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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 greater reliance on renewable energy resources by bringing 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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Policy Brief September 21, 2017

Public Benefit Funds: Finanzierungsmechanismus für Energieeffizienz-Investitionen

By Andreas Jahn, Jan Rosenow Read now
Presentation September 21, 2017

Performance-Based Regulation: The Power of Outcomes

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch Read now
Presentation September 14, 2017

Power Markets in an Era of Low Marginal Costs

By David Littell Read now
Report September 12, 2017

Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Emphasizing Utility Performance to Unleash Power Sector Innovation

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch, Philip Baker, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Max Dupuy, Brenda Hausauer, Carl Linvill, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Jan Rosenow, Wang Xuan, Owen Zinaman, Jeffrey Logan Read now
Presentation September 12, 2017

Non-Traditional Regulation: A Survey

By Frederick Weston Read now
Presentation September 12, 2017

Into the Brave New World of Consumer Protection Policy

By Janine Migden-Ostrander Read now
Policy Brief August 30, 2017

Regional Operational Centres: A review of the Commission’s proposal and recommendations for improvement

By Philip Baker, Julie Finkler, Christos Kolokathis Read now
Fact Sheet August 29, 2017

Fixed charges impede progress & drive up costs of the clean energy transition

By Christos Kolokathis, Michael Hogan Read now
Policy Brief

Assessing the European Council’s Proposal for Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive

By Jan Rosenow Read now
Policy Brief August 21, 2017

Die Kräfte des Marktes für Energieeffizienz nutzen

By Jan Rosenow Read now
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Performance-Based Regulation: The Power of Outcomes (Part 2)

Advanced technologies are unleashing the potential for change in power sectors around the globe, transforming the way electricity is generated, delivered, and consumed. These changes hold great promise for better, cleaner, more reliable and lower cost future. Whether the benefits are achieved will depend on reforming the regulatory approaches to align regulation’s inherent incentives with…

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