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e-LAB RESOURCES - Fall 2014 8 Items
This session reviewed the work that Fort Collins Utilities did to develop a new business model titled, “Integrated Utility Services” (IUS). In the IUS model, the utility would deliver integrated packages of solar and efficiency to customers using on-bill repayment and delivering savings from day 1. This business model would diversify the utility’s business model by providing new revenue from service charges for the solar and efficiency, while at the same time delivering savings to customers.
Fort Collins Utilities has been working on this e-Lab project for over a year, and shared a draft of their final report. In attendance were representatives from SMUD, Avista, Duke, ConEd, and others. The goal was to have a practical discussion about how these and other utilities could deliver new services to their customers in this or similar ways, and to provide structured feedback to FCU and RMI on the proposed
IUS business model for Fort Collins.
The session explored how e-Lab could have a distinctive impact on addressing the needs of low income (LI) and fixed income (FI) customer groups, with a particular focus on the concerns of these groups as they face a changing electricity system and the rapid growth of distributed energy resources.
The purpose of this session was to further scope a potential project to launch an e-Lab “X-Prize” (name likely to be changed) that would offer a cash reward for solving a tough problem faced by the electricity sector related to eLab’s core issues. The group was very enthusiastic about the idea as a means of driving interest and excitement in these issues, but has agreed to further scoping and due diligence are needed before a go/no-go decision can be made.
The session evaluated approaches to the problem facing the electricity industry that we are not doing enough of the right (most impactful) pilot projects; and we are not learning enough from existing pilot projects.
Caroline Hillegeer from GdF Suez shared her perspective on the European distributed energy landscape (see attached slides), along with insightful contributions from others familiar with the European situation.
The session focused on the opportunities for e-Lab to fill a growing need of regulators and stakeholders for clearer insights about the system-level technical and economic effects of increasing adoption of distributed energy resources (DER).
The session explored how platforms can enable value exchange of DER, both vertically to the distribution and bulk power system, as well as horizontally through bilateral transactions from distributed resources.
In this session, participants discussed e-Lab’s latest work on the topic of electricity rate structures, as described in the recent e-Lab report: Rate Design for the Distribution Edge. The discussion framed the need for an evolution towards more sophisticated rates and explored pathways and obstacles to implementation. Participants also sought to identify promising next steps to reach scaled implementation of advanced rate solutions.