Characteristics of Effective Resource Planning

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Published on February 23, 2014

Author: wayneshirley



This presentation was given at the Asia - Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation, held in Manila, Philippines on June 21-22, 2010. Wayne Shirley and Rick Weston presented at the forum and served as session chairs. In this presentation he discusses the various aspects of implementing energy efficiency, such as measuring and delivering it.

Characteristics of Effective Resource Planning Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation June 21-22, 2010 ADB Headquarters, Manila Presentation by Wayne Shirley The Regulatory Assistance Project China ♦ India ♦ European Union ♦ Latin America ♦ United States

Effective Resource Planning • Integrates all available resources and technologies, available on the supply-side or the demand-side – Includes Demand-side Management • Aims to provide energy services at minimum total cost while meeting reliability, price and environmental constraints =

Clean Resources Often Face Barriers • Energy Efficiency – – – – • Renewable and Distributed Resources – – – – • • Split incentives Access to financing Quality Assurance Energy, capacity and ancillary services Interconnection rules Hookup, standby and exit fees Energy, Capacity and Ancillary Services Net metering or other pricing mechanism Stakeholders often not part of process Incumbents have incentives which work against clean resources

Translating Policy Objectives Into Resource Choices Policies: Improved Efficiency Increased Renewables Tools: - “Loading” Orders - EEPS - EPP - RPS - FITs - Tariff Design - Interconnection Standards Processes: - Collaboration or other Public Forum - Stakeholder Participation - Standards for Choosing - Fair and Functioning Markets, if in use

Policy Foundations That Support Clean Energy • EE is treated as a high priority resource, equivalent or superior to supply resources • EE integrated into IRP / Portfolio Management process • Efficiency procured as a resource • EE competes as alternative to transmission • EE is a biddable commodity in energy and capacity markets

Energy Efficiency Goals • Efficiency commitment is in statute • Quantitative MW and MWH savings goals have been established and are producing incremental investment • Goals are established in IRP, EEPS, or otherwise • Energy Efficiency can be used to fulfill requirements of an RPS or similar standard

Indicators of Commitment • TRC or Societal Cost Test is used to evaluate EE programs • Cost-effectiveness of EE established through potential study • EE programs reach all customer classes • Funding for long-term, cost-effective EE has been established

Evaluation, Measurement and Verification • Robust EM&V process has been established • EM&V is adequately funded • Energy savings are used to measure performance • EM&V is conducted by an independent party or under direction of regulator

Delivering Energy Efficiency • EE delivery structure has been established • Resource plans are regularly updated • Building Energy Codes for residential and commercial buildings are in place, regularly updated and enforced • Energy efficiency is a high priority in state buildings and state funded buildings

Public Access to Clean Energy • Public education programs on EE and Renewables • State or regional process to pursue EE as highpriority resource • Consumers access to high efficiency homes & buildings and appliances • Consumers can buy renewable energy from utility or third party

Cost Recovery and Rates • Cost recovery process exists Funding is for multi-year periods • A base energy efficiency spending level exists, with opportunity to justify higher level • Funds from carbon trading program support EE

Utility Financial Incentives Are Important • Utility throughput incentive is addressed and disincentives are removed • Utility/shareholder EE incentives are provided • Incentives exceed amount of lost revenues

Tariff Design • Declining block rates & high fixed charge rate designs eliminated • Time sensitive rates • Usage sensitive • AMI deployment planned, underway or completed • Demand response programs in place

Financing Clean Resources • Sales Tax reductions or exemption for energy efficiency • Investment Tax Credit for energy efficient investments • State supported low cost financing for energy efficient investments in buildings and equipment • Grants and subsidies • System Benefits Charges • RPS and EEPS

Distributed Generation Policies • DG capacity and energy goals are adopted and progress is being made • Streamlined interconnection process for DG • Supportive policy and pricing for exit fees and standby rates • CHP included in system planning

Emerging Issues • Renewable Transmission Access and Cost Allocation • Formalizing Least Cost Clean Energy Principles • Smart Grid & System Operations • Potential for disruptive technologies (e.g. cheap storage) • Coping with electrification of vehicle fleet • Valuing Carbon in Resource Planning • Mitigating market failures through appropriate regulation

More Resources: The US NAPEE Policy Grids • US National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Policy Grids:

Regulatory Assistance Project Nonprofit NGO founded in 1992 by experienced energy regulators Advises policymakers on economically and environmentally sustainable policies in the regulated energy sectors Funded by U.S. DOE & EPA, the Energy Foundation, Climate Works Foundation and other foundations We have worked in 40+ states and 16 nations

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