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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

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has developed a framework that describes the major activities required for the electricity grid to function. Because the grid system network is not a linear value chain it becomes more difficult to see how a node can be removed or where new value can be created. By using the visual framework via the process provided, it becomes possible to explore the potential value streams of a given technology in an organized fashion. Wouldn’t this type of framework anchor you in current paradigm thinking and encumber the creative process? Even at the highest level of disruption the end goal remains the same; electrical power needs to get to the equipment that needs power. In this manner, the constraints of the framework apply and steps can be removed as appropriate for the given technology. The electricity grid of the future is one that will require the advancement of many emerging technologies. It is crucial that these technologies understand themselves in order to find their place to fit in and belong to the system and add maximum value.

 

The Economics of Load Defection: How Grid-Connected Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Will Compete with Traditional Electric Service, Why it Matters, and Possible Paths Forward

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2015-05_RMI-TheEconomicsOfLoadDefection-FullReport

In particular, we sought to answer two core questions:
1. Lowest-Cost Economics: When grid-connected customers have the option to source their entire load either from a) the grid, b) a solar- plus-battery system, or c) some combination of the grid, solar PV, and batteries, how does that configuration change over time based on lowest-cost economics for the customer? And how do the relative contributions of grid- and self-sourced electricity change over time to meet customer load?

2. Implications: What are the potential implications for utilities, third-party solar and battery providers, financiers/investors, customers, and other electricity system stakeholders? And what opportunities might be found in grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems?

 

The Economics of Load Defection: How Grid-Connected Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Will Compete with Traditional Electric Service, Why it Matters, and Possible Paths Forward (Executive Summary)

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2015-06_RMI-TheEconomicsOfLoadDefection-ExecSummary

In particular, we sought to answer two core questions:
1. Lowest-Cost Economics: When grid-connected customers have the option to source their entire load either from a) the grid, b) a solar- plus-battery system, or c) some combination of the grid, solar PV, and batteries, how does that configuration change over time based on lowest-cost economics for the customer? And how do the relative contributions of grid- and self-sourced electricity change over time to meet customer load?

2. Implications: What are the potential implications for utilities, third-party solar and battery providers, financiers/investors, customers, and other electricity system stakeholders? And what opportunities might be found in grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems?

 

The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How "Flexiwatts" Create Quantifiable Value for Customers and the Grid (Executive Summary)

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMI-TheEconomicsofDemandFlexibilityExecSummary

Here, we analyze demand flexibility’s economic opportunity. In the residential sector alone, widespread implementation of demand flexibility can save 10–15% of potential grid costs, and customers can cut their electric bills 10–40% with rates and technologies that exist today. Roughly 65 million customers already have potentially appropriate opt-in rates available, so the aggregate market is large and will only grow with further rollout of granular retail pricing.

 

The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How "Flexiwatts" Create Quantifiable Value for Customers and the Grid

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMI-TheEconomicsofDemandFlexibilityFullReport

Here, we analyze demand flexibility’s economic opportunity. In the residential sector alone, widespread implementation of demand flexibility can save 10–15% of potential grid costs, and customers can cut their electric bills 10–40% with rates and technologies that exist today. Roughly 65 million customers already have potentially appropriate opt-in rates available, so the aggregate market is large and will only grow with further rollout of granular retail pricing.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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