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Transition to just

by Louise Sunderland on

The global experience with the coronavirus crisis is shining light on the precariousness of everyday life for low-income and vulnerable households. As we are forced to stay at home, higher household energy bills put further pressure on already stretched household budgets. The pandemic is also reminding us that good outcomes for all rely to a…

Net zero is nowhere in sight for UK clean heat policy

by Jan Rosenow Samuel Thomas on

For months, we have been waiting for the UK government’s proposal for the future of clean heat policy. After committing to a net-zero carbon target for 2050, the need to take aggressive action now to drive down emissions from heating became clear. Surely the government would announce something bold or step up support for climate-friendly…

The EV Transition Is a Challenging Journey, but State PUCs Are Taking the First Steps

by David Farnsworth on

RAP’s recent publication, Taking First Steps: Insights for State Utility Commissions Preparing for Electric Transportation starts with the observation that “while no one state agency has clear responsibility for it, utility commissions are taking their first steps toward understanding and developing the electric transportation sector in their state.” Several readers have told me that they…

Synchronizing the Electric Regulatory Response to COVID-19

by Jim Lazar on

The COVID-19 crisis is influencing every aspect of the global economy, and electric utilities are certainly seeing significant impacts. Before utility regulators take actions to adjust revenues or rates to reflect COVID-19 impacts, it is important to identify and quantify the broad range of impacts so that those that increase costs or reduce sales can…

Making a Clean-Energy Future an Equitable Future

by Alice Napoleon Donna Brutkoski Nancy Seidman on

Our jobs, comforts, and ability to survive all depend on something most people take for granted until it goes missing: energy. It powers our lighting, our appliances, our cell phones – our entire daily lives. We need it to search for jobs or work from home, to access essential goods, to cook and store food,…

Modern Marginal Cost of Service Studies

by Jim Lazar Mark LeBel on

The previous blog post in this series examined embedded cost of service studies — but some states choose to look ahead, considering marginal costs. This approach stems from the economic theory that today’s consumption drives tomorrow’s costs and customer classes should be responsible for the future impact of their usage. These states, notably California, Oregon…

Three New EV Resources from RAP

by David Farnsworth on

The market for electric vehicles — from cars to buses to delivery vans — continues to expand around the world, and the pace of innovation is accelerating. While current public health and economic challenges may pose a temporary roadblock, it seems clear that the long-term future of the transportation sector lies in electrification. In the…

A European Green Deal for heat – Smart sector integration is key

by Jan Rosenow Richard Lowes on

The EU is currently reviewing its 2030 climate targets and has put forward a Green Deal for Europe. It is unsettling to see that the package of measures says nothing about heat, despite its critical importance for meeting Europe’s climate goals. Heating in buildings is responsible for almost a third of total EU energy demand….

E-Mobilität braucht Reform der Netzentgelte

by Andreas Jahn Julia Hildermeier on

Wenn die Elektromobilität in Deutschland ein Erfolg werden soll, muss ihre Einbindung ins Stromnetz von Anfang an mitgedacht werden. Bisher fehle ein schlüssiger Ansatz dazu. Alle reden vom Hochlauf der Elektromobilität. Bis 2025 sollen zwei bis drei Millionen elektrisch betriebene Fahrzeuge in Deutschland zugelassen sein. Geladen werden sollen sie daheim, am Arbeitsplatz, an halböffentlichen oder an…

Polish coal boiler phase-out an inspiration for clean heat

by Jan Rosenow Richard Cowart on

It all started in Krakow, Poland. The medieval city is known for its beauty, but also for poor air quality from coal heating. In 2012, a group of local residents joined together and founded the organisation Krakow Smog Alert to push for change — and the campaign got results. In 2013, the city approved a law…