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.

Meeting with Alberta Energy (Government of Alberta)

David P Brown

Government Briefings

Research Award - Assistant Professors

David P Brown

Award

Why are Power Prices so Darn High?

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown, Blake Shaffer

Report, brief, and other forms of grey literature

"Imperfect competition in electricity markets with renewable generation: The role of renewable compensation policies

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

ASSA Annual Conference

David P Brown, Lucija A Muehlenbachs

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Analyzing firm behavior in restructured electricity markets: Empirical challenges with a residual demand analysis

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Analyzing the Effects of Increased Wind Generation Capacity in Alberta’s Electricity Market: The Role of Firm-Ownership

Boris Edgardo Ortega Moreno

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Are societies becoming proself? A topographical difference under fast urbanization in China

Jingchao Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

David P Brown

Article in professional or trade journals

Capacity Payment Mechanisms and Investment Incentives in Restructured Electricity Markets

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

DER Integration Panel at the Workshop on the Economics of Electricity Policy and Markets

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Distributed energy resources, resiliency, and reliability.

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Do Gentailers Charge Higher Residential Electricity Prices in the Texas Retail Electricity Market?

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Do Solar Panel Installers Respond to Peer Effects? Evidence

Yiang Guo

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Does Locational Marginal Pricing Impact Generation Capacity Investment Location Decisions? An Analysis of Texas’s Electricity Market

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Does locational marginal pricing impact generation investment location decisions? An analysis of Texas’s wholesale electricity market

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Employing Simple Cost-Sharing Policies to Motivate the Efficient Implementation of Distributed Energy Resources

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Ergs and Equilibrium - the Value of Electricity Reliability: Evidence from Battery Adoption

David P Brown, Lucija A Muehlenbachs

Podcast

Evaluating the Impact of Divestitures on Competition: Evidence from Alberta's Wholesale Electricity Market

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown, Blake Shaffer

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Future of Alberta's Electricity Market

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Harvard Workshop on Capacity Markets and Renewables

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

INFORMS Conference - Load-Following Forward Contracts

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Imperfect competition in electricity markets with renewable generation: The role of renewable compensation policies

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Information and Transparency in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Information and Transparency in Wholesale Electricity Markets: Evidence from Alberta

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Information and Transparency in Wholesale Electricity Markets: Evidence from Alberta

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Keynote Speaker - TAMIU Conference

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Lessons from Texas' Electricity Outages

David P Brown

Other Event

Low-quality or high-quality coal? Household energy choice in rural Beijing

Jingchao Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Motivating Efficient Market Participation of Energy Storage Assets

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

New Frontiers in Electricity Market Regulation

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

David P Brown, Richard Boampong

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On the Procurement of Storage as a Transmission Asset

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On the Profitability of Self-Sabotage

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On the System Value of Commercial and Industrial Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage plus Solar PV: The Importance of Retail Rate Design

David P Brown, Richard Boampong

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

On the network value of behind-the-meter solar PV plus storage: The importance of rate design

David P Brown, Richard Boampong

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Optimal Policies to Promote Efficient Distributed Generation of Electricity

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Optimal Procurement of Distributed Energy Resources

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference Proceedings

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Procurement Auctions for Regulated Retail Service Contracts in Restructured Electricity Markets

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Article in professional or trade journals

Renewable Energy and Electricity Markets

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Residential Electricity Pricing in Texas's Competitive Retail Market

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Retail Rate Design in the Face of Growing Distributed Energy Resources

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Rising market concentration in Texas’s retail electricity market

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Sloan Foundation, DER Integration

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Socioeconomic and Demographic Disparities in Residential Battery Storage Adoption

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Strategic Interaction of Wholesale Market Power and Ancillary Service Markets

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown, Douglas Silvieira

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The Impact of Load-Following Forward Contracts

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

The Value of Electricity Reliability: Evidence from Battery Adoption

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The Value of Electricity Reliability: Evidence from Battery Adoption

David P Brown, Lucija A Muehlenbachs

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The Value of Electricity Reliability: Evidence from Battery Adoption

David P Brown, Lucija A Muehlenbachs

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The Value of Electricity Reliability: Evidence from Battery Adoption

David P Brown, Lucija A Muehlenbachs

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The Value of Electricity Reliability: Evidence from Battery Adoption

David P Brown, Lucija A Muehlenbachs

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Andrew L. Eckert, David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

The future of Alberta's electricity market with a growing penetration of renewable generation capacity

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

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

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Vertical Integration and Capacity Investment in the Electricity Sector

David P Brown

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

David P Brown

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution