About This Show
The Interchange is a weekly podcast exclusive to GTM Squared subscribers. Along with a rotating cast of GTM experts, hosts Shayle Kann and Stephen Lacey provide deep insights into company financials, projects, mergers and acquisitions, policy changes, and market data. The show is a must-listen for people trying to get beyond the headlines and understand how the business of cleantech is changing.
Most Recent Episode
How Should We Pay for the Grid?
2 days ago
We are at the beginning of one of the greatest economic and consumer behavior experiments ever seen in the energy sector. How do we refine pricing in order to rapidly transition our aging, centralized grid to a clean, decentralized one?
And can we do it so that we limit the economic losers, pay for the fixed costs of operating the grid, and make everyone whole?
It’s a complicated question. The range of actual rate design options – decoupling, minimum bills, demand charges, fixed charges, and time-of-use – offer so many varying benefits and drawbacks.
Everyone agrees that we’re moving to a distributed grid. But there’s a lot of disagreement on how to pay for it.
That is what we’re tackling in the show this week. We’re joined by Lisa Wood, the executive director of the Edison Institute for Electric Innovation, and Ralph Cavanagh, a senior attorney with the National Resources Defense Council.
Their perspectives on rate design are featured in a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, called "Recovery of Utility Fixed Costs: Utility, Consumer, Environmental and Economist Perspectives."
We'll look at where they agree and disagree on the issue.