Public Power Forward

Public Power Forward is the American Public Power Association’s strategic initiative to help public power utilities prepare for a new era in electricity. The Public Power Forward roadmap shows how public power utilities can prepare to address changing customer preferences, rate design considerations, technologies, regulation, and market forces. Dive deeper for an explanation of the roadmap in our submission to the Smart Electric Power Association's 51st State Initiative.

    Reports and Guides

    Understanding Energy Storage explores the differences in storage technologies, costs, and potential value for public power utilities — including state and federal policies that incent energy storage. (Non-members may order a copy of this report on our Product Store)

    Distributed Energy Resources and Public Power reviews state legislation and case studies on energy storage, microgrids, and electric vehicles that increasingly impact load management, electric rates, and customer interaction with the electric utility. (Non-members may order a copy of this report here)

    Understanding the U.S. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market examines key plug-in electric vehicle market trends and technologies with the potential to impact public power utilities — including forecasted sales, regional factors, and energy consumption (Only available to members).

    Use this spreadsheet tool to assess the potential impacts of distributed energy resources on utility revenues and customer rates. Download documentation | View a tutorial video | Get the spreadsheet

    Rate Design Options for Distributed Energy Resources offers several rate design options with pros and cons of each, and lists ten questions your utility should ask before implementing new rate designs.

    Review distributed generation rate design case studies on alternatives to net metering and see how public power utilities have educated customers about new rates.

    The Value of Solar Primer provides an overview of methods for value of solar studies, explains why different studies have produced disparate results, and discusses the pros and cons of adapting a VOS tariff.

    Check out the guide Community Solar A-Z featuring seven questions to ask before choosing community solar.

    Get an overview of federal and general state securities and tax law considerations that may apply to community solar projects in Legal Implications of Community Solar Securities and Tax Law Considerations.

    Understand consumer concerns about policy initiatives to stimulate growth in distributed energy resources and changes in rate design in the report Residential Consumers and the Utility of the Future.

    Networking Opportunities

    Join the Public Power Forward listserv to get updates on grid modernization, distributed energy resources, rate design and new business models and share ideas with colleagues.

    Participate in the Community Storage Initiative — a collaborative effort by electric utilities, environmental groups, and manufacturers to promote energy storage technologies in communities across the country.

    Learn More

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