Luskin Center Director Presents Early Results of Forthcoming LADWP FiT 100 Evaluation Report

Luskin Center Director Presents Early Results of Forthcoming LADWP FiT 100 Evaluation Report

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Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:47am

Earlier this month, business leaders convened for the Los Angeles Business Council’s Energy and Environment Committee Meeting, where discussion focused on ways to enhance the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) feed-in tariff program as the utility plans to ramp up solar investments. In March, the 100 MW program (the FiT 100) released its fifth and final allocation, marking the end to the country’s largest feed-in tariff. As the Luskin Center for Innovation prepares a forthcoming evaluation of the FiT 100, Director J.R. DeShazo was well-positioned to provide meeting attendees analysis as well as fodder for the conversation to follow.

In short, the FiT 100 has had its share of successes and programmatic issues. A significant concern for program evaluators is the rate at which projects are coming online, with only 7.1 MW of the released 100 MW interconnected and producing clean energy in a span of over 2 years. The resulting backlog of projects has caused some applicants to drop out, placing an increased importance on the program’s robust waitlist. The Luskin Center’s report will emphasize the significance of the utility’s waitlist management strategy, and the role it will play in achieving the program’s ambitious time and capacity goals. There is cause for optimism as the utility and other relevant city organizations appear to be learning from the program over time. Data shows project review wait times diminishing significantly; where it once took a median wait time of 425 days for an applicant and the utility to execute the power purchase agreement, it now only takes 182 days.

The report, which will also include an overview of where LADWP and thus Angelinos procure their power from, is due out at the end of summer.

 

Earlier this month, business leaders convened for the Los Angeles Business Council’s Energy and Environment Committee Meeting, where discussion focused on ways to enhance the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) feed-in tariff program as the utility plans to ramp up solar investments. In March, the 100 MW program (the FiT 100) released its fifth and final allocation, marking the end to the country’s largest feed-in tariff. As the Luskin Center for Innovation prepares a forthcoming evaluation of the FiT 100, Director J.R.