With demand-side resources in the Eastern half of the United States projected to account for 20% of peak load by 2030, utility regulatory commissions will need to consider the impact of the technologies on both ratepayers and utilities. As more customers turn to distributed generation resources, such as solar panels, the remaining utility customers bear a greater cost burden for the use of the grid. In a recent Megawatt Daily article, RAP principal Janine Migden-Ostrander emphasized the importance of designing utility rates to ensure that utilities remain financially healthy to provide needed electricity service, while protecting utility customers. “Policies such as revenue decoupling and innovative rate designs can help make utilities indifferent to energy efficiency or distributed generation gains,” she said. Ms. Migden-Ostrander views the technology as a positive development to foster least-cost ways to help consumers, but cautions against the possibility of “the have-nots paying the bulk of the costs” to support customers with rooftop PV systems.