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Presentation August 28, 2014

Combined Heat and Power: Standby Rates and Performance Regulation

By Richard Sedano

In a teleseminar held by the National Regulatory Research Institute entitled “The Prospects for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and the Role of State Utility Commissions,” Rich Sedano provided an overview of standby rates and performance regulation, along with recommendations and best practices for the allocation of utility costs, rate design, and customer opti...

Distributed Generation, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report August 25, 2014

Calculating Avoided Emissions Should be a Standard Part of EM&V and Potential Studies

By John Shenot

Thanks in large part to some recent guidance and proposed federal regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state and local air pollution regulators have a growing interest in using energy efficiency (EE) as a strategy to improve air quality. The largest challenge for air pollution regulators is to quantify the impacts of EE in a way that is ...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Report August 25, 2014

Finding Common Ground Among Public Interest Advocates

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, Olivia Wein, Jennifer Miller

Energy efficiency (EE) is generally recognized as a least-cost option. However, the details of designing programs do not always lend themselves to easy consensus. These details include program size, cost recovery mechanisms, lost revenues, cost-allocation, and incentives. Adding other clean energy options to the agenda makes consensus seem even more difficult. En...

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Report August 25, 2014

New U.S. Policy to Reduce Carbon Emissions from the Power Sector

By Christopher James, Max Dupuy

In June 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed greenhouse gas regulations called the Clean Power Plan. Because of opposition in the U.S. Congress to enacting legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions, EPA used its existing regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act to put forth this proposal. The EPA expects the plan w...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Report August 25, 2014

Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Improving Air Quality Through Energy Efficiency Power Plants

By Christopher James, Chris Neme, Jim Grevatt, Ken Colburn

Half of Americans live in areas violating national health-based air quality standards. Coal- and gas-fired power plants are important contributors to the problem. The Clean Air Act has historically addressed power plants through regulation of smokestack emissions, employing “stovepiped,” pollutant-by-pollutant control strategies. Air quality has improved, but...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Presentation August 22, 2014

Finding Common Ground

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

As part of a panel on climate change and energy efficiency policy at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2014 Summer Study, Janine Migden-Ostrander encouraged environmental and consumer advocates to work together to address concerns when striving to meet what may feel like very different energy policy goals. Consumer advocates recognize t...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation August 21, 2014

Energy Efficiency Power Plants: Why Energy Efficiency Advocates Should Engage Air Regulators

By Christopher James

With 147 million Americans in 43 states breathing unhealthy air, the cleanest kilowatt is the kilowatt saved. At the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study, Christopher James spoke about the efficiency power plant model (EPP) as an air quality strategy. An EPP is a carefully selected set of demand-side management and energy efficien...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Report August 19, 2014

Energy Efficiency As A Resource for the Power Sector in China

By David Crossley

This paper shows that, in several jurisdictions around the world, electricity utilities employ end-use energy efficiency as a resource in meeting their customers’ needs for energy services. Energy efficiency is seen as a cost-effective alternative to investing in supply-side resources, such as building power plants and expanding the electricity grid. The paper ...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Presentation August 14, 2014

Complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Engaging State Regulators

By David Farnsworth

As part of a series of meetings with environmental advocates around the country, David Farnsworth addressed advocates in the Southeast on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) and methods for engaging state regulators and other decision-makers. The CPP, the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ...

Climate and Public Health, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Report August 12, 2014

Efficiency Power Plant Tool (United States)

By Chris Neme, Jim Grevatt

This workbook is intended to serve as an illustrative model that shows how groups of energy efficiency measures can be bundled together to reduce energy demand, energy use in general, and ultimately the emissions that result from conventional power generation. We call the model an "Efficiency Power Plant" (EPP) because it shows that a viable alternative for meeti...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary