When: Monday, December 3, 2012, 10:00am-3:00pm MT w/ special guest lunch speaker, Ron Lehr, former Colorado PUC Commissioner (lunch included)
Where: Keystone Center
Main Conference Room
1628 Saint John Road
Keystone, CO 80435
Cost: $100 per person donation to Vote Solar
Lodging: The Keystone Lodge and Spa @ $145 a night: http://www.keystoneresort.com/plan-a-vacation/lodging/lodging-details.aspx?code=keystone-lodge-hotel.
To reserve call the Keystone Resort Reservations Department at (800) 258-0437 and reference group code CC9CEN to reserve the Keystone Center rate.
Why host a seminar on rate design for the solar industry?
Distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems and energy efficiency applications are becoming more accessible and affordable,
making widespread adoption of these technologies a near-term reality. As state cash incentives phase out and higher penetration levels are achieved, utility rate design becomes increasingly critical for continued customer adoption.
There are numerous factors related to retail electricity rates that can either contribute to increased adoption of these technologies, or stymie growth. The structure of retail electric
rates and allocation of
utility costs are constantly evolving, and vary across the country. The solar industry increasingly needs to pay attention and engage in this arena, and it’s time for more people in the industry to get smart on rate design.
Why should you attend this seminar?
This seminar will introduce participants to standard rate making practices, and ensure that participants understand the utility “language” of ratemaking, and its underpinning concepts. Participants will leave the seminar understanding how ratemaking influences the customer
economics of solar, and how utilities view solar in a cost recovery context. We will also discuss current trends in ratemaking that affect solar, such as standby and network use charges for net metered customers, or ‘buy-all, sell-all” solar tariffs.
Solar industry representatives will leave this seminar with an understanding of:
- the basic underpinnings of electricity rate design practices in the U.S.
- the language/terms commonly used in ratemaking proceedings
- recent proposed changes to rate design that will affect the solar industry and your customers
- how to get involved with a national effort to promote fair rate design practices that grow the use of DG solar