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Timing Is Everything: How Smart Rate Design Helps Make Electrification Beneficial

By Max Dupuy
In talking about beneficial electrification, we have emphasized the benefits of various kinds of flexibility. For example, loads that can be scheduled at different times of day without too much inconvenience to the user can be beneficial, because they can help the power grid run more efficiently and use more clean renewable energy. Owners of electric vehicles ... Read More

Karnataka’s power sector: History, politics of development have consequences

By Meera Sudhakar
When Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy announced crop loan waivers in his first budget after he came to power in May this year, there was widespread concern about how the state would finance these. Many who thought the loan waiver was a valid response to agrarian distress argued for managing costs by cutting the other biggest subsidy component in the budget – gover... Read More

Purple Haze, or Purple Mountain Majesties? How Energy Efficiency Can Reduce Regional Haze

By Nancy Seidman
Tourists visit our national parks to see the majestic vistas, not haze-obscured views. The two images of the Grand Canyon below illustrate this point: In the view on the left, one can see for more than 200 miles, while on the right, visibility is only about 60 miles. That’s because the view in the right-hand picture is obscured by air pollution, which also impa... Read More

A Tale of Two Reforms: The Power Sector in Andhra Pradesh

By Ashwini K. Swain
Andhra Pradesh’s power sector is going through a second phase of reforms. The first (1999-2004) was widely seen as focused on privatization of electricity distribution; this time the goal is to ensure affordable and reliable power supply for all. To do so, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has pledged to keep retail tariffs unchanged in the coming years for all ... Read More

A Window for Power Sector Transformation in Uttar Pradesh

By Jonathan Balls
A rare window is open for power sector reform in Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in office in both Lucknow and New Delhi, has a sweeping mandate to transform Uttar Pradesh’s troubled electricity situation. The party has made two important commitments on this front. First, to ensure every household in the state has an electricity connection and ... Read More

Electricity Reforms in India Depend on Getting the Politics Right

By Navroz Dubash, Sunila Kale, Ranjit Bharvirkar
The Indian economy is among the fastest-growing in the world. Sustaining this growth requires a healthy electricity sector that is able to meet increased demands, ideally alongside an eye to environmental sustainability. Yet electricity consumers continue to face unreliable supply, distribution utilities are in poor financial health, and, most problematic, pow... Read More

Replacing copper with negawatts—how RIIO-2 could revolutionise network regulation

By Jan Rosenow
Ofgem’s recent framework decision on improving its performance-based regulation scheme, RIIO, indicates that it may be ready to take a much-needed step toward levelling the playing field between supply-side and customer-side resources. However, it is not yet clear what the details will look like. According to Jan Rosenow of the Regulatory Assistance Project, a ... Read More


By Orrin Cook, Frederick Weston
睿博能源智库专家认为,中国的自愿性可再生能源市场潜力巨大,如果进一步健全监管框架,补全市场机制,中国将很可能出现大量的自愿性可再生能源需求。 2015年以来,美国企业正越来越多地认购可再生能源,美国新增可再生能源利用的主要推动力是企业用户与可再生能... Read More

Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets in China: Key Conditions for Unlocking Demand

By Orrin Cook, Frederick Weston
During the summer of 2017, at the Eighth Clean Energy Ministerial in Beijing, Center for Resource Solutions co-presented a side event highlighting the growing demand for renewable energy in China and new market initiatives, including the Green Electricity Consumption Cooperative Organization. With the concurrent launch of a voluntary renewable energy certificate ... Read More

We All Wish We Were More Flexible: Electrification Load as a Grid Flexibility Resource

By David Farnsworth
Imagine you are preparing dinner for guests arriving at 6 p.m. when you learn that they’ve been delayed. And imagine that, instead of keeping the food hot, you had to throw all of it away and start cooking again for the actual time they come in the door. Wasteful and unacceptable, right? If you are an electric utility providing energy for consumption at a speci... Read More