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Upcoming Webinar - "Minnesota’s Smarter Grid Report"
The Energy Systems Integration Group is hosting a no-cost webinar titled "Minnesota's Smarter Grid Report" featuring speakers from Vibrant Clean Energy and the McKnight Foundation. The webinar will be held on February 6, 2019 2:00 pm EST.
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Mexico's energy reform will have far-reaching effects on how people produce and consume electricity in the country. Market liberalization will open the door to an increasing number of options for Mexican residential, commercial, and industrial consumers to deploy distributed generation (DG). Distributed generation is an option for consumers who want to produce their own electricity and provide electricity services to others. This report seeks to provide guidance to Mexican officials on designing economic and regulatory policies for DG.
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Mexico is a regional leader in setting goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and distributed generation (DG) development is a key priority for the country's policymakers. Current DG policies have fostered growth but need to be modernized to serve current needs and accommodate higher penetration levels. In this report, NREL summarizes international DG policy experiences and best practices and identifies the potential opportunities for policy reform.
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Countries around the world have established ambitious targets for increasing the contribution of renewable energy toward meeting their national energy demand. At low penetrations of wind and solar (e.g., below 5%–10% of annual electric demand), impacts to the power system are likely to be minimal. However, as the proportion of variable renewable energy (VRE) connected to the grid increases, power system planners will increasingly need to evaluate and manage the impact of increased variability and uncertainty on system operations. They will also need to ensure that the policy and regulatory environment offers sufficient certainty and revenue streams to encourage investment in new VRE generation. To address these needs, power system planners can take several steps to align targets and incentives with grid integration considerations.
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Various sources estimate between $264 and $565 billion dollars will be needed annually to finance climate change-relevant projects, such as distributed PV, in developing countries. While some of this has been pledged through international institutions like the Green Climate Fund, the rest will need to come from a combination of private and public investments. This report examines methods to utilize public investment to leverage private investment by reducing investor risk. By coordinating their investment strategies, efficient funding opportunities can be selected to maximize the return on investment.
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Financial incentives for PV installations work at multiple policy levels and are an impactful tool for promoting clean energy deployment. As some forty-eight countries globally have implemented financial incentives for PV, methods like tax measures, rebates or grants, performance-based incentives, and loan programs stand as demonstrably successful tools. This study examines ways to ensure success in implementing incentive structures.
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Recent market liberalization and energy sector reform in Mexico is pushing forward a wave of new potential for DG. This report explores how DG can fulfill many of Mexico’s energy goals. It presents specific policy options to better integrate DG as a cost-effective source of energy generation. Although specifically tailored to Mexico, many of the report’s recommendations can be applied in developing contexts.
Located in Topics & Resources / Regulation & Public Policy / Regulation & Public Policy folder
Because of Jamaica’s high retail electricity prices, significant opportunity exists for DPV as an economic alternative. This paper reviews the effectiveness of Jamaica’s net billing pilot program, and identifies remaining challenges including a complex interconnection process, contractual ambiguity, and stakeholder equity concerns. The report provides several specific recommendations like shortening interconnection timelines, reducing caps on individual systems, and moving beyond a pilot phase. Many of these recommendations are applicable to other countries, particularly those with similarly high electricity rates.
Located in Topics & Resources / Regulation & Public Policy / Regulation & Public Policy folder
Estimating the benefits and costs of DPV helps power system stakeholders evaluate appropriate regulatory measures and compensation programs for DPV. To inform these decisions, this report describes current and potential future methods, data, and tools to estimate the benefits and costs of DPV from the utility or electricity-generation system perspective. Although the report is explicitly written in the context of informing estimation of DPV costs and benefits to the United States electricity system, it provides insights relevant to power systems around the world.
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Value of solar methods for compensating DG rely on cost-benefit analysis to determine tariff options. This brief report analyzes different objectives behind DGPV programs, finding that various objectives require different methodological perspectives when conducting a cost-benefit analysis and ultimately creating a tariff.
Located in Topics & Resources / Regulation & Public Policy / Regulation & Public Policy folder
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