Fourteen electric utilities filed rate cases in Q1 2016. Of those utilities, 11 proposed raising their monthly charge for residential customers, with five seeking to raise that charge by 50% or more.
EQ Research and GTM offer a handy summary of rate case activities that occurred during Q1 2016. The graphics and data provided include:
- An interactive U.S. map depicting all ongoing rate cases.
- For the 14 new rate cases initiated during Q1 2016, a table describing proposed increases to monthly charge for residential customers.
- For the rate cases that concluded during Q1 2016, a table describing the existing vs. proposed vs. approved monthly charge for residential customers.
To access this data via GTM Squared, click here. (Use the promotional code EQR50 to receive a $50 discount on GTM Squared membership through May 31.)
Through the rate case process, dozens of utilities have proposed rate revisions that would erode the value of customer-sited DG, energy efficiency and energy conservation. These proposals include:
- Raising the monthly charge for certain customer classes, while sometimes also reducing volumetric (i.e., kWh) charges.
- Imposing a demand charge and/or other fees on DG customers, including solar PV customers.
- Creating a separate customer class for DG customers.
- Reducing the value of — or eliminating — net metering.
EQ Research offers a service that summarizes new rate case filings by electric utilities, as well as a database of all rate case filings since July 1, 2014. For details, click here.