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21 Mar
Retail Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar-Focus on New England
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    Connecticut    Maine    Massachusetts    New Hampshire    New Jersey    New York    Rhode Island    Vermont    
Author : Nicholas Martin and Karl Rabago
Adoption Year : 2017
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently issued a study entitled “Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context,” authored by Galen Barbose. The LBNL study estimates the potential rate impact of distributed solar on national average retail electricity prices, and importantly, compares that impact to the potential impact of other rate drivers such as natural gas prices, renewable portfolio standards, and utility capital expenditures.1 This brief applies a similar style analysis as used by LBNL to regional
02 Mar
Value of utility scale vs. rooftop solar debated amid price decline
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Tax Issues    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Kevin Randolph
Adoption Year : 2017
Over the last decade, the price of solar installations has declined significantly, but the electric utilities industry continues to debate the value and cost effectiveness of utility scale versus rooftop solar. During a panel discussion at the 2017 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners winter committee meeting on Monday, two experts highlighted the different benefits and challenges associated with utility and rooftop solar. The need to accurately determine solar prices, the role of subsidies, net metering regulations and the
23 Feb
Reframing LCOE: New Interactive Tool Expands the Scope of Generation Cost Comparisons
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    Texas    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
This blog post discusses the recently developed tool for a more granular analysis of the cost (including externalities) of generating electricity from different sources. This development is the result of the research conducted by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin on the issue.
11 Jan
5 Emerging Trends That Drove the Utility Industry in 2016
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Katherine Tweed
Adoption Year : 2016
The power sector is similar to geology in the sense that change must often be measured over long periods of time in order to see significant patterns. Increasingly, however, the timescale of change in the power sector is accelerating. As we look back at 2016, we see an industry grappling with seismic upheaval, and trying to adapt faster than it ever has before.
11 Jan
In solar proceedings, let the sun shine in
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Anne Hoskins
Adoption Year : 2016
Consumers across the political spectrum go solar as a matter of choice, and if this election tells us anything, Americans want to feel they hold their destiny in their own hands. In fact, the only ballot initiative in the country that presented voters with a clear choice on solar was in Florida, and voters soundly rejected the anti-solar initiative. Commissioners gathering at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Meeting in La Quinta, California this weekend should set the right policy terms so that progres
11 Jan
No matter the president, solar outlook increasingly bright
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Jesse Grossman, The Hill
Adoption Year : 2016
Donald Trump’s election has generated significant and legitimate concerns over the future of federal clean energy policy, with campaign promises disavowing global warming and promoting traditional energy sources such as coal and fracking. With this in mind, observers may worry about America’s solar industry outlook. But the incoming administration portends very little change in the U.S. solar market’s velocity for at least several years and it may mark solar’s coming-of-age moment as a market-driven force independent of federal policy.
11 Jan
Counter to utility claims, studies show solar users provide net benefits
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Environment America Research & Policy Center
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, counter to utility claims that solar owners don’t pay their fair share.
17 Nov
Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Adoption Year : 2016
Conventional wisdom suggests the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who will own them, matters more.
21 Oct
Locational Value: A Key To Unlocking Grid Benefits of Ditributed Energy Resources
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Alana Lemarchand
Adoption Year : 2016
Nexant’s work with the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) on our recent paper, “Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources,” was rooted in what both organizations saw as a key obstacle to utility integration of these distributed technologies on the grid. Distributed energy resources (DERs) are at the center of a range of policy conversations across the country, propelled by the growing potential of these distributed technologies – such as solar, storage and demand response -- to shape energy and grid inv
21 Oct
Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2016
Despite the evidence about limits to scale economies, the conventional wisdom that bigger is better has persisted into the renewable energy power industry. It’s particularly ironic, since the costly ever-bigger power plants of the 1970s led Congress to pass the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the federal law that opened the door to renewable energy alternatives to conventional power plants. This lesson seems lost on many observers of the renewable energy industry.
21 Oct
Is The Tide Turning On StateLevel Solar Policy Fights?
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Jesse Grossman
Adoption Year : 2016
Utilities continue filing requests to increase fixed charges, but reports show regulators have denied the majority of these requests. Compromise solar valuation regulatory decisions occurred in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. Meanwhile, policymakers in New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island have taken progressive solar action, and voters overwhelmingly supported expanding solar access in Florida.
21 Oct
Court upholds Obama's social cost of carbon accounting for federal regulations
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Robert Walton, Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2016
The Obama Administration has won a significant victory for its use of a social cost metric to determine the impacts of new environmental and efficiency rules, in a unanimous circuit court decision that appeared to leave opponents with little room to maneuver. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies use the social cost of carbon (SCCO2) to estimate the climate benefits of rulemakings. The cost currently sits at $36 per metric ton. While opponents of the rule had questioned its use and the process to develop sta
19 Oct
The Imperial Irrigation District Has a New Rooftop Solar Plan, and Solar Installers Say It's Terrible
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @National    
Author : Sammy Roth
Adoption Year : 2016
This article involves the switch from Net Metering (NEM) to value of solar.
19 Oct
Taking Renewable Energy Beyond Net Metering
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @National    
Author : Jonathan H Harsch © Copyright AgriPulse Communications, Inc.
Adoption Year : 2016
The rapid growth of rooftop solar and expected carbon emissions limits are forcing electric utilities and regulatory agencies to write new rules to make it possible for both utilities and renewable energy to continue to grow. That's a challenge because current regulations make utility company profits dependent on their capital investment in power plants, transmission lines and overall grid infrastructure.
19 Oct
Studied To Death — Solar Customers Don't Harm NonSolar Ratepayers
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @International    @National    
Author : Tony Clifford
Adoption Year : 2016
An article that discusses the allegation that solar users cause non-solar ratepayers to pay more in rates.
18 Oct
SPI 2016: When Will We Have a “Got Milk” for Solar?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Technology    
State : @Federal    @International    @National    
Author : Rosana Francescato
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses and suggests that solar generation should be branded, as such, when people hear about solar, they immediately have a complete idea of what it represents and its inherent benefits.
18 Oct
RIP FITS: As U.S. Feed-in Tariffs Fade, Adopting Elements Could Spur Solar Growth
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @Federal    @International    @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This short article discusses the evolution of Feedin Tariffs and Net Metering. It also suggests how elements of both incentive schemes could help policymakers settle on a more sustainable, long term solar support.
07 Oct
Beyond the Meter: Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources
Friday, October 7, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Smart Electric Power Alliance in partnership with Nexant
Adoption Year : 2016
This report, “Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources,” the second in the Beyond the Meter series, focuses on evaluating distributed energy resources (DERs) as grid assets. Several utility-led projects now underway are testing DERs—or as some call them, “non-wires alternatives”—as an option preferable to investments in traditional assets for capacity expansion, upgrade, or renewal. Many thought leaders and industry experts have mapped the stream of potential benefits and provided the initial foundationa
27 Sep
Value of Solar and Grid Benefits Studies - Alternative Approaches and Results
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jim Lazar (RAP Senior Advisor), Dr. Thomas Vitolo (Synapse Energy Economics Senior Associate)
Adoption Year : 2016
Jim Lazar of RAP and Dr. Thomas Vitolo of Synapse Energy Economics delve into questions surrounding the value of solar, including an examination of the relative merits of various types of value of solar studies, cost recovery methods, and how results from these studies can affect rate design and compensation for PV customers. Link to recording of their presentation: http://www.raponline.org/event/the-value-of-solar-assessing-the-benefits-the-costs-and-what-it-may-mean-for-net-energy-metering/?utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=2016+Septe
27 Sep
Value of Solar and Grid Benefits Studies - Alternative Approaches and Results
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jim Lazar (RAP Senior Advisor), Dr. Thomas Vitolo (Synapse Energy Economics Senior Associate)
Adoption Year : 2016
Jim Lazar of RAP and Dr. Thomas Vitolo of Synapse Energy Economics delve into questions surrounding the value of solar, including an examination of the relative merits of various types of value of solar studies, cost recovery methods, and how results from these studies can affect rate design and compensation for PV customers. Link to recording of their presentation: http://www.raponline.org/event/the-value-of-solar-assessing-the-benefits-the-costs-and-what-it-may-mean-for-net-energy-metering/?utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=2016+Septe
27 Sep
Value of Solar and Grid Benefits Studies - Alternative Approaches and Results
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jim Lazar (RAP Senior Advisor), Dr. Thomas Vitolo (Synapse Energy Economics Senior Associate)
Adoption Year : 2016
Jim Lazar of RAP and Dr. Thomas Vitolo of Synapse Energy Economics delve into questions surrounding the value of solar, including an examination of the relative merits of various types of value of solar studies, cost recovery methods, and how results from these studies can affect rate design and compensation for PV customers. Link to recording of their presentation: http://www.raponline.org/event/the-value-of-solar-assessing-the-benefits-the-costs-and-what-it-may-mean-for-net-energy-metering/?utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=2016+Septe
21 Sep
Achieving very high PV penetration – The need for an effective electricity remuneration framework and a central role for grid operators
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Richard Perez, Karl R. Rábago (Rabago), Mike Trahan, Lyle Rawlings, Ben Norris, Tom Hoff, Morgan Putnam, Marc Perez
Adoption Year : 2016
This article proposes that optimally deployed solutions to the intermittency introduced by high penetration solar – e. g., electrical storage, optimized curtailment and demand response – could affordably transform solar power generation into the firm power delivery system modern energy economies require, thereby enabling very high solar penetration and the displacement of conventional power generation. The optimal deployment of these high-penetration-enabling solutions imply the existence of a healthy power grid, and therefore imply a central r
10 Aug
Energy Institute Comments for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : The Institute for 21st Century Energy
Adoption Year : 2016
As is evidenced by a large number of the questions posed by the FfC's notice of its solar power workshop, the rapid growth of the residential solar sector, along with the comparative inexperience of residential consumers with the economics of generating their own electricity, certainly warrants a close look by the FfC. Given that the primary mission of the FfC is to protect America' s consumers, the FfC's inquiry into the residential solar power sector is overdue.
10 Aug
SEIA Comment for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Thomas P. Kimbis - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Adoption Year : 2016
The solar industry prides itself on its record of consumer protection. We view the protection of our customers as essential to our very existence. As the number of rooftop solar installations reaches 1 million, it is imperative that residential customers are protected, educated and armed with the best information possible so that they can make choices that are right for them and their families. Included is SEIA's Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power, amongst other handouts it provides its customers.
10 Aug
Competition Issues Between Solar Distributed Generation (DG) Firms and Regulated Utilities
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Tax Issues    
State : @National    
Author : Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Adoption Year : 2016
What was mostly theoretical in 1998 in terms of DG PV becoming a competing electricity generation platform with traditional centralized generation retail service has become a reality with the maturation of the solar industry, a ninety percent (90%) reduction in the cost of solar panels, a two thousand percent (2000%) increase in the number of solar workers, the spread of solar to dozens of states rather than California alone, innovation in financing and ownership structures for DG technologies, massive scaling in production, and sophisticated
10 Aug
Comments submitted by REPOWER by Solar Universe to the Federal Trade Commission Workshop “Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power,” June 21, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : REPOWER by Solar Universe
Adoption Year : 2016
For more than a decade, the success of solar as a business has required relatively stable rates and incentives. Unstable incentive structures (expiring incentives, inadequately funded incentive mechanisms, etc.) have been the one of the greatest limiting factors to DG industry growth. Consumers who don’t have confidence that solar savings estimates are accurate won’t commit to contracts, limiting market growth. Similarly, if DG companies are unsure about how long a particular incentive or rate structure will last, they won’t invest to expand th
10 Aug
NRECA Comments for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Jay Morrison - National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Adoption Year : 2016
Retail rates should be designed to treat all consumers equitably and designed to minimize cost shifting among consumers. In order to achieve these goals, rates and cost-drivers should be aligned as much as possible. NRECA is concerned that net metering policies lead to cost shifting among consumers. Cost shifting occurs because net metering customers underpay the fixed-costs they impose on the system and because utilities are required to pay significantly more than avoided cost for a resource that cannot be dispatched reliably.
09 Aug
Comment for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Burcin Unel - The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law
Adoption Year : 2016
As distributed energy resources (“DER”) are becoming increasingly common, the debate on how customers with such systems should be compensated is intensifying. More states are undertaking initiatives to evaluate their current policies, especially the policies directed at solar distributed generation such as net metering. As the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) noted in the announcement notice for Something New Under the Sun Workshop, determining the correct rate for net metering is a complex issue.2 Ideally, customers should pay for the f
09 Aug
FTC Testimony, Solar Electricity Project P161200 Comments
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Ashley Brown - Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Adoption Year : 2016
While the costs of rooftop photovoltaic panels have been declining very dramatically, the costs of installed systems have not kept pace. The fact is that the declining costs of the panels are simply not being passed on to consumers, as one might expect to happen in a competitive, or even a regulated cost based, market. Evidence from MIT and from the Lawrence Berkley National Lab suggests that American consumers of rooftop solar may be paying a premium, compared to other parts of the world. And despite the impressive declines in solar panel cos
09 Aug
Comments of the Edison Electric Institute Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Edward H. Comer - Edison Electric Institute (EEl)
Adoption Year : 2016
In advance of the workshop on solar power that will be held by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) at the end of June, the Edison Electric Institute (EEl) submits these comments addressing competition and consumer protection issues that may arise when electricity customers choose to install private (often rooftop) solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate some of their own electricity. EEl appreciates the opportunity to participate in the workshop and to submit these comments. The FTC has an important role to play in understanding
09 Aug
DG Solar PV and TPO, A Situational Analysis
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Rogier Fentener Van Vlissingen
Adoption Year : 2016
"Amid the recent melt-down of several Third Party Owned Solar PV providers, it is time to address both the deceptive marketing of this industry at the retail/consumer level and at the investor level. Based on my observations of the industry, along with analysis and writing in this area in recent years, mostly on blogs and financial sites like Seeking Alpha as well as some some Environmental/Energy websites, I have come to the conclusion that the principal impediment in this area is consumer confusion."
09 Aug
Comments of Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) for consideration at the Federal Trade Commission’s “Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power” Workshop
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Adoption Year : 2016
Center for Resource Solutions concerning the FTC's "Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power” Workshop." Comments included answers to questions offered at the workshop. CRS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. CRS has broad expertise in renewable energy market design, renewable energy standard development and verification, electricity product disclosures and consumer protection, and greenhouse gas reporting and accounting.
09 Aug
Comment for FTC Workshop Examining Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Rooftop Solar Business
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    Arizona    
Author : Mark Brnovich - Office of the Arizona Attorney General
Adoption Year : 2016
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office submits this comment to outline the consumer protection issues encountered in Arizona regarding the rooftop solar industry and the steps taken by this office to address such issues. Although solar technology has the potential to provide many benefits to consumers, misrepresentations about rooftop solar are regrettably common. Because Arizona is fortunate to have abundant year-round sunshine, many rooftop solar businesses look to do business in Arizona. This has positioned the Arizona Attorney General’s Offi
09 Aug
Ballasted Systems and Commercial/Industrial Flat Roofs
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : David Rose
Adoption Year : 2016
The basic reason given by Solar Integrators for using Ballasted Racking Systems is to avoid penetrations that may be necessary for the Solar Electrical installation. This can sometimes be an improper evaluation of the system when it comes to the warranty that roofing manufacturers offer. The myth of ballasted systems is that they will automatically secure the existing warranty when in fact they can void a warranty even when there are fewer penetrations. Each Roofing Manufacturer has specific requirements and information that is to be met in ord
09 Aug
Comment for the Federal Trade Commission: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Benjamin Zycher
Adoption Year : 2016
This note responds to the FTC request for public comment attendant upon the workshop scheduled for June 21, 2016 on the topic “Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power,” as described on the FTC website, and detailed in a pdf document with that title. That document here is referenced as “the FTC discussion paper.”
09 Aug
Something New Under the Sun: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Solar Power A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : S. Becca Polisuk - The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC)
Adoption Year : 2016
The traditional utility business model conflicts with important policy goals, such as reducing total system cost, minimizing environmental impact and encouraging emerging technologies and innovation. In addition, the traditional business model might do little to ensure other goals – including improved customer service and reliability – are met. In light of the emergence of new technologies capable of reducing energy consumption and providing grid services on the customer side of the meter, regulators should consider whether the traditional uti
08 Aug
Comments of The Large Public Power Council In Response to Invitation of the Federal Trade Commission In Connection With Solar Distributed Generation Workshop
Monday, August 8, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Large Public Power Council (LPPC)
Adoption Year : 2016
To varying degrees, nearly all LPPC members are involved with the interconnection of customer­owned or controlled distributed generation, and the associated commercial and regulatory issues.  As the FTC’s notice suggests, these issues are challenging and have become highly politicized. with a substantial increase in the level of DG, utility rate structures establishing compensation for DG that may once have been viewed as providing an appropriate subsidy for a nascent business model now pose a substantial challenge to financial support for the 
05 Aug
Comments of Vote Solar in Response to the Questions for the Commission’s June 21 Workshop
Friday, August 5, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Vote Solar Institute
Adoption Year : 2016
On April 12, 2016 the Commission notified interested parties that it will hold a workshop on June 21, 2016 in Washington DC to examine competition and consumer protection issues raised by consumers’ growing use of rooftop solar panels to generate their own electric power. Vote Solar is interested in the issues to be discussed at the workshop and appreciates the opportunity to submit the comments below to the questions in the notice.
21 Jul
SolarCity continues installation growth in Q1, but bookings drop on policy issues
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Christian Roselund
Adoption Year : 2016
The largest distributed solar installer in the U.S. is continuing to grow, but some of the details were bumpy in Q1 due to interruptions in net metering policies in several states.
20 Jul
Net Energy Metering: Growth and Accountability in the Distributed Solar Market
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    Nevada    
Author : Luke Bassett
Adoption Year : 2016
The net metering policy landscape continues to change quickly—often reactively—and varies greatly from state to state. Recently, under pressure from electric utilities, some state public utility commissions, or PUCs, have started to reconsider how to set electricity rates in order to ensure utilities can cover costs and realize a reasonable return on their investments.
18 Jul
Big solar is leaving rooftop systems in the dust
Monday, July 18, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Nichola Groom (Reuters)
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy – a feat driven more by economics than green mandates. The cost of electricity from large-scale solar installations now is comparable to and sometimes cheaper than natural gas-fired power, even without incentives aimed at promoting environmentally friendly power, according to industry players and outside cost studies.
18 Jul
Big solar is leaving rooftop systems in the dust
Monday, July 18, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Nichola Groom (Reuters)
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy – a feat driven more by economics than green mandates. The cost of electricity from large-scale solar installations now is comparable to and sometimes cheaper than natural gas-fired power, even without incentives aimed at promoting environmentally friendly power, according to industry players and outside cost studies.
24 May
Rooftop solar: Net metering is a net benefit
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Mark Muro and Devashree Saha
Adoption Year : 2016
Rooftop solar is booming in U.S. cities. Regulators and utilities need to engage in a broader and more honest conversation about how to integrate distributed generation technologies into the grid nationwide, with an eye toward instituting a fair utility cost recovery strategy that does not pose significant challenges to solar adoption.
23 May
The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy in the United States
Monday, May 23, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Wiser, Ryan H., Trieu Mai, Dev Millstein, Jordan Macknick, Alberta Carpenter, Stuart Cohen, Wesley Cole, Bethany Frew, Garvin A. Heath
Adoption Year : 2016
This study finds that a future U.S. electricity system in which solar plays a major role—14% of demand in 2030, and 27% in 2050—would result in enduring environmental and health benefits; that the existing fleet of solar power plants is already offering a down-payment towards those benefits; and that there are sizable regional differences in the magnitude of the benefits. The total monetary value of the greenhouse-gas and criteria air pollution benefits of the high-penetration scenario exceeds $400 billion under central estimates, which is equi
23 May
New study tallies environmental and public health benefits of solar power
Monday, May 23, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Adoption Year : 2016
Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
10 May
Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC) Flyer
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : NESEMC
Adoption Year : 2016
One page overview of the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC).
10 May
Value of Solar - Tariff Pilot Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Paper details the key design elements of a VOS tariff. A “value of solar tariff” operates like a net metering tariff in providing customers with a monthly bill credit for the act of generating electricity from a private solar PV system. Unlike traditional net metering, however, the value of the solar generation credit is calculated based on the levelized present value of the sum of the life-cycle costs and benefits of energy produced by the solar PV system, instead of a credit based on the customer’s otherwise applicable tariffed rate for co
10 May
Value of Solar - Tariff Pilot Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Paper details the key design elements of a VOS tariff. A “value of solar tariff” operates like a net metering tariff in providing customers with a monthly bill credit for the act of generating electricity from a private solar PV system. Unlike traditional net metering, however, the value of the solar generation credit is calculated based on the levelized present value of the sum of the life-cycle costs and benefits of energy produced by the solar PV system, instead of a credit based on the customer’s otherwise applicable tariffed rate for co
10 May
Value of Solar - Tariff Pilot Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Paper details the key design elements of a VOS tariff. A “value of solar tariff” operates like a net metering tariff in providing customers with a monthly bill credit for the act of generating electricity from a private solar PV system. Unlike traditional net metering, however, the value of the solar generation credit is calculated based on the levelized present value of the sum of the life-cycle costs and benefits of energy produced by the solar PV system, instead of a credit based on the customer’s otherwise applicable tariffed rate for co
10 May
Value of Solar - Study Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
A more detailed introduction to Value of Solar studies than the one page summary: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
10 May
Value of Solar - Study Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
A more detailed introduction to Value of Solar studies than the one page summary: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
10 May
Value of Solar - Study Design Elements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
A more detailed introduction to Value of Solar studies than the one page summary: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
10 May
How to Assess the True Value of Solar
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Brief introduction to Value of Solar studies: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
10 May
How to Assess the True Value of Solar
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Brief introduction to Value of Solar studies: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
10 May
How to Assess the True Value of Solar
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Brief introduction to Value of Solar studies: what they are, key design elements, and their applications. Includes a data table with an illustrative example of a how results might be structured.
06 May
Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV Methodology
Friday, May 6, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Acadia Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal value of 6 marginal 1 kW solar PV systems to understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid, ratepayers, and society. To do so, NREL's PVWatts Calculator was used to estimate the hourly output profiles for 6 solar PV system orientations. This output was used to estimate avoided costs and benefits for 11 compoenets of grid and societal values. Location value, economic benefits, and subsidies received by fossil fuel companies were beyond the scope of Acadia's analysis.
05 May
A Review of Solar PV Benefit & Cost Studies
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Electricity Innovation Lab at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Adoption Year : 2013
This discussion document is an assessment of what is known and unknown about the categorization, methodological best practices, and gaps around the benefits and costs of distributed photovoltaics (DPV) and it begins to establish a clear foundation from which additional work on benefit/cost assessments and pricing structure development can be built. This discussion document reviews 16 DPV benefit/cost studies by utilities, national labs, and other organizations. Completed between 2005 and 2013, these studies reflect a significant range of estima
05 May
A Regulator's Guidebook: Calculating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jason B. Keyes at Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Karl R. Rábago (Rabago) at Rabago Energy LLC
Adoption Year : 2013
Recent distributed solar generation ("DSG") studies have varied widely due to differences in study assumptions, key parameters, and methodologies, as shown by Rocky Mountain Institute's meta-study. A standard methodology would be helpful as legislators, regulators and the public attempt to determine whether to curtail or expand DSG policies. Valuations vary by utility, but the authors contend that valuation methodologies should not. The authors suggest standardized approaches for the various benefits and costs, and explain how to calculate them
05 May
A Regulator's Guidebook: Calculating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jason B. Keyes at Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Karl R. Rábago (Rabago) at Rabago Energy LLC
Adoption Year : 2013
Recent distributed solar generation ("DSG") studies have varied widely due to differences in study assumptions, key parameters, and methodologies, as shown by Rocky Mountain Institute's meta-study. A standard methodology would be helpful as legislators, regulators and the public attempt to determine whether to curtail or expand DSG policies. Valuations vary by utility, but the authors contend that valuation methodologies should not. The authors suggest standardized approaches for the various benefits and costs, and explain how to calculate them
05 May
A Regulator's Guidebook: Calculating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jason B. Keyes at Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Karl R. Rábago (Rabago) at Rabago Energy LLC
Adoption Year : 2013
Recent distributed solar generation ("DSG") studies have varied widely due to differences in study assumptions, key parameters, and methodologies, as shown by Rocky Mountain Institute's meta-study. A standard methodology would be helpful as legislators, regulators and the public attempt to determine whether to curtail or expand DSG policies. Valuations vary by utility, but the authors contend that valuation methodologies should not. The authors suggest standardized approaches for the various benefits and costs, and explain how to calculate them
03 May
Why rooftop solar may be worth three times price of grid power
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : David Labrador
Adoption Year : 2015
A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed solar added another data point to the ongoing, vigorous debat
03 May
Why rooftop solar may be worth three times price of grid power
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : David Labrador
Adoption Year : 2015
A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed solar added another data point to the ongoing, vigorous debat
03 May
Report: Solar's value is nearly 17 cents/kWh, utilities under-compensating
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Robert Walton
Adoption Year : 2015
Green-advocacy group Environment America has reviewed 11 net metering studies, and says eight of them showed utilities are under-compensating the owners of rooftop solar systems. According to the report, the median value of solar power across all 11 studies was nearly 17 cents per kWh, versus the national average electricity price of about 12 cents. Progressive solar policies around the country have helped the resource bloom, the group said: the first quarter of this year ended with 21,300 MW of solar capacity installed in the United States.
03 May
How Wellinghoff, Rabago, and other grid reformers would design their own electricity markets
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Gavin Bade
Adoption Year : 2015
SEPA asked stakeholders to design the "51st State." Here's a rundown of the non-utility contributions.
03 May
Can utilities learn to love distributed solar like central station arrays?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish at Utility Dive
Adoption Year : 2016
With the federal tax break for solar now assured into the early 2020s, the business opportunity it presents to utilities has never seemed bigger. Most utilities are already signing power purchase agreements for central station solar, or are building it themselves. But are they missing out on an opportunity to grow solar on their customers’ rooftops? Or is that a poor value proposition for utilities and their ratepayers?
26 Apr
The Net Metering Riddle
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Net metering opponents have done a masterful job in casting the debate around mistaken assumptions. As regulators conduct NEM 2.0 and Value of Solar proceedings, those errant assumptions should be exposed and the real questions addressed.
26 Apr
The Net Metering Riddle
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Net metering opponents have done a masterful job in casting the debate around mistaken assumptions. As regulators conduct NEM 2.0 and Value of Solar proceedings, those errant assumptions should be exposed and the real questions addressed.
26 Apr
The Net Metering Riddle
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2016
Net metering opponents have done a masterful job in casting the debate around mistaken assumptions. As regulators conduct NEM 2.0 and Value of Solar proceedings, those errant assumptions should be exposed and the real questions addressed.
13 Apr
Why the Net Energy Metering Debate Misses the Point
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Matt Lehrman, Peter Bronski
Adoption Year : 2014
Article reconciling Net Energy Metering (NEM) and VOS by advocating net metering with unbundled pricing. Also mentions reasons for utility opposition to this.
13 Apr
Why Isn't Everyone Using Solar?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : The Conversation
Adoption Year : 2015
This article gives a description on what net-metering is, and the arguments for and against its use. The author goes on to examine day-ahead price data in the Pittsburgh region and found while utilities would see a decline in their retail revenue because of the sue of solar power, this loss is less than the saving potential.
13 Apr
Value of the Grid to DG Customers
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Lisa Wood, IEE
Adoption Year : 2013
Edison Foundation-sponsored issue brief on the benefits that residential DG customers experience from being connected to the grid, and use those benefits to justify charging them for those services, regardless of the benefits provided by DG to the grid
13 Apr
Value of Solar Approaches Merit Our Support
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Persuasive piece on the development of VOS, and why it is a viable methodology
13 Apr
Value of Solar Approaches Merit Our Support
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Persuasive piece on the development of VOS, and why it is a viable methodology
13 Apr
Value of Solar Approaches Merit Our Support
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Persuasive piece on the development of VOS, and why it is a viable methodology
13 Apr
Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It's Also Worth Less
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
This article questions a report that asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scaled solar. One misguided assumption in the report is that residential and utility-scaled solar can be comparable on a levelized-cost basis.
13 Apr
Top 5 trends in distributed energy policy and rate design
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
Article discusses key distributed energy policy questions across the nation from the third quarter of 2015. These included: state changes to NEM; how to value solar; fixed charge increases; and third-party financing options for solar.
13 Apr
The Integrated Grid - Realizing the Full Value of Central and Distributed Energy Resources
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Adoption Year : 2014
Report stating that the traditional grid needs to expand to include DG and consumer participation in energy production. Mentions the success of feed-in tariffs internationally, and discusses improving the valuation of DER
13 Apr
The Benefits of Distributed Generation: Why Locally Produced Solar is Good for Communities
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Cecilia Aguillon
Adoption Year : 2013
Post touting the economic benefits of community solar in all sizes
13 Apr
Survey: Utilities, Regulators and the Solar Industry Actually Agree on Net Metering
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Rick Thompson
Adoption Year : 2016
Summary of trends GTM Squared published in their Annual Survey Report. One question surveyed is how distributed, consumer sited solar should be valued. The article specifically mentions the "value of solar" tariff as one of the answers.
13 Apr
Rooftop solar is growing so fast that electric utilities are now trying to slow it down
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Brad Plumer
Adoption Year : 2014
Focuses on the conflict between decreasing costs of solar installation and generation and the economic viability of utilities that will have to charge more and more for their services as less and less people consume as much energy from the grid. Mentions VOS as a possible compromise between the solar industry and utilities.
13 Apr
Nearly Half of Western US Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @National    
Author : Katherine Tweed
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses the results of a new study conducted by Arizona State University on the effects of climate change stream flow, air and water temperature, humidity and air density. It is expected that mid-century, nearly half of existing capacity operating in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, which spans 14 states, could be adversely affected to some degree.
13 Apr
Lower Cost Solar - A Utility-Scale Fig Leaf For An Outdated Monopoly Model
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2015
Responding to a piece in the Wall Street Journal by Brian Potts, John Farrell refutes arguments that solar is not cost-effective and valuable to the utility, and argues that it is actually the natural monopoly we allowed the utility to become that is untenable in our evolving system.
13 Apr
How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Meredith Fowlie
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussing the technical function of solar PV, pricing mechanisms, and how it should be apportioned on the grid (residential v. utility v. third party)
13 Apr
Green energy offers respite to job hunters amid oil sector layoffs
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : @International    
Author : Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussion of the growth of the renewable energy job sector abroad
13 Apr
Future of U.S. Solar Risk in Net-Metering Suppression
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Nicola Groom, Reuters
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses the re-consideration of Net-Metering policies in 25 states because of the declining prices of solar panels and the effect it is having on solar providers.
09 Apr
EEI and NRDC Closer to Getting It Right On Net Metering
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Adoption Year : 2014
Post pointing out that EEI and NRDC's thinking on how to value solar power was almost to the point of VOS while still calling it net metering; features Karl Rábago explaining VOS.
08 Apr
The Future of Solar Energy
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Energy Initiative - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Adoption Year : 2015
This study examines the current state of U.S. solar electricity generation, the several technological approaches that have been and could be followed to convert sunlight to electricity, and the market and policy environments the solar industry has faced. Our objective is to assess solar energy’s current and potential competitive position and to identify changes in U.S. government policies that could more efficiently and effectively support the industry’s robust, long-term growth.
08 Apr
Curtailing Energy During ‘Peak Power Hour’ Reduces Next Year’s Rates
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Linda Hardesty
Adoption Year : 2013
Article introducing a method that can be used to discover the peak power hour: the Joule Peak Power Index
08 Apr
Pathway to a 21st Century Electric Utility
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Peter Kind, Energy Infrastructure Advocates LLC
Adoption Year : 2015
Utilities do an excellent job of? what they are mandated to do— provide safe, reliable and affordable energy. Utilities are not going away, because we require them to operate the electric grid, so why not expand the scope of their mandate to manage an environment in which consumers use energy and electricity more efficiently to create customer value and optimize the electricity system for the benefit of all? In this environment, utilities will be incented to maximize customer and system value, as opposed to simply building infrastructure. Gi
08 Apr
Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Peter Kind at Energy Infrastructure Advocates for Edison Electric Institute
Adoption Year : 2013
This paper considers the financial risks and investor implications related to disruptive challenges, the potential strategic responses to these challenges, and the likely investor expectations to utility plans going forward. There are valuable lessons to be learned from other industries, as well as prior utility sector paradigm shifts, that can assist us in exploring risks and potential strategic responses.
08 Apr
Cost of rooftop solar panels disproportionately impacts the poor
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Opposition Item    
State : @National    
Author : Antoine Abou-Diwan
Adoption Year : 2014
Points out success of group installing solar for low-income households, but also states that households that don't get solar panels will have to pay for the cost of others' installations
08 Apr
Community Solar and Value of Solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2015
Blog post by Karl Rábago discussing how VOS fits with community or shared solar.
08 Apr
Community Solar and Value of Solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2015
Blog post by Karl Rábago discussing how VOS fits with community or shared solar.
08 Apr
Community Solar and Value of Solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2015
Blog post by Karl Rábago discussing how VOS fits with community or shared solar.
08 Apr
Buffet: Wind and Solar Power Competition Challenges Utilities
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Tax Issues    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Jim Polson and Mark Chediak
Adoption Year : 2016
This article focuses on the annual letter that Warren Buffet, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., wrote to his shareholders. In that letter, Buffet discusses "how tax credits and other government-mandated help for renewables might erode the economics of incumbent utility, particularly if it is high-cost operator."
08 Apr
Bobby Kennedy on GDP: 'measures everything except that which is worthwhile'
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Simon Rogers
Adoption Year : 2013
Excerpt from a speech Bobby Kennedy gave on GDP and valuation in 1968
08 Apr
Blacking out America would be a cinch, because there's not enough distributed solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : John Upton
Adoption Year : 2014
Highlights a major cost of having a centralized grid: susceptibility to attack resulting in long-term blackouts
08 Apr
Blacking out America would be a cinch, because there's not enough distributed solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : John Upton
Adoption Year : 2014
Highlights a major cost of having a centralized grid: susceptibility to attack resulting in long-term blackouts
08 Apr
Biden Calls Out Special-Interest Groups for Stifling Solar Market Growth
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Julia Pyper
Adoption Year : 2015
Using Vice President Joe Biden's speech as a back drop, this article discusses the different solar PV initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration.
08 Apr
Beyond net-metering: How location can help put a price on DER
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses the introduction of value of study studies and how different states are progressing in the debate of whether retail rates net-metering should still be used.
08 Apr
Beyond net-metering: How location can help put a price on DER
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses the introduction of value of study studies and how different states are progressing in the debate of whether retail rates net-metering should still be used.
08 Apr
Beyond fixed charges: 'Disruptive Challenges' author charts new utility path
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
This article does a comparison of Peter Kind's 2013 paper, Disruptive Challenges, and his 2015 paper, Pathways to a 21st Century Utility. In his 2013 paper, Kind encouraged the utility sector to response to disruption of distributed energy resources by coming up with techniques to preserve their revenue streams. In his 2015 paper, Kind promotes the a sector that is more nimble and competitive, likely made up of smaller utilities.
08 Apr
Beyond fixed charges: 'Disruptive Challenges' author charts new utility path
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2015
This article does a comparison of Peter Kind's 2013 paper, Disruptive Challenges, and his 2015 paper, Pathways to a 21st Century Utility. In his 2013 paper, Kind encouraged the utility sector to response to disruption of distributed energy resources by coming up with techniques to preserve their revenue streams. In his 2015 paper, Kind promotes the a sector that is more nimble and competitive, likely made up of smaller utilities.
08 Apr
Shining Rewards - The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Lindsey Hallock, Frontier Group; Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center
Adoption Year : 2015
Analysis of 11 studies on the benefits and costs of solar and concludes that net metering is fair way to compensate solar owners for the value they provide.
08 Apr
As net metering debate continues, report shows benefits of solar energy far outweigh costs
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Ben Hellerstein
Adoption Year : 2015
This post discusses the report, "Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop solar Power for Consumers and Society," which analyzed 11 studies on the benefits and costs of solar and concludes that net metering is fair way to compensate solar owners for the value they provide.
08 Apr
As Net Metering Battles Move to Small Markets, Solar Advocates Claim Early Victories
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    Minnesota    
Author : Stephen Lacey
Adoption Year : 2014
Uses example of Minnesota as spot where VOS is winning, and looks to other nationwide battles to show the "chess match" occurring between utilities and solar advocates
08 Apr
Appraising into the Sun: Six-State Solar Home Paired-Sale Analysis
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    California    Florida    Maryland    North Carolina    Oregon    Pennsylvania    
Author : Sandra Adomatis and Ben Hoen
Adoption Year : 2016
Abstract: Although residential solar photo-voltaic (PV) installations have proliferated, PV systems on some U.S. homes still receive no value during an appraisal because comparable home sales are lacking. To value residential PV, some previous studies have employed paired-sales appraisal methods to analyze large samples. Our first-of-its-kind study connects the two approaches. It uses appraisal methods to evaluate sale price premiums for owned PV systems on single-unit detached houses that were also evaluated in a large statistical study. Indep
08 Apr
Appraising into the Sun: Six-State Solar Home Paired-Sale Analysis
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    California    Florida    Maryland    North Carolina    Oregon    Pennsylvania    
Author : Sandra Adomatis and Ben Hoen
Adoption Year : 2016
Abstract: Although residential solar photo-voltaic (PV) installations have proliferated, PV systems on some U.S. homes still receive no value during an appraisal because comparable home sales are lacking. To value residential PV, some previous studies have employed paired-sales appraisal methods to analyze large samples. Our first-of-its-kind study connects the two approaches. It uses appraisal methods to evaluate sale price premiums for owned PV systems on single-unit detached houses that were also evaluated in a large statistical study. Indep
08 Apr
America's Power Plan: The top 5 trends in the US energy transformation
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Sonia Aggarwal
Adoption Year : 2015
This article is a list of the top developments and lessons in the energy system transition. Number four on the list discusses the value-of-solar tariffs and successful rate reform, which allows for the full value of benefits provided by distributed energy.
08 Apr
America's Great Solar Boom - In 6 Encouraging Charts
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Ben Schiller
Adoption Year : 2014
Broad, big picture look at the overall cost viability and ease of access of solar generation to customers across the country. Pulls graphics from a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists
08 Apr
A rational look at the value of solar: Comparison of value of solar studies can often be misleading
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Ben Norris
Adoption Year : 2016
Norris, in his op-ed, discusses the arguments for and against using VOS studies. Norris argues that when looking at VOS study results, which can be drastically different, the question is not whether VOS studies is a valid way of evaluating costs and benefits. Rather, the important questions 1) What should the preferred framework of VOS studies be?; 2) What cost and benefit categories should be included?; 3) Are the underlying data publicly available and the calculation methods transparent enough to be repeatable by other parties? As support, N
08 Apr
5 top ideas for Energy Policy – what will drive a transition?
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Heather Smith
Adoption Year : 2015
Heather Smith's post about what she believes are the five key domains that will drive the energy transition. These domains include: 1) ultra local price incentives; 2) shared control over decision making; 3) investing in innovation; 4) making information available and well used; and 5) having a long term strategy where community energy is recognized and supported as a permanent feature of our energy transition.
05 Apr
Net Metering Is the Solar Industry’s Junk Food
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Tom Konrad, Greentech Media (GTM)
Adoption Year : 2016
It’s time for the solar industry to grapple with what “doing good” actually means, argues Tom Konrad.
04 Apr
50 States of Solar - 2015 Policy Review - Q4 Quarterly Report
Monday, April 4, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, Meister Consultants Group
Adoption Year : 2015
The purpose of this report is to provide state lawmakers and regulators, electric utilities, the solar industry, and other energy stakeholders with timely, accurate, and unbiased updates on how states are choosing to study, adopt, implement, amend, or discontinue policies associated with distributed solar photovoltaics (PV). This report catalogues proposed and enacted legislative, regulatory policy, and rate design changes affecting the value proposition of distributed solar PV during the most recent quarter, with an emphasis on the residential
31 Mar
Distributed Generation Whitepaper
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Adoption Year : 2007
Defines DG, discusses applications, and goes through the regulatory and technical background behind the concept.
31 Mar
Understanding Cost-Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Programs
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
Adoption Year : 2008
This paper reviews the issues and approaches involved in considering and adopting cost-effectiveness tests for energy efficiency, including discussing each perspective represented by the five standard cost-effectiveness tests and clarifying key terms.
31 Mar
Value of Solar Rate - Designing An Improved Residential Solar Tariff
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2013
Published article proposing a new approach to designing the solar rate
31 Mar
Value of Solar Rate - Designing An Improved Residential Solar Tariff
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2013
Published article proposing a new approach to designing the solar rate
31 Mar
Value of Solar Rate - Designing An Improved Residential Solar Tariff
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2013
Published article proposing a new approach to designing the solar rate
31 Mar
Impact of Different Economic Performance Metrics on the Perceived Value of Solar Photovoltaics
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Easan Drury, Paul Denholm, Robert Margolis (NREL)
Adoption Year : 2011
In this analysis, authors characterize PV economic performance for three ownership types: residential customers who purchase their own PV systems, commercial customers (for-profit companies) who purchase their own PV systems, and residential and commercial customers who lease PV equipment or buy PV electricity from a third-party company. They characterize the differences in PV economics for each customer based on the different tax implications of ownership.
31 Mar
Revisiting the Long-Term Hedge Value of Wind Power in an Era of Low Natural Gas Prices
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Mark Bolinger (LBNL)
Adoption Year : 2013
This article proceeds as follows. Section 2 makes the case for valuing wind power as a long-term natural gas price hedge by contrasting the characteristics of a large sample of wind power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) to the shortcomings of conventional gas price hedging instruments like futures and options contracts. Although these conventional hedging instruments can be used effectively to hedge gas price risk in the near-term, they come up short when one tries to use them to lock in prices over longer terms – e.g., over the average 20-year du
31 Mar
Research Paper Timeline
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Bibliography
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Clean Power
Adoption Year : 2013
A chronological listing of more than two decades of published research covering topics in solar prediction, economic evaluation and incentive program optimization.
31 Mar
Overview of Value of Solar Rate
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago), Rabago Energy LLC
Adoption Year : 2012
Fact Sheet on VOS
31 Mar
Overview of Value of Solar Rate
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago), Rabago Energy LLC
Adoption Year : 2012
Fact Sheet on VOS
31 Mar
Net Metering: An issue paper of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Opposition Item    
State : @National    
Author : National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Adoption Year : 2012
This white paper answers several questions, such as: What is net metering? Why do so many states have net metering rules? Why are utilities concerned about net metering? What is aggregated net metering, community net metering? How can we gain the benefits of net metering without unfair cost shifting?
31 Mar
The Evolution of Net Metering, Utility Revenues, and Rate Design
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Ron Binz
Adoption Year : 2012
PowerPoint analyzing the place solar DG has in a market, and how to optimally implement it
31 Mar
Solar Rate Design Options - Customer Solar Electricity
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart detailing the features of the three different options for solar rate design
31 Mar
Solar Rate Design Options - Customer Solar Electricity
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart detailing the features of the three different options for solar rate design
31 Mar
Solar Rate Design Options - Customer Solar Electricity
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart detailing the features of the three different options for solar rate design
31 Mar
Residential Solar Valuation Project
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago Energy LLC)
Adoption Year : 2012
PowerPoint presentation on solar energy's positive impacts on the electric system
31 Mar
Quantifying the Cost of High Photovoltaic Penetration
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Richard Perez, Thomas E. Hoff, Marc Perez
Adoption Year : 2010
This paper presents a methodology to quantify the cost of energy storage required to provide firm capacity on a utility power grid using a combination of energy produced by a specific generation source and storage.
31 Mar
Power System Planning: Emerging Practices Suitable for Evaluating the Impact of High-Penetration Photovoltaics
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : J. Bebic at GE Global Research
Adoption Year : 2008
This study explores the impact of high-penetration renewable generation on electric power system planning methodologies to address the technical and analytical challenges to the adoption of renewable distributed electric generation.  In particular, the study focuses on integration-related issues at the distribution level for PV technology since addressing integration issues is necessary for the long-term viability of distributed PV industry.
31 Mar
Photovoltaics Value Analysis
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : J.L. Contreras, L. Frantzis, S. Blazewicz, D. Pinault, and H. Sawyer (NREL)
Adoption Year : 2008
Study that addresses the technical and analytical challenges that must be addressed to enable high penetration levels of distributed renewable energy technologies.
31 Mar
Photovoltaic Capacity Valuation Methods
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Tom Hoff, Richard Perez, JP Ross, Mike Taylor
Adoption Year : 2008
Paper giving a background on the PV capacity methods and issues related to them, as well as a summary of the related workshop at the Solar Power 2007 conference.
31 Mar
Nontechnical Barriers to Solar Energy Use: Review of Recent Literature
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : R. Margolis and J. Zuboy (NREL)
Adoption Year : 2006
Paper reviewing the nontechnical barriers to solar energy use, drawing on recent literature to help identify key barriers that could be addressed by the DOE.
31 Mar
Net Metering 2.0: The Value of Solar Tariff - General Presentation
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago Energy LLC)
Adoption Year : 2013
PowerPoint presentation on VOS framed for a webinar hosted by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
31 Mar
Moving Towards a More Comprehensive Framework to Evaluate Distributed Photovoltaics
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Thomas E. Hoff (Clean Power Research) and Robert M. Margolis (NREL)
Adoption Year : 2005
There is a growing interest in customer-owned generation with a particular interest in photovoltaic (PV) systems. This has resulted in a growing number of analytical studies aimed at determining their value. Two difficulties that these studies have encountered are how to select the proper evaluation perspective and which benefits and costs to include in the analysis. This paper presents a framework to perform a more comprehensive analysis. It frames the established Standard Practice Tests used for demand side management cost effectiveness e
31 Mar
Moving Towards a More Comprehensive Framework to Evaluate Distributed Photovoltaics
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Thomas E. Hoff (Clean Power Research) and Robert M. Margolis (NREL)
Adoption Year : 2005
There is a growing interest in customer-owned generation with a particular interest in photovoltaic (PV) systems. This has resulted in a growing number of analytical studies aimed at determining their value. Two difficulties that these studies have encountered are how to select the proper evaluation perspective and which benefits and costs to include in the analysis. This paper presents a framework to perform a more comprehensive analysis. It frames the established Standard Practice Tests used for demand side management cost effectiveness e
31 Mar
Interstate Renewable Energy Council: Unlocking DG Value: A PURPRA-Based Approach to State Policy Design
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP
Adoption Year : 2013
This paper explores the benefits that could be quantified and incorporated into the development of PURPA-based avoided cost rates, to more accurately value the energy contribution of distributed facilities that serve local load. A comprehensive PURPA-based approach to DG policy design would incorporate many as-yet-unrecognized benefits of exports to the distribution system, including: line-loss avoidance; the ability to make smaller capacity additions that more closely follow incremental load changes; the deferral or avoidance of utility capita
31 Mar
Implications of Wide-Area Geographic Diversity for Short-Term Variability of Solar Power
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Andrew Mills and Ryan Wiser - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Adoption Year : 2010
Study that analyzes wind and solar data to compare vulnerability of sites and variability of generation.
31 Mar
Implications of Wide-Area Geographic Diversity for Short-Term Variability of Solar Power
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Andrew Mills and Ryan Wiser - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Adoption Year : 2010
Study that analyzes wind and solar data to compare vulnerability of sites and variability of generation.
31 Mar
Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Paul R. Epstein, Jonathan J. Buonocore, Kevin Eckerle, Michael Hendryx, Benjamin M. Stout III, Richard Heinberg, Richard W. Clapp, Beverly May, Nancy L. Reinhart, Melissa M. Ahern, Samir K. Doshi, and Leslie Glustrom
Adoption Year : 2011
Each stage in the life cycle of coal—extraction, transport, processing, and combustion—generates a waste stream and carries multiple hazards for health and the environment. These costs are external to the coal industry and are thus often considered “externalities.” We estimate that the life cycle effects of coal and the waste stream generated are costing the U.S. public a third to over one-half of a trillion dollars annually. Many of these so-called externalities are, moreover, cumulative. Accounting for the damages conservatively doubles to tr
31 Mar
Exploring the Costs and Values of Distributed Energy Resources
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Lena Hansen, Virginia Lacy (RMI)
Adoption Year : 2012
PowerPoint presentation on the use of DER on the grid, including a literature review and gap identification exercise.
31 Mar
Exploring the Costs and Values of Distributed Energy Resources
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Lena Hansen, Virginia Lacy (RMI)
Adoption Year : 2012
PowerPoint presentation on the use of DER on the grid, including a literature review and gap identification exercise.
31 Mar
Ditching Net Metering Is in the 'Best Interest' of Solar, Say MIT Economists
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Julia Pyper at Greentech Media
Adoption Year : 2015
This article highlighted a 332-page report by MIT on the future of solar energy.  The article focused on MIT's wary conclusions and rationale behind solar energy.  It stated solar energy is important to address climate change; however, growth in solar energy is not guaranteed.  One recommendation is to move away from net metering policies for distributed solar because distribution costs are eventually shifted onto utility customers who do not have solar energy resources.  While there are many reports that state this same conclusion, there are a
31 Mar
Distributed Solar Value Continuum
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago Energy LLC)
Adoption Year : 2013
PowerPoint slides on the distributed solar value continuum
31 Mar
Distributed Energy Resource Cost-Value Framework
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Rocky Mountain Institute e-Lab
Adoption Year : 2013
Framework document providing clarity and consistency to the industry around the costs and values of distributed energy resources.
31 Mar
Introductory Presentation to the Value of Solar
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago
Adoption Year : 2016
Introductory presentation to the Value of Solar - March 31, 2016
31 Mar
Introductory Presentation to the Value of Solar
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago
Adoption Year : 2016
Introductory presentation to the Value of Solar - March 31, 2016
31 Mar
Introductory Article to the Value of Solar
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2013
The Value of Solar Tariff: Net Metering 2.0 Increasing numbers of customers are installing solar photovoltaic systems on their homes and businesses. As module and system costs decline, customer demand grows, and more businesses organize around the solar opportunity, it is time to revisit the tariff structure under which these systems integrate with and operate on the electric grid. This article details a novel approach to a distributed solar tariff, called the “Value of Solar” tariff (“VOST”), that addresses important utility and customer issu
31 Mar
Introductory Article to the Value of Solar
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2013
The Value of Solar Tariff: Net Metering 2.0 Increasing numbers of customers are installing solar photovoltaic systems on their homes and businesses. As module and system costs decline, customer demand grows, and more businesses organize around the solar opportunity, it is time to revisit the tariff structure under which these systems integrate with and operate on the electric grid. This article details a novel approach to a distributed solar tariff, called the “Value of Solar” tariff (“VOST”), that addresses important utility and customer issu
31 Mar
Introductory Article to the Value of Solar
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Karl Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2013
The Value of Solar Tariff: Net Metering 2.0 Increasing numbers of customers are installing solar photovoltaic systems on their homes and businesses. As module and system costs decline, customer demand grows, and more businesses organize around the solar opportunity, it is time to revisit the tariff structure under which these systems integrate with and operate on the electric grid. This article details a novel approach to a distributed solar tariff, called the “Value of Solar” tariff (“VOST”), that addresses important utility and customer issu
31 Mar
Continuing Developments in PV Risk Management: Strategies, Solutions, and Implications
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    
Author : Travis Lowder, Michael Mendelsohn, Bethany Speer, and Roger Hill
Adoption Year : 2013
As the PV industry matures, successful risk management practices will become increasingly important to ensure investor confidence, control costs, and facilitate further growth. This study discusses several key aspects of risk management during the commercial- and utility-scale project life cycle, from identification of risks, to the process of mitigating and allocating those risks among project parties, to transferring those risks through insurance. The study also explores novel techniques in PV risk management, options to offload risks onto th
30 Mar
Comparison of Benefits and Costs, Utility Electricity and Customer Solar Electricity
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    Colorado    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart comparing benefits and costs of utility electricity v. customer solar electricity
30 Mar
Comparison of Benefits and Costs, Utility Electricity and Customer Solar Electricity
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    Colorado    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart comparing benefits and costs of utility electricity v. customer solar electricity
30 Mar
Comparison of Benefits and Costs, Utility Electricity and Customer Solar Electricity
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    Colorado    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart comparing benefits and costs of utility electricity v. customer solar electricity
30 Mar
Comparison of Benefits and Costs, Utility Electricity and Customer Solar Electricity
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    Colorado    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart comparing benefits and costs of utility electricity v. customer solar electricity
30 Mar
Comparison of Benefits and Costs, Utility Electricity and Customer Solar Electricity
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Tool or Handout
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : @National    Colorado    
Author : Karl R. Rábago (Rabago)
Adoption Year : 2014
Chart comparing benefits and costs of utility electricity v. customer solar electricity
30 Mar
A Generalized Approach to Assessing the Rate Impacts of Net Energy Metering
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    
Author : Jason B. Keyes, Joseph F. Wiedman (Interstate Renewable Energy Council)
Adoption Year : 2012
Report providing a methodology by which to analyze the potential rate impacts of net energy metering (NEM), a generalized approach for any state or utility to use to analyze the potential rate impact of NEM in its area.