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Treasure Hiding in Plain Sight: Launching Electric Transport with the Grid We Already Have

By Michael Hogan, Christos Kolokathis, Andreas Jahn

Declining costs for electric vehicles (EVs) make the prospect of a surge in EVs on the power system seem imminent. Policymakers are understandably excited at the prospect of decarbonising road transport, and the grid services that EV’s can provide. In the rush to plan for more EVs, many are focusing on incentivising new investment in distribution networks to ac...

Demand Response, Distribution Resource Planning, Electric Vehicles, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Journal Article January 31, 2018

Energy distribution trajectories in two Western Indian states: Comparative politics and sectoral dynamics

By Siddharth Sareen

This article, published by Energy Research & Social Science, unpacks the institutional bottlenecks and path dependency holding back the energy transition in Gujarat and Rajasthan. As heavily-indebted electricity distribution companies in Rajasthan seek to emulate thriving counterparts in Gujarat and turn to technology adoption, efficiency enhancement, and l...

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Presentation January 25, 2018

Are Dynamic Prices Sufficient?

By Carl Linvill

​In a presentation for the Harvard Electricity Policy Group in Palm Beach, Florida, Carl Linvill outlined principles for well-designed commercial and industrial rates for the evolving, interactive grid.​...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation January 21, 2018

Beneficial Electrification: What, Why, and How

By David Farnsworth

​At the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, Illinois, David Farnsworth discussed the beneficial electrification of previously fossil-fueled end uses, and how this outcome can be ensured and measured. ​...

Business Models, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief January 19, 2018

Cleaner, Smarter, Cheaper: Network tariff design for a smart future

By Christos Kolokathis, Michael Hogan, Andreas Jahn

Network charges—the fees paid by consumers to cover the costs for power lines and other network assets and services—are steadily increasing across Europe. In one respect, this is not surprising, as these costs are expected to increase as the network is updated to accommodate new distributed activities, such as electric vehicle charging and distributed generat...

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Webinar (video)

Designing retail electricity tariffs for a successful Energy Union (Webinar)

Effective electricity network tariff design is a powerful tool in the regulator’s toolbox as Europe strives to make energy more secure, sustainable, and affordable. Yet ineffective designs, such as fixed monthly charges, are on the rise in Europe. This is a disconcerting trend, as policy should support, rather than impede, the least-cost transition to clean...

Presentation January 18, 2018

Revenue Regulation and Decoupling

By John Shenot

​John Shenot explored the innovative application of decoupling in the evolving power sector, including a comprehensive review of multiple state approaches, during a half-day workshop hosted by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI) in Denver, Colorado....

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Presentation January 17, 2018

Power System Transformation, Utilities, and Energy Efficiency

By Richard Sedano

​In a presentation for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency's winter meeting in San Francisco, California, Richard Sedano explored power sector transformation, its implications for energy efficiency programs, and how utility program administration staff can help their organizations adapt to the industry transformation for the benefit of customers....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Role of Utilities Download View Summary