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Regulating the Utility of the Future: Implications for the Grid Edge

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Regulating the Utility of the Future: Implications for the Grid Edge
Published: January 13, 2015 Content info: 89 Pages
Description

New technologies and consumer demand for cleaner energy are rapidly transforming the power sector, most notably in the proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) like solar PV, demand response, and energy storage. This DER growth is challenging traditional business models that are predicated on ever-growing demand for electricity and need for capital investments in centralized technologies.

The need for a "utility of the future" is at the forefront of conversations within and outside of utilities, with numerous conferences, reports, consulting pitches, and collaboratives addressing the theme. The discussion is prompting action among progressive regulators. This 89-page report analyzes the five states that are paving the path for the utility of the future, whether driven by the opportunity that grid-edge technologies can offer or by technological, financial, and political pressure.

With proceedings underway in leading states such as California, New York and Hawaii, this report is able to identify key issues, the position of key stakeholders, and speculate on what business opportunities may be created for grid-edge companies through these proceedings. For companies outside of the dockets, this report can be viewed as a field guide with which to identify the most appropriate proceedings to track and engage in.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Utility of the Future: Background and Trends

3. Common Issues and Opportunities

  • 3.1. Common Themes and Debates
  • 3.2. The Gatekeeper Role
  • 3.3. Who Decides and Who Invests
  • 3.4. Promoting or Inhibiting Competition From Customers
  • 3.5. Retail rate design
  • 3.6. Data Collection and Access
  • 3.7. Performance-Based Ratemaking
  • 3.8. Baseline Infrastructure

4. California

  • 4.1. Background
  • 4.2. Proceedings
  • 4.3. Timeline
  • 4.4. Business Opportunities for the Grid Edge
  • 4.5. Takeaways

5. Hawaii

  • 5.1. Background
  • 5.2. Proceedings
  • 5.3. Timeline
  • 5.4. Business Opportunities for the Grid Edge
  • 5.5. Takeaways

6. Massachusetts

  • 6.1. Background
  • 6.2. Proceedings
  • 6.3. Timeline
  • 6.4. Business Opportunities for the Grid Edge
  • 6.5. Takeaways

7. Minnesota

  • 7.1. Background
  • 7.2. Proceedings
  • 7.3. Timeline
  • 7.4. Business Opportunities for the Grid Edge
  • 7.5. Takeaways

8. New York

  • 8.1. Background
  • 8.2. Proceedings
  • 8.3. Timeline
  • 8.4. Business Opportunities for the Grid Edge
  • 8.5. Takeaways

9. Conclusion

List of Figures

2. Utility of the Future: Background and Trends

  • "Utility of the Future" Projects

3. Common Issues and Opportunities

  • Reducing Utility Disincentives
  • Deployment of AMI and AMR

4. California

  • California Market Share
  • California Dockets Affecting the Distribution System
  • Potential Services From Grid-Edge Technologies
  • Proposed Energy Storage Procurement Targets (MW)
  • Proposed Changes to Residential Rates
  • Timeline of California Dockets

5. Hawaii

  • Hawaii Market Share
  • Electricity Prices in Hawaii
  • Grid Edge Impacts in Hawaii
  • HECO's Forecast Energy Mix for Oahu
  • Timeline of Hawaii Dockets
  • HECO's DG Interconnection Plan
  • Advanced Inverter Feature Sets
  • HECO's View of the Modern Grid

6. Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts Market Share
  • NGRID's Vision of the Future
  • Time-Varying Rate Options
  • Timeline of Massachusetts Dockets
  • Massachusetts Grid Modernization Taxonomy
  • National Grid's Smart Grid Pilot

7. Minnesota

  • Minnesota Market Share
  • Value-of-Solar Calculation Table
  • Timeline of Minnesota Dockets

8. New York

  • New York Market Share
  • The Distribution System Platform
  • The Three Roles of the DSP
  • Demand Management Program From NYSERDA and Con Ed
  • Timeline of New York Dockets
  • Products Purchased by the DSPP
  • Products Bought by and Sold to Customers, DER Owners, ESCOs and Other Third Parties
  • Proposed Data Exchange
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