Working with Your Utility Series: Utility Cost Implications of a Distributed Energy Project  

Education Type: 
1 Hour
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This training provides information on how to understand utility tariff implications of a distributed energy (DE) project. Specific issues addressed are: comparing utility tariff options, common tariff structures (e.g., time of use rates), potential standby charges, and net metering policies.

This recorded webinar is the third in a multi-part series on working with electric utilities to develop distributed energy projects on federal sites.


Douglas Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Doug is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He performs techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also evaluates early stage project development considerations for renewable energy and resilience projects.

Chandra Shah, Senior Project Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has supported the Federal Energy Management Program since 1998 and has more than 15 years of experience helping federal partners reduce costs by implementing distributed energy (through ESPC Energy Sales Agreements and other mechanisms) and purchasing off-site renewables. She is a Certified Energy Manager and holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Compare different types of utility tariffs;
  • Explore implications of different tariff structures on DE project cost-effectiveness;
  • Recognize the impact of potential standby charges; and
  • Identify how net metering policies can impact optimal project sizing.
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