Utility Regulation & Business Models

Berkeley Lab releases new user-friendly publicly-available pro-forma utility financial model tool

The Standardized Utility Pro-forma Financial Analysis (SUPRA) tool provides regulators, policymakers, utilities, and third-party development organizations in island and remote communities with a relatively simple and publicly accessible financial analysis tool to better assess island utility opportunities to manage, mitigate, and/or improve its financial situation, and quantify the financial impacts from pursuing changes to its regulatory and business model.

Renewable Energy Options for Large Utility Customers

How can utilities help large customers achieve their own renewable energy goals as they approach very high penetrations of renewables? Panelists will provide multiple perspectives that highlight differing views on the future of electric utility regulation in this context as states seek to achieve a reliable, affordable, and flexible power system. 

Moderator: Julie Baldwin, Manager, Renewable Energy Section, Michigan Public Service Commission


Recovery of Utility Fixed Costs: Utility, Customer, Environmental, and Economist Perspective

This webinar discusses Report No. 5, Recovery of Utility Fixed Costs: Utility, Consumer, Environmental and Economist Perspectives, in the Future Electric Utility Regulation Series. Utilities recover costs for providing electric service to retail customers through a combination of rate components that together comprise customers’ monthly electric bills.

Distribution System Pricing with Distributed Energy Resources

This webinar discusses Report No. 4, Distribution System Pricing with Distributed Energy Resources,  in the Future Electric Utility Regulation Series. This report examines pricing issues related to the business relationship between electric distribution utilities and the owners of DERs. At a minimum, utilities will likely continue to supply most owners of DERs with backup and supplemental service and with various other grid services.

Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

This work provides insights for the two main sources of bill savings for residential and commercial customers – demand charge reductions and arbitrage of energy charges – considering a range of customer profiles and retail rate designs. Storage can reduce monthly demand charges, which are dependent on the customer’s billing demand in kW rather than the amount of energy they consume in kWh, by charging during times of low energy consumption and discharging during peak consumption hours, thereby reducing peak power consumption from the grid.


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