Regulation and Integration of Solar PV into Electricity Markets

Solar Photovoltaics (PV) will be an essential component of the electricity portfolio of the future. Solar PV costs have declined substantially and installed capacity has grown rapidly. Despite this progress, there are numerous barriers to the adoption and integration of solar into electricity markets worldwide. The objective of our research program is to analyze the impacts of existing policies and regulations and to consider alternative mechanisms to alleviate these barriers. One particular solution to the intermittency of solar PV output that has gained substantial traction over the past couple of years is coupling solar PV systems with battery storage. In several recent research projects, we analyze the interaction between battery storage and solar PV systems. 


We have written and published several research papers that analyze the impact of regulations and compensation policies on investment in and the electricity network value of solar PV systems. These projects focus on: (i) the interaction between retail rate design and investment in rooftop solar PV and (ii) the impact that renewable compensation policies have on the types of resources that are constructed via renewable procurement auctions. In the next two years, we anticipate submitting and publishing several research papers that analyze the impacts of coupling solar PV and battery storage systems on managing intermittency, carbon emissions, and cost-shifting concerns across different consumer groups. This research aims to improve the design of policies that attempt to motivate the adoption of cost-effective solar PV in the utility industry.

ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Addressing the Paris Climate Accord Goals (Keynote), Government of Japan

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - Presentation

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Carbon pricing with an output subsidy under imperfect competition: The case of Alberta's restructured electricity market

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Do Solar Panel Installers Respond to Peer Effects? Evidence

Yiang Guo

Conference/Workshop

Economic Society of Northern Alberta Annual Economic Outlook Conference

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Harvard Workshop on Capacity Markets and Renewables

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Information and Transparency in Wholesale Electricity Markets: Evidence from Alberta

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Information and Transparency in Wholesale Electricity Markets: Evidence from Alberta

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Meeting with Alberta Energy (Government of Alberta)

David Brown

Government Briefings

Renewable Energy and Electricity Markets

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Conference/Workshop

The Effect of Default Rates on Retail Competition and Pricing Decisions of Competitive Retailers: The Case of Alberta

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Conference/Workshop

USAEE North American Conference

David Brown, Richard Boampong

Conference/Workshop

University of Alberta REES Seminar

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Conference/Workshop

University of Alberta School of Business - Energy Conference

David Brown, Richard Boampong

Conference/Workshop

University of Alberta’s 3rd Annual Energy Summit

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

University of Alberta’s Business School Energy and the Environment Conference

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

University of Auckland

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Workshop on Carbon Pricing and Renewables (Keynote), Waseda University Japan

David Brown

Conference/Workshop

Faculty of Arts Research Award - Assistant Professors

David Brown

Award

Analyzing Electricity Market Structure Changes and Mergers: The Importance of Forward Commitments

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Capacity Market Design: Motivation and Challenges in Alberta’s Electricity Market

David Brown

Article in professional or trade journals

Capacity Payment Mechanisms and Investment Incentives in Restructured Electricity Markets

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Carbon pricing with an output subsidy under imperfect competition: The case of Alberta's restructured electricity market

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Designing Compensation for Distributed Solar Generation: Is Net Metering Ever Optimal?

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Electricity markets in transition: Market distortions associated with retail price controls

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Imperfect Competition in Electricity Markets with Renewable Generation: The Role of Renewable Compensation Policies

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Information and Transparency in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Measuring market power and the efficiency of Alberta's restructured electricity market: An energy‐only market design

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Motivating Efficient Market Participation of Energy Storage Assets

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On the Benefits of Behind-the-Meter Rooftop Solar and Energy Storage: The Importance of Retail Rate Design

David Brown, Richard Boampong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On the Role of Maximum Demand Charges in the Presence of Distributed Generation Resources

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Optimal Policies to Promote Cost Reduction in the Procurement of Distributed Energy Resources: Simple Cost-Sharing Contracts

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Optimal Policies to Promote Efficient Distributed Generation of Electricity

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Optimal Procurement of Distributed Energy Resources

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Pricing Patterns in Wholesale Electricity Markets: Unilateral Market Power or Coordinated Behavior?

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Self-Sabotage in the Procurement of Distributed Energy Resources

David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Strategic Timing of Outages on coal Power Plants under Virtual Divestiture: The Case of Alberta's Electricity Market

David Brown, Hyeck Ki Min

Research Report

The Effect of Renewable Portfolio Standards on State-Level employment: An ex-post Analysis

Richard Boampong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

The effect of default rates on retail competition and pricing decisions of competitive retailers: The case of Alberta

Andrew Eckert, David Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal