Optimal Procurement of Distributed Energy Resources
47 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 27, 2017
We analyze the optimal design of policies to motivate electricity distribution companies to adopt efficient distributed energy resources (DER) and manage associated project costs.
The optimal policy often entails a bias against new DER projects and implements considerable cost sharing when DER projects are undertaken in order to limit the utility's rent. Failure to adequately tailor the degree of cost sharing to the prevailing environment can raise procurement costs substantially. It can be optimal to reward a distribution company with more than the cost saving it achieves.
Keywords: distributed energy resources, procurement, regulation
JEL Classification: L51, L94
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