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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
Policy Brief April 29, 2019

New England’s Rate Design Disconnect: Analyzing the Region’s Wide Variation in Electricity Bills

By David Littell, Joni Sliger

Maps showing the average monthly customer bill in each New England state (left) and rates per kilowatt-hour for large utilities throughout the region (right).   Household electricity bills vary significantly across the United States, but in no region do they vary as much as in New England. The average household in Massachusetts pays 34 percent more...

Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation February 5, 2019

Let’s Be More Flexible: Rules and Tools for a Modern Power Grid

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

​In a webinar presentation moderated by David Farnsworth, Carl Linvill, David Littell, Jim Lazar, and Jessica Shipley discussed the importance of flexible resources to the power grid. They offered examples of flexibility from around the country and explored tools to optimize flexible resources: pricing and price-responsive demand, controlled loads, and open p...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrating Demand and Supply Resources, Market Design, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
February519
Webinar (video)

Let’s Be More Flexible: Rules and Tools for a Modern Power Grid (Webinar)

Grid operators have historically forecast demand and scheduled generation to meet that demand. But new technologies allow us to use flexible renewable resources and flexible load to ensure that demand and supply stay in balance. The flexibility that these technologies provide allows for a lower-cost and lower-emission power sector. It also enables the cost-effective integration...

Presentation November 29, 2018

Market and Regulatory Decarbonization Approaches

By David Littell

​In a presentation at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, David Littell outlined lessons learned from various approaches to carbon regulation, in particular the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.​...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Market Design, Regulation and Governance, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary