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RAP’s Weston Cautions Against Straight-Fixed-Variable Pricing

Unlikely bedfellows, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), recently issued a joint statement to state utility regulators on distributed generation and its impacts on utility cost recovery. Commenting in Forbes, Frederick Weston, RAP principal, said the joint statement’s arguments for “non-volumetric compensation are, on their face, an argument for revenue-based…

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New RAP Report Helps States Navigate Environmental Regulations Facing the Electricity Industry

In a new report, Further Preparing for EPA Regulations, the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) reviews pending public health and environmental regulations likely to have significant impacts on the electric system, and offers guidance to state energy regulators whose public utilities are faced with the challenge of achieving affordable environmental compliance while maintaining reliable electricity service….

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Designing Distributed Generation Tariffs Well: Ensuring Fair Compensation in a Time of Transition

Installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than tripled in the past three years, and industry analysts forecast that PV capacity will double from current levels within two years. The growth in PV capacity–driven by decreasing costs, improving performance, increasing consumer preference for clean energy resources, and a favorable policy environment in many states–is part of…

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Building Energy Benchmarking Gains Momentum with NASUCA Resolution

The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) unanimously passed a resolution in support of providing multifamily building owners with access to whole-building energy data. The resolution contains a provision to protect the privacy of individual tenants. NASUCA also called on regulators and utilities to consider comprehensive energy benchmarking policies, including electronic access to data. The…