Insights from Our Experts

The Inexorable Shift of the US Power Sector

By David Littell
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s temporary stay on enforcement of the Clean Power Plan has grabbed headlines recently, it’s important that we read deeper, and consider the broader context, of which the CPP is only one part. In recent years, and in the last several months in particular, there have been foundational, even tectonic, shifts in the U.S. power secto... Read More

Protecting the Competitive Market for Services in a Changing Power Sector

By Janine Migden-Ostrander
The electric industry is in transition and some jurisdictions are reconsidering the role of the utility and private enterprises offering products and services to customers. New companies are offering services and products, including energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation, among others that provide more information, which allows customers t... Read More

The Next Quantum Leap in Electric Efficiency—Game On

By David Farnsworth
Ten years ago, the most aggressive electric efficiency efforts in the country were achieving first-year electric savings of about 1.0 percent of annual sales. Today, at least five different states have—or plan to—double those levels of savings, achieving between 2.0 and 2.5 percent first-year savings annually. Since 2006, nationwide customer efficiency spe... Read More

Recognizing Early Action Under the Clean Power Plan

By Ken Colburn
Data suggest that the electric power sector’s long march toward decarbonization was already well underway before the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rulemaking, let alone the final rule’s compliance period, which doesn’t begin until 2022. If so, then the emissions reduction obligations imposed by the CPP might be characterized as consistent with the dramatic... Read More

Polski system elektroenergetyczny a dyskusja o nowej organizacji rynku energii elektrycznej w Unii Europejskiej

By Jan Rączka
Europejski system energetyczny znajduje się w fazie transformacji, której źródłami są postęp technologiczny, zmieniające się modele biznesowe i dążenie do zmniejszenia emisji CO2. Komisja Europejska postawiła ambitne cele na rok 2030, a kraje członkowskie wspierają ich realizację. Osiągnięcie 40% poziomu redukcji emisji CO2 w roku 2030 (względem... Read More

Power Sector Transformation Advances, With Choices, Questions, and Big Opportunities

By Richard Sedano
As we head into the New Year, RAP’s U.S. team will be devoting more time to a broad set of issues known as “power sector transformation.” Power sector transformation in the United States will affect the way many of us interact with the grid, from the smallest customer to the largest electric grid operator. As I see it, this transformation will manifes... Read More

Nie uciekniemy od inteligentnych sieci

By Jan Rączka
Budowa inteligentnych sieci i zarządzane popytem powinny być priorytetami. Z jednej strony zmusi nas do tego polityka Komisji Europejskiej, z drugiej - mogą one sprawić, że mało elastyczny polski system energetyczny będzie bardziej efektywny. W latach 2008-13 inteligentne sieci energetyczne były postrzegane w Polsce jako przełomowa, innowacyjna techno... Read More

Power Sector Modernisation and Market Design in Poland

The Polish power sector is at a pivotal moment. It faces a number of challenges stemming from the profile of its power system, rising demand for power during summer peaks, and increasing penetration of renewable resources on the system. Its largely homogenous fleet of inflexible, aging thermal plants struggles to meet system needs during times of highest system s... Read More

Efficiency First for Germany’s Energiewende

Germany’s “Energiewende” (Energy Transition) represents a national commitment to meet aggressive economy-wide decarbonisation targets and to transform the German power sector from a reliance on nuclear and coal to renewable resources within the next four decades. Germany is unique in the European Union in arriving at a consensus among ruling and opposition ... Read More

Integrating Renewable Energy into Power Systems in China: The Importance of Good Planning

Beginning in the 1970s, the U.S. electricity industry experienced a wrenching transformation from a sector characterized by high growth to one focused on reliability, economic efficiency, and environmental performance. The contemporary building blocks of electricity planning in the United States emerged during this time period. Despite changes in the industry... Read More