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Enabling the Renewable Energy Future 

Around the world, renewable energy is enjoying record growth, thanks in equal parts to its rapidly dropping costs and to the growing commitments of governments to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. While energy-generating technologies such as solar, wind, hydropower, and other renewables are well-understood, the issues surrounding their integration into the grid are deeply complex—and vary not only from country to country, but from state to state and even, in some cases, city to city.

Our team has deep understanding of the energy markets in China, India, Europe, and the United States, giving us unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing these regions—and empowering us to identify and adapt best practices to be shared across jurisdictions and continents.

Key Facts

Renewable energy meets as much as 80% of Germany’s electricity demand. Source
The cost of grid-scale solar has fallen by 57% since 2009. Source
India aims to install 60 GW of wind and 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022. Source

Our Focus

RAP helps policymakers at the local, state, and national levels develop cost-effective and low-risk solutions to integrating ever-increasing amounts of renewable energy into the grid, while maintaining reliability and affordability. We focus on mechanisms (both market-based and administrative, depending on local conditions) that encourage more resource and operational flexibility in power systems. We also identify how existing, market-proven strategies, such as ice storage for air conditioning and controlled water and wastewater pumping, can be deployed to shift demand patterns and allow for higher levels of renewable energy penetration.

From Our Blog

RAP's experts highlight policy, regulatory, and market solutions to accelerate the clean energy transition.

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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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