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Policy Brief July 6, 2016

Response to the Commission’s Interim Report of the Sector Inquiry on Capacity Mechanisms

By Regulatory Assistance Project

With the continued deployment of intermittent zero-marginal-cost generation technologies such as wind and solar, Europe’s power systems are undergoing a fundamental transformation. This deployment, together with the reduced energy demands brought about by the recent economic recession, has led to a situation of overcapacity and low energy prices. In turn, this ...

Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Market Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief July 5, 2016

Can We Trust Electricity Prices? The Case for Improving the Quality of Europe’s Market Monitoring

By Sarah Keay-Bright

Market monitoring provides continuous surveillance and evaluation, like a protective screen or filter, crucial for well-informed decision making, cost efficiency, and ensuring stakeholder confidence in markets and resulting prices. In this policy brief, RAP identifies best practices that could be useful for the EU.

Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability, Reliability, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Discussion Draft July 5, 2016

Issues in China Power Sector Reform: Generator Dispatch

By Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl, Max Dupuy, Wang Xuan

In most countries of the world, power generation dispatch is done on an “economic” basis. In China, however, grid companies use dispatch methods that often are not based on an economic approach. This is a major obstacle to meeting China’s clean energy, air quality, and economic goals. It has led to high curtailment of wind, solar, and hydro power, while les...

Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary
Discussion Draft June 30, 2016

Meta-Issues Related to Carbon Footprint of Biomass Used for Energy Production

By David Littell

The burning of biomass for electricity generation could play a role in states' Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidance on what constitutes "qualifying biomass" is still pending at its Scientific Advisory Board. Discussions of biomass's carbon neutrality can be confusing, with competing, contradictory, and polari...

Greenhouse Gas Management Download View Summary
Presentation June 23, 2016

Solar Energy Drivers, Options and Value

By Carl Linvill

In a presentation to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Carl Linvill discusses the increasing interest in solar energy among consumers, the reasons for that growth, and the preferences of solar and non-solar customers, as well as the preferences of utilities. He also discusses the role of net metering, valuation studies, and the principles of smart ra...

Distributed Generation, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief June 22, 2016

Stellungnahme zur Verordnung über Vereinbarungen zu abschaltbaren Lasten

By Andreas Jahn

Für eine kostenoptimierte Integration erneuerbarer Energien in das Stromsystem muss die Flexibilität aller Ressourcen effizient einbezogen werden. Internationale Erfahrungen zeigen, dass der Einbezug der Nachfrage (Lastmanagement) geeignet ist, die Versorgungssicherheit zu vergleichsweise geringen Kosten zu stärken. Bei einer öffentlichen Anhörung des Deutsc...

Demand Response, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary
Policy Brief June 14, 2016

Governance for Efficiency First: “Plan, Finance, and Deliver”

By European Climate Foundation

In February 2015, the principle of Efficiency First was formally endorsed by the European Commission within the framework of the Energy Union. Realising Efficiency First within the EU policy and legal framework will require the EU to make an appropriately high-level commitment to it, such that this central organising principle is properly integrated into model...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Obligations, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
Policy Brief June 14, 2016

Efficiency First: A New Paradigm for the European Energy System

By European Climate Foundation

In February 2015, the principle of Efficiency First was formally endorsed by the European Commission within the framework of the Energy Union. This policy brief sets out how the Efficiency First principle can help the Energy Union to deliver on the three goals of competitiveness, energy security, and decarbonisation. It also identifies the changes needed to th...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Obligations, Standards and Codes Download View Summary