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Utilities Can Get a “LEG” Up with Beneficial Electrification—But Regulators Also Have to be Ready

By Ken Colburn, Richard Sedano
In a series of blog posts over the last several weeks, RAP has spotlighted the opportunities associated with beneficial electrification—the practice of electrifying appliances and machines that are currently powered by fossil fuels. Embracing beneficial electrification provides a significant opportunity for utilities, making them more competitive by giving them... Read More

Beneficial Electrification: A Growth Opportunity

By Ken Colburn
In the first blog post in this series, we observed that rapid power sector transformation presents challenges but also opportunities for utilities. As older, inflexible resources are retired, cleaner, more distributed resources are being deployed by companies and customers who are consuming, saving, and producing energy in new ways. We also discussed a major o... Read More

Beneficial Electrification: A Key to Better Grid Management

By Ken Colburn
As highlighted in our earlier post, Beneficial Electrification: Opportunity Knocks for Utilities, the power sector is rapidly transforming. Today’s older, inflexible resources are being retired, the grid is becoming more flexible, resources are getting cleaner and more distributed, and customers are consuming, saving, and producing energy in new ways. Benefi... Read More

States will Decide Future of U.S. Energy

By Frederick Weston
With the coming change of administration in the U.S., speculation on the future of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is running high. During the campaign, the president-elect made his views on climate change—it’s a hoax perpetrated by China—perfectly clear; and, since the election, he has appointed people to key agencies—the Environmental Protection Agency and t... Read More


By Frederick Weston
本周五美国将迎来新一届政府,与此同时,关于美国《清洁电力计划》(Clean Power Plan,简称CPP )存留的猜测也甚嚣尘上。当选总统特朗普在竞选期间就明确表达了他对气候变化的看法,他认为所谓的“气候变化”就是中国恶意编造的一场骗局。自胜选以来,特朗普先后提名的... Read More

实行排放绩效标准: 提高环境效益,助力中国电力市场转型

By Christopher James
中国“十三五”规划(以下简称“规划”)的电力行业规划中,重申并加强了以前对建立电力市场和有序放开发用电计划的承诺。中国政府还致力于进一步减少空气污染,降低温室气体排放,其目标是到2020年将京津冀PM2.5排放量减少25%。规划提出了每年6.5%的GDP增长目标,增... Read More

Beneficial Electrification: Opportunity Knocks for Utilities

By Ken Colburn
It is increasingly apparent that power sector transformation isn’t happening in the future; it’s occurring now. Already, resources are cleaner and more distributed, previously docile customers are actively seeking opportunities to save, consume, and even produce energy in new ways, and unregulated service providers are emerging to motivate customers and make... Read More

Emissions Performance Standard Could Improve Environmental Outcomes and Complement China’s Electricity Market Transition

By Christopher James
The electricity sector components of China’s 13th Five Year Plan reaffirm and strengthen previous commitments to establish electricity markets and to eliminate the generation quota system. The Chinese government has also committed to further reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as with the target to reduce JingJinJi PM2.5 emissions in 2020 by 25... Read More

How Europe can Deliver on Energy Efficiency

By Jan Rosenow, Edith Bayer
The European Commission’s recently released Clean Energy Package, has a 2030 target of 30 percent energy savings. An important policy instrument to deliver these are Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) schemes. According to new RAP research, not only are EEOs a highly cost-effective way to deliver energy efficiency, but over the long term they can deliver consum... Read More

Retooling Regulation: Is Integrating Energy and Environmental Regulation Legal?

By Christopher James, Ken Colburn
Broad state authority under the Clean Air Act means regulatory reforms would likely be permitted This is the third of RAP’s four-part series on the merits of greater integration of energy and environmental planning and regulation. The first piece set out the general concept, a process we’ve dubbed “E-Merge.” The second laid out a sample step-by-step proc... Read More