Exploring regulatory approaches to non-wires alternatives.
Teams and Faculty
e–Lab Accelerator projects tackle unique challenges that—when solved—can help drive the entire industry forward. Accelerator 2018 is bringing together projects focused on the following themes:
- Distributed Grid Infrastructure: initiatives deploying least-cost portfolios of DERs and utility scale renewables that can complement, defer, or avoid traditional infrastructure investments (e.g., T&D assets, generators).
- Business Models and Rate Design: projects advancing the implementation of new business models and pricing mechanisms that accelerate the transformation to a low-carbon energy system and enable cost-effective customer adoption of DERs.
- Low and Moderate Income Community Engagement: projects creating solutions that empower and improve the lives of low-income households and communities through integrated DER solutions.
- DER Adoption Acceleration: other projects to accelerate the adoption of cost-competitive DERs. Examples: community-scale DER solutions; microgrid programs; planning or innovation districts; resilient infrastructure pricing and planning; wholesale market reform; 100% renewable energy commitments and action plans; transactive energy and new market platforms (e.g., blockchain).
Further information on teams from previous Accelerator events can be found below:
Further information on teams that are attending Accelerator 2018 can be found below:
Designing a preferred resources pilot to benefit disadvantaged communities in southwest LA.
Creating metrics and building a rating system to define buildings as grid citizens.
The Port of Oakland's shipping container cranes silhouetted by sunset at golden hour with the full San Francisco skyline in the background.
Developing an implementation plan for community-owned, large-scale industrial solar generation in West Oakland.
Testing strategies to speed conversion to electric vehicles and advantageously shape load.
Helping PNM facilitate a 30%+ renewable energy supply and strengthen relations with affected communities.
Designing an implementation plan and business model for a community microgrid in North Minneapolis.
Testing hypotheses and critical assumptions about the potential of flexible loads in the Northwest.
Developing replicable models to streamline deployment of resilient energy systems.
Kayaker pauses to admire the blue ice on Mendenhall Glacier while traveling across the lake in a red kayak on a misty, cloudy overcast day, Juneau, Alaska, USA
Outlining the strategic path for Juneau to serve thermal energy requirements from renewable sources.
During a lovely sunset high tension power lines run across the rural landscape bringing electrical power to the area.
Developing a modeling approach for clean portfolios.
Developing four different pilots to reduce peak demand with a focus on LMI communities.
Expert e–Lab faculty are on-hand throughout the meeting to offer training and insights on critical content areas. Faculty expertise include topics such as regulatory transformation, portfolio design for renewable resources, transition strategies for energy system change, best practices for stakeholder engagement, and venture capital in electricity. e–Lab faculty are also available throughout the Accelerator meeting to provide specific feedback and coaching to support each team’s project.
In addition to faculty, experienced facilitators from Rocky Mountain Institute and Reos Partners are assigned to each team to lead project discussions.
Former Director of Program Marketing and Editorial Director at RMI
Strategic Marketing Eco Solutions Panasonic
Principal Market and Infrastructure Policy at California Independent System Operator