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Beyond Net Metering: What's Next?

Net metering has created some issues in terms of compensation for distributed solar. Under net energy metering, utilities compensate solar owners at the same retail rate for power sent to the grid as the customers pay for the electricity they consume. It has been almost too successful, utilities say, as it allows customers with solar arrays to dramatically reduce their bills, shifting the burden of infrastructure costs to the remaining customers.

The New Wave of Rate Design

Traditional utility-decreed regulation-controlled rates may soon be an anachronism. Rate-making services are shifting toward a more customer-centric approach, placing a higher value on customer demand. Even more radical yet, but further down the pipeline, are subscription-based electricity services packages, modeled on companies like Amazon and Netflix.

What Will It Take to See Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles?

Behind the wheel of electric vehicles (EVs) are early adopters, paving the way for the rest of us to jump on that electric-powered bandwagon. According to a recent article in Utility Dive, “Right now there are more than 250 million vehicles registered in the United States, and less than 1 million of those are electric. It's a drop in the bucket—so far, anyway—and to date, there has been modest impact on the electric grid.”

The Power of Diversity and Inclusion

Often when discussing diversity and inclusion (D&I), practitioners find themselves in the position of trying to explain the business case. This is often required due to a general lack of understanding by many on the topic. Some feel D&I is some type of social program such as affirmative action. Others tend to characterize it as simply a racial topic, narrowing it even further to a black and white issue. In reality, D&I involves each of us, regardless of our race, nationality, professional background, age, sex, sexual preference, communication or learning style. This long yet incomplete list gives us a good definition of diversity. Inclusion is defined as the act of including or the state of being included. As a verb, it’s transitive in nature; that is, it involves the transfer of an action from one person to another. So, action is required.  

What is a Home Utility Report?

A home utility report (HUR) is a report that’s compiled and emailed or sent to customers from their energy provider. It details their home energy use, similar to the miles-per-gallon sticker on the window of a new car. The report compares the consumer’s energy use to approximately 100 occupied homes in the area that are similar to theirs in size, type (condo, apartment or single-family dwelling) and the heating sources they use. It also compares their own use from year to year.

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