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Smart Utility Rates Could Slash Grid Investment Costs and Monthly Bills

August 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Utilities and Customer Bills

Homeowners could save up to 40 percent on their electricity bills and utilities could slash billions of costs every year in grid upgrades if demand-flexible rate plans were widely available, according to a new study from Rocky Mountain Institute.[read more]

The Decline of Sloppy Electricity Rate Making

August 25, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Sloppy Electricity Rates

Back in the “good old days” most customers had no choice about how to buy electricity and a regulator’s life was pretty easy. The utility needed sufficient revenue to cover its costs, but the regulator approving rates was mostly just deciding whose ox to gore.[read more]

Does Focusing on Utility Rate Impact Actually Protect Consumers?

March 13, 2015 by Jim Kennerly

A common claim by many who are skeptical of the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency is that its deployment “raises rates” for all customers (especially residential) and thus should be pursued only with the greatest care. What’s more, the argument implicitly equates “rates” to customer bills.[read more]

The Minimum Bill: A First Step to Fair Utility Rates in a Distributed Energy Age

September 16, 2014 by Jim Kennerly

Distributed Energy and Utility Rates

Are utility business models facing long-term disruptive change? In recent years, declining solar costs have made this a question of when, not if. Thus, utilities in leading solar PV markets are attempting to buy enough time to retool their strategies.[read more]

Consumers Really Want Options in Utility Rate Plans

May 27, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Utility Rate Options Demanded

In most utility territories, the very mention of default time-of-use pricing would have consumer advocates up in arms. Even though demand pricing is increasingly common in every other facet of our lives, utilities provide an essential service and pushback is intense.[read more]