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A Holistic Approach to Grid Investments

Utilities and their regulators use energy resource planning to support resource and infrastructure investment choices that achieve policy goals at the lowest cost to consumers.

Resource planning takes a holistic approach to meeting system needs. It considers a full range of scenarios, affected by current and potential energy and environmental policies, shifts in the cost of technologies and fuels, market dynamics, and consumer preferences. Effective planning leads to lower-cost and lower-risk outcomes that protect consumers, fairly compensate market participants, and position utilities and other actors to comply with environmental regulations.

Traditionally, resource planning focused on identifying the capital and infrastructure needed to support energy efficiency and grid-scale resource development. But the emergence of distributed energy resources such as electric vehicles, variable renewable generation, and storage has elevated the importance of distribution system investment. Meeting energy needs in the future will depend on investing in distribution and grid-scale infrastructure that accommodates the two-way flow of electricity and services between the customer and the electric system.

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The RAP team helps policymakers develop comprehensive planning processes that combine the power of markets with administrative methods to effectively meet system needs. We focus on improving energy resource planning and market processes so that investment choices align with the economic, environmental, and physical attributes of the resources needed to enable the two-way flow of electricity and services.

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Events

June12017
Upcoming Event

Will the Winter Package Deliver on “Efficiency First?” Solutions Workshop and Panel Debate

In November 2016, the European Commission released the Clean Energy for All Europeans package (aka the “Winter Package”). The Winter Package is an ambitious proposal for an energy policy framework to effect change by 2030. The legislation recognizes, among other things, that energy efficiency is the foundation for the energy transition and that “Efficiency First”…

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July52017
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Virtuelle Kraftwerke: Dynamische Umlagen – Auswirkungen für Anbieter und Nachfrager

Im Rahmen der Konferenz „Virtuelle Kraftwerke“ spricht Andreas Jahn, zusammen mit Thorsten Lenck von Agora Energiewende, am 5. Juli zum Thema dynamische Umlagen und ihre Auswirkungen für Anbieter und Nachfrager, insbesondere die mittel- bis langfristige ökonomische Perspektive, den notwendigen Ausgleich für die Nachfrage, die politische Realität, sowie Auswirkungen auf virtuelle Kraftwerke. Die VDI-Konferenz „Virtuelle Kraftwerke“ ist eine…

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