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Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for A Distributed Resource Future

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-25_eLab-RateDesignfortheDistributionEdge-Full-highres

The U.S. electricity system is on the cusp of fundamental change, driven by rapidly improving cost effectiveness of technologies that increase customers’ ability to efficiently manage, store, and generate electricity in homes and buildings. With growing adoption of these technologies, the electricity system is shifting toward a future in which the deployment and operation of distributed energy resources (DERs)1 will have far-reaching implications for grid operation, investment, and security. Yet, there is a looming disconnect between the rapidly evolving new world of distributed energy technologies and the old world of electricity pricing, where relatively little has changed since the early 20th century. By changing electricity pricing to more fully reflect the benefits and costs of electricity services exchanged between customers and the grid, utilities and regulators can unleash new waves of innovation in distributed energy resource investment that will help to reduce costs while maintaining or increasing system resilience and reliability.

 

Executive Summary: Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for A Distributed Resource Future

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-26_eLab-RateDesignfortheDistributionEdge-ExecSum-highres

The U.S. electricity system is on the cusp of fundamental change, driven by rapidly improving cost effectiveness of technologies that increase customers’ ability to efficiently manage, store, and generate electricity in homes and buildings. With growing adoption of these technologies, the electricity system is shifting toward a future in which the deployment and operation of distributed energy resources (DERs)w will have far-reaching implications for grid operation, investment, and security.

 

Bridges to New Solar Business Models: Executive Summary

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-34_ISBMFinalReportExecSumm

Over the past decade, distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) have experienced unprecedented growth. DPV is now on track to achieve significant scale in many segments of the U.S. market. Yet, nationally, solar produces 0.2% of electricity generation, leaving much room for further growth. Distributed solar’s continued growth can and should play an integral role in building the affordable, resilient, low-carbon electric grid of the future. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is targeting 14% of electricity generation from solar by 2030 and 27% by 2050.

 

Bridges to New Solar Business Models

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-33_ISBMFinalReport

Over the past decade, distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) have experienced unprecedented growth. DPV is now on track to achieve significant scale in many segments of the U.S. market. Yet, nationally, solar produces 0.2% of electricity generation, leaving much room for further growth. Distributed solar’s continued growth can and should play an integral role in building the affordable, resilient, low-carbon electric grid of the future. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is targeting 14% of electricity generation from solar by 2030 and 27% by 2050.

 

Integrated Utility Services: A New Business Model for Fort Collins Utilities

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-36_eLabFortCollinsIUS Report-FINAL-20141219

The contents of this report provide a concrete rationale, from both the customer and utility perspectives, on the value of pursuing the IUS business model and refining it through a real-world pilot.

 

The Atlantic Mann Rebuttal

Journal or Magazine Article, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-08_AtlanticMannRebuttal

On April 24, 2013, The Atlantic ran a cover feature by writer Charles C. Mann, “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?” The piece contained a number of inaccuracies, to which Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory B. Lovins responded in a rebuttal the magazine posted on May 13, 2013. One day later, Mann offered a counter of his own, but perpetuated a range of errors. In this definitive reply, Lovins sets the record straight.

 

Imagine a University

Presentation, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-12_ImagineAUniversity

Amory Lovins' address to the 2nd Appalachian Leadership Summit and
 University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina, 17 July 2013.

 

eLab Annual Report 2012-2013

Annual Report, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-14_eLabAnnualReport

In its first year, eLab made significant strides towards building the capacity of change agents in the electricity sector, fostering the development of new ideas and solutions, and engaging directly with leaders to test and implement new ideas that can ultimately scale broadly throughout the industry.

 

A Review of Solar PV Benefit and Cost Studies

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-13_eLabDERCostValue

This discussion document reviews 15 DPV benefit/cost studies by utilities, national labs, and other organizations to determine what is known and unknown about the categorization, methodological best practices, and gaps around the benefits and costs of DPV.  It also begins to establish a clear foundation from which additional work on benefit/cost assessments and pricing structure design can be built.

 

Comment on "Opportunities and challenges for a sustainable energy future" on Nature.com

Letter, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-09_CommentOnNature.com

This comment was posted on Nature.com in response to “Opportunties and challenges for a sustainable energy future” by Steven Chu and Arun Mujumdar. In it, Amory Lovins argues that integrating the Department of Energy's technological solutions with innovative design, strategy, and public policy could solve many energy problems.

 

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