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Policy Brief November 22, 2022

Using Benefit-Cost Analysis to Improve Distribution System Investment Decisions: Issue Brief

By John Shenot, Elaine Prause, Jessica Shipley

Electric utility regulators are paying closer attention than ever before to individual distribution system investment decisions, in part because of the rapid growth in distributed energy resources and the need for new grid modernization investments. To achieve the best outcomes for ratepayers and society, regulators need robust and comprehensive tools for eval...

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Report November 22, 2022

Using Benefit-Cost Analysis to Improve Distribution System Investment Decisions: Reference Report

By John Shenot, Elaine Prause, Jessica Shipley

Electric utility regulators are paying closer attention than ever before to individual distribution system investment decisions, in part because of the rapid growth in distributed energy resources and the need for new grid modernization investments. To achieve the best outcomes for ratepayers and society, regulators need robust and comprehensive tools for eval...

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Presentation September 1, 2022

Performance Targets

By Jessica Shipley

​In a presentation to a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners working group, Jessica Shipley offered guidance on designing performance-based regulation that meets public interest policy goals....

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Policy Brief February 28, 2022

Rate-Making Principles and Net Metering Reform: Pathways for Wisconsin

By John Shenot, Camille Kadoch, Carl Linvill, Jessica Shipley

A growing number of states have considered reforms to their net metering practices in recent years, a period of decreasing prices for distributed energy resources, rapid changes in technology and evolution of the electricity system.  Depending on its design, a net metering program can advance specific policy goals while maintaining sound principles of rate de...

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Presentation

Putting the Customer First: How States Can Keep Driving the Energy Transition

By David Littell, Nancy Seidman, Jessica Shipley, John Shenot, Richard Sedano

In a roundtable webinar discussion, RAP staff highlighted what states can do (and are doing) on a variety of topics — from performance regulation to system planning to rate design — to navigate the energy transition with the customer’s interests always a top priority. The panel also discussed opportunities stemming from federal action....

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Webinar (video)

Putting the Customer First: How States Can Keep Driving the Energy Transition

The urgency and speed of the energy transition presents a variety of opportunities for states. They have a chance to move forward with regulatory reforms that put utility customers at the center of the transition. And they can reimagine traditional approaches to the regulatory process by continuing to make it more transparent, equitable, and proactive....

Report November 1, 2021

Smart Rate Design for Distributed Energy Resources

By Mark LeBel, Jessica Shipley, Carl Linvill, Camille Kadoch

Net metering with monthly netting — a simple billing mechanism for distributed energy resources (DERs), often primarily solar PV — has existed since the early 1980s. In recent years, there has been a wide-ranging national debate about the best methods to reform rates for distributed energy resources, driven by the inefficiencies of traditional rate designs, c...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Report October 13, 2021

Participating in Power: How to Read and Respond to Integrated Resource Plans

By Jake Duncan, Julia Eagles, David Farnsworth, John Shenot, Jessica Shipley

Traditionally in planning power sector investments, utilities have been focused on two metrics for success: reliability and affordability. These metrics remain important, but they do not effectively account for the climate, environmental, and human impacts of fossil fuels, which disproportionately affect marginalized communities. To address climate and equity cha...

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