Program Implementation Choices That Influence Price
Analysis of your specific accounts, alongside your target and priorities, may help inform whether you should switch all accounts/ meters to a green tariff or, alternatively, whether you should proceed selectively, utilizing the green tariff only for specific accounts/ meters. Consider:
- Energy consumption per account or per meter (utilize this information to inform which city operations are purchasing the most energy)
- Existing electricity rates or the rate schedule per meter (utilize this information to consider what deals or pricing your city is currently getting)
- Budgets or special considerations of the various divisions/ departments associated with each account/ meter
Some of these data may be requested from your utility by questions such as, “What are the projected costs of participating in the program?” or “Are there any changes anticipated?” Some cities have also utilized their team’s economic expertise to develop tools that help analyze and assess total costs. A consultant may also be helpful for conducting this analysis.
Given the various interconnected factors that influence costs, it is important to involve key team members and decision-makers throughout this process. You should also equip your team members with the data and talking points necessary to speak to the financial impacts of utilizing the green tariff program. This will be essential in the next phase when it comes time to make the case for approval.
In addition to the various considerations that affect costs, when formulating your implementation strategy you may want to explore your utility’s flexibility, contract length or resource type. Depending on the green tariff program, you might be able to more closely align the green tariff with your city’s preferences and goals.
To understand this potential for flexibility, you should ask your utility representative questions about the program’s various components (e.g., “What flexibility is there in terms of contract length?”).