Mark Higgins, Strategen COO and a member of Australian Energy Alliance's steering committee, provides context on Australia's renewable energy portfolio and discusses with Solar Magazine how "Elon Musk was able to shed light on the issue with the power of Twitter in the modern era."
Strategen was selected to be among the consultants that support dozens of teams across the country with their technical needs as part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a new $5 million prize competition from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.
Strategen recently had the opportunity to work with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and Energy Networks Australia, the national industry association representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution businesses, on Australia’s effort to plan for a decarbonized grid in 2050.
A way to incentivize the use of clean energy like solar after dark — instead of gas peakers — to cover peak loads has been proposed in a white paper commissioned by Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office, through a revision of state Renewable Energy Standards (RES).
In a podcast hosted by Renew Economy, Mark Higgins discusses how California and Texas provide insights for Australia's electricity future.
"Community solar will “democratize" solar, said Lon Huber, a consultant for Strategen Consulting. Huber has testified in community solar and rooftop solar proceedings in Maryland, Arizona, and other states."
"Tobin wrote in favor of revisiting the state renewable portfolio standard, supporting a decision to open a docketto re-examine portions of it and endorsing a proposal from the state consumer advocate to mandate that a certain portion of renewable resources deliver power during peak demand periods."
"According to Strategen's research, renewable standards have accounted for more than 60% of the growth in clean energy resources since 2000, but a simple MWh-based standard may no longer be the most effective because those traditional policies fail to show a difference between each renewable MWh 'based on its value to the grid or for reducing fuel consumption.'"
"'This doesn’t get rid of the RPS by any means -- it’s more of an add-on, a way to send time-based price signals,' said Lon Huber, a director at Strategen Consulting who authored the proposal on behalf of RUCO."
"With the help of Strategen Consulting’s Lon Huber, the OCA introduced a three-part tariff designed to end the traditional net metering structure. If successful, the proposal would allow New Hampshire to source 2.7% of its electricity from distributed solar and reduce costs to ratepayers to the tune of $300 million."
Prepared on behalf of Arizona's Residential Utility Consumer Office, a whitepaper from Strategen Consulting presents an alternative RPS framework that can help to achieve clean energy resource procurement better aligned with the full suite of grid services that electric power system operators need to supply.
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.”
""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?"
Janice Lin explains why energy storage is the latest tool in the facility manager's toolbox.
"The SGIP decision implemented much needed reforms, and put the program back on track to support California's clean energy and environmental goals,” said Janice Lin, managing partner of Strategen Consulting and co-founder and managing partner of the California Energy Storage Alliance.
“Importantly, by allocating 75% of the budget going forward to energy storage, the decision recognized the importance of energy storage in helping to achieve greenhouse gas reductions, increased system efficiency and reliability and reduced costs for ratepayers,” she said.