Empowering Customers to Enhance the Grid

As a result of technology advances and dramatic decreases in the costs of clean distributed resources, customers are transforming the power sector. Electric vehicles, batteries, ice storage, and water heaters can play a critical role in enabling the power sector to meet climate and environmental goals by providing flexibility through controlled charging. This flexibility can enhance the power system’s ability to cost-effectively integrate variable renewable energy resources into the grid.

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Our team helps policymakers, regulators, industry, and other stakeholders develop ways to adapt the regulatory paradigm to ensure that customer-side resources can fully participate in the power sector. We help them create strategies that provide fair compensation for customer resources that provide value to the grid and ensure that all customers benefit from lower costs, increased reliability, and environmental improvement. We also identify opportunities to harmonize transportation and energy policy.

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

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执行摘要 技术进步,无论是发电效率还是最终使用燃料,都为共益电气化提供了机会。热水供应就是这些机会之一。热水供应占住宅能源帐单的近20% 左右——而且简单地说,今天用电加热1加仑水所需的能源,远远少于直接用化石燃料加热。 在本文中,我们探索可用于热... By David Farnsworth, Jim Lazar, Jessica Shipley


执行摘要 睿博能源智库认为,有效益的电气化,或者说实现社会利益最大化的电气化,需要达到以下一个或多个条件,且对另外两个条件不产生反作用: 从长期看可以为消费者省钱; 促进电网的更好管理; 减少对环境的消极影响。 由于供暖在普通美国家庭的能耗... By Jessica Shipley, Jim Lazar, David Farnsworth, Camille Kadoch

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The System Flexibility Challenge

Changes in today’s power system, such as increasing levels of intermittent renewable energy sources, demand response, and electric vehicles, are creating both exciting opportunities and challenges for regulators and system operators. The role of the consumer is also evolving from a passive role to that of an active participant with growing expectations about how and…

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