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By Max Dupuy
今年3月发布的新电改方案认识到对电力行业规划改革的需求,在《国家能源局关于推进简政放权放管结合优化服务的实施意见》中也提出,按照计划组织开展好“十三五”能源规划以及电力等多个配套专项规划的编制工作。这对以合理的成本来实现中国电力行业的目标(包括... Read More


By David Crossley
在一些国家,电力公司将终端能源效率作为一项资源,用以满足客户的能源服务需求。能效被看作是一种具有成本效益的供应侧资源来进行投资,等同于建设电厂和扩建电网。按照这种认识,提高能效将能够为电力系统、电力用户、以及整个社会带来多种效益。 2011年,中国... Read More

Increasing Opportunities for Utility Delivery of DSM and Energy Efficiency in China

By David Crossley
In several jurisdictions around the world, electric utilities employ end-use energy efficiency as a resource in meeting their customers’ needs for energy services. Energy efficiency is seen as a cost-effective alternative to investing in supply-side resources, such as building power plants and expanding the electricity grid. Used in this way, energy efficiency... Read More

Reliability Standard: I Do Not Think it Means What you Think it Means

By Michael Hogan
Much like the character Inigo Montoya who, in the movie The Princess Bride questions Vizzini’s relentless repetition of the word “inconceivable,” I find myself wondering whether many of those who insist over and over again that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will “threaten reliability” actually understand how we’ve gone about setting, interpretin... Read More

Brussels, Don’t Leave Customer Participation in the Electricity Market to the Incumbents!

By Philip Baker
Allowing customers to participate directly in electricity markets is crucial both to making those markets more efficient and to reducing the costs of integrating renewable energies. The Commission’s Energy Union Market Design Initiative currently under development represents a unique opportunity to facilitate this participation and ensure that all Europe’s ci... Read More

The Clean Power Plan: Just Say, “No Regrets”

By John Shenot, David Farnsworth
Much of the controversy associated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan has to do with disputes about whether the agency has the authority to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants based only on what is achievable “inside the fence” of regulated power plants, or both inside and outside the fence. W... Read More

A Reliability History Lesson

By Christopher James
A new discipline—environmental history—recently came to my attention while helping my Chinese colleagues develop plans to manage air quality. They wanted to know what Los Angeles did in the 1950s and 1960s to clean up its air and what London did in the 1950s. This history is important, not only to understand how those cities accomplished major air quality imp... Read More


By Christopher James
改善空气质量是中国公共政策的首要目标之一。自2008年起,睿博能源智库与从中央到地方的各级环保机构合作,帮助其发展全面的空气质量规划和空气质量管理能力。依据国务院于2013年九月颁发的《大气污染防治行动计划》和其他相关法规,要求所有113个重点城市和225个地级... Read More

Complying with the Clean Power Plan While Delivering Affordable, Reliable Power

By Ken Colburn, John Shenot
Yesterday, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) released an important new resource: Implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Menu of Options (disclosure: RAP provided technical assistance and helped write the Menu). We believe the Menu is one of the most important documents available to the thousands of state air quality agency staff and sta... Read More

Chinese Government Releases Major Policy Guidance on Renewable Integration and Related Issues

By Max Dupuy, Kevin Porter, Wang Xuan
In late March, the National Development and Reform Council (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) jointly issued Guidance on Improving Power Sector Operation to Enable More Generation and Full Generation of Clean Energy. This document followed closely on the heels of Deepening Reform of the Power Sector, a major policy announcement issued by the Cent... Read More