How Utility Rate Inflation Impacts Energy Storage Viability

by Lindsey Paulk on Mar 13, 2024

California energy storage

California solar

Net metering

utility rates

As energy markets constantly change, utility rate inflation remains a significant driver of change, creating challenges and opportunities for consumers and businesses alike. One notable shift is the erosion of value for standalone photovoltaic (PV) systems under the NEM 3.0 framework. However, amidst these changes, a compelling case arises for pairing energy storage systems (ESS) with PV installations. 

Unlocking Value with Energy Storage 

While NEM 3.0 may diminish the value of standalone PV systems, it paradoxically strengthens the price signal for integrating energy storage solutions. By strategically pairing ESS with PV installations, consumers can effectively address the challenge of low-value exports to the grid. Energy storage systems enable users to store excess energy generated by PV during times of low demand and subsequently utilize it during high-value hours. 

Optimizing Energy Usage with Time-of-Use Rates 

The implementation of Time-of-Use (TOU) electrification rates, mandated under the Net Billing Tariff (NBT), further underscores the importance of energy storage. These rates feature higher prices during peak demand hours and lower prices during off-peak periods, incentivizing consumers to shift their energy usage to times of lower demand. Energy storage systems empower consumers to capitalize on these rate differentials by storing energy during off-peak hours and deploying it when prices are highest. 

Empowering Consumers for a Sustainable Future 

In essence, utility rate inflation and the regulatory changes accompanying it are reshaping the energy landscape. However, with the right strategies, consumers can leverage these changes to their advantage. Energy storage systems emerge as a pivotal tool in this endeavor, enabling users to optimize their energy usage, reduce costs, and contribute to a more sustainable energy future. 

As utility rate inflation continues to exert pressure on consumers, integrating energy storage solutions with PV installations emerges as a compelling strategy to navigate these challenges. Unlock the full potential of your energy asset withAcumen EMS. Maximize your revenues through a tailored blend of behind-the-meter and front-of-the-meter strategies. From demand charge management to Time-of-Use arbitrage, PV self-consumption, demand response programs, and wholesale market participation, we empower you to optimize every aspect of your energy management.Schedule a call to talk more about how Energy Toolbase can help you with rising utility rate costs and how you can mitigate increasing costs. 

For more information on utility rate inflation in California over the last ten years,download our ‘Electric Bill Inflation in California’ Whitepaper.  

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