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Presentation February 8, 2018

Getting Started: Rethinking Utility Regulation in an Era of Exponential Change

By Ken Colburn, Richard Sedano, Jim Lazar, Michael Hogan, David Farnsworth, John Shenot

Rapid technology change means cleaner, lower-cost, and more resilient options for meeting customers’ energy needs are or soon will be available. Customers may soon have cost-effective options to meet their own energy needs through transactive platforms and markets. How can utility regulators best prepare for this changing world? On February 8, 2018, RAP host...

Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Market Design, Reliability, Renewable Energy Policies, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
February818
Webinar (video)

Getting Started: Rethinking Utility Regulation in an Era of Exponential Change (Webinar)

State and federal utility regulators have traditionally controlled the electric power industry through their decisions. But rapid technology change means cleaner, lower-cost, and more resilient options for meeting customers’ energy needs are or soon will be available. Customers may soon have cost-effective options to meet their own energy needs through transactive platforms and markets. Regulators...

Presentation January 8, 2018

Smart Non-Residential Rate Design

By Carl Linvill, Jim Lazar

​In a webinar for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design, Carl Linvill and Jim Lazar discussed the principles of smart rate design for non-residential utility customers and the resulting benefits....

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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
Presentation September 21, 2017

Opportunity Knocks… for “Beneficial” Electrification

By Jim Lazar

​In a webinar for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Jim Lazar explored the benefits, cost considerations, and regulatory implications associated with transportation electrification.​ ​...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary
Presentation July 18, 2017

Workplace Charging of Electric Vehicles

By Jim Lazar

At the Summer Policy Meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Jim Lazar shared best practices for rate design that will enchance the viability of workplace charging for employees, customers, and the public....

Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation July 14, 2017

Electric Rate Design as Though the Future Matters

By Jim Lazar

As part of an E21 workshop convened by the Great Plains Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jim Lazar joined John Howat of the National Consumer Law Center and David Kolata of the Illinois Citizens Utility Board for a panel on designing consumer-centric rates. Mr. Lazar's presentation provided an in-depth look at residential and commercial rate design issues...

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Presentation June 27, 2017

Rate Design Issues with Solar

By Jim Lazar, John Shenot

In the third of three Solar Market Pathways workshops for the Utah Municipal Utilities, Jim Lazar and John Shenot discussed rate design principles, the types of charges that commonly appear on electricity bills, and rate design options for customers with distributed solar. The information, data, or work presented herein was funded in part by the Office of Ene...

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Presentation June 9, 2017

Net Metering and Rate Design Trends

By Jim Lazar

Jim Lazar from RAP and Galen Barbose from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory jointly presented on electric rate design issues to the National Council of State Legislatures' Solar Forum in San Antonio, Texas. Their presentations addressed rate design fundamentals, fixed charges and demand charges, and recent trends in rate design in states with high levels of ...

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Presentation May 16, 2017

Opportunity Knocks… for “Beneficial” Electrification

By Ken Colburn, Jim Lazar

Electrification of vehicles, appliances, and machines that are currently powered by fossil fuels offers environmental gains, new new business opportunities for power providers, may ease management of the electricity grid, and can save utilities and consumers money. No wonder the term “electrification” appears to be the buzzword of the day. But not all elect...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary