Insights from Our Experts

Modeling a More Efficient Power Plant

In 2003, RAP first developed the concept of the efficiency power plant (EPP), a set of integrated energy efficiency programs whose savings mirror the output of a conventional power plant.  Since then, we’ve worked with our Chinese partners to further refine the idea, develop funding sources and initiate pilot programs in six provinces. More recently, we’ve u... Read More

Helping States Meet Efficiency Targets

RAP recently helped Arizona regulators put their state on a long-term course to grow energy efficiency savings to levels as high as anywhere in the US, working with the Arizona Corporation Commission to achieve a 22% reduction in electricity demand by the year 2020 (based on 2010 numbers). To reach this goal, regulators had to develop a framework for utility inv... Read More

SEEing Action on Efficiency by 2020

RAP's Richard Sedano is staffing "Utility Motivation for Energy Efficiency," one of SEE Action's eight working groups. Under the supervision of US DOE and US EPA, SEE Action works to help states achieve maximum cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in homes, offices, buildings and industry by 2020. Mr. Sedano will help members understand the motivations ... Read More

Electricity Market Reform in Europe: Creating a Decarbonised, Reliable, and Affordable Power System

The European Climate Foundation's Roadmap 2050 study and other European reports highlight the need for Europe to decarbonise its power sector by the 2030s in order to achieve its economy-wide 2050 carbon reduction targets. RAP is working with Member States, EU policymakers, and stakeholders to design an optimal mix of policies and market rules that will att... Read More

EU Emissions Trading Scheme and an Optimal Mix of Climate Policies

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) creates a framework for reducing EU-wide emissions by placing a price on emitting carbon. Since the third phase of the ETS introduced the auctioning of allowances from 2013 on, it is increasingly clear that the price signal sent by the ETS will require other policies to drive the deep emissions reductions needed by 2050. RAP... Read More