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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
Presentation May 11, 2017

Solar Valuation and Cost-Benefit Analyses

By Jim Lazar, John Shenot

In the second of three Solar Market Pathways workshops for the Utah Municipal Utilities, Jim Lazar and John Shenot discussed reasons for doing a solar valuation or cost-benefit analysis, provided an overview of key decisions for any solar valuation study, and took a detailed look at valuation issues and examples. The information, data, or work presented here...

Distributed Generation, Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design, Tariffs Download View Summary
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Opportunity Knocks… for “Beneficial” Electrification (Webinar)

Most credible analyses indicate that electrifying vehicles, appliances, and machines that are currently powered by fossil fuels will be critical to decarbonizing the economy enough to reduce global climate threats. Electrification also offers other big benefits beyond environmental gains. It can provide new business opportunities for power providers, may ease management of the electricity grid,...

Presentation April 13, 2017

Grid Impacts of Distributed Solar

By Jim Lazar, John Shenot

In the first of three Solar Market Pathways workshops for the Utah Municipal Utilities, Jim Lazar and John Shenot discussed the grid impacts of distributed solar. The information, data, or work presented herein was funded in part by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy, under Award Number DE-EE0006907....

Distributed Generation, Distribution Resource Planning, Integrating Demand and Supply Resources, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary