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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:

  • E-Merge, 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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From the Knowledge Center

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Policy Brief October 12, 2017

Efficiency First: Reinventing the UK’s Energy System

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart Read now
Presentation October 5, 2017

Performance-Based Regulation: The Power of Outcomes (Part 2)

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch, Jan Rosenow Read now
Policy Brief September 21, 2017

Public Benefit Funds: Finanzierungsmechanismus für Energieeffizienz-Investitionen

By Andreas Jahn, Jan Rosenow Read now
Presentation September 21, 2017

Performance-Based Regulation: The Power of Outcomes

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch Read now
Presentation September 14, 2017

Power Markets in an Era of Low Marginal Costs

By David Littell Read now
Report September 12, 2017

Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Emphasizing Utility Performance to Unleash Power Sector Innovation

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch, Philip Baker, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Max Dupuy, Brenda Hausauer, Carl Linvill, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Jan Rosenow, Wang Xuan, Owen Zinaman, Jeffrey Logan Read now
Presentation September 12, 2017

Non-Traditional Regulation: A Survey

By Frederick Weston Read now
Presentation September 12, 2017

Into the Brave New World of Consumer Protection Policy

By Janine Migden-Ostrander Read now
Policy Brief August 30, 2017

Regional Operational Centres: A review of the Commission’s proposal and recommendations for improvement

By Philip Baker, Julie Finkler, Christos Kolokathis Read now
Fact Sheet August 29, 2017

Fixed charges impede progress & drive up costs of the clean energy transition

By Christos Kolokathis, Michael Hogan Read now
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Events

October252017
Upcoming Event

Regionalisation of European electricity markets needs a more regional approach (Webinar)

The European Commission’s proposal to establish regional operational centres (ROCs) is a welcome step toward further integration of the EU internal electricity market. Yet, by expanding this proposal, policymakers could improve governance and the remit of the ROCs to ensure a truly regional, coordinated approach to efficient operation of Europe’s highly interconnected transmission system. Join Philip Baker…

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