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An Integrated Approach to Energy, Climate, and Air Quality

The generation of electricity produces nearly a quarter of global climate emissions. But regulations governing the power sector are too often not harmonized with laws designed to address climate change, minimize air pollution, and protect public health and the environment. By integrating energy system planning and air quality compliance, regulators, utilities, and public health agencies can maintain system reliability and affordability while dramatically reducing pollution—at a cost far lower than by taking a piecemeal approach to the problems.

The RAP team’s multi-disciplinary background helps bridge the gap between energy and environmental regulators, so they can work together to identify opportunities to align power sector regulation with environmental and climate policy.

We work in partnership with regulators and policymakers to develop flexible and adaptable policy solutions that meet climate and public health goals, such as:

  • Integrated, Multi-Pollutant Planning for Energy and Air Quality, or “IMPEAQ,” which utilizes multi-pollutant analysis and cost optimization modeling to achieve efficient gains in air quality;
  • Cap-and-invest policies that invest carbon allowance revenues in clean energy resources and other programs to further reduce carbon emissions; and
  • Complementary policies, such as energy efficiency programs and renewable portfolio standards, that reduce multiple pollutants, often at a lower price than conventional control equipment.

Our Focus

RAP identifies policies and technologies that can address multiple pollutants at the same time—an approach that reduces costs and risks for all stakeholders. We help regulators craft solutions that are tailored to the particular local challenges they face, while ensuring proper harmonization with regional and national policies and objectives.

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Events

February232017
Upcoming Event

From programmes to markets – how to leverage market forces for energy efficiency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and RAP are conducting an in-depth analysis for the G7 on the design of market-based instruments for the delivery of energy efficiency. The study examines market mechanisms and economic instruments, such as auctions and tendering programmes, utility obligations, and white certificates, analysing the choices that policymakers face and the key…

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March12017
Upcoming Event

Flexible and Customizable: Designing Decoupling for Your State (Webinar)

Under traditional regulation, utilities make more money when they sell more electricity. Yet this equation can conflict with the public policy objectives of utility and environmental regulators. In response, some states have adopted or are considering utility revenue regulation—or “decoupling”—to mitigate risks to utilities and consumers, and to deal with potential revenue shortfalls caused by…

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March12017
Upcoming Event

Winter Package Symposium

ClientEarth and RAP host a symposium designed to assess the key issues and challenges around the “Clean Energy For All Europeans” package of legislative proposals. Experts will focus on the impact of the proposals on consumers, efforts to secure resource adequacy, and whether the proposals promote renewable resources and flexible markets. Programme 08.30  Registration 09.30…

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March132017
Upcoming Event

Energy Efficiency and Regulation

At this two-day training event on energy efficiency policy and regulation hosted by the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) in Budapest, Hungary, Dr. Jan Rosenow of RAP and Zsuzsanna Pató of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research will discuss regulatory issues surrounding end-use energy efficiency programs, including metering and energy efficiency obligation schemes. Also…

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