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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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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Controlling Emissions in India’s Electricity Sector

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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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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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