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Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Utility Solar Rates Summit
Evaluating NEM Actions & Other Solar Rate Mechanisms
September 11-12, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Overview

Over the years, 43 states (plus DC) adopted net energy metering (NEM) as the regulatory approach for accommodating the development and consumer adoption of solar.  In many jurisdictions, the proliferation of rooftop solar systems have pinched utility infrastructure that was not traditionally built to accommodate the resulting distributed power flows and related system anomalies.  Consequently, several state regulatory commissions and the utilities they oversee have pushed the NEM re-set button or are evaluating whether and how to do so.  This is responsive in large measure to two gripes brought on by the consequences of allowing the consumer’s meter to run “backwards” and sell energy back to the grid: 1) that the revenue of utilities and load-serving entities is being reduced, while the unrecoverable costs to service this non-centralized form of generation and the grid remain or are increasing, and 2) that this rate mechanism can result in economic inequities among ratepayer classes.  

This NEM utility summit will explore common rate structures and alternate measures now receiving greater attention, study and debate.  It will examine the array of options that utilities, regulatory commissions and stakeholders are looking to as a means for striking the necessary balance between promoting the advancement of solar policy and development, facilitating appropriate rate recovery, ensuring grid reliability and enabling consumer choice.  Finally, the program will consider how various jurisdictions are working through these challenges, and what the results have been or are projected to be.  Utilities, regulatory bodies and project developers with active or anticipated NEM and related cases will find this a must-attend forum to evaluate their options and the path forward.

Learning Outcomes

Through presentations and panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity at this conference to:

  • Appraise various utility solar rate designs and mechanisms in use
  • Identify common elements of regulatory costs, benefits and externalities that can be reflected in “retail” rate structures
  • Evaluate strategic utility challenges in properly establishing solar program revenue targets
  • Examine distributed solar valuation, avoided cost and levelized cost (LCOE) calculation metrics and assumptions
  • Discuss “in-progress” net energy metering, tariff and related “retail” solar rate proceedings and their prospective relevance to foregoing utility rate cases
  • Assess how the higher penetration of customer distributed generation solar impacts utility business models for the future

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Agenda

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. :: Welcome and Overview


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: The Foundations of Net Energy Metering (NEM)

This segment will provide an overview of the foundations that underpin the concepts associated with net energy metering (NEM) and the results they have yielded.


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Why is NEM in Flux and Where?

This segment will survey more or less current actions in the United States where there have been proposed and enacted legislative, regulatory policy, and rate design changes affecting the value proposition of distributed energy resources (DERs), with a special emphasis on solar and net energy metering (NEM).  Its content draws on a quarterly series of state policy updates from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, called the 50 States of Solar, and comprehensive 2019 report prepared by the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI).

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: What Are Some Common NEM and Alternative Mechanisms and How Do They Work?

Understanding the components that go into various net energy metering (NEM) and solar rate methodologies is essential for utilities and regulatory commissions when they are considering whether and how to pursue a modification of the state policies that govern these (mostly) solar-specific mechanisms. This segment will examine how multiple rate structures are formulated, and will recognize the important relationships that each of these mechanisms have to rate class, utility business model and metering/billing infrastructure:

  • Comprehensive reviews of utility rate designs
  • Increasing fixed charges
  • Adding demand or standby charges to small-customer rates
  • Community solar provisions
  • Creating a separate rate class for customers using distributed generation
  • Third-party ownership rules for DG resources
  • Utility-led programs for customer-sited DG

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Inventory of Related State Regulatory Actions and Case Studies

This segment will describe the changes to traditional rate design features and net metering policies that are being proposed, approved, and implemented.  It will examine general themes and specific case studies of policy attribute debates and their importance to utilities and customers as they relate to…

  • Rates
  • Customer contribution(s) to grid
  • Impact on utility business model(s)
  • Implementation

General

  • NEM Termination w/pending replacement tariff(s)
  • NEM Replacements

Specific

  • Arizona – TEP/UNS Electric net metering regulatory history (“ground zero” for net metering debate)
  • California – Update on next net metering proceeding anticipated to start in 2019/2020
  • New York – New York REV update on decisions and rate setting principles recently established

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Evaluation of Recent State Actions in NEM Policies in 5 Vertically Integrated and 5 Restructured States

This segment will consider whether and how NEM programs are influenced based on whether they are administered in electric service territories that fall within different types of regulatory constructs – and will consider the similarities and distinctions of – these distinct categories:

  • Wholesale electricity markets (typically ISOs)
  • Retail competitive choice electricity markets
  • Vertically integrated electric utilities (VIEUs)
  • Hybrid VIEU/electricity market

5:00 p.m. :: Program Adjournment for Day


Thursday, September 12, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Implications for Changes in NEM Solar and DER Rate Design

This segment will explore implications associated with the transition away from traditional NEM approach.  Going forward, utilities, rate commissions and legislatures will be in a better position to forge long-term, satisfactory NEM-replacement measures if they have considered such questions as:

  • How do NEM rate changes affect the rate of adoption of DG or even broader DER technologies?
  • Are studies of the value of solar, the value of DER, and utility costs of service measuring the right benefits and costs? Are they measuring all of them? Finally, are the measuring methods valid and reliable?
  • Are there marked differences in DG markets between jurisdictions allowing versus prohibiting third-party ownership? If yes, what are those differences?
  • In jurisdictions with utility-led programs, utility ownership, or both, what happens to market growth rates? And, what happens to competition?
  • Should the credit rates include both capacity and energy costs bundled into an average rate at all hours, or should the credit be differentiated by the prices at the specific times energy is delivered?
  • Are there locational cost dimensions that differentiate the value which should be recognized in the NEM programs and tariffs?

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:20 – 11:45 a.m. :: Moving Beyond NEM

Formulating a policy and process approach that re-frames the value proposition to address contemporary and future terms requires more than just a knowledge of rate adjustment techniques and processes.

This segment will consider how state regulatory commissions and utilities are pursuing a successful balancing of the fundamental regulatory and market-based business compacts that have a bearing on NEM and VoST formulations, and forging outcomes that are earning broad buy-in.  It will consider:

  • Issues of common perspective to reduce conflict
  • Rate stabilization methods that achieve the objective of addressing utility concerns while still facilitating distributed solar development
  • Ensuring rate-payer equity across other class(es)
  • If a “sweet-spot” can be identified between too little and too much granularity in tariff design

11:45 a.m. :: Program Adjournment

Instructors

Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher – Energy & Environment, National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI)

Tom Stanton is Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, at NRRI. He joined NRRI in fall 2010 after a 32-year career in Michigan state government. Mr. Stanton specializes in policy research for renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and global climate change. Mr. Stanton has worked in Michigan state government — in the fields of public utility regulation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy — including 10 years at the State Energy Office and over 22 years at the Michigan Public Service Commission. For several of those years, he worked on administration of Michigan’s solar and renewable energy tax credits program and later served as manager of the renewable energy section at the Michigan PSC. He earned a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Journalism, both from Michigan State University, as well as an M.S. in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.


David DesLauriers, Director – Federal Energy Regulatory Matters, Black & Veatch Management Consulting

David DesLauriers is Director of Federal Energy Regulatory Matters for Black & Veatch Management Consulting, where he has been for the past eight years.  In this capacity, he is responsible for providing expert guidance and insight on energy regulatory and costing matters for electric utility and energy companies.  Areas of expertise include: cost of service, rate design, revenue requirements, regulatory policy, distributed energy resource matters, market planning, and regulatory strategy & policy.  Before joining B & V, he served eight years at KPMG as Senior Manager of Advisory for Utilities Regulated Services, Executive Consultant at Stone & Webster/Shaw Group and Senior Consultant at The Columbia Group.  He holds an MBA from Babson College – Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business, with a specialization in finance and management, and a B.A in Economics from the College of Holy Cross.


Bruce R. Chapman, Vice President and Senior Economist, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

Bruce R. Chapman is Vice President and Senior Economist at Christensen Associates Energy Consulting.  He assists clients in the electricity and natural gas industries to improve their costing and pricing capabilities. Mr. Chapman advises clients in such areas of expertise as: cost-of-service analysis and rate design based upon established regulatory and market-based principles; innovative rate design including demand response products, renewables pricing, fixed billing, and other market-based retail pricing products; load forecasting and load research analysis. Additionally, he has supervised the development of software required for the implementation and support of innovative retail products.


Lon Huber, Director – Energy Policy, Navigant

Lon Huber leads Navigant’s North American retail energy regulatory offering. In this capacity, he provides expert witness testimony, proceeding strategy, and pricing solutions on behalf of clients across the energy sector landscape.  Mr. Huber has received numerous awards including being named Utility Dive’s Innovator of the Year for 2018 and is well known for his creative data-driven solutions to some of the energy industry’s most pressing issues, including rate design, DER pricing reform, RPS modernization, and energy storage. With more than a decade in the energy industry, his experience spans public and private sectors, as well as academia.  In addition to his work on behalf of industry clients, Mr. Huber has directly educated consumers on new rates and demand response options, designed tariffs, and consulted on education and communication strategy.  He is an instructor at FRI’s Advanced Transformational Rates Seminar at Washington University in St. Louis.


Rick Gilliam, Program Director – DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar Initiative

Rick Gilliam is Program Director of DG Regulatory Policy for the Vote Solar Initiative.  He is focused on rate case and regulatory intervention nationwide. He was formerly Vice President of Mountain West Government Affairs for SunEdison and held prior roles at Western Resource Advocates, the Public Service Company of Colorado and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Location

Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

10345 Park Meadows Drive

Lone Tree, CO 80124

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Nights of September 10 – 11, 2019

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