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Find Out How Your Utility Stacks Up in DER Integration

You’ve been working hard all year to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into your utility’s portfolio. Isn’t it time someone knows about it? Would you like to see how you compare to others in the electric power sector? And, maybe, even win an award for your work?

Every year the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) collects data on utility-interconnected solar, energy storage deployment and utility demand response programs. 2018 marks our 11th year of surveying solar, and our second year for storage and demand response. Our data collection efforts help provide a free, timely, public source of information on solar, energy storage and demand response deployment across the United States.

While other groups do similar work, SEPA’s annual Utility Survey stands out as an industry standard for the unbiased presentation of deployment data obtained directly from the utilities.

Five Reasons You Should Participate

  1. Telling the Utility Story. We want to showcase the work that utilities have been doing to diversify your portfolios, bring clean energy solutions to customers, and serve as leaders in the industry. This is your chance to tell your story. Check out the Village of Minster, OH and Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Arkansas for two great examples.
  2. Recognition. We use this data to give out awards, create rankings, and recognize utilities that are investing in and supporting clean energy. By responding to our survey, you ensure that your utility and your state are accurately represented. Our Top 10 Awards are industry-recognized and respected achievements that help you promote your work to commissions, third parties and the public. Both the Village of Minster and Ouachita Electric Cooperative placed Top 10 on the Annual Solar Watts-Per-Customer list and won a SEPA Power Player Award the same year, while gaining wider industry recognition from media and honored with additional awards.
  3. Benchmarking. Utilities that participate in our survey are provided with an exclusive benchmarking report, allowing them to compare themselves to their peers across at least 28 categories. The list includes cumulative and annual solar capacity, residential net metering, utility-owned solar, and annual residential battery capacity. Interested to know how close you are to the top? This report will tell you how you ranked.
The SEPA Utility Conference was held at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona on April 24–26, 2017. (Photo by
  1. Unique Data. The data we collect provides detailed insights by utility type, customer segment and program (e.g., residential net-metered, solar tariff, and utility-owned PV systems). This past year’s Demand Response survey yielded first-of-its-kind data on national utility deployment of demand response programs encompassing smart thermostats, air conditioning cycling, water heaters, and behavioral change, to name a few. The 2017 Demand Response Market Snapshot was cited by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its 2017 Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering report.
  2. Answers to today’s topical questions. The Utility Survey also digs into the pressing questions utilities face today. How are utilities compensating customers who own rooftop solar for the power they feed back onto the grid? To what degree are utilities procuring electric storage or demand response as non-wire solutions? The information we collect on these and other key trends is shared with our participants in our benchmarking reports and highlighted in our Market Snapshot reports.

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Have specific data requests or interested in getting a closer look at the information behind our Market Snapshot Reports? Survey participants and SEPA members receive research benefits and access to the information we collect from the Annual Utility Survey.