Bringing Energy Productivity to Scale

Advanced technologies make it possible for our economies to become ever more productive while consuming less energy with each passing year. The growing suite of technology options on the “demand side” of the energy meter—high-efficiency lighting, appliances, heating and cooling, industrial processes, and price-induced demand response—reduce wasteful and low-value energy use. These tools enable a greater reliance on renewable energy resources by bringing a greater flexibility to the management of the grid.

The untapped potential for energy efficiency is also the lowest-cost means of achieving greenhouse gas reductions.

Key Facts

Energy efficiency can meet 30% of U.S. electricity demand over ten years. Source
A kilowatt-hour avoided by end-use energy efficiency is worth, on average, 18 cents. Source
Efficiency could achieve 40% of the reductions needed to meet the Paris Agreement. Source

Our Focus

The RAP team helps policymakers find ways to overcome institutional and market barriers to capturing cost-effective efficiency and demand response resources. Our recommended strategies include creating energy efficiency obligations; recognizing efficiency as a resource in utility planning processes and air quality management; and designing regulations that break the link between a utility's energy sales and the revenue it collects.

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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

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Presentation August 13, 2019

Existing Plant Decision-making: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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

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System Management: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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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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New Plant Decision-making: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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Controlling Emissions in India’s Electricity Sector

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Funding Roadway Infrastructure in an Electrified World

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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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