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Presentation April 27, 2016

Northeast NASEO States – Advanced Grid Technology

By David Littell

Speaking at a workshop of New England state energy officials, David Littell offered an overview of advanced grid technologies. He discusses end-use technologies and complementary rate design policies such as time-varying and dynamic pricing. Noting their insight, nimbleness, and market familiarity, he highlights the critical role of state energy offices in monito...

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Presentation April 27, 2016

Quecksilber-Grenzwerte für Kohlekraftwerke in den USA

By Andreas Jahn

Im Rahmen eines öffentlichen Fachgesprächs der Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen gab Andreas Jahn Einblick in die historische Entwicklung und Regulierung der Quecksilberemissionen durch Kraftwerke in den Vereinigten Staaten. Er betont, dass allein die Erkenntnis bzw. Bekenntnis für Gesundheitsschutz nicht ausreicht, um die notwendigen Regelungen und R...

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Presentation April 26, 2016

Fixed Cost Recovery and Rate Design

By Jim Lazar

Speaking at the Western Interstate Energy Board on fixed cost recovery for electric utilities, Jim Lazar addresses the three principles of smart rate design. He also discusses the impact of rate design on customer usage, emissions, and low-income consumers....

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Report April 26, 2016

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska

By Riley Allen, Donna Brutkoski, David Farnsworth, Peter Larsen

The harsh weather and inaccessible geography of rural Alaska communities pose significant energy challenges to the region, including keeping electricity and other energy costs very high compared to the lower 48 and even more populous regions of the state. Many communities rely almost exclusively on expensive diesel fuel—shipped in by barge or air—for electric...

Climate and Public Health, Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Energy Resource Planning, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Report April 26, 2016

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska: Executive Summary

By Riley Allen, Donna Brutkoski, David Farnsworth, Peter Larsen

The harsh weather and inaccessible geography of rural Alaska communities pose significant energy challenges to the region, including keeping electricity and other energy costs very high compared to the lower 48 and even more populous regions of the state. Many communities rely almost exclusively on expensive diesel fuel—shipped in by barge or air—for electric...

Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Energy Resource Planning, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Report April 25, 2016

The Future Electricity Grid: Key Questions and Considerations for Developing Countries

By Ranjit Bharvirkar, Bharath Jairaj, Sarah Martin, Josh Ryor, Shantanu Dixit, Ashwin Gambhir, Aditya Chunekar, Gilberto Jannuzzi, Samat Sukenaliev, Tao Wang

Regulators around the world are faced with complex issues ranging from securing the supply of energy, to meeting public policy objectives and protecting the environment. Current developments in the energy sector present serious challenges for policymakers leading a vital transition—a rise in the deployment of cost-effective technologies, such as energy efficien...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation April 20, 2016

Challenges for the World’s Largest Power Sector: A Very Brief Overview

By Max Dupuy

In light of falling electricity consumption and an overcapacity of coal, China’s policymakers have taken aim at major reform, including planning and project approval processes, generator dispatch, and grid company regulation. At a workshop on understanding fossil fuel subsidies in China, Max Dupuy encouraged regulators to consider how power sector reform might ...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Grid-Scale Renewables, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary
Report April 20, 2016

Electric Cars, the Smart Grid, and the Energy Union: Coordinating Vehicle CO2 Reduction Policy with Power Sector Modernisation

By Sarah Keay-Bright

The lack of availability of charging stations is often cited as a major barrier to electric vehicle (EV) rollout. Yet charging points are just the "tip of the iceberg"—the power system needs fundamental reforms to maximize the benefits of EV integration. The European Commission's plan to revise carbon dioxide emissions standards for light-duty vehicles (LDV) re...

Climate and Public Health, Electric Vehicles, Greenhouse Gas Management, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation April 20, 2016

Smart Pricing: Because Time Matters

By Richard Sedano

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Richard Sedano discusses time-varying electricity pricing. He lays out principles for modern rate design and discusses rate design issues particularly associated with distributed generation, noting that the costs to deploy onsite generation are dropping and customers increasingly value choice....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation April 20, 2016

The ABCs of RTOs

By David Littell, Doug Scott

While utilities may own their own generating stations and power lines for distributing electricity to their customers, much of the operation of these assets occurs through their participation in a regional transmission organization (RTO), sometimes called an independent system operator (ISO). RTOs operate the transmission grid over a multi-state region on behalf ...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary