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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Presentation June 4, 2020

Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era: Technical Topics

By Jim Lazar, Paul Chernick, Mark LeBel Read now
Policy Brief May 31, 2020

Designing Power Markets to Maximize the Effectiveness of Carbon Pricing

By Max Dupuy, Frederick Weston, Camille Kadoch, Richard Cowart Read now
Presentation May 27, 2020

Decoupling in the Time of COVID-19

By Janine Migden-Ostrander Read now
Presentation May 27, 2020

Evolving Frameworks for Regulation, Revenue and Rate Design

By Mark LeBel Read now
Presentation May 21, 2020

Next Generation Performance-Based Regulation for Carbon

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Policy Brief May 21, 2020

Cooperative Governance

By Mahesh Patankar, Frederick Weston, Joni Sliger, Robert Lieberman, Priyanka Shendage Read now
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Equity in the energy transition: Who pays and who benefits?

By Louise Sunderland, Andreas Jahn, Michael Hogan, Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart Read now
Policy Brief May 13, 2020

Metrics to Measure the Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Grid Integration

By David Littell, Jessica Shipley, Megan O’Reilly Read now
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Quantifying and Maximizing the Value of Distributed Energy Resources

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Report April 29, 2020

Energy Infrastructure: Sources of Inequities and Policy Solutions for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing

By Nancy Seidman, Alice Napoleon, Kathryn Maddux, Christopher James, Dara Torre, Donna Brutkoski, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Ken Colburn, Jamie Hall, Jennifer Kallay, Max Chang, Philip Eash-Gates, Denise Harlow, Meg Power Read now
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