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Charting a Course to a Clean Energy Future

The electricity industry is undergoing massive changes, driven by the low cost of clean technologies, public demand for improved environmental performance, and increasingly competitive markets for both energy supply and demand-side resources. But in most nations, these markets are still governed by various layers of regulations. The way these regulations are structured and implemented today will determine the electricity system of the future.

Utility regulators face a host of challenges in ensuring the fairness and transparency of the regulatory process. They must be responsive to various stakeholder groups, anticipate the implications of rapid changes in technology and markets, and ensure that public policy objectives are achieved. RAP is a trusted partner to power sector and environmental regulators, helping them align utility regulation with public policy, technology, and emergent trends in the marketplace. We focus on strategies that consider the benefits, costs, and risks of a portfolio of resources, including traditional power generating stations, distributed energy, end-use efficiency, and demand-side resources.

Key Facts

Global investment in renewable power capacity was $265.8 billion in 2015. Source
Investment in renewable energy is more than double investments in new coal and gas generation. Source

Our Focus

RAP helps policymakers and regulators address the complex issues associated with the transformation taking place in the power sector, ensuring that evolving regulatory regimes can accommodate clean technologies, competitive markets, demand-side resources, and customer choice.

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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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