Adam Toth, PE recently presented the paper “Rate Considerations Related to Solar Distributed Generation” at the IEEE REPC 2018 Conference in Memphis, TN. Craig Woycheese, CPA and Jeff Chapman, EI were also contributors to the research paper.
At the end of the conference, we were honored to have been selected in top three research papers and presentations. With that, we have gladly accepted the invitation to give the presentation again at TechAdvantage 2019 in Orlando, FL on March 11-13, 2019.
Abstract: As distributed energy resources (DER) gain prevalence on rural distribution systems, implementation of sound rate design methodology is more important than ever for Rural Electric Cooperatives. IEEE Standard 1547 addresses many of the engineering concerns related to the interconnection of DER, but there is limited documentation with respect to the economic impact to utilities and their customers under various interconnection scenarios. There are a number of rate structures deployed among electric utilities today that address the impact of consumer DER augmentation with variable consequences to both the consumer and the utility. The analysis that follows evaluated scenarios under varying levels of solar penetration and the most frequently utilized billing mechanisms.