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Apr 13, 2017

Spark: Letting Customers Lead Us to a 21st-Century Grid

 

Spark—the eNewsletter of RMI  
Thursday, April 13, 2017     

LETTING CUSTOMERS LEAD US TO A 21ST-CENTURY GRID

Twentieth-century customer engagement strategies are not achieving broad, mass-market adoption of distributed energy resources and are preventing utilities from building a 21st-century grid. New customer analytics, targeted marketing, and customer service efforts across the country suggest that pursuing a customer-centric, “people-first” approach is a necessary first step. Read More.

BRINGING RENEWABLE ENERGY TO CAMPUSES NATIONWIDE

The Business Renewables Center (BRC) is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Second Nature, a Boston-based organization helping higher education institutions lead on climate action. The partnership makes the BRC’s exclusive primers, guides, and market intelligence available to the 600+ higher education institutions that have joined Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network. Read More.

RATE-DESIGN BEST PRACTICES FOR PUBLIC ELECTRIC-VEHICLE CHARGERS

RMI’s new study, EVgo Fleet and Tariff Analysis, examined a year of electric-vehicle charging sessions in California on the network of charging-infrastructure provider EVgo. The study showed that utility demand charges—special charges based on the peak rate of electricity consumption in a month, which are applied in addition to the cost of the electricity itself—are a significant barrier to the development of viable business models to operate public EV charging networks. Read More.

WE NEED TO ENHANCE PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY INSTEAD OF BRINGING IT TO A STANDSTILL

The recently introduced Protecting Americans from Credit Exploitation bill would require Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) lenders to follow the same regulations as banks and mortgage lenders. While the intent is commendable, there are major concerns about the statutes of the proposed legislation for PACE. Read More.

WHAT’S DRIVING THE COST OF RESIDENTIAL SOLAR-PLUS-STORAGE SYSTEMS?

With the release of new, lower-cost products and the implementation of utility time-of-use and demand-charge rate structures, the overall economics of solar-plus-storage systems continue to improve—but questions remain as to what’s ultimately needed to achieve widespread deployment. To better understand this market evolution, RMI is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on research that examines the costs—and value—of PV-plus-storage systems. Read More.

ANSWER THE GLOBAL CALL

What we do today to define our future—and face the urgent threat of climate change head-on—is more important than ever. Your investment in RMI will accelerate the market-led transition to a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future for generations to come. Donate Today.
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