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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


Preliminary Strategy Summary Supporting Fort Collins' Climate Action Plan (CAP)

Presentation, Report or White Paper, 2015

This document includes a high level summary of strategies that can be used to achieve a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 80% by 2030 (2005 baseline) in the city of Fort Collins.


The Electricity System Value Chain

Report or White Paper, 2015

• 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

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.


integrated Utility Service Model

Guide, 2014

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.


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.


e-Lab Inducement Prize: Background Research

Guide, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-37_X PrizeFraming20140929

The purpose of this session was to further scope a potential project to launch an e-Lab “X-Prize” (name likely to be changed) that would offer a cash reward for solving a tough problem faced by the electricity sector related to eLab’s core issues. The group was very enthusiastic about the idea as a means of driving interest and excitement in these issues, but has agreed to further scoping and due diligence are needed before a go/no-go decision can be made.


Stepping Up: Benefits and Cost of Accelerating Fort Collins' Energy and Climate Goals

Report or White Paper, 2014

This report examines the opportunity for accelerating Fort Collins’ energy and climate goals to reflect the community’s values while capturing economic, social, and environmental benefits. In the five years since Fort Collins initially established its current greenhouse gas emissions goals, rapid changes in the cost and availability of clean, energy efficient technologies, together with the emergence of new business models and financing methods for implementing these measures, have dramatically shifted the solutions space for addressing the community’s energy needs. The cost of solar panels, for example, has fallen nearly 75% since 2008, with further dramatic declines yet to come; the retail price for energy- efficient LED lightbulbs has fallen by 50% in the past year. These and other changes have opened the door for the City to implement new solutions to reduce emissions and waste, stimulate local economic development, improve security, and reduce risk. This analysis indicates that, in the accelerated scenario, Fort Collins can achieve an approximate 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, two decades ahead of its existing 2050 greenhouse gas reduction target. In doing so, the community could: • reduce building energy use by 31% through efficiency, • achieve a carbon neutral electricity system by 2030, and • reduce transportation energy use by 48%.


The Economics of Grid Defection: When and Where Distributed Solar Generation Plus Storage Competes with Traditional Utility Service (4-Pager)

Fact-sheet or One-pager, 2014

4 Page fact sheet detailing the spiral of falling sales and rising electricity prices that make defection via solar-plus systems even more attractive and undermine utilities' traditional business models


The Economics of Grid Defection: When and Where Distributed Solar Generation Plus Storage Competes with Traditional Utility Service

Report or White Paper, 2014

Though many utilities rightly see the impending arrival of solar-plus-battery grid parity as a threat, they could also see such systems as an opportunity to add value to the grid and their business models. The important next question is how utilities might adjust their existing business models or adopt new business models—either within existing regulatory frameworks or under an evolved regulatory landscape—to tap into and maximize new sources of value that build the best electricity system of the future at lowest cost to serve customers and society. These questions will be the subject of a forthcoming companion piece.


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