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Unleashing the Power of Power Markets

As renewable energy and energy efficiency scale up around the world, energy markets must adapt to the shift from a predominantly inflexible, high-carbon resource mix to a more flexible, low-carbon resource mix—on both sides of the meter. Effective markets also enable grid operators and system managers to maintain reliable service at the lowest reasonable cost.

Our team helps policymakers, regulators, planning agencies, system operators, and others operating in competitive energy markets navigate the complexities of market design and develop market rules to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy future.

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We identify, refine, and recommend market mechanisms that promote system flexibility and support the transition to a low-carbon, clean energy future. We also advise policymakers as they tailor clean energy policies, such as renewable portfolio standards and feed-in-tariffs, to complement local electricity markets. A critical consideration of any transition is the potential for adverse financial impacts on both investors and consumers. Therefore, our team also helps policymakers develop exit strategies for the early retirement of high-carbon resources.

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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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