The nation’s electric utilities will have trouble making a profit in a future dominated by widespread adoption of rooftop solar and other Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), writes Energy Institute Research Fellow Roger Duncan in a new op-ed. The article features findings from a report prepared by LBJ School of Public Affairs students participating in a Public Policy Research course Duncan co-taught this spring with Energy Institute Assistant Director for Policy Studies Dr. Fred Beach. Students examined six new and proposed business models and analyzed each of them with respect to how they recovered fixed costs, made a profit, incentivized DERs, engaged customers, and other issues. For more, read the entire op-ed and the students’ report, which is a part of the Energy Institute’s comprehensive “Full Cost of Electricity” study.
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