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The time is now: smart charging of electric vehicles (Webinar)

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European policymakers and car manufacturers are increasingly committing to the phaseout of internal combustion engine vehicles. With this shift to electric transport, tariffs and services for so-called smart charging of EVs bring significant value to consumers and the power sector. Now is the time to build a robust regulatory framework to expand the markets for these offerings consistently across the entire continent. 

On 25 May, the Electrification Academy welcomes Jaap Burger and Julia Hildermeier of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) to share the findings of their study The time is now: smart charging of electric vehicles. The authors, who analysed 139 smart charging tariffs and services across Europe, will share: 

  • A brief overview of the benefits of smart charging for users and the power system. 
  • Innovative approaches and best practice examples of dedicated EV tariffs and services. 
  • Recommendations to accelerate the use of smart charging.

For an introduction to smart charging, check out our earlier Electrification Academy webinar with Frank Geerts and Michael Hogan, Smart charging puts the pedal to the metal on emobility. 

We will allow ample opportunity for participants’ questions following the presentations.  

 

E3-India Book Launch

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E3-India initiative in collaboration with Gokhale institute of Politics & Economics, Cambridge Econometrics and Regulatory Assistance Project are jointly launching a book: Economy-Wide Assessment of Regional Policies in India: Applications of E3-India Model.

The book is an extended synthesis from the E3-India (Economy, Energy, Emissions) project, an initiative aimed at enabling evidence-based policy making at the regional level in India. This volume, edited by Prof Kakali Mukhopadhyay (Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune & McGill University, Canada), is a compilation of sector-specific studies that exploit the E3-India model to assess the national and sub-national policy implications and their distribution across states. To this end, the project constructed the first ever set of regional Input-Output tables for 32 States and Union Territories in India for comprehensive economy-wide assessment of regional policies.

E3-India is a macro-econometric model used to simulate the effects of economic and energy policy at the national and sub-national level, providing the information that policy makers need when assessing the merits of policy proposals. The model has been in the public domain and freely available to researchers since December 2019.

We invite you to a virtual book launch and deep dive of regional policy analysis with a panel of distinguished senior experts.

The launch is hosted by:

  • Dr Rajiv Kumar (Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and Chancellor Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, India)
  • Prof Terry Barker (Honorary Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Founder and Trustee of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics and Founder and Director of Cambridge Econometrics Ltd.)

Discussion and remarks by distinguished senior experts

Book contributors will highlight the relevance of modelling wider state level economic impacts of flagship government of India policies, including Make in India initiative, Atmanirbhar Bharat relief packages, India’s nationally determined commitments (NDC’s), and doubling farmer’s incomes.

More details and a schedule of events available here.

Improving DISCOM viability through behind-the-meter energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions

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The Indian power sector is experiencing unprecedented changes, visible in several ways:

  • Through the proposed amendments to the Electricity Act.
  • Financial challenges faced by the electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs) due to reduced revenue realization on account of the COVID-19 economic impact.
  • Power pricing corrections in the renewable and conventional power sources.
  • The recent launch of the real-time-market and the coal/gas markets.
  • Recent opportunities through end-use efficiency measures and flexibility of the load to respond to power availability.

While supply-side solutions emerge, options through end-use efficiency improvements are important. These efficiency improvements are considered the first fuel in matured power markets before introducing other decarbonisation measures.

With the technological advances, energy efficiency, demand-response, rooftop photovoltaic, and battery and thermal energy storage are offering specific system value in the form of:

  • Reducing societal costs.
  • Stabilising the grid through ancillary services.
  • Valuing energy markets instead of capacity lock-ins.
  • Evaluating inputs to long-range planning.

Such opportunities have been tried in matured power systems in North America, the European Union, and India, with certain demonstrations carried out. Departing from the conventional notion of the end-use efficiency and the DISCOMs acting as adversaries, it is important to create business structures that bring the end-use investment opportunities within the regulated and emerging electricity markets. These structures should meet the financing goals for DISCOMs, as well as the end users, while creating the grid of the future.

Through this curated webinar session, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) are coming together to learn from existing global and local experience with behind-the-meter interventions. Our aim is to create deeper insights for designing effective regulatory and policy initiatives that enable greater utilisation of demand-side resources in India, supporting not only deeper decarbonisation of the power sector, but also enhancing and consolidating financial viability of the DISCOMs.

Agenda

Welcome and introductions to the webinar and expert panel

Valuing demand-side resources – experiences from U.S. and EU

Opportunities of demand-side management in Indian context

Fireside Chat

Statements on learning from US and EU and its applicability in India

Experts Panel

  • Mr. Padu S. Padmanaban, Former Director & Senior Energy advisor, USAID India
  • Mr. Richard Rossow, Senior Advisor and Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies
  • Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited

Questions to the panel

  • Is this the right time to embed clean energy investments through partnerships in the Indian DISCOM segments?
  • What are the top three recommendations on the policy-changes or regulatory imperatives you would make for enhancing energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions?
  • What levels of partnerships you would recommend to promote blending private and public capital in making DISCOMs financially viable and consumers to see reduced tariffs?
  • How do DSM interventions help DISCOMs in crisis, emergency and pandemic situations like COVID-19?

About the organizers

TERI: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), established in 1974, is a premier think-tank dedicated to research on sustainable development in India and the world over. Its key focus is on promoting clean energy, water and pollution management, sustainable agriculture and climate resilience.

The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)® is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future.

Demand Response in US Markets: Lessons for a low-carbon transformation

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U.S. power markets offer a range of environments in which demand response has evolved. Recent U.S. experience is best understood in the context of market fundamentals. While there have been notable successes, the transition to a low-carbon power sector is transforming historical paradigms, including the role of demand response.

Traditionally, demand response was principally a limited-use capacity product. In the future, however, responsive demand’s greatest value will be as an every-day energy product. Success will depend on who may participate and how they are compensated. Deployment of technology, retail energy and network tariff design, and consumer education will be key enablers.

Harnessing Performance-Based Regulation to Meet the Power Sector Challenges of the 21st Century

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In many jurisdictions around the world, energy regulators are attempting to spur innovation in the electric power industry by connecting regulatory goals, targets, and measures to utility performance, executive compensation, and investor returns. The lead authors from RAP’s recent report, Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation, joined Edison Electric Institute for a webinar, co-hosted with the 21st Century Power Partnership, to highlight successful examples of performance-based regulation in practice in the U.K., Denmark, France, Mexico, India, and the United States. David Littell, Camille Kadoch, and Dr. Jan Rosenow also discuss design considerations and options for crafting performance-based regulation or performance-based incentive mechanisms.

This session parallels parts of the performance-based regulation webinars recently held by the Clean Energy Solutions Center and RAP and new information as well—a great opportunity for a refresher or for a first-time listen!

2016 State of the Electric Utility (Webinar)

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The transformation of the utility sector has arrived—but a standardized approach on how to adapt has not. RAP Principal and U.S. Programs Director Richard Sedano will join other thought leaders to explore 21st century utility business models during the 2016 State of the Electric Utility webinar hosted by Utility Dive on March 9 at 2 pm EST.

Other panelists include Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and partner at Stoel Rives LLP; Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association; and Chris Black, COO/CTO of Tendril. Gavin Bade of Utility Dive will moderate the session.

The panelists will address:

  • Compliance with state and federal regulations, especially the Clean Power Plan
  • Adapting to a future with more distributed resources
  • Evolving customer engagement techniques
  • Emerging utility business models and investment opportunities.

 

Industrial Energy Efficiency & the CPP: Tools for States (Webinar)

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Industrial energy efficiency can make manufacturers more competitive, enhance electric reliability, and reduce emissions. What’s more, EPA has signaled that states can look to industrial efficiency as one way to meet their emission targets under the Clean Power Plan. To do so, however, states will have to think “outside the box” and develop compliance plans that take advantage of this opportunity. This webinar, hosted by the Institute for Industrial Productivity, will profile a number of tools that can guide states in this process.

Featuring Presentations By:

  • Jennifer Kefer, Vice President, David Gardiner & Associates
  • Ken Colburn, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
  • Meegan Kelly, Research Analyst – Industry Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Bruce Hedman, Technical Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP)

Tracking Renewable Energy for Compliance with the Clean Power Plan

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made clear that state clean energy programs—including those related to renewable energy—can contribute to a state’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance. A key challenge for state regulators will be tracking the results of renewable energy programs, which can occur inside and outside of state boundaries. Renewable energy tracking systems, together with state policies designed to increase the production and use of renewable energy, will provide one key element to helping states reduce the carbon intensity of their power sector.

On Thursday, May 14, Jennifer Martin (Center for Resource Solutions) and David Farnsworth (Regulatory Assistance Project) explored the ways in which states are using renewable energy, and discussed how the functionality of existing regional renewable energy tracking systems can be used by states to track renewable energy and support compliance with the Clean Power Plan.

The presentations draw on several recent collaborations between the Center for Resource Solutions and RAP to address the use of renewable energy to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

Designing and Implementing Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes (Webinar)

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Governments in various jurisdictions around the world are endeavoring to improve end-use energy efficiency, and in some cases to also achieve other objectives, by designing and implementing schemes that place Energy Efficiency Obligations (EEOs) on particular parties. This regulatory mechanism requires obligated parties to meet quantitative energy saving targets by delivering or procuring eligible energy savings. The savings, in turn, must be the result of approved end-use energy efficiency measures.

The International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Programme welcomed David Crossley on June 25, 2014, for a webinar identifying the best practices for designing and implementing an EEO scheme. Dr. Crossley also highlights the results from detailed case studies and provide a unique comparative analysis of 19 different EEO schemes implemented in a range of jurisdictions around the world.

Visit the Leonardo Energy website to view the video and presentation.

Moving from a Niche Market to the Mainstream: Integrating Solar into the Grid (Webinar)

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As more variable renewable generation comes online, grid operators are facing new challenges posed by the change in daily load shape. A duck-shaped curve illustrates the load shape some grid operators expect to contend with as increasing levels of wind and solar resources create ramping challenges for conventional generation. While some entrenched interests use this perceived obstacle to support the argument that integrating renewable resources is nearly impossible and to call for rolling back renewable portfolio standards, this duck presents an opportunity to manage the grid with greater efficiency, increased energy security, and lower emissions.

In a Vote Solar webinar on May 21, 2014, RAP senior advisor Jim Lazar outlines the readily available options that energy policymakers, regulators, and utilities can use to adapt to high penetrations of variable renewables and flatten the load curve. As he will demonstrate, the resulting “duck” is easier to serve than the projected load would have been, even without the addition of renewable resources—a desirable outcome for almost any electric utility system, including those without significant renewable energy deployment issues.

This presentation is based on the publication Teaching the Duck to Fly.

Visit Vote Solar’s website for a recording of the webinar.