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Bringing Energy Productivity to Scale

Advanced technologies make it possible for our economies to become ever more productive while consuming less energy with each passing year. The growing suite of technology options on the “demand side” of the energy meter—high-efficiency lighting, appliances, heating and cooling, industrial processes, and price-induced demand response—reduce wasteful and low-value energy use. These tools enable greater reliance on renewable energy resources by bringing greater flexibility to the management of the grid.

The untapped potential for energy efficiency is also the lowest-cost means of achieving greenhouse gas reductions.

Key Facts

Energy efficiency can meet 30% of U.S. electricity demand over ten years. Source
A kilowatt-hour avoided by end-use energy efficiency is worth, on average, 18 cents. Source
Efficiency could achieve 40% of the reductions needed to meet the Paris Agreement. Source

Our Focus

The RAP team helps policymakers find ways to overcome institutional and market barriers to capturing cost-effective efficiency and demand response resources. Our recommended strategies include creating energy efficiency obligations; recognizing efficiency as a resource in utility planning processes and air quality management; and designing regulations that break the link between a utility's energy sales and the revenue it collects.

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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
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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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