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The idea is to insulate solar customers from potential regulatory changes down the road, said Lon Huber, an energy policy consultant at Strategen Consulting, who drafted the plan on behalf of RUCO.
"This is [very] different from NEM, where it's just a retail rate that can change over time," Huber said. "It's a contract for 20 years, meaning that the solar customer has certainty that they're going to have that form of compensation for that time period."
Regulators want to wait for the conclusion of a value of solar docket to reform incentive policies, but politics remains a constant distraction
"In an email after the meeting, Residential Utility Consumer Office consultant Lon Huber of Strategen Consulting LLC, who proposed the option Stump put in his amendment, said the option has advantages for solar customers. It provides certainty with a fixed compensation amount for 20 years, Huber said. There is no need to grandfather those customers because the option is a contract for 20 years that does not change, he said."
“I think everybody in this room can agree that storage presents tremendous benefits,” said Janice Lin, executive director of the California Energy Storage Alliance. “It can be deployed quickly, it’s resilient, it diversifies the mix, it helps size the infrastructure more adequately to demand, it just makes the whole thing more efficient. So we agree that there’s great promise, we know that it works… so how do we make it go faster?”
""Energy storage, often called the “holy grail” of energy, is regularly touted as a solution to fixing the aging power grid; a critical tool in increasing the spread of renewable energy; and a bridge between the needs of utilities and their customers. But what is energy storage, and how can it be put to use, today, in facilities across the country?"
"Clean energy expert Mark Higgins predicts that after years of subsidising renewable energy, consumers are set to reap a pay-off with the coming roll-out of energy storage systems. Higgins says the systems are near a cost tipping point, and could be up to 75 per cent cheaper again by 2020."