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Report November 8, 2016

Revenue Regulation and Decoupling: A Guide to Theory and Application (incl. Case Studies)

By Jim Lazar, Frederick Weston, Wayne Shirley, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Dave Lamont, Elizabeth Watson

Under traditional regulation, utilities make more money when they sell more energy. Yet this reality is at odds with explicit public policy objectives that utility and environmental regulators are charged with achieving, including economic efficiency and environmental protection. Many utility-sector stakeholders have recognized the conflicts implicit in tradition...

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Revenue Regulation Paves the Way for Utility Innovation and Efficiency (Webinar)

Traditional utility regulatory practices create an environment in which utilities earn more profit by selling more electricity. Revenue regulation, or decoupling, breaks the link between utility sales of electricity and revenues, while continuing to send customers economic price signals. These two principles are key to successful energy efficiency programs. Proper implementation of decoupling programs can...

Presentation September 11, 2014

Revenue Regulation Paves the Way for Utility Innovation and Efficiency

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, Dave Lamont

Co-authors of the publication “Decoupling Case Studies: Revenue Regulation Implementation in Six States,” Janine Migden-Ostrander and Dave Lamont explored different approaches to revenue regulation programs in a webinar held on September 11, 2014. They highlight design and policy options for regulators and utilities considering revenue regulation mechanisms. ...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report July 8, 2014

Decoupling Case Studies: Revenue Regulation Implementation in Six States

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, Elizabeth Watson, Dave Lamont, Richard Sedano

This paper examines revenue regulation, popularly known as decoupling, and the various elements of revenue regulation that can be assembled in numerous ways based on state priorities and preferences to eliminate the throughput incentive. This publication focuses on six utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Idaho Power Company, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation September 12, 2013

Full Valuation of Energy Efficiency Programs and Measures

By Dave Lamont

In this presentation at the Air and Waste Management Association’s Climate Change conference, Dave Lamont identifies energy efficiency as an inexpensive tool to deliver multi-pollutant emissions reductions. When determining whether an energy efficiency measure is cost-effective, non-energy benefits, such as increased productivity, improved health, cleaner air a...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Presentation September 12, 2013

FERC Order 1000: Opportunities to Advance Public Policy Objectives Through Effective Transmission Planning

By Dave Lamont

FERC Order 1000 creates an opportunity for air regulators to ensure that regional transmission planning processes support and do not exacerbate efforts to attain national ambient air quality standards. In this presentation at the Air and Waste Management Association’s Climate Change conference, Dave Lamont describes opportunities for air regulators to proactive...

Climate and Public Health, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Transmission Planning Download View Summary
Report January 28, 2013

The Treatment of Energy Efficiency in Integrated Resource Plans: A Review of Six State Practices

By Dave Lamont, John Gerhard

In this paper, RAP extracts information from our work in six states in the U.S. to examine state practices for integrated resource planning and energy efficiency. We examine how these state practices work together and are in some cases converging. Our analysis shows that there remain divergent practices on how IRP or a similar planning process is implemented, but...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Report June 10, 2012

Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge (Executive Summary)

By Lisa Schwartz, Michael Hogan, Dave Lamont

Partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Exeter Associates, RAP prepared this paper for the Western Governors’ Association that explores approaches for reducing costs to integrate wind and solar in the Western U.S., barriers to adopting these cost-saving measures, and possible state actions. Drawing from existing studies and experience to da...

Distributed Generation, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Presentation June 22, 2011

Feed-In Tariff Example: Vermont

By Dave Lamont

RAP's Dave Lamont gave this presentation on a case study of US tariffs at the “Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011" before an audience of policy makers, regulatory commissioners, financiers, utility personnel, and bankers. This event was hosted by the Asian Development Bank as a way to share ideas and experiences involving clean energy policies and programs in the Asi...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary