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Report November 21, 2017

Cleaner, Smarter, Cheaper: Responding to opportunities in Europe’s changing energy system

By Energy Union Choices

The cost of clean energy technologies is declining dramatically. While impressive reductions have already taken shape, all signs point in the direction of further improvements, in many cases merging with digital solutions, driving electrification, innovation and competition in energy business models. Few actors in the energy field, politicians or business leader...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Integrating Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Policy Brief November 20, 2017

Efficiency First in the Energy Union: Progress Report

By Edith Bayer, Yamina Saheb

According to the European Commission, the principle of “Efficiency First” is at the heart of the EU Energy Union’s strategy to transition to a low-carbon economy. Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the Energy Union, has applauded energy efficiency as a tool by which, “we can help restore Europe to growth, create jobs, reduce imports, and improve air qu...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Governance, Integrating Renewable Energy Download View Summary
Report November 13, 2017

Übersicht über die Energiepolitik und -wirtschaft in Kalifornien

By Mélanie Persem, Kerstin Bacher, Andreas Jahn

Deutschland und der US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien sind seit Jahren Vorreiter der Energiewende in ihren jeweiligen Regionen. Beide setzten ambitionierte Ziele für die Dekarbonisierung der Energiewirtschaft und schreiten konsequent voran – und haben daher einen großen, gegenseitigen Bedarf für den Informationsaustausch. Um in Deutschland ein grundliegendes Verst...

Energy Efficiency Obligations, Energy Resource Planning, Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables, Market Design, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation November 9, 2017

Harnessing Performance-Based Regulation to Address 21st Century Challenges

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch, Jan Rosenow

​In a webinar held on November 9, 2017, the lead authors from RAP’s report "Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation" joined Edison Electric Institute to highlight successful examples of performance-based regulation in practice in the U.K., Denmark, France, Mexico, India, and the United States. David Littell, Camille Kadoch, and Dr. Jan Rosenow also di...

Business Models, Distributed Generation, Governance, Reliability, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation November 7, 2017

Energy Markets and Market Design Impacts on Renewables

By David Littell

​David Littell discussed market trends and implications for state renewable portfolio standards programs at the Clean Energy States Alliance's (CESA) 2017 National Summit on Renewable Portfolio Standards in Arlington, Virginia....

Market Design, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Report November 7, 2017

China’s Power Sector and Air Quality Reforms: Global Lessons on Getting Institutional Responsibilities Right

By Christopher James

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan includes goals to establish electricity markets and deepen progress toward improving air quality. But achieving the plan’s energy and environmental targets could result in unintended consequences, including increased pollution, shifting pollution from one region to another, and falling short in the utilization of China’s renewabl...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation October 31, 2017

Advancing Energy Efficiency and Improving Air Quality

By Nancy Seidman

​Nancy Seidman explored energy efficiency as a key air quality improvement strategy at a conference held by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Phoenix, Arizona....

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation October 31, 2017

Customer Choice in New York and New York REV

By Richard Sedano

​Richard Sedano unpacked New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process and the role of customer choice at an en banc session of the California Public Utilities Commission in Sacramento, California....

Business Models, Distributed Generation, Reliability, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Report October 31, 2017

Policy and Regulation to Support Energy Efficiency as a Power Sector Resource in China

By David Crossley, Wang Xuan

Energy efficiency is a cost-effective alternative to investing in supply-side resources, such as building power plants and expanding the electricity grid. Using energy efficiency as a power system resource is particularly important in China, where air pollution from coal-fired power plants is a large and growing problem. Energy efficiency can do double duty: it...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Download View Summary