Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, November 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 12
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Is it Time for TOU rates?

There has long been tension around time of use (TOU) rates. On one hand TOU is a rate structure that may help reduce peak loads, lower electricity bills, enable emissions reductions, and encourage renewable energy deployment. On the other hand, TOU rates may harm customers who lack flexibility to shift energy use times, cannot afford home technologies that facilitate load-shifting, or cannot afford unpredictability on a bill, and may reduce the amount of offset credits for rooftop solar customers that utilize net metering. This panel will explore the new potential for broader consideration of this rate design, as well as a process for doing so that can ease longstanding tensions between utilities and customers. This year, a group of electricity rate experts representing consumer, low-income, and clean energy advocacy perspectives collaborated on a joint paper detailing common ground on TOU rates to guide utilities commissions on the matter and explored the timely question: if done carefully, should the implementation of TOU rates be on the rise?

Moderator: Hon. Andrew Place, Pennsylvania

Panelists:

Ashley Brown, Executive Director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group

Rick Gilliam, Program Director, DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar

Marcel Hawiger, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network

Douglas Jester, Principal, 5 Lakes Energy

Ellen Zuckerman, Senior Consultant, Schlegel & Associates 

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

Introductions: Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota and Hon: Carla Peterman, California

Commissioner Roundtable: This roundtable will continue the TOU discussion started in ERE's morning session.  Committee Members will share the rate design changes being considering in their states, and their response to the TOU panel discussion.

Resolutions

Research Updates:  Ron Edelstein, GTI; Barbara Tyran, EPRI; and Tom Stanton, NRRI.

Mary Kilmarx Award