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Policy Brief May 13, 2020

Metrics to Measure the Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Grid Integration

By David Littell, Jessica Shipley, Megan O’Reilly

​The transition from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) presents a unique opportunity for the utility sector. EVs have the ability to become a valuable grid resource because of their flexibility, but if their integration is not well-managed, they could add to load at inopportune times, increasing costs and carbon emissions. This p...

Electric Vehicles, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation April 3, 2020

Regulatory Reform in the US: Different Paths Forward

By David Littell

​In a meeting of the Wisconsin Energy Distribution and Technology Initiative, David Littell provided an overview of regulatory reform tools in use today and discussed new rate design pilots....

Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
Policy Brief

Performance Incentives for Cost-Effective Distribution System Investments

By David Littell, Megan O’Reilly, Jessica Shipley

This policy brief, a generic version of a memo provided for a state public utility commission, considers starting points for how to apply performance-based regulation and associated performance incentive mechanisms to distribution system investments by utilities. Ensuring that such investments are cost-effective begins by outlining goals that a state utility c...

Distribution Resource Planning, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Policy Brief February 26, 2020

Rate Designs That Work for a Modern, Customer-Oriented Grid

By David Littell, Joni Sliger

Technology has evolved faster than utility-offered rate designs have, and consumer choice will continue to grow as advanced energy technologies -- from electric vehicles to battery storage -- and smart grid optionality become available. These changes should likewise prompt advances in electricity pricing, in order to send price signals that are consistent with gr...

Distributed Generation, Electric Vehicles, Pricing and Rate Design, Storage Download View Summary
Policy Brief October 29, 2019

Flexibility for the 21st Century Power System

By Carl Linvill, Jim Lazar, David Littell, Jessica Shipley, David Farnsworth

Perhaps the most basic of electricity sector rules, one that has operated for over a century, is that electricity must be generated at precisely the same time it's consumed. For years, grid operators have determined load on a system and adjusted supply by adding available generators to meet it, first with the lowest-cost units, then adding more expensive ones unt...

Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Heating and Cooling, Integrating Renewable Energy, Market Design, Pricing and Rate Design, Storage Download View Summary
Policy Brief October 29, 2019

Making Basic Service More Affordable: Electricity Rates for Low- and Moderate-Income Ratepayers

By David Littell, Joni Sliger

​This policy brief dives deeper into rate design for low- and moderate-income (LMI) ratepayers in New England. As always, effective rate design is crucial to achieving regulatory and public policy goals, but achieving broad societal policy goals need not come at the cost of burdening economically vulnerable LMI ratepayers. To design rates at levels customers ...

Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Policy Brief September 13, 2019

Protecting Customers from Utility Information System and Technology Failures

By David Littell, Jessica Shipley, Megan O’Reilly

Information systems (IS) and information technology (IT), which continue to grow more innovative every year, promise improved communication, services and billing between utilities and customers, better and more reliable service, and greater visibility into the operations of utility grids. Advanced IS/IT systems are critical to ensuring that smart meters and other...

Revenue Regulation, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Presentation June 20, 2019

Value on the Table

By David Littell

​David Littell focused on the grid benefits of advanced clean technologies during a presentation to ISO New England’s Consumer Liaison Group in Westborough, Massachusetts. He examined the value to ratepayers and customers that goes unrecognized and unrealized​ under current wholesale market constructs....

Energy Resource Planning, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary