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Presentation November 16, 2015

Motivating and Measuring Demand Response

By Richard Sedano

As states put in place processes to overhaul their energy policies and increase grid flexibility, regulators need to consider how utilities can harness the power of demand response (DR) and properly measure its impact. Motivating the market is pivotal—i.e., eliciting voluntary responses by designing programs that are attractive to customers and implementing reg...

Demand Response, Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Presentation November 11, 2015

Role of Permitting in Air Quality Management and Best Practices Globally: Thoughts for China to Consider

By Christopher James

Air quality management is an ongoing, iterative process of setting standards and objectives, designing and implementing control strategies, and assessing the status and progress of the pollution control mechanisms—steps all informed by a solid foundation of scientific research and technical expertise. In a presentation to the Ministry of Environmental Protectio...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Climate and Public Health, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation November 10, 2015

Smart Rate Design for a Smart Future

By Jim Lazar

In a presentation at annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Jim Lazar draws on the RAP publication “Smart Rate Design for a Smart Future” to outline the key principles of equitable rate design. These include allowing customers to connect to the grid for no more than the cost of connecting to the grid, pricing power sup...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation November 10, 2015

The Electric Utility of the Future: What do Consumer Advocates Need to Know?

By Richard Sedano

The ongoing transformation of the power sector opens the door for new value to be captured thanks to the deployment of new technology, and for some of that value to be returned to consumers. In a presentation to the members of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), Richard Sedano discussed key trends, ways value can be produced, as...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report November 6, 2015

Current Rate Designs Reflecting Smart Rate Design Concepts

By Jim Lazar

RAP's 2015 publication Smart Rate Design for a Smart Future identifies three key rate design principles for an evolving industry. First, a customer should be able to connect to the grid for no more than the cost of connecting to the grid. Second, customers should pay for grid services and power supply in proportion to how much they use these grid services and how...

Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report November 6, 2015

Rate Design as a Compliance Strategy for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By Jim Lazar, Ken Colburn

​States can meet their obligations to the new Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a variety of tools, from shifting generation to developing lower-carbon resources to making energy efficiency investments. One often-overlooked way to comply with the CPP, however, is electricity rate design. A design that encourages wise use of electricity, compared with a rate that give...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation November 6, 2015

State of Energy Efficiency in a Power Sector in Transition

By Richard Sedano

Whether the question at hand is how to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) at least-cost or how to help align customer and utility investment, energy efficiency (EE) is the answer. On a panel at the 2015 National Association of Energy Service Companies’ (NAESCO) Annual Meeting, Richard Sedano reported on the state of ...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
Presentation November 5, 2015

How is Energy Efficiency Handled in the Clean Power Plan?

By John Shenot

Though end-use energy efficiency is not considered a “building block” for compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), it remains a key part of states’ compliance plans. At a workshop of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), John Shenot outlined the framework of the CPP, the performance standard options for...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation November 4, 2015

EEO Compliance Regime – EEO Toolkit Section 9

By Eoin Lees

Energy efficiency obligation (EEO) schemes have proven effective in delivering cost-effective efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in numerous jurisdictions around the world. While compliance with the requirements of an EEO often falls under the purview of the national government or an energy agency, in the United Kingdom, Portugal, and to some extent...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design Download View Summary
Presentation November 4, 2015

Eligible Energy Saving Measures – EEO Toolkit Section 7

By Eoin Lees

An energy efficiency obligation (EEO) requires obligated parties to meet energy savings targets by delivering or procuring eligible energy savings as a result of approved end-use energy efficiency (EE) measures. An effective EEO scheme establishes a framework for defining eligible energy savings activities, methods for measuring and verifying the resulting energy...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design Download View Summary