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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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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Presentation August 13, 2019

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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New Plant Decision-making: Economics for Wholesale Electricity Markets

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Controlling Emissions in India’s Electricity Sector

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Funding Roadway Infrastructure in an Electrified World

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Events

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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September232019
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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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