Charting a Course to a Clean Energy Future

The electricity industry is undergoing massive changes, driven by the low cost of clean technologies, public demand for improved environmental performance, and increasingly competitive markets for both energy supply and demand-side resources. But in most nations, these markets are still governed by various layers of regulations. The way these regulations are structured and implemented today will determine the electricity system of the future.

Utility regulators face a host of challenges in ensuring the fairness and transparency of the regulatory process. They must be responsive to various stakeholder groups, anticipate the implications of rapid changes in technology and markets, and ensure that public policy objectives are achieved. RAP is a trusted partner to power sector and environmental regulators, helping them align utility regulation with public policy, technology, and emergent trends in the marketplace. We focus on strategies that consider the benefits, costs, and risks of a portfolio of resources, including traditional power generating stations, distributed energy, end-use efficiency, and demand-side resources.

Key Facts

Global investment in renewable power capacity was $265.8 billion in 2015. Source
Investment in renewable energy is more than double investments in new coal and gas generation. Source

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RAP helps policymakers and regulators address the complex issues associated with the transformation taking place in the power sector, ensuring that evolving regulatory regimes can accommodate clean technologies, competitive markets, demand-side resources, and customer choice.

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RAP's experts highlight policy, regulatory, and market solutions to accelerate the clean energy transition.

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Electronic Certificate Tracking Systems Offer Advantages for China’s Renewable Energy Quota

A key policy driver to support renewable energy development is a renewable energy quota. China is considering a new renewable energy quota system for its electricity sector that will support its aggressive clean energy goals. On November 15, 2018, the National Energy Administration issued a consultation version of the Notice of Implementation of the Renewable Ene... By Rachael Terada, Ryan Wiser, Lijun Yue

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Voluntary Renewable Energy Certificates: Win-Win for India Inc. and Government

Government actions to facilitate the use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) can improve Indian companies’ ability to compete globally—a major policy objective of the current government. Driven partly by consumer demand, firms are being serious about the “source” of energy they use for operations. According to the Harvard Business Review, firms tha... By Rasika Athawale, Ranjit Bharvirkar

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The System Flexibility Challenge

Changes in today’s power system, such as increasing levels of intermittent renewable energy sources, demand response, and electric vehicles, are creating both exciting opportunities and challenges for regulators and system operators. The role of the consumer is also evolving from a passive role to that of an active participant with growing expectations about how and…

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