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Policy Brief August 29, 2016

Capturing Win-Win Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Improvement Projects

By Christopher James, Bob Taylor

Energy efficiency projects, despite their financial attractiveness and air-pollution-reducing benefits, often face institutional and technical barriers. In China, which has both severe air pollution and a sophisticated set of nationwide energy efficiency programs, more still needs to be done to enhance the role of efficiency in improving air quality. Practitioner...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation August 25, 2016

Leveraging Power Markets to Achieve a Reliable, Least-Cost Transition to a Low-Carbon Power System

By Michael Hogan

In this RAP webinar, Michael Hogan describes the role of power markets in supporting a least-cost transition to a reliable, low-carbon power system. He addresses:    The changing nature of the investment challenge in a low-carbon power system; How markets can be adapted to better reflect and respond to the needs of the power system; Why the emer...

Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary
Journal Article August 19, 2016

Environmentally Beneficial Electrification: The Dawn of ‘Emissions Efficiency’

By Keith Dennis, Ken Colburn, Jim Lazar

Mounting research suggests that aggressive electrification of energy end uses—such as space heating, water heating, and transportation—is needed if the United States and the world are to achieve ambitious emissions reduction goals for carbon dioxide. This concept, the electrification of energy end uses that have been powered by fossil fuels (natural gas, prop...

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Leveraging Power Markets to Achieve a Reliable, Least-Cost Transition to a Low-Carbon Power System (Webinar)

Reliability stands as one of the three pillars governing electric sector policymaking, along with environmental sustainability and affordability. As we pursue the necessary transition to a low-carbon power system, we must also maintain an acceptable standard of reliability at the lowest reasonable cost. This transition is taking place, in many regions, against the background of...

Policy Brief August 16, 2016

RAP Comments on NARUC Distributed Energy Resources Compensation Manual

By Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP has filed comments with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) regarding the organization’s recently-released draft Distributed Energy Resources Compensation Manual.  In the comments, RAP commends NARUC for undertaking this work and makes specific suggestions for consideration on three broad aspects of the topic:  The...

Distributed Generation, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary