Enabling the Renewable Energy Future 

Around the world, renewable energy is enjoying record growth, thanks in equal parts to its rapidly dropping costs and to the growing commitments of governments to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. While energy-generating technologies such as solar, wind, hydropower, and other renewables are well-understood, the issues surrounding their integration into the grid are deeply complex—and vary not only from country to country, but from state to state and even, in some cases, city to city.

Our team has deep understanding of the energy markets in China, India, Europe, and the United States, giving us unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing these regions—and empowering us to identify and adapt best practices to be shared across jurisdictions and continents.

Key Facts

Renewable energy meets as much as 80% of Germany’s electricity demand. Source
The cost of grid-scale solar has fallen by 57% since 2009. Source
India aims to install 60 GW of wind and 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022. Source

Our Focus

RAP helps policymakers at the local, state, and national levels develop cost-effective and low-risk solutions to integrating ever-increasing amounts of renewable energy into the grid, while maintaining reliability and affordability. We focus on mechanisms (both market-based and administrative, depending on local conditions) that encourage more resource and operational flexibility in power systems. We also identify how existing, market-proven strategies, such as ice storage for air conditioning and controlled water and wastewater pumping, can be deployed to shift demand patterns and allow for higher levels of renewable energy penetration.

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Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Volume 1 (Introduction—Global Lessons for Success)

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Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Volume 2 (Primer—Essential Elements of Design and Implementation)

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Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Volume 3 (Innovative Examples from Around the World)

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Beneficial Electrification: Opportunities and Considerations for Air Quality

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Events

June192018
Upcoming Event

Beneficial Electrification: Principles for the Public Interest (Webinar)

Implemented properly, the electrification of end uses currently powered by fossil fuels can provide significant benefits—lowering consumer energy bills, helping utilities better manage the grid, and reducing emissions. Implemented in a policy vacuum, however, electrification could simply increase energy usage, potentially increasing costs and worsening environmental impacts. RAP’s forthcoming paper on beneficial electrification principles offers guidance…

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