A Holistic Approach to Grid Investments

Utilities and their regulators use energy resource planning to support resource and infrastructure investment choices that achieve policy goals at the lowest cost to consumers.

Resource planning takes a holistic approach to meeting system needs. It considers a full range of scenarios, affected by current and potential energy and environmental policies, shifts in the cost of technologies and fuels, market dynamics, and consumer preferences. Effective planning leads to lower-cost and lower-risk outcomes that protect consumers, fairly compensate market participants, and position utilities and other actors to comply with environmental regulations.

Traditionally, resource planning focused on identifying the capital and infrastructure needed to support energy efficiency and grid-scale resource development. But the emergence of distributed energy resources such as electric vehicles, variable renewable generation, and storage has elevated the importance of distribution system investment. Meeting energy needs in the future will depend on investing in distribution and grid-scale infrastructure that accommodates the two-way flow of electricity and services between the customer and the electric system.

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The RAP team helps policymakers develop comprehensive planning processes that combine the power of markets with administrative methods to effectively meet system needs. We focus on improving energy resource planning and market processes so that investment choices align with the economic, environmental, and physical attributes of the resources needed to enable the two-way flow of electricity and services.

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Accelerating the benefits of electric vehicle integration

By 2030, approximately 10 million battery electric vehicles and 18 million plug-in hybrids are expected to be on European roads. As the number of electric vehicles grows, policymakers can unlock extensive value for all consumers, the grid and the environment — provided we integrate EVs strategically into the power system. The time is right for…

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