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Policy Brief October 7, 2016

Benefiting Customers While Compensating Suppliers: Getting Supplier Compensation Right

By Philip Baker

If the challenges of energy decarbonisation are to be met in a cost-effective, affordable, and reliable fashion, customers will need to increasingly engage with the electricity market. Likewise, as the share of intermittent renewable resources continues to grow, the need for flexibility in both market and balancing timescales will grow. This need for flexibility ...

Demand Response, Integrating Demand and Supply Resources Download View Summary
Report October 6, 2016

Buildings and the 5th Carbon Budget

By Pedro Guertler, Jan Rosenow

The last 18 months have seen a lot of change in the policy landscape affecting carbon emissions from buildings in the UK. The trajectory to zero carbon new build has been ‘paused’; government support for Green Deal finance was withdrawn with no alternative mechanisms in place to encourage and enable investment by able-to-pay households; and a review of busine...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation September 27, 2016

Allowance Auctions and Revenue Recycling in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Inventing Cap-and-Invest

By David Farnsworth

In this presentation for Vermont Law School, David Farnsworth examined the challenges regulators faced in establishing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the key steps they undertook in adapting existing cap-and-trade models to produce a successful electric sector carbon management program. He explores how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative con...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation September 22, 2016

Value of Solar and Grid Benefits Studies: Alternative Approaches and Results

By Jim Lazar, Thomas Vitolo

In a RAP webinar held on September 22, 2016, Jim Lazar of RAP and Dr. Thomas Vitolo of Synapse Energy Economics delve into questions surrounding the value of solar, including an examination of the relative merits of various types of value of solar studies, cost recovery methods, and how results from these studies can affect rate design and compensation for PV cus...

Distributed Generation, Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation September 22, 2016

Smart Rate Design for a Smart Future

By Jim Lazar

Jim Lazar delivered this web presentation on smart rate design as a guest lecturer for the University of Texas....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation September 21, 2016

Energy Efficiency Obligations: a Toolkit for Success

By Edith Bayer, Eoin Lees

In this webinar presentation, Edith Bayer and Eoin Lees discuss key elements of energy efficiency obligation (EEO) schemes. These include, considerations for designing, implementing, and (over time) improving EEOs; best practices in successful EEO schemes; and strategies for overcoming common barriers to effective EEO implementation....

Energy Efficiency Obligations, Energy Efficiency Program Design Download View Summary
Presentation September 19, 2016

Trading Under the Clean Power Plan

By David Farnsworth

David Farnsworth delivered a presentation on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan at the 2016 NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Accounting and Finance Fall Conference....

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
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Webinar (video)

The Value of Solar: Assessing the Benefits, the Costs, and What it May Mean for Net Energy Metering (Webinar)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installations of solar photovoltaics (PV) have grown from 1.2 GW in 2008 to an estimated 30 GW today, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 5.7 million homes. This dramatic increase is raising questions—and some controversy—about the value solar generation brings to the grid. How this value...

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Webinar (video)

Energy Efficiency Obligations – A Toolkit for Success (Webinar)

Energy Efficiency Obligations (EEOs) are a strong driver of energy savings in Europe and around the world. Many EU Member States have chosen EEOs as an important policy to support compliance with Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. In this webinar hosted by Leonardo Energy and IEA DSM, Edith Bayer and Eoin Lees of...