Smart Rates to Ensure Fair Compensation

Rate design—the framework utilities and regulators use to set prices for the reliable provision of electricity and energy services—influences consumption and investment decisions across the full range of resource choices: energy efficiency, demand response, and traditional and distributed generation. Prices must reflect the true economic costs of providing energy services, which reflect other market and non-market values, such as environmental performance, resource capabilities, and fluctuations in supply and demand over time.

We help utility regulators apply well-established principles to design smarter rates that maximize the value of technology innovations, open up new markets, and accommodate the distribution and diversification of customer-sited generation resources.

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Our experts help regulators weigh the benefits, costs, and net value of energy system resources on both sides of the meter, and design rate structures that ensure fair compensation for all who provide energy supply and services. As utility regulators apply the principles that have evolved over a century of regulation to local conditions in their jurisdictions, we advise them to ensure forward-looking rates that maximize the value of investment decisions by both the utility and customers and benefit society overall.

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Verteilnetzausbau für die Energiewende – Elektromobilität im Fokus

Im Rahmen der Energiewende verändern sich die Anforderungen an Stromverteilnetze: Die Einspeisung von Strom aus Photovoltaik- und Windkraftanlagen nimmt zu. Die Zahl von elektrischen Wärmepumpen steigt an. Und es entstehen immer mehr öffentliche und private Ladepunkte für eine wachsende Zahl von Elektrofahrzeugen. Alle drei sind Treiber für den Ausbau der Stromverteilnetze. Wie viel muss in…

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18th ERRA Energy Investment and Regulation Conference

ERRA, the Energy Regulators Regional Association, invites policymakers, regulators, industry representatives and other stakeholders to its 18th Energy Investment and Regulation Conference in Riga, Latvia. The two-day conference will explore the latest trends and developments in the energy industry and its regulation. The rapidly changing landscape in European power markets can pose challenges for the industry…

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September242019
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EFEX 2019: DISCOVER + ENGAGE + ACT

The Energy Future Exchange, EFEX, is hosting its Brussels conference on 24 September 2019, at the SQUARE Convention Center. A comprehensive celebration and call-to-action, the event highlights the potential of the EU and U.S. to lead in the creation of a clean, climate-friendly energy future. Featuring insights and innovations from both sides of the Atlantic,…

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