly two-thirds of California’s total consumption. Many of these customers are interested in adopting distributed energy resources, and many have access to sophisticated energy management and load control technologies. These customers could therefore be an important source of support for power grid man...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief October 21, 2017

Grid-Connected Distributed Generation: Compensation Mechanism Basics

By Owen Zinaman, Alexandra Aznar, Carl Linvill, Naim Darghouth, Timon Dubbeling, Emanuele Bianco

A well-designed compensation mechanism can help minimize the negative impacts and maximize the value of distributed generation (DG) to all stakeholder groups, including distribution utilities, the system owner, and other ratepayers. This paper, published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, details the three possible arrangements for metering and billing ...

Distributed Generation, Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design, Renewable Energy Policies, Tariffs Download View Summary
Report September 12, 2017

Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Emphasizing Utility Performance to Unleash Power Sector Innovation

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch, Philip Baker, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Max Dupuy, Brenda Hausauer, Carl Linvill, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Jan Rosenow, Wang Xuan, Owen Zinaman, Jeffrey Logan

Performance-based regulation (PBR) enables regulators to reform 100-year-old regulatory structures to unleash innovations within 21st century power systems. Our current electric system is built upon an old regulatory paradigm that ensured safe and reliable electricity at reasonable prices from capital-intensive electricity monopolies. Today, disruptive technologi...

Regulation and Governance, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Presentation August 22, 2017

Market Dynamics: State Policy Preferences and Local Initiatives

By Carl Linvill

Carl Linvill explored the myriad ways states are advancing power sector reform at the Law Seminars International (LSI) conference “Energy in the Southwest” in Santa Fe, New Mexico....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Presentation July 25, 2017

Western US Regional Market and the Emergence of EIM

By Carl Linvill

Dr. Carl Linvill addressed a visiting delegation of central and provincial energy regulators from China on the topic of the Western U.S. regional energy market and the evolution of the energy imbalance market (EIM). Dr. Linvill's presentation was part of an intensive, multi-day training on the power and natural gas sectors, organized by RAP and the Energy F...

Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Demand and Supply Resources, Integrating Renewable Energy, Market Design, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation June 29, 2017

Hitting the Mark on Missing Money

By Carl Linvill

Dr. Carl Linvill presented on the often-misunderstood topic of "missing money" in this adaptation of RAP author Michael Hogan's Hitting the Mark on Missing Money, and explored pricing-based options for the California context. Dr. Linvill addressed an audience of utility economists at the Rutgers' Center for Research in Regulated Industries (CRRI) Western con...

Market Design, Pricing and Rate Design, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation June 27, 2017

Engaging Utilities and Regulators

By Carl Linvill

Dr. Carl Linvill provided an in-depth look at energy regulation at the SolSmart Advisor Training in Washington, D.C. He focused on utility engagement strategies to reduce barriers to the development of solar energy. Other resources from this training are available on the SolSmart website....

Business Models, Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Policies, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Report May 17, 2017

Designing Distributed Generation in Mexico

By Carl Linvill, Donna Brutkoski

Mexico's energy reform will have far-reaching effects on how people produce and consume electricity in the country. Market liberalization will open the door to an increasing number of options for Mexican residential, commercial, and industrial consumers, and will encourage the adoption of distributed generation (DG), which for Mexico includes generators of less t...

Distributed Generation, Distribution Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy, Non-Transmission Alternatives, Renewable Energy Policies, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation April 26, 2017

Tactical Strategies for Engaging Cooperative and Municipal Utilities about Solar PV

By Carl Linvill, Nadav Enbar

Dr. Carl Linvill of RAP and Nadav Enbar of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) hosted a webinar for the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) about utility engagement strategies to reduce barriers to the development of solar energy. This effort was funded by the SolSmart program....

Business Models, Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Policies, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities Download View Summary