An Integrated Approach to Energy, Climate, and Air Quality

The generation of electricity produces nearly a quarter of global climate emissions. But regulations governing the power sector are too often not harmonized with laws designed to address climate change, minimize air pollution, and protect public health and the environment. By integrating energy system planning and air quality compliance, regulators, utilities, and public health agencies can maintain system reliability and affordability while dramatically reducing pollution—at a cost far lower than by taking a piecemeal approach to the problems.

The RAP team’s multi-disciplinary background helps bridge the gap between energy and environmental regulators, so they can work together to identify opportunities to align power sector regulation with environmental and climate policy.

We work in partnership with regulators and policymakers to develop flexible and adaptable policy solutions that meet climate and public health goals, such as:

  • E-Merge, which utilizes multi-pollutant analysis and cost optimization modeling to achieve efficient gains in air quality;
  • Cap-and-invest policies that invest carbon allowance revenues in clean energy resources and other programs to further reduce carbon emissions; and
  • Complementary policies, such as energy efficiency programs and renewable portfolio standards, that reduce multiple pollutants, often at a lower price than conventional control equipment.

Our Focus

RAP identifies policies and technologies that can address multiple pollutants at the same time—an approach that reduces costs and risks for all stakeholders. We help regulators craft solutions that are tailored to the particular local challenges they face, while ensuring proper harmonization with regional and national policies and objectives.

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RAP's experts highlight policy, regulatory, and market solutions to accelerate the clean energy transition.

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From the Knowledge Center

Get our latest in-depth analysis and practical solutions to today's energy challenges.

Presentation August 13, 2019

Existing Plant Decision-making: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

By William Shobe, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Dallas Burtraw Read now
Presentation August 13, 2019

Contracts, Auctions, and Exchanges: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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System Management: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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Presentation August 13, 2019

The Language of Costs: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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Services of Different Plants: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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Costs of Different Plants: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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Presentation August 13, 2019

New Plant Decision-making: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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Presentation July 31, 2019

Controlling Emissions in India’s Electricity Sector

By Rasika Athawale, Ranjit Bharvirkar Read now
Presentation July 16, 2019

Funding Roadway Infrastructure in an Electrified World

By Karen Glitman, Mark LeBel, Jim Lazar Read now
Presentation July 10, 2019

Revenue Regulation: Options for New Mexico (open meeting)

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Events

August262019
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Verteilnetzausbau für die Energiewende – Elektromobilität im Fokus

Im Rahmen der Energiewende verändern sich die Anforderungen an Stromverteilnetze: Die Einspeisung von Strom aus Photovoltaik- und Windkraftanlagen nimmt zu. Die Zahl von elektrischen Wärmepumpen steigt an. Und es entstehen immer mehr öffentliche und private Ladepunkte für eine wachsende Zahl von Elektrofahrzeugen. Alle drei sind Treiber für den Ausbau der Stromverteilnetze. Wie viel muss in…

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September232019
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18th ERRA Energy Investment and Regulation Conference

ERRA, the Energy Regulators Regional Association, invites policymakers, regulators, industry representatives and other stakeholders to its 18th Energy Investment and Regulation Conference in Riga, Latvia. The two-day conference will explore the latest trends and developments in the energy industry and its regulation. The rapidly changing landscape in European power markets can pose challenges for the industry…

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September242019
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EFEX 2019: DISCOVER + ENGAGE + ACT

The Energy Future Exchange, EFEX, is hosting its Brussels conference on 24 September 2019, at the SQUARE Convention Center. A comprehensive celebration and call-to-action, the event highlights the potential of the EU and U.S. to lead in the creation of a clean, climate-friendly energy future. Featuring insights and innovations from both sides of the Atlantic,…

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