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Friday, January 29, 2016

Markets 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

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friday january 29, 2016 
(In Draft)
On December 17, 2015 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 4-1 (Sandoval in opposition) to increase the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) exit fee by an unprecedented 95%, making the PG&E exit fee almost the highest it has ever been. This would result in an average MCE customer paying $156 per year and in total would result in approximately $36 million being collected by PG&E from MCE customers in 2016. This increase was approved, despite overwhelming statewide advocacy urging the CPUC to limit the fee.

The CPUC will hold a workshop on PCIA calculations on March 8, 2016.

J. Revenue Decoupling
saturday, september 26, 2015
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.

I.  Community Solar

“What if everyone, absolutely everyone, could own their own solar panels?”

H. California Net Metering 
monday, november 3, 2014 
The solar industry and the state’s utilities disagree over just what impact net metering has on electricity rates, utility costs and grid operations.

G. Texas Retail Electricity Market 
Electricity deregulation allows multiple companies to compete for business in an electric market, but some argue that the system implemented in Texas in 2002 has led to higher prices for consumers.

Smart meters don't offer much value to consumers unless coupled with dynamic pricing, California PUC is currently researching whether or not to replace tiered rates.

E. Community Choice Aggregation
Procures renewable sources of electricity and partners with a utility to distribute energy to local communities, You get all the advantages of cleaner, greener, healthier energy consumption AND all of the advantages of the established, experienced energy provider.

D. Wholesale Electricity Markets
sunday, august 5, 2012
Once generated, electricity must be able to instantaneously find an end use. The precise balancing act between creating electricity and getting it to the end user requires the ultimate just-in-time market.

Regulatory market to create competition can also hamper smart grid development. The rules force separation of supply, wholesale transmission, and retail distribution functions. But all those areas need to coordinate to optimize smart grid planning and data usage.

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012
Obligates utilities to buy renewable electricity at above-market rates set by the government.

monday, October 31, 2011
How will frequency regulation and load management be monetized?

MondaY, june 11, 2011
Experience in the introduction of retail competition has been mixed

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