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Report October 26, 2015

Integrating Renewable Energy Into Power Systems in China: A Technical Primer – Electricity Planning

By Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl, Wang Xuan

This paper, part of a series of primers on the economic, institutional, political, and technological challenges of integrating renewable energy into power systems in China, focuses on electricity system planning. It explores the various electricity planning processes in China, centered around five-year planning, and their links to national industrial policy. It r...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Transmission Planning Download View Summary
Presentation October 20, 2015

Alternative Utility Cost Recovery Mechanisms

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

Utilities face unprecedented changes in the way power is generated and delivered. With the ramp up in distributed generation, energy efficiency and demand response, electric vehicles, smart appliances, and more, new rate designs will be needed to harmonize utility cost recovery with public policy goals. Janine Migden-Ostrander spoke to the Maryland Public Service...

Distributed Generation, 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 October 20, 2015

Market Design in Context: The Transition to a Decarbonised Power Sector

By Michael Hogan, Philip Baker, Sarah Keay-Bright

In this response to the European Commission’s public consultation on a new electricity market design, RAP sets out its view on the roles of markets and support policies in the context of the transition to a decarbonised power sector. The consultation fails to address the primary cause of investment uncertainty in the European power sector: widespread overcapaci...

Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Grid-Scale Renewables, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation October 16, 2015

Planning for the End-Game – An Integrated Renewable Based Grid?

By Jim Lazar

As the electric grid undergoes broad transformation, there are many opportunities to create a clean, reliable, and economical energy future. But there are challenges to be managed as well. For example, thoughtful energy policies and market mechanisms can help reduce costs and improve the integration of renewable energy sources in the high-cost, high-solar regions...

Distributed Generation, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report October 15, 2015

A Contestable Approach to Financing Critical Interconnection Across Europe at the Scale and Pace Needed

By Philip Baker

This policy brief details a contestable approach to interconnector investment aimed at introducing new sources of capital to ensure a robust and secure transmission network in Europe. Greater interconnection capacity will also help to meet Europe’s renewable targets more cost-effectively through the exploitation of areas of high-quality renewable resources and ...

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Presentation October 14, 2015

Fixed Charges, Demand Charges

By Jim Lazar

In response to changes in the power sector, some utilities are proposing high fixed charges or demand charges for residential customers. However, this type of pricing can prove disadvantageous, as it does not differentiate between customer-specific and shared grid costs, it can burden small users, and discourages energy efficiency. Residential demand charges are ...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation October 14, 2015

Pricing of Services for Solar Customers

By Jim Lazar

The question of how to charge and compensate customers who have their own solar generation continues in many states. In a presentation to the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Jim Lazar outlined RAP’s guiding principles for rate design and applied them to the question of net metering. First, customers connecting to the grid should only pay for the actual cost of c...

Distributed Generation, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation October 13, 2015

CCP Options for States and Utilities Allow for Power Sector Innovation and Smart Grid Strategies

By David Littell

As state officials begin to determine how their states will comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), they should recognize that the new requirements represent an opportunity for innovative thinking.In a presentation at the National Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change, David Littell emphasized that the CPP is not a...

Climate and Public Health, Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Report October 8, 2015

Resource Adequacy, Regionalisation, Demand Response

By Philip Baker

This policy brief reinforces the need for a regional approach to resource adequacy and highlights the importance of demand-side resources to ensuring reliability and meeting clean energy targets in Europe. Utilizing data from the latest ENTSO-e Scenario Outlook and Adequacy Forecast, the author demonstrates that although some Member States and regions may suffer ...

Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Reliability, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Transmission Planning Download View Summary
Presentation October 6, 2015

Ratemaking and the Utility of the Future in Pennsylvania: Alternatives

By Richard Sedano

With the emergence of rooftop solar, plug-in electric vehicles, battery energy storage, and smart technologies, many states are changing the course of residential rate design. Rich Sedano spoke at the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Annual Conference about how effective rate design can align customer value and grid value.Electric rates send a message to consu...

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