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Getting off gas: Future risks for energy poor households

by Louise Sunderland on

If you are in pain, you go to a doctor who prescribes a painkiller. This cheap, proven and readily available treatment relieves your pain and temporarily solves your problem. However, if you continue to take the pills, you risk the considerable downside of long-term reliance without addressing the cause sustainably. For many UK households experiencing…

Striking the Balance in Energy Efficiency Regulation Between Utility Incentives and Customer Costs

by Janine Migden-Ostrander Martin Kushler on

As Americans continue to face rising affordability challenges and struggle to pay their utility bills, consumer advocates are understandably concerned about keeping bills as low as possible. Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost resource and provides customers with the opportunity to reduce how much they spend on electricity. It is a critical resource in the fight…

Early insights from India’s first month operating the real-time market

by Dheer Patel on

India’s real-time market (RTM), launched on June 1st, 2020 on both the power exchanges after two years of public consultations by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). The RTM is a centralized market platform which runs a double-sided closed auction, closer to delivery. The market runs every 30 minutes, i.e., 48 times a day. The…

In a Time of Transition, Regulators Can Drive Cutting-Edge Cost Allocation Reform

by Jim Lazar Mark LeBel on

The need for change in how we measure the cost of providing electric service by customer class is obvious to any attentive observer of the dramatic changes now underway in the electric utility industry. Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era, the manual RAP published at the beginning of 2020, provides detailed guidance on the…


by Philip Baker on

向清洁能源的转变正在改变电力系统的性质。电气化程度不断提高,更积极的消费者以及消纳更多风能和太阳能的需求。传统消费者只能被动的消费电,而现代消费者越来越积极,能买卖能源服务、发电、而且调整行为为了支持电网的可靠性、低碳性和经济性。这些趋势正在影响配电网络的根本设计和运行。在许多国家随着电力部门的改革和市场化,分布式发电和其他能源资源,包括需求侧管理和分布式储能越来越重要。这些变化给配电系统运营商带来了广泛的挑战和机遇。 要成功驾驭这一转变,配电系统运营商将需要接受其角色和结构的变化,同时探索数字化和创新的世界,以管理配电网络。配电系统运营商在未来需要适应改变的领域,以确保成功实现能源转型。 睿博能源智库最近分析了这一主题在欧洲的情况和发展趋势,或许对中国和其他国家也有借鉴作用。 按照睿博能源智库的结论,随着分布式发电容量的增加,配电系统运营商将需要通过利用这些资源所提供的内在灵活性在管理配电网络方面发挥更积极的作用。为了实现这一目标,他们在采购和管理成千上万积极消费者的贡献时,需要发展维持供电安全和供电质量所需的技能和设施。这些发展也将改变他们与输电系统运营商的互动,因为两者的责任有时可能会重叠。决策者可以通过调查输电和配电系统运营商角色的潜在变化来缓解这种紧张,以确保有效的系统安全和管理。 政府部门最好可以激励配电系统运营商专注于反映消费者需求和能源政策重点的结果,奖励他们以最具成本效益的方式实现这些结果。这些政策还将解决运营商如何收回电网成本的问题。一个重要方面是重新考虑输配电价设计,以确保我们鼓励消费者的行为符合能源转型。 本文仅为简介,欲了解更多,可阅读全文(英文)。 与中国的渐进式配电改革、分布式市场、零售改革、分布式发电和其他分布式能源发展相关的主题,我们以后将结合中国实际情况做更详细的讨论。

Agricultural demand-side management needs multi-sectoral interventions

by Mahesh Patankar Frederick Weston Robert Lieberman on

Cheap agricultural electricity has bedevilled the Indian power sector for decades, but enhanced agricultural demand-side management won’t solve the problem alone Virtually everyone with a working knowledge of the Indian power sector will agree that one of the sector’s biggest problems is the very inexpensive (way below average cost) electricity supplied to agriculture. This mostly…

Pushing water uphill: Putting power behind the renovation wave

by Louise Sunderland on

For some time now I have been struck by the irony of the European Commission’s chosen name for its building renovation policy package, the “renovation wave,” given that increasing the rate of renovation has been like pushing water uphill. Currently, we renovate only around 1% of the European building stock each year to reduce energy…

How we reduced our energy bills by 60%

by Jan Rosenow on

A year ago, I announced that we had replaced our six-year-old, reliable gas boiler with an air source heat pump. “Ripping out a perfectly well functioning gas boiler before the end of its natural life and replacing it with a heat pump is misguided. It won’t reduce much carbon,” I was told. “Let’s find out,”…

Connecting Cities to the PUC Process

by David Farnsworth on

As municipal policymakers take increasingly active roles in moving their cities through the energy transition, they need to know their way around their states’ utility regulatory landscape. RAP and our partners at the Building Electrification Initiative (BEI) tackled this topic recently, inviting representatives of both city governments and state utility commissions to listen in on…

Extra Credit: Maximizing the Benefits of Solar in Schools

by Dara Torre Janine Migden-Ostrander on

While across the country America’s schools have been shuttered this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sun continues to shine. More than 1,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity from nearly 5,500 K-12 school buildings continues to generate clean energy and cost savings. With decreased electricity consumption from closures, sizable amounts of solar credits…