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Smart Rate Design for Distributed Energy Resources

November 2021

The purpose and high-level guidance for this report was established in the February 4, 2021, Order in Michigan Public Service Commission Case No. U-20960. The specific subject matter direction is: “a thorough exploration of how customer-owned generation and energy storage are changing the way energy customers use the grid, cost allocation, and pros and cons of various rate design options, and may include recommendations for the Commission’s consideration.”

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Leading with Equity: Centering Equity across ACEEE's Scorecards

February 2021

The Leading with Equity Initiative aims to achieve the following goals: Ensure frontline communities, including climate vulnerable communities, communities of color, low-income communities, and other historically under-resourced communities, are represented and are helping to drive the development of improved equity-related metrics  Better understand current utility, state, and city capacity to report data on desired equity-related metrics Implement proposed changes in ACEEE’s city, state, and utility scorecards, setting the bar in a way that represents real performance on the metrics that matter most to communities

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Energy Equity and BCA

February 2022

This newsletter recognized that more work is needed to explicitly measure the distributional impacts of DER programs i.e., will program benefits be distributed equitably across all customers, including target populations? The newsletter then proposes initial framework for evaluating energy equity as it relates to distributional equity, benefit-cost analysis, and procedural & structural equity. The newsletter then references key work that influences their thinking.

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Equity in Practice: A Guidebook for Transit Agencies

March 2021

This report addresses the persistent inequities within transit. We examine how current practices in the field of transit can marginalize groups of people—including Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, people with low incomes, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people.

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The Energy Equity Playbook

June 2021

Illume created The Energy Equity Playbook to shed light on various equity related questions such as: How do we define equity and understand the challenge in front of us? How do we bring communities to the table? How do we effectively determine and measure who benefits from clean energy investments? How can we create policies, programs, procedures, and tariffs that benefit all?

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DOE turns to energy storage to build resilience, energy affordability in underserved communities

March 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 14 communities that will receive technical assistance from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as part of the agency’s broader Energy Storage for Social Equity initiative (ES4SE). The initiative, launched last September, is aimed at helping underserved communities use energy storage as a way to build resilience and energy affordability. The DOE selected the 14 communities from more than 60 that applied for assistance. The effort addresses the issue of bringing some technical help to better prepare fundable projects, Mike Jacobs, a senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists, said. “There is a bit of a history of microgrid projects that never happened – and this program, in particular, is designed to think about those [problems] and fix them before they… lead to an unfunded or unbuilt project.”

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What utilities can do to improve energy equity: Understanding customer differences is the first step

December 2020

Key takeaways Traditionally, utilities have approached customers as equals, offering them one-size-fits-all solutions. But equality doesn’t equal fairness. You need to offer equitable, tailored solutions to your customers, especially since more than one-third of US households are energy insecure. There are various ways you can be a part of the energy equity solution, including partnering with community groups, autoenrolling vulnerable customers in money-saving programs, and committing to a diverse workplace.

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Georgia Power files plan preparing for future energy landscape, building upon solid foundation to meet needs of customers and state

January 2022

This article by Georgia Power highlights their 2022 Integrated Resource Plan which includes a proactive, innovative, and transformational roadmap for how the company will continue to meet the needs of customers, local communities, and the State of Georgia for future generations.

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LADWP study will expand its clean energy goals to include social equity

July 2021

This article highlights The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) efforts to expand its 100 percent renewable energy goal to include social equity and greater community input.

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Atlanta community resilience project seeks to become model for energy equity

October 2021

This article highlights a community resilience project that the author believes can become a model for energy equity.

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Putting the People into the Plan

May 2022

This article touches on the importance of prioritizing input from community stakeholders in utility decision making processes.

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Greenlink Equity Map

January 2022

The Greenlink Equity Map (GEM) is an online map designed to help you visualize equity-related issues and how burdens are spread across communities.

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The equity iceberg: What you need to know about serving the underserved

February 2022

Diversity, equity, and inclusion trainers often use the metaphor of an iceberg to teach participants how behavior is anchored to conscious and subconscious thoughts, beliefs, and experiences. Psychologist Sigmund Freud believed that the preconscious, existing just below the surface (like the mass of an iceberg, as explained in the article The Role of the Conscious Mind by Kendra Cherry), could influence conscious awareness and behavior—the small part of the iceberg above the waterline. For organizations and individuals on the quest to create equity, having an understanding of the equity iceberg will help produce better strategies and tactics that address underlying issues and achieve sustainable results.

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Public Utilities Commissions and Consumer Advocates: Protecting the Public Interest

December 2021

This report explores the relationship between utility commissions and consumer advocates. It touches on the operations of consumer advocates, structures of public utility commissions, historical engagement trends, benefits of collaboration, and provides examples.

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Electric Vehicles and Emerging Technologies 2021 Fiscal Year Annual Report

October 2021

This report covers developments and growth within EVs and emerging technologies in the Austin area from October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

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State Approaches to Intervenor Compensation

December 2021

This report explores State Approaches to Intervenor Compensation within regulatory processes. The report details methods of intervenor compensation, provides state snapshots, and highlights case studies.

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State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission: Equity and Inclusion Plan

December 2020

This equity and inclusion plan details the State of Wisconsin Public Services Commissions' efforts to create and maintain a diverse workplace.

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Austin Climate Equity Plan: Transportation Electrification

September 2020

This chapter details the City of Austin's plan for just and equitable transportation electrification.

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Equity Action Team Dashboard

January 2021

This dashboard serves as a one stop shop for information on the City of Austin's Equity Action Team.

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Microgrids for Resiliency

February 2021

Resilience – the ability to withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from utility disruptions while sustaining mission-critical operations – is increasingly a focus for utilities, policy makers, regulators, and community leaders. While some utilities own and operate microgrids to help ensure supply to critical customers and areas, customers such as the Department of Defense and corporate data centers also own and operate microgrids to prevent power disruptions and to mitigate the consequences of outages when they do occur. Whether utility or customer, owners of existing and proposed microgrids could benefit from increased dialogue about the challenges, insights, advice, and lessons learned through deploying and operating microgrids. A key focus is exploring the value that microgrids provide to both utilities and customers.

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November 2020

This report summarizes the findings regarding energy policy developed by the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force that will be used in the creation of future statewide energy policies. The Task Force recommends that any decisions made about policies and transition to renewable energy must follow five pillars of electric utility service: reliability, resilience, stability, affordability, and environmental sustainability. The report includes recommendations for actionable steps to uphold the five pillars and begin the strategic transition to renewable energy. While some of the findings of this report are unique to the state of Indiana, others are general enough to apply to other states.

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January 2020

This paper reviews the seven main strategies of the 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan, including: reduce energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerate deployment of renewable energy and distributed energy resources, maximize energy efficiency and conservation, reduce peak demand, reduce energy consumption and emissions from the building sector, decarbonize and modernize New Jersey's energy system, support community energy planning and action in underserved communities, and expand the clean energy innovation economy. Each strategy is broken down into several goals, and the reasoning, associated agencies, and commitments and timeline of each goal are included.

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December 2020

This report contains recommendations for North Carolina's 2019 Clean Energy Plan, which were developed by stakeholders through the North Carolina Energy Regulatory Process (NERP). NERP was facilitated by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). The report details NERP recommendations and accompanies each with regulatory background, key points of discussion between stakeholders and content development, and additional context. The report is concluded with four options to design reform packages based on the established NERP recommendations.

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October 2020

This press release informs the public of an order issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The order opens an investigation into the efficacy of natural gas distribution companies in providing reliable and affordable energy for the state while also contributing to the state's goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

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July 2020

This paper was created to inform future policies and study the value of distributed energy resources in accordance with Governor Lamont's Public Act 19-35, An Act Concerning a Green Economy and Environmental Protection. The benefits of DERs in terms of generation, transmission and distribution, and climate and local health benefits are identified and either quantified or qualitatively discussed.

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