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Net Metering 2.0 and Utility Solar Rates
Event Description and Agenda:
Net metering was a simple and appropriate rate mechanism when the solar industry was in its infancy and consumer-installed PV panels were relatively uncommon. It was simple for consumers and small business to understand the value proposition and simple for utilities to integrate the handful of customers in their service areas. But as policies and incentives enticed increasing numbers of home owners and businesses to adopt solar, the growing penetration of these resources onto the grid has resulted in some uncomfortable balancing acts among utilities, customers, regulators, solar providers and other stakeholders important to the process.
The question for utilities is no longer if solar penetration will become significant enough to revise their business model. Rather, it is how to facilitate this expanding consumer adoption and development of solar, while fairly recovering the costs associated with the grid or system adjustments required to absorb these distributed solar generation resources. The most widely-adopted remedy for addressing this economic balancing act continues to be net-metering. Though this seemingly revenue-neutral mechanism has proven to be a "winning" regulatory approach nationwide for consumer and many solar development interests, it has not necessarily been a perfect solution for utilities or all ratepayers. The consequences of allowing the consumer's meter to run "backwards" and sell energy back to the grid has brought on two gripes: 1) that the revenue of utilities and load-serving entities is being reduced, while the unrecoverable costs to service this non-traditional form of generation are multiplied, and 2) there is a growing recognition that this can cause some economic inequities among ratepayers. Alternative measures for allocating the costs and benefits equitably among the parties involved — such as, "buy all- sell all" and value of solar tariff — are now receiving greater attention. These and other alternatives have been the subject for multiple studies and vigorous debate.
The objective of this conference is to explore rate structures that facilitate meeting solar development goals for consumer adoption, while striking an optimum balance among all solar development stakeholders, including utilities and their business models. In considering these objectives, the program will bring together utilities, solar energy developers, regulators, consumer interests and other interested parties to examine the array of options for solar policy, rate recovery and incentive structures. It will also consider how various jurisdictions are working through these challenges and what the results have been or are projected to be.
Monday, January 26, 2015
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. :: Registration
Solar Rate Policy Context
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. :: Morning Break
Solar Rate Perspectives
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
Solar Utility Rate Implementation Case Studies
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break
5:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns