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Monday, June 6, 2011

Tariffs and Pricing

If consumers are willing to accept more variability in price, they can get a discount from a flat base rate because the cost of delivering service goes down

A. Revenue Decoupling
By breaking the link between the utility's sales and profits, decoupling creates an incentive for utilities to sell less energy and focus on energy efficiency.

B. Dynamic Pricing
Smart meters don't offer much value to consumers unless coupled with dynamic pricing, and only voluntary programs with proper consumer education and tools are likely to meet regulatory approval and market success.

C. Feed In Tariffs (FIT)
Obligates utilities to buy renewable electricity at above-market rates set by the government.

D. Verifying Energy Efficiency Benefits
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
Efficiency can be the most cost effective utility investment, but it can be hard to measure. Smart Grid technology can ensure that efficiency investment is optimized and meet the need for accurate evaluation of program benefits.

E. Smart Grid Investment Recovery
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
Will the utility industry make the investments in smart grid based largely on avoided costs alone, and will they do it a timely manner or over many years?

F. Community Choice Aggregation
Monday, June 6, 2011
Local Power represents a revolution in bypassing the inertia of monopoly dominated electricity supplies — the ability of a city to choose to build, with municipal bonds, its own local renewable energy infrastructure.