Notes from the Director
I am pleased to share with you the 6th edition of Energy Perspectives. As you know each edition focuses on a different energy related topic, this edition focuses on net metering. I hope you find the content enlightening and beneficial to a better understanding of energy issues and how they impact Missouri. I am also pleased to announce that MEI is starting work on a Missouri “State of Energy” Report, which we hope will have an impact in developing long term energy policy and strategy in our state. Read on…
In This Issue:
-Rick Hunter, Microgrid Solar
Net Metering Op/Ed Contributions
-Missouri Net Metering 2013
-An Island in the Storm
-The Impact of Rate Design and Net Metering on the Bill Savings
-Sustainability Through Dynamic Energy Management
-Army Net Zero Energy Initiative
-Legislation Update: Missouri Net Metering and Solar Rebate
-Net Metering FAQ
-MEPC 2013 Early Bird Registration
-MEI Daily Energy News
-MEI Presents: Engineering’s role in public policy
Net Metering Op/Ed
Missouri Net Metering 2013
Contributed by Heidi Schoen, Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association
Net metering is a policy allowing electric ratepayers to recoup energy credits for excess renewable energy generation. At the point of electric generation, a digital bi-directional meter monitors kilowatts. The meter advances forward when energy is used and reverses direction when onsite excess energy is generated. The optimal net metering policy includes an annual true up whereby any excess monthly energy generation is credited forward for twelve consecutive months. Read on…
An Island in the Storm
Contributed by Laurel Varnado, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and future superstorms that threaten to hit with increasing frequency, I want to devote some time to emergency power back up and how solar fits into that picture. Historically, large-scale emergency backup power systems have been fueled by diesel generators and designed for critical loads such as hospitals and water treatment plants. More recently, we are seeing those critical loads, as well as schools and other large campuses, being served by microgrids that are powered by a range of fuel combinations, including solar energy and combined heat and power. Read on…
The Impact of Rate Design and Net Metering on the Bill Savings from Distributed PV…
Contributed by: Naim Darghouth, Galen Barbose, Ryan Wiser, Environmental Energy Technologies Division
Using the state of California as an example, three authors from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California – Berkeley examined what bill savings customers received under net metering in that state. Both greater savings and savings variability were found. Read on…
Sustainability Through Dynamic Energy Management
Contributed by Grace Greigo, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Long before the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) high-performance campus became a reality, energy experts knew it would take more than state-of-the art buildings to save energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve sustainability, it’s necessary to integrate dynamic energy management with occupant behavior change.Read on…
Army Net Zero Energy Initiative
Contributed by the National Renewable Energy Resources Laboratory
NREL works with nine pilot projects to establish energy baselines, estimate energy efficiency and alternative energy potential, evaluate grid interconnection, and develop an implementation plan as part of the Army Net Zero Energy Initiative (NZEI). Read on…
Rick Hunter – Microgrid Solar
Since founding Microgrid Solar four years ago, CEO Rick Hunter has been pleased to see his company gro to become recognized as one of the leading solar companies in the Midwest.
Legislation Update: Missouri Net Metering and Solar Rebate
Contributed by Susan Brown, Brightergy
The Missouri solar industry began in 2007 with the passage of the Easy Connection Act, which enabled net metering – the policy governing consumer owned renewable energy systems and the relationship with their utility.
Net Metering FAQ
– How does net metering work?
– Is there a renewable energy requirement in Missouri?
The Role of Engineering
in Public Policy
In its effort to support tomorrow’s leaders and Missouri’s Universities, the Missouri Energy Initiative led its first seminar series on The Role of Engineering in Public Policy.
Announcing the Launch of MEI Daily!
With a new edition released each day, the MEI Daily is a great source for current energy news!