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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
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The ABCs of RTOs (Webinar)

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 of utilities—ensuring greater...

Presentation April 14, 2016

Aligning the Cost of Service Study with the Governors’ Accord

By Carl Linvill

Speaking to the Nevada Energy Industry Task Force, Carl Linvill outlines pathways toward fulfilling the vision of the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future.” He discusses the project's cost of service study, methods of cost allocation, the principles of smart rate design, and offers three principles to align the cost of service study with the Governors...

Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation April 7, 2016

Net Metering

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

At the Green Energy Ohio Policy Conference, Janine Migden-Ostrander provided insight into the concept of net metering. She outlines the basic principles behind net metering, explores utility business models, the principles of “smart” rate design, and regulatory opportunities arising from ongoing changes in the power sector....

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary