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Deja Vu All Over Again

By David Farnsworth
Yogi Berra famously had a quote for every occasion. If asked to describe the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s February 9 stay of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), I’d bet he’d say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The post-McCain-Lieberman and Waxman-Markey world of failed federal climate policy was one of uncertainty and apprehension for ... Read More

How Much Excess Coal-fired Generation Capacity Does China Have?

By Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl
Since the beginning of 2014, demand for electricity in China has fallen dramatically, following more than a decade of double-digit growth. Despite slowing demand growth, there are indications that a large amount of coal-fired generation capacity is currently under development. While a recent policy announcement temporarily suspends the construction of coal-fired ... Read More


By Wang Xuan, Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl
近年来,随着我国经济发展,能源消费不断增加,这一方面保障了我国经济发展和人民生活水平的提高,另一方面也带来巨大的污染物排放,对环境和人民身体健康的破坏日益严重。电力行业是能源消费和污染物排放的大户,是全国节能减排工作的重点。过去几年中,提高能... Read More

Capacity, Competition, and Consumers Top RAP’s List of Missing Market Priorities

By Michael Hogan
The European Commission's Market Design Initiative (MDI) rightly identifies investment and security of supply, demand-side participation in markets, and market governance as three central pillars of a successful market reform. In framing the initiative's priorities, however, the Commission has neglected some of the most important obstacles to success in each of t... Read More

Long Live the Duck — and May He Fly Flat

By Jim Lazar
Utilities and grid operators from Germany to Hawaii have expressed concern about their ability to maintain reliable service as increasing amounts of variable renewable energy–primarily wind and solar–are added to a grid that has historically consisted overwhelmingly of “dispatchable” resources such as coal, natural gas, and hydropower units. This has been... Read More

The Inexorable Shift of the US Power Sector

By David Littell
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s temporary stay on enforcement of the Clean Power Plan has grabbed headlines recently, it’s important that we read deeper, and consider the broader context, of which the CPP is only one part. In recent years, and in the last several months in particular, there have been foundational, even tectonic, shifts in the U.S. power secto... Read More

Protecting the Competitive Market for Services in a Changing Power Sector

By Janine Migden-Ostrander
The electric industry is in transition and some jurisdictions are reconsidering the role of the utility and private enterprises offering products and services to customers. New companies are offering services and products, including energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation, among others that provide more information, which allows customers t... Read More

The Next Quantum Leap in Electric Efficiency—Game On

By David Farnsworth
Ten years ago, the most aggressive electric efficiency efforts in the country were achieving first-year electric savings of about 1.0 percent of annual sales. Today, at least five different states have—or plan to—double those levels of savings, achieving between 2.0 and 2.5 percent first-year savings annually. Since 2006, nationwide customer efficiency spe... Read More

Recognizing Early Action Under the Clean Power Plan

By Ken Colburn
Data suggest that the electric power sector’s long march toward decarbonization was already well underway before the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rulemaking, let alone the final rule’s compliance period, which doesn’t begin until 2022. If so, then the emissions reduction obligations imposed by the CPP might be characterized as consistent with the dramatic... Read More

Polski system elektroenergetyczny a dyskusja o nowej organizacji rynku energii elektrycznej w Unii Europejskiej

By Jan Rączka
Europejski system energetyczny znajduje się w fazie transformacji, której źródłami są postęp technologiczny, zmieniające się modele biznesowe i dążenie do zmniejszenia emisji CO2. Komisja Europejska postawiła ambitne cele na rok 2030, a kraje członkowskie wspierają ich realizację. Osiągnięcie 40% poziomu redukcji emisji CO2 w roku 2030 (względem... Read More