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Reducing Renewables Curtailment in China—An Air Quality Measure

By Sara Shapiro-Bengtsen
When Premier Li recently delivered the 2017 government work report, he stressed the importance of efficient integration of renewable energy as a measure to make Chinese skies blue again. Although China has become the biggest investor in renewable energy and has the most installed capacity, it does not reap the full benefits of these investments. Record high curta... Read More

Retooling Regulation: Breaking the Trail Forward

By Christopher James, Ken Colburn
In our prior Retooling Regulation posts, we illuminated the need to integrate energy and environmental regulatory planning processes, spotlighted recommended steps to do so via a process we’ve dubbed “E-Merge,” and considered the legality of such an approach. In this fourth and last post, we look at experience to date with related retooling efforts. Firs... Read More


By Sara Shapiro-Bengtsen
2017年3月,国务院总理李克强在全国人大发布了本年度政府工作报告。报告强调,提高可再生能源入网效率对重塑中国蓝天有着非常重要的意义。 尽管中国斥巨资发展可再生能源,总装机居世界首位,但是目前却仍在努力充分享受可再生能源带来的益处。可再生能源本来可... Read More

Don’t Throw Out the Energy Efficiency Baby with the Brexit Bathwater

By Jan Rosenow, Pedro Guertler, Richard Cowart
Will Brexit put energy efficiency progress in the UK at risk, ask Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart of RAP and Pedro Guertler of the Association for the Conservation of Energy? In electric appliances and heating systems—probably not. The biggest risk is in the building sector. UK policymakers will need to put efficiency first if they want to reach carbon targets a... Read More

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage, and Microgrids

By John Shenot
Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning and development. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and other recent natural disasters, there is heightened awareness that one of the essential components of resilience is the need to keep ... Read More

Buildings Have Quietly Become the Most Strategic Energy Investment in Europe

By Edith Bayer
At the second State of the Energy Union conference, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič noted the central role of local authorities and the business community in driving energy efficiency in Europe and underlined the Commission’s determination to harness the European Fund for Strategic Investments to build on progress. The Energy Union en... Read More

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