Features and Benefits of our Distributed Generation Load Shape Profile Model FeatureBenefit Identifies inherent fixed cost subsidiesEstablishes clear evidence of existing fixed cost cross-subsidies and system bypass and quantifies level of subsidy Customizable to utilityProvides results specific to your utility Easily linkable to company cost of service studyResults easily converted into industry standard cost of service impacts Widely used in recent high-profile solar pricing regulated proceedingsModel has been tested in regulatory settings – four base rate cases and three generic proceedings since 2016 Inputs to model are sourced from common industry data pointsData inputs are factual and known and no complicated data retrieval steps are necessary; no new load research is necessary Employs Black & Veatch’s proprietary utility pricing model and energy production modelingModel meets our high standards for accuracy, quality and robustness Uses an Excel-based software platformModel easily adaptable and linkable to other utility models Distributed Generation Rate Design - Regulatory Qualifications Proceeding ReferenceJurisdictionDescription of Work Base Rate CaseArizona Corporation CommissionDeveloped proposal and cost analytics exposing current net metering cross subsidies on system; proposed changes to net metering tariff, including adoption of three-part rate. Expert testimony provided in Phase I. Generic Proceeding – Distributed Energy ResourcesArizona Corporation CommissionProvided expert testimony with supporting complex cost analytics and theory to establish utility position regarding value of solar production in this rule-making proceeding. Base CaseArizona Corporation CommissionDeveloped proposal and cost analytics exposing current net metering cross subsidies on system; proposed changes to net metering tariff, including adoption of three-part rate. Expert testimony provided in Phase I. Base Rate CaseNew Hampshire Public Utilities CommissionDeveloped proposal and cost analytics highlighting net metering cross subsidies; proposed changes to net metering tariff. Expert testimony provided. Generic Proceeding – Distributed Energy ResourcesNew Hampshire Public Utilities CommissionDeveloped analytics and theoretical foundation for proposed changes to net metering in state. Expert testimony provided. Filed expert testimony. Maximum Residential Customer Charge – Rule-makingPublic Utilities Regulatory Authority of ConnecticutUsed Black & Veatch’s Distributed Generation Load ShapeProfile model to identify and quantify level of residential intra-class cross subsidies resulting from current net metering tariff. Filed expert testimony. Generic Proceeding - Cost of Service StudyPublic Utilities Regulatory Authority of ConnecticutDeveloped series of cost analytics for solar PV and provided testimony establishing existence of cross subsidies in current statewide net metering policies. Filed expert testimony. Base RateGuam Public Utilities CommissionProposed changes to a net metering tariff to serve new installations on island. Work conducted as a compliance requirement from the authority’s 2013 base rate case (11-09). Prepared report filed with the commission in August 2016. Distributed Generation Drives Change in Electric Industry Distributed energy resources continue to drive change within the electric industry as both energy consumers and electric service providers are diversifying how electricity is generated and delivered. Spawned by the public embrace of clean energy, falling prices and regulatory subsidies, there is increased deployment of solar PV, battery energy storage and microgrids. This movement is requiring utilities to transform traditional centralized networks into flexible, distributed and integrated power networks that are starting to evolve from demonstration mode to more solid, longer-term investments that play an important part in how they develop a new utility business model. As many of these efforts move forward, organizations are working through complexities to achieve the best economics for distributed energy and microgrid customers while at the same time seeking to maximize benefit from the existing grid investments. According to the 2017 Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report, solar PV, wind turbine generation and combined cycle gas-fired generation were listed as the top forms of generation to be added by electric providers. Which of the following types of incremental electrical generation, greater than 50 MW, will you likely add to your system within the next five years? 0 Related Insights How are the Largest U.S. Cities Managing Rising Costs for Water and Sewer Services? According to respondents in the 2018-2019 50 Largest Cities Water & Wastewater Rate Survey, utilities are modifying how they charge for services to address revenue stability and affordability concerns. With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. 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Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources. Ready to Learn More? Complete a short form to request more information and a specialist will contact you.