Charging for non-customer-specific fixed costs

UC Berkeley economist Severin Borenstein has a really, really great post at the Energy at Haas blog on utility fixed charges to recoup system fixed costs. If you want a primer on volumetric versus two-part pricing, this is a good one. After a very clear and cogent explanation and illustration of the differences among variable … More Charging for non-customer-specific fixed costs

My Grid-Interop talk: Regulation’s role in stifling innovation

Lynne Kiesling In early December I had the pleasure of delivering some lunch remarks at the Grid-Interop conference in Chicago. Grid-Interop is a great place for those interested in innovation in the electricity industry to share ideas about technology, business models, the interoperability that enables such creativity, and the role of economic regulation in how … More My Grid-Interop talk: Regulation’s role in stifling innovation

Home energy innovation from Direct Energy

Lynne Kiesling Whirlpool and Direct Energy have long been two of the most forward-looking companies working in the electricity value chain. Whirlpool was the appliance partner on the GridWise Olympic Peninsula transactive network project, and have committed to all of their global products being grid friendly and transactive by 2015. Direct Energy, an energy retailer, … More Home energy innovation from Direct Energy

A Monday morning smart grid roundup

Lynne Kiesling The development and evolution of smart grid technologies, policies, and investments continues apace. Some interesting contributions to the discussion are: A Popular Science article on “reinventing the grid”: Despite the over-the-top rhetoric that incorrectly focuses on “reinvention” instead of evolution, this article provides a reasonable overview of the current technology and policy issues. … More A Monday morning smart grid roundup

A new paper, and presenting it at conferences this week

Lynne Kiesling My co-author David Chassin and I have a new working paper available at SSRN from the GridWise Olympic Peninsula testbed demonstration project: Beneficial Complexity: A Field Experiment in Technology, Institutions, and Institutional Change in the Electric Power Industry This paper presents and analyzes the results of a recent field experiment in which residential … More A new paper, and presenting it at conferences this week

Intelligent end-use devices make a transactive smart grid valuable (Part 3 of 5)

Lynne Kiesling Digital communication capabilities in the network, including in end-use devices, provides increasingly feature-rich, mobile, and customizable ways to create consumer awareness about electricity consumption, electricity expenditure, and the environmental impact of that consumption. It also provides ways to change electricity consumption, either manually or automatically, in the home or remotely. In yesterday’s post … More Intelligent end-use devices make a transactive smart grid valuable (Part 3 of 5)