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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

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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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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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