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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Policy Brief May 21, 2020

Cooperative Governance

By Mahesh Patankar, Frederick Weston, Joni Sliger, Robert Lieberman, Priyanka Shendage Read now
Report

Equity in the energy transition: Who pays and who benefits?

By Louise Sunderland, Andreas Jahn, Michael Hogan, Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart Read now
Policy Brief May 13, 2020

Metrics to Measure the Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Grid Integration

By David Littell, Jessica Shipley, Megan O’Reilly Read now
Presentation May 8, 2020

Quantifying and Maximizing the Value of Distributed Energy Resources

By John Shenot Read now
Report April 29, 2020

Energy Infrastructure: Sources of Inequities and Policy Solutions for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing

By Nancy Seidman, Alice Napoleon, Kathryn Maddux, Christopher James, Dara Torre, Donna Brutkoski, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Ken Colburn, Jamie Hall, Jennifer Kallay, Max Chang, Philip Eash-Gates, Denise Harlow, Meg Power Read now
Policy Brief April 21, 2020

Electrification and Power Sector Reform: Coordinating Dual Challenges

By Max Dupuy, Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl Read now
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电气化和电力行业改革: 协调双重挑战

By Max Dupuy, Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl Read now
Presentation April 17, 2020

Modern Cost Allocation and Rate Design

By Mark LeBel Read now
Policy Brief

Regulating Electricity Markets: Experience From the United States and Perspectives for China

By Max Dupuy Read now
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美国电力市场监管镜鉴

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Events

June42020
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Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era: Technical Topics

RAP’s Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era manual lays out an approach appropriate for the 21st century power grid, characterized by growing adoption of variable renewable energy, storage and demand-side technology. In a follow-up discussion to our earlier webinar on this topic, co-authors Jim Lazar and Paul Chernick and manual editor Mark LeBel will…

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