Clean Power Research

Distributed Energy Storage: a New Perspective for Utility Regulators

A landmark report from Clean Power Research for IREC proposes a methodology for the value of solar PV+energy storage that could be used in any location.

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Valuing Customer-Sited Solar and Storage: is adding batteries worth it?

The concept of adding batteries alongside a utility customer’s solar array intrigues utility customers, solar developers and utility planners on several levels, but the underlying question for everyone is whether adding batteries is “worth it.”

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Solar, will you marry me? (for a contract period of 20 years)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) released an extensive proposal for a value of solar (VOS) methodology, as required by 2013 legislation. Under this new state energy law (HF 729), utilities will be able to apply with the public utility commission (PUC) to replace net metering with a contracted, 20-year VOS rate, compensating customers under a bill credit mechanism that proponents of the VOS rate claim will more accurately reflect the value of that solar generation to the utility.

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