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Title: Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-Based Rates

Abstract

Utilities are proposing changes to residential rate structures to address concerns about lost revenue due to increased adoption of distributed solar generation. An investigation of the impacts of increased fixed charges, minimum bills and residential demand charges on PV and non-PV customer bills suggests that minimum bills more accurately capture utilities' revenue requirement than fixed charges, while not acting as a disincentive to efficiency or negatively impacting low-income customers.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S), SunShot Initiative
OSTI Identifier:
1413445
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-64849
Journal ID: ISSN 1040-6190
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Electricity Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1040-6190
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; rate design; distributed solar; residential solar; utility rate

Citation Formats

McLaren, Joyce, Davidson, Carolyn, Miller, John, and Bird, Lori. Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-Based Rates. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2015.09.005.
McLaren, Joyce, Davidson, Carolyn, Miller, John, & Bird, Lori. Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-Based Rates. United States. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2015.09.005.
McLaren, Joyce, Davidson, Carolyn, Miller, John, and Bird, Lori. Thu . "Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-Based Rates". United States. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2015.09.005.
@article{osti_1413445,
title = {Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-Based Rates},
author = {McLaren, Joyce and Davidson, Carolyn and Miller, John and Bird, Lori},
abstractNote = {Utilities are proposing changes to residential rate structures to address concerns about lost revenue due to increased adoption of distributed solar generation. An investigation of the impacts of increased fixed charges, minimum bills and residential demand charges on PV and non-PV customer bills suggests that minimum bills more accurately capture utilities' revenue requirement than fixed charges, while not acting as a disincentive to efficiency or negatively impacting low-income customers.},
doi = {10.1016/j.tej.2015.09.005},
journal = {Electricity Journal},
issn = {1040-6190},
number = 8,
volume = 28,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {10}
}