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Battery Balance of System Charrette: Post-charrette Report

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2015-01_RMIBatterBoS Charrette Report-20150204-Final

The overall objective of RMI’s Battery Balance of System work is to foster the development of collaborative efforts between energy storage stakeholders that: 1) Drive down non-cell costs of behind-the-meter energy storage systems 2) Expand the value proposition of behind-the-meter energy storage systems

 

The Electricity System Value Chain

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2015-04_eLab-ElectricitySystemValueChain-final

• We have identified a few key communication and computation requirements that are necessary for the battery system to participate in an ISO market."

• Additionally,we started to identify other assets in the market that our product offerings would compete with, which may help start the process of a more specific competitive analysis of your system offering."

• Additionally,you could use this same system boundary to explore other values your batteries could provide, and then investigate whether compensation methods currently exist for those values, or if new business models could be developed to receive compensation for those values provided."

• The previous examples gave a sense of how the system value chain could be applied to identify additional sources of value in the context of a technology provider."

• While,in reality,the systems described here are more complex, they were simplified to aid in understanding value chain application."

• The full value of applying the system value chain can be realized when it is used as a discussion framework."

• RMI intends to use the system value chain in strategic engagements with collaborators. These sessions will be designed for the engagement at hand, and will allow the collaborator to deeply explore various solutions using a whole-systems perspective."

 

Transactive Energy

Guide, 2014-41
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-41_TransactiveDiscussionv2

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.

 

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.

 

Low Income Solutions in A High DER Future

Guide, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-32_eLabLowIncomeSolutions_FinalDraft

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.

 

Regulatory Tools & Processes for Distribution Planning

Guide, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-40_eLab-RegulatoryTools_141006

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).

 

Meaningful Pilots: Apotential e-Lab initiative

Guide, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-39_MeaningfulPilots_eLab_FINAL

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.

 

European Perspectives

Guide, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-38_eLab Oct82014-aEuropeanPerspective

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.

 

integrated Utility Service Model

Guide, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-50_FCUpresentation

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.

 

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