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The U.S. state of Minnesota has enacted legislation allowing investor-owned utilities to use a value of solar tariff as an alternative to net metering for DPV. This document details the methodology participating utilities will use to calculate the value of solar tariff to account for several values of DPV (including energy and its delivery, generation and transmission capacity, transmission and distribution losses, and environmental value). The methodology includes detailed example calculations for each step.
Located in Topics & Resources / Regulation & Public Policy / Regulation & Public Policy folder
Because of Jamaica’s high retail electricity prices, significant opportunity exists for DPV as an economic alternative. This paper reviews the effectiveness of Jamaica’s net billing pilot program, and identifies remaining challenges including a complex interconnection process, contractual ambiguity, and stakeholder equity concerns. The report provides several specific recommendations like shortening interconnection timelines, reducing caps on individual systems, and moving beyond a pilot phase. Many of these recommendations are applicable to other countries, particularly those with similarly high electricity rates.
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Recent market liberalization and energy sector reform in Mexico is pushing forward a wave of new potential for DG. This report explores how DG can fulfill many of Mexico’s energy goals. It presents specific policy options to better integrate DG as a cost-effective source of energy generation. Although specifically tailored to Mexico, many of the report’s recommendations can be applied in developing contexts.
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Financial incentives for PV installations work at multiple policy levels and are an impactful tool for promoting clean energy deployment. As some forty-eight countries globally have implemented financial incentives for PV, methods like tax measures, rebates or grants, performance-based incentives, and loan programs stand as demonstrably successful tools. This study examines ways to ensure success in implementing incentive structures.
Located in Topics & Resources / Financing & Business Models / Financing & Business Models folder
Various sources estimate between $264 and $565 billion dollars will be needed annually to finance climate change-relevant projects, such as distributed PV, in developing countries. While some of this has been pledged through international institutions like the Green Climate Fund, the rest will need to come from a combination of private and public investments. This report examines methods to utilize public investment to leverage private investment by reducing investor risk. By coordinating their investment strategies, efficient funding opportunities can be selected to maximize the return on investment.
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Distributed Resources and the Sustainable Energy Transition in Asia – ACEF 2020 Deep Dive Workshop
As part of the 2020 Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the United States Agency International Development (USAID) at a Deep Dive Workshop on Distributed Resources and the Sustainable Energy Transition in Asia on June 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (Manila GMT+8).
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Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Policies and Implications for Pakistan
This report explores evidence from several key countries regarding the impacts of electric vehicle (EV) market penetration from financial incentives, road access policies, EV mandates, fuel taxes, discounted electricity rates, charging infrastructure, and government investment in the domestic automotive industry.
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This report estimates the storage required to enable PV penetration up to 50% in California (with renewable penetration over 66%), and quantifies the complex relationships among storage, PV penetration, grid flexibility, and PV costs due to increased curtailment. The authors find that storage needs depend strongly on the amount of other flexibility resources deployed. With very low-cost PV (three cents per kilowatt-hour) and a highly flexible electric power system, about 19 gigawatts of energy storage could enable 50% PV penetration with a marginal net PV levelized cost of energy (LCOE) comparable to the variable costs of future combined-cycle gas generators under carbon constraints.
Located in Topics & Resources / Demand Response and Storage / Demand Response and Storage Folder
This report details the barriers that restrict the deployment of energy storage technologies in the United States. The findings are based on interviews with stakeholders and review of regulatory filings in four regions roughly representative of the country. The report suggests that while high capital costs remain a barrier to energy storage, deployment is also impacted by regulatory, market (economic), utility and developer business model, cross-cutting, and technology barriers.
Located in Topics & Resources / Demand Response and Storage / Demand Response and Storage Folder
This paper focuses on foundational rate design principles that are typically associated with conventional meters. Despite growing deployment of smart meters, most electricity customers are served by conventional meters. The wide variety of pricing practices discussed in this paper highlight global case studies that have exhibited the ability to enable system operators to send price signals that alter retail customer behavior, affect needed capital improvements, and influence a utility’s capital investments.
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