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Harness the Momentum of Power Sector Transformation: Opportunities for 2017 (Webinar)

  As we head into 2017, the U.S. power sector continues its steady, technology-driven transformation. There is intense action in the states. Utility commissions, policymakers, and the private sector have unprecedented opportunities to add value while resetting the balance between regulation and markets to reflect the increasing role of customers. How should the many decision-makers...

Journal Article December 14, 2016

Bridge or Wall? Natural Gas in the Current Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

By David Littell

Natural gas as a power plant fuel has already played an important role in a transition to a low-carbon economy. However, while a transition to gas-fueled electricity is a carbon reduction strategy for a coal-reliant power system, putting too much investment today into this single strategy risks a long-term lock-in of CO2/methane pollution levels that will allow g...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation December 9, 2016

Regional Air Quality Planning: Energy and Air Quality Integration

By Frederick Weston

As part of "Pollution Management and Environmental Health Business Week" in Beijing, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau hosted a series of events with the support of the World Bank. At an international workshop on air quality management in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Rick Weston spoke to provincial polic...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation December 1, 2016

Moving Load Around: Time-Varying Rates and Demand Response

By Jim Lazar

Jim Lazar spoke at the Hawaii Power Summit in Honolulu about time-of-use rates, and in particular, moving the current Hawaii commercial rate design from one that rewards a high load factor to one that rewards customers who adjust their loads to better fit a solar-heavy power system. He recommends confining the demand charge to the 5 - 9 PM hours (the "neck" of t...

Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation December 1, 2016

Hitting the Mark on Missing Money: How to Ensure Reliability at Least Cost to Consumers

By Michael Hogan

In a presentation at the Florence School of Regulation's Climate Annual Conference, Michael Hogan addressed the often-misunderstood "missing money" problem. He explores how energy pricing drives investment in the design of wholesale electricity markets, the importance of investing in flexibility and spurring innovation, as well as the value of policy support f...

Market Design, Pricing and Rate Design, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation November 28, 2016

Electricity Market Design: Learning from Experience

By Michael Hogan

In this presentation at the Polish Power Market Forum 2016 in Warsaw, Michael Hogan highlights options for achieving reliability at lowest reasonable cost and suggests that resource capabilities--not just capacity--are key. He recommends well-administered, regionally integrated energy and balancing services markets as irreplaceable drivers of investment in t...

Market Design, Reliability Download View Summary
Policy Brief November 22, 2016

Entwicklung der Strom-Netzentgelte 2017: Die regionalen Unterschiede nehmen zu

By Andreas Jahn, Patrick Graichen

Die Entgelte für die Stromnetze steigen 2017 durchschnittlich deutlich an, entwickeln sich aber sehr unterschiedlich—zum einen im regionalen Vergleich, zum anderen mit Blick auf ihre strukturelle Aufteilung in Arbeits- und Grundpreis. Das zeigt eine aktuelle Kurzstudie im Auftrag von Agora Energiewende, Entwicklung der Strom-Netzentgelte 2017: Die regionalen U...

Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
Presentation November 16, 2016

Future Energy Mix in Poland: PV More Likely Than New Coal by 2030

By Jan Rączka

Speaking at a Montel Market Insights Seminar in Warsaw, Jan Rączka outlined the benefits of introducing more solar photovoltaics (PV)—rather than new coal generation—to address the current energy sector challenges in Poland caused by the lack of flexible resources, homogenous energy mix, capacity deficit, high emissions, and low competitiveness in the region...

Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary