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Modernizing Gas Utility Planning: New Approaches for New Challenges

By Elaine Prause

Significant new uncertainties and options for the gas industry are creating new challenges for regulators who are responsible for ensuring that utility investments are in the public interest. Many of the unknowns relate to the potential for customers to switch from gas to electricity for heating and other uses and the potential for utilities to replace fossil ...

Distribution Resource Planning, Integrated Resource Planning, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Policy Brief September 6, 2022

Metrics matter: Efficient renewable heating and cooling in the Renewable Energy Directive

By Duncan Gibb, Samuel Thomas, Jan Rosenow

The Renewable Energy Directive (RED), designed to help meet the EU’s ambitious 2030 and 2050 climate targets, sets targets for growing renewables usage for heating and cooling in the building sector. As currently written, however, the RED encourages inefficient uses of renewables in buildings to meet these goals. In this paper, we suggest reforms to the RED wo...

Heating and Cooling, Integrating Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Fact Sheet

NOx, NOx — Who’s There? Decarbonizing Buildings Through Nitrogen Oxides Emissions Standards

By Nancy Seidman, John Shenot

This fact sheet, prepared as a poster for presentation at the ACEEE 2022 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, describes the concept of a model rule to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from fossil fuel-fired water heaters, an opportunity to transform the market for these appliances by driving the adoption of cleaner, more energy-efficient elect...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Heating and Cooling Download View Summary
Report

The clash with gas: Should it stay or should it go?

By Megan Anderson, Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart

Europe’s stated goal of achieving a net-zero power system by 2050 is inherently replete with enormous opportunities and challenges. High energy prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have now ratcheted up the urgent need for action to emergency levels. Policymakers are facing the challenge of a lifetime to secure the supply of energy and protect disadvantage...

Energy Resource Planning, Governance, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrating Demand and Supply Resources Download View Summary
Policy Brief August 17, 2022

Empowering Retail Customers: Improve Efficiency, Lower Costs and Reduce Emissions

By Raj Addepalli

As a tool in combating greenhouse gas emissions, India is aggressively adding renewable energy resources to its electric system resource mix to displace fossil fuel and meet future electric load growth. Much of this is being accomplished using competitive procurement processes and private capital for investment needs. At the same time the country is also rapidly ...

Distributed Generation, Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Distribution Resource Planning Download View Summary
Presentation July 28, 2022

Understanding the Western Grid: Building a Renewable-Ready Western Grid

By Carl Linvill

​In a presentation for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Dr. Carl Linvill discussed the economic and decarbonization benefits resulting from regional collaboration on transmission projects, as well as the role legislators can play in paving the way....

Energy Resource Planning, Regulation and Governance, Transmission Planning Download View Summary
Policy Brief

FERC Transmission: The Highest-Yield Reforms

By David Littell, Elaine Prause, Frederick Weston

Most of America’s transmission grid was built in the 20th century to serve central power stations burning coal, oil, more recently, fossil gas, and nuclear stations.  In a world where solar and wind energy are now less expensive than fossil-fuel generated energy — and much less expensive with the costs of pollution are considered — it is indisputable that ...

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Policy Brief July 13, 2022

A Clean Heat Standard for Massachusetts

By Richard Cowart, Nancy Seidman, Mark LeBel

The burning of fossil fuels for heat accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions and burdens many families and businesses with high energy costs. Meeting climate and equity goals requires that we find effective and affordable pathways to rapidly revamp the thermal sector. This policy brief — prepared as an appendix to the Massachusetts Cle...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Heating and Cooling Download View Summary
Report July 12, 2022

Levelling the playing field: Aligning heating energy taxes and levies in Europe with climate goals

By Jan Rosenow, Samuel Thomas, Duncan Gibb, Ruben Baetens, Andries De Brouwer, Jan Cornillie

Taxing energy in line with its environmental harm aligns the prices facing consumers with policy objectives. Energy taxes and levies encourage energy efficiency and raise revenues for governments, which can then dedicate them to energy transition projects. Not all energy sources are equal, however, when it comes to their environmental-damage costs. Adding taxes a...

Energy Efficiency Obligations, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Governance, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief July 8, 2022

Revitalising EU-Ukraine cross-border infrastructure for a secure, clean energy future

By Monika Morawiecka, Oleh Savytskyi

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is having a significant impact on the Ukrainian power sector. In recent years, the sector had started moving towards greater integration with the European Union and was making inroads into the shift to renewable energy sources. The current situation is very challenging; not only is it slowing the nation’s energy transition, bu...

Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy, Reliability Download View Summary