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May2914
Webinar (video)

Designing Distributed Generation Tariffs Well (Webinar)

Installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the U.S. more than tripled in the past three years, and industry analysts forecast that PV capacity will double from current levels within two years! This exponential growth in PV capacity demonstrates a larger trend in which the role of the electricity consumer is fundamentally changing. Customers are transitioning...

Presentation May 26, 2014

Reliability, Investment, Capacity, and Capabilities

By Michael Hogan

As Poland and Germany actively debate resource adequacy and system security, regulators are considering power market reform to meet system needs, including the role that a capacity mechanism might play. As part of the Polish-German conference “Capacity Market–a Solution for the Future?” in Warsaw, Mike Hogan discussed with participants a reform approach tha...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary
Report May 23, 2014

Performance-Based Regulation for EU Distribution System Operators

By Jim Lazar

This paper encapsulates work derived from workshops in Europe in 2012 on setting future tariffs for distribution system operators (DSOs), particularly when it comes to incentivizing smart grid, distributed generation, and demand response. It also serves as a foundation document for future action to implement regulatory reforms that may follow from those workshops...

Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report May 20, 2014

Market Mechanisms for Resource Adequacy and System Security: Framing the Issues

By Michael Hogan, Jan Rączka, Frederick Weston, Edith Bayer

Delivering investment for a reliable power supply to consumers at a reasonable cost has always been a central objective of power market design, and various approaches to this challenge have been adopted in Europe and elsewhere. Where a competitive wholesale energy market has been adopted, as in Europe, energy prices are intended to be the primary driver of both s...

Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation May 19, 2014

EPA’s Section 111(d) Rule: Will Consumers’ Voices Be Heard?

By Ken Colburn, Christopher James

With the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poised to release rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil-fueled power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the states are preparing for compliance. Ken Colburn spoke to members of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) about how they c...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Report May 19, 2014

French White Certificates and Energy Savings in the Transport Sector

By Eoin Lees

This brief paper outlines the details behind the introduction of an energy efficiency obligation on road transport fuels in France, the challenges facing its introduction, and the results from the first three years of operation. Although the French white certificate scheme has not shown much activity in the road transport sector, there are some relatively simple ...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Presentation May 13, 2014

Resource Planning: A Wide Variety of Demand and Supply Options

By Carl Linvill

Carl Linvill opened the EUCI conference on utility resource planning by framing the current challenges faced by utility planners. The retirement of increasing amounts of inflexible base load generation, coupled with a rise in variable renewable energy resources and customer-side resources, is forcing utility planners to adapt their objectives and methodologies. U...

Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation May 9, 2014

Altering the Load Shape to Accommodate More Solar and Wind

By Jim Lazar

Renewable energy in the US is becoming a different animal altogether. The “duck” curve illustrates the load shape some grid operators expect to contend with as increasing levels of wind and solar resources create ramping challenges for conventional generation. The Clean Energy States Alliance RPS Collaborative hosted RAP senior advisor Jim Lazar for a webinar...

Distributed Generation, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
May914
Webinar (video)

Altering the Load Shape to Accommodate More Solar and Wind (Webinar)

An unlikely animal is the new face of renewable energy in the US. The “duck” curve illustrates the load shape some grid operators expect to contend with as increasing levels of wind and solar resources create ramping challenges for conventional generation. In a webinar held by The Clean Energy States Alliance RPS Collaborative on Friday,...

Report May 9, 2014

Benefits of Energy Efficiency on the German Power Sector

By Prognos AG, IAEW Aachen

This paper examines five different scenarios with a range of power consumption trends and determines that a significant reduction in electricity consumption can reduce the mid- to long-term costs of the German power system—even with greater use of renewable energy. RAP, the European Climate Foundation, and Agora Energiewende commissioned the paper, which consid...

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