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Report February 26, 2016

Coal-Fired Generation Overcapacity in China

China’s electricity sector is at the beginning of a paradigm shift from an industry characterized by very high growth to one more focused on economic efficiency and environmental performance. When evaluated with a focus on generation capacity, China’s existing coal-fired generation fleet at the end of 2014 is likely to be adequate to meet reliability needs un...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Reliability, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation February 24, 2016

Utility Rate Design for Solar PV Customers

By Richard Sedano

As customer generation increases and the cost of deploying solar photovoltaics (PV) declines, this creates new challenges for utility revenue generation and rate design. Speaking at a solar PV conference and expo, Richard Sedano outlined smart rate design principles, options, and complementary policies for distributed generation that help regulators and utilities...

Distributed Generation, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report February 16, 2016

Toolkit for Energy Efficiency Obligations

By Eoin Lees, Edith Bayer

Both in the European Union (EU) and globally, the use of energy efficiency obligation (EEO) schemes–policies that place an obligation on energy companies to deliver end-use energy savings targets over time–has been growing. For EU Member States implementing an EEO under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), this toolkit provides a step-by-step g...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Presentation February 11, 2016

Trends in Clean Energy Affecting State Utility Regulation

By Richard Sedano

Speaking to the Keystone Energy Board, Richard Sedano examined current clean energy policy, technology, and market innovation trends that support large-scale adoption of renewable energy sources. These changes in the power sector necessitate changes in regulation. In meeting the challenge of change, Mr. Sedano encourages regulators to talk with other regulators, ...

Climate and Public Health, Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
Report February 8, 2016

Designing Tariffs for Distributed Generation Customers

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, John Shenot

Ever since the introduction of retail competition in the late 1990s, the traditional regulatory paradigm that guided the last century has been evolving to adapt to the emergence of new energy technologies and the consumers’ appetite to have more control over their energy usage. As happens with many new technologies, consumer adoption of rooftop photovoltaic (PV...

Distributed Generation, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report February 1, 2016

Teaching the “Duck” to Fly – Second Edition

By Jim Lazar

The electric sector has become very sensitive to the load shape of emerging utility requirements, as increasing penetration of wind and solar energy creates challenging ramping issues for conventional generation in the morning and evening when renewable energy supplies wax and wane. Fundamentally, this issue is no different from the problem utilities have addressed for over a century—adapting the supply of energy to match changing consumer demand. The difference is that daily and seasonal usage patterns and the resources that have historically served that pattern have evolved gradually over the last 125 years, whereas the renewable energy revolution is creating new challenges in a much shorter period of time. Addressing this problem will require a change in the way utility power supply portfolios are formulated, but solutions are at hand. Fortunately, we have technologies available to us that our great-grandparents did not. This paper attempts to model the options for a hypothetical, illustrative electric utility facing its own duck curve.

Distributed Generation, Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Heating and Cooling, Integrating Demand and Supply Resources, Integrating Renewable Energy, Storage Download View Summary
Report January 26, 2016

The Next Quantum Leap in Efficiency: 30 Percent Electric Savings in Ten Years

By Chris Neme, Jim Grevatt

Energy efficiency is a valuable, least-cost alternative to supply-side investments. States’ recognition of this value has grown dramatically in the U.S. over the past ten years, with leading jurisdictions now acquiring more than twice as much electric efficiency savings as they did a decade ago. A new RAP study conducted by Chris Neme and Jim Grevatt of Energy ...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation January 25, 2016

Revenue Regulation, aka, Decoupling

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

Many utility-sector stakeholders have recognized the conflicts implicit in traditional regulation that compel a utility to encourage energy consumption by its customers, and they have long sought ways to reconcile the utility business model with contradictory public policy objectives. Economic and environmental imperatives demand that we reshape our energy portfo...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report January 25, 2016

Systems Integration Rhode Island (SIRI) Vision Document

By Richard Sedano, Systems Integration Rhode Island (SIRI)

Faced with the complexities and opportunities created by an increase in distributed customer energy resources, Rhode Island is poised on the edge of a fundamental change in its energy system. Energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, and new electric technologies have driven the need to move away from a traditional system designed for the one-way deli...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Non-Transmission Alternatives, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Transmission Planning Download View Summary
Presentation January 21, 2016

Enigma: How Can China Achieve Blue Skies and Prevent Further Rises in Greenhouse Gas Emissions When it is Building New Coal Plants?

By Christopher James

Speaking at Western Washington University, Christopher James described the major air pollution challenges facing China and applied experiences from the U.S. and Europe to China’s energy sector. He underscored that the foundations are being laid for significant air quality improvement in the country, but achieving clean air in China will take time, money, concer...

Climate and Public Health, Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary