Transitioning away from the fossil-based infrastructure we rely on today will require intentional planning and investment. Vote Solar aims to rethink grid planning and operation to bolster the amount of renewable resources powering our grid in a way that minimizes costs and maximizes environmental benefits. 

Distribution power lines

California

  • DRP and IDER proceedings - Influence common hosting capacity methodology and location net benefits of DERs for California IOUs
  • IRP – Support integration of localized solar and DER profiles into IRP models; Influence forward cost solar cost assumption to be used in IRP scenarios; support integration of solar generation with EV charging
  • SCE GRC – Prevent SCE grid modernization investment from impacting opportunities for DERs
  • CAISO – Support regionalization of CAISO to enable further solar growth in California and reduce need for Intermountain coal power plants
  • WECC Scenario Planning – Shift focus of regional planning to grid flexibility to accommodate variable output generation

New York

  • DSIP proceeding – Influence hosting capacity analysis, interconnection automation, criteria for use of DERs as alternative to distribution system upgrades

Colorado

  • Solar settlement agreement follow-up on determining solar and storage avoided costs

Arizona

  • IRP and Renewable Energy Standard review – Expand use of solar and storage as an alternative to fossil power plant repowering; Support fair DER valuation and long-term forecasts

National

  • Coordinate with energy storage advocates on grid integration and rate design, NEM and incentives. 

In the news

Fortnightly: Solar, A Strategy for Decarbonizing the Grid and Increasing Resilience by Sachu Constantine 

REW: Why California's electric utilities need a regulatory overhaul by Ed Smeloff

GTM: Building a regional grid helps distributed renewable energy by Ed Smeloff 

HuffPo Blog: Solar Beats the Heat by Ed Smeloff and Mary Leslie

Washington Examiner: Clean energy is a matter of national security. Even the military knows it by Adam Browning and Jon Powers

The Hill: Curtailing Clean Energy Threatens Innovation by Ed Smeloff

Utility Dive: SoCal Edison Should Go Back to the Drawing Board on its Grid Mod Proposal by Ed Smeloff and Sean Gallagher 

REW: Investing in a Distributed Energy Resource Future by Ed Smeloff and Sean Gallagher 

GTM: The End of the Era of Baseload Power Plants  By Ed Smeloff

Blog: Great Results From First-Ever Group Buy for EVs By Adam Browning 

Blog: CPUC Moves to Align Utility Revenues with Distributed Energy Resources By Jim Baak

Blog: EVs and PVs - A Cleantech Peanut Butter Cup By Jim Baak

Blog: Regional Energy Markets Gain Momentum as APS Announces Intent to Join By Jim Baak

GTM: SDG&E's Plan for Replacing Aging Nuclear Power Strikes a Sour Note By Jim Baak

REW: CAISO and PacifiCorp Agreement Paves Way for Lower Cost Solar Integration By Jim Baak

Resources: 

Vote Solar: Policy Process of Grid Modernization White Paper(Feb 2018)

IREC: Optimizing the Grid: Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses for Distributed Energy Resources (Dec 2017)