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Policy Brief September 12, 2016

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

By Michael Hogan

Getting the formation of prices in wholesale electricity markets right is key to ensuring reliability, delivering value for money, and empowering and protecting consumers. Yet many of the measures proposed to address what is known as the “missing money problem” instead create a new problem: misallocated money, overcompensating some resources and undercomp...

Market Design, Pricing and Rate Design, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation September 12, 2016

Urgency, Multi-Pollutant Planning, and Environmentally Beneficial Electrification

By Ken Colburn

Ken Colburn presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in Providence, Rhode Island, about environmentally beneficial electrification and air quality management....

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation September 11, 2016

Regional Air Quality Planning: Energy and Air Quality Integration

By Christopher James

At a regional air quality management planning workshop of the World Bank’s Pollution Management and Environment Health (PMEH) program, Christopher James spoke of the importance of integrated energy and air quality planning. He highlights the importance of identifying the air quality and other benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy, educating air a...

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Presentation September 9, 2016

Regulated Utility Rate Design and Its Effects on DER Adoption Rates

By Richard Sedano

Richard Sedano spoke about rate design and the integration of distributed energy resources at the Seventh Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT2016), sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES)....

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Presentation September 8, 2016

Energy Efficiency Obligations: A Global Success Story

By Jim Lazar

Speaking at the National Governor's Association’s retreat on energy efficiency in Alaska, Jim Lazar explored the multiple societal, utility system, and participant benefits of energy efficiency, highlighting themes from one of RAP’s mainstay publications, Recognizing the Full Value of Energy Efficiency. Mr. Lazar also examines the use of energy efficiency o...

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Presentation September 1, 2016

Energy Storage: Flexible and Low-Cost Options

By David Littell

In a presentation to the Maryland Public Service Commission, David Littell discussed electricity storage as a flexible, low-cost tool for meeting multiple grid and customer needs. Not only can energy storage enable smart demand response—through, for example, grid-interactive water heating and air conditioning storage—the electrification of heating and trans...

Demand Response, Storage Download View Summary
Report September 1, 2016

The Old Order Changeth: Rewarding Utilities for Performance, Not Capital Investment

By Scudder Parker, Jim Lazar

It is time for jurisdictions serious about moving to a new utility model to transition from a rate-of-return structure to direct performance regulation. It will help utilities move to cleaner energy, energy efficiency, and their corollaries: customer-friendly and environmentally responsible service. Decoupling has reduced some barriers to pursuing efficiency, ...

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Presentation September 1, 2016

Maximizing the Value of Advanced Metering Infrastructure

By David Littell

At a workshop for the Maryland Public Service Commission on September 1, 2016, David Littell spoke about leveraging the value of advanced metering infrastructure, the questions states regulators face when working with or considering these technologies, and the principles of smart rate design....

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Report August 31, 2016

Air Quality Management Planning Framework

This report, produced by RTI International, provides guidance on U.S. best practices in air quality planning and recommendations intended to assist Jiangsu Province and the three pilot cities with developing the next generation of air quality plans. Control strategies are presented for reducing emissions of PM2.5, PM2.5 precursors (SO2, NOX, and V...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Report August 31, 2016

大气质量管理规划框架

本报告由三角国际研究院(RTI International )项目组成员编制完成,报告将基于美国大气质量管理的最佳实践方案提出一系列指导和建议,以帮助江苏省与三试点城市建立下一阶段的大气质量管理规划。其中,报告介绍了降低PM2.5,PM2.5前体物(二氧化硫、氮氧化物和挥发性有机...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary