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Discussion Draft May 18, 2017

Insulated Wires: The Precarious Rise of West Bengal’s Power Sector

By Elizabeth Chatterjee

The trajectory of West Bengal’s power sector since 2000 has been one of the most unusual and periodically encouraging of any Indian state. Under the centralized one-party dominance of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), it developed a technocratic, pragmatic, and statist model of power reforms in the hope of incentivizing industrialization. Rather than rely...

Distribution Resource Planning, Governance, Reliability, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Report May 17, 2017

Designing Distributed Generation in Mexico

By Carl Linvill, Donna Brutkoski

Mexico's energy reform will have far-reaching effects on how people produce and consume electricity in the country. Market liberalization will open the door to an increasing number of options for Mexican residential, commercial, and industrial consumers, and will encourage the adoption of distributed generation (DG), which for Mexico includes generators of less t...

Distributed Generation, Distribution Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy, Non-Transmission Alternatives, Renewable Energy Policies, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation May 16, 2017

Opportunity Knocks… for “Beneficial” Electrification

By Ken Colburn, Jim Lazar

Electrification of vehicles, appliances, and machines that are currently powered by fossil fuels offers environmental gains, new new business opportunities for power providers, may ease management of the electricity grid, and can save utilities and consumers money. No wonder the term “electrification” appears to be the buzzword of the day. But not all elect...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary
Presentation May 11, 2017

Solar Valuation and Cost-Benefit Analyses

By Jim Lazar, John Shenot

In the second of three Solar Market Pathways workshops for the Utah Municipal Utilities, Jim Lazar and John Shenot discussed reasons for doing a solar valuation or cost-benefit analysis, provided an overview of key decisions for any solar valuation study, and took a detailed look at valuation issues and examples. The information, data, or work presented here...

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Discussion Draft May 10, 2017

Protecting Power: The Politics of Partial Reforms in Punjab’s Electricity Sector

By Ashwini K. Swain

By achieving the longstanding national aspiration of universal access and recording a per capita consumption of nearly double the national average, Punjab’s power sector appears to be a successful case of electrical development. Despite good performance in loss reduction and collection efficiency, both factors that ail many electricity utilities in India, Punja...

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Presentation May 8, 2017

Good and Better Practices in Energy Efficiency from the Mainland

By Richard Sedano

Richard Sedano, with assistance from Jessica Shipley, facilitated a meeting for the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and the Hawaii Energy Office on energy efficiency. As part of that meeting, Mr. Sedano drew on the RAP report The Next Quantum Leap in Efficiency: 30 Percent Electric Savings in Ten Years to examine advanced practices being implemented by leading sta...

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Presentation May 5, 2017

Mechanizmy wynagradzania za moc w UE – wnioski dla Polski

By Jan Rączka

Jan Rączka delivered the keynote address on the proposed capacity market during a debate in the Polish Parliament organized by Nowoczesna. He focused on the experience with capacity markets in Great Britain and France, and on how the European Commission is likely to consider a Polish capacity market proposal. Dr. Rączka emphasized the importance of allowing cro...

Integrating Demand and Supply Resources, Market Design Download View Summary
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Opportunity Knocks… for “Beneficial” Electrification (Webinar)

Most credible analyses indicate that electrifying vehicles, appliances, and machines that are currently powered by fossil fuels will be critical to decarbonizing the economy enough to reduce global climate threats. Electrification also offers other big benefits beyond environmental gains. It can provide new business opportunities for power providers, may ease management of the electricity grid,...

Presentation May 2, 2017

Efficiency First: Delivering Business Efficiency in a Competitive World

By Richard Cowart

At a meeting of the G20 in Hamburg, Germany, Richard Cowart spoke about the principal governmental policy decisions needed to turn the concept of "Efficiency First" into a commercial reality. Efficiency First is a principle applied to policymaking, planning, and investment in the energy sector that prioritizes investment in customer-side efficiency resources when...

Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Obligations, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary