Customer bill impacts of energy efficiency and net-metered photovoltaic system investments

Customer bill impacts of energy efficiency and net-metered photovoltaic system investments

TitleCustomer bill impacts of energy efficiency and net-metered photovoltaic system investments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAndrew Satchwell, Peter Cappers, Charles A Goldman
JournalUtilities Policy
Volume50
144
Pagination144-152
Date Published02/2018
Abstract

Utility regulators and policymakers are concerned about potential increases in retail rates driven by energy efficiency (EE) programs and distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, which may adversely affect utility customers that do not invest in these technologies (i.e., non-participants) and more so than those that do (i.e., participants). We assess customer bill impacts of illustrative EE programs and net-metered PV systems for a prototypical northeast utility. We find that the timing of customer EE or PV investments matters and that modest energy savings may fail to yield financial benefits sufficient to offset concomitant increases in retail rates.

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URLhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0957178717302011?via%3Dihub
DOI10.1016/j.jup.2017.12.003