One very small public utility in the Sierras tries to implement more cost-based rate design. Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District – by some measures, the smallest electric utility in California … Continue Reading The Little Utility that Could?
Focus on how distributed energy resources are paid, not on how they improve grid planning. When Bill Gates started Microsoft he set the goal of “a computer on every desk … Continue Reading Solar on Every Roof, Electric Vehicles in Every Driveway?
When complex regulations meet power markets, be sure to read the fine print. The next big push in climate policy in the US appears to be coalescing around a clean … Continue Reading The Clean Electricity Payment Plan: How Exactly Is This Supposed to Work?
A new study says yes. But distributed solar benefits are an elusive prize. Policy makers, power companies, and a majority of Americans are coming around to the idea that the … Continue Reading Will Investing Big in Distributed Solar Save Us Billions?
Sort of. More expensive, less well timed, grid-intensive energy efficiency. Here in California, rooftop solar has been in the news quite a bit lately, as net energy metering and other … Continue Reading Is Rooftop Solar Just Like Energy Efficiency?
California’s distributed solar policy hurts the poor. It really is that simple. California regulators and legislators are diving back into Net Energy Metering (NEM) policies, debating how much customers with … Continue Reading Rooftop Solar Inequity
To site new generation we must develop inclusive processes that don’t just reward the most influential. When you fly into Maui, at some point on the approach to Kahului airport … Continue Reading Finding Homes for Wind and Solar