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Policy Brief July 17, 2018

Selected Issues in Power Sector Transformation

By Regulatory Assistance Project

Utility regulators in some states, recognizing the quickening pace of change in the energy sector, are looking ahead at how industry trends and policy drivers will affect the electricity system in their jurisdictions. Decision-makers in many other states are just beginning to consider whether power sector transformation could better accommodate trends such as ben...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation July 17, 2018

Beneficial Electrification: Energy Efficiency Version 2.0

By Jim Lazar

​Jim Lazar presented on regulatory considerations for beneficial electrification during a panel discussion at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Summer Policy Summit in Scottsdale, AZ....

Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Heating and Cooling, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation July 15, 2018

Getting Standby Rates Right for a Modern Grid

By David Littell

David Littell presented on best practices for designing standby rates during a panel discussion at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Summer Policy Summit in Scottsdale, AZ....

Distributed Generation, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation July 2, 2018

How to design a market for renewables?

By Andreas Jahn

At an event marking the beginning of Austria's term in the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, Andreas Jahn spoke about market design that promotes integration of increasing penetrations of renewable energy sources....

Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy, Power Markets and Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation June 25, 2018

Key challenges for the German energy transition and its market design

By Andreas Jahn

As part of a study tour in Germany for power system operators from the United States, Andreas Jahn unpacked the key challenges for the German energy transition. He explored the main issues regarding power markets, the coal phase-out, tariff design, the electrification of transport and heat, as well as reforms and auctions under the German Renewable Energy Act....

Power Markets and Reliability, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation June 25, 2018

Maximizing Grid Benefits of DERs Through Rate Design

By Carl Linvill

​At the National Association of State Utility Advocates (NASUCA) annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Carl Linvill explored the features of smart rate design for non-residential utility customers and the resulting cost savings and system benefits. ​...

Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief

Risk preparedness in the Winter Package

By Edith Bayer

Widespread outages in Europe are a nightmare for consumers, system operators, and governments. While rare, they can represent a powerful and costly disruption to daily life. In 2006, Europe experienced a widespread blackout that affected more than 15 million people, including many in Poland. The cause was a scheduling change in the routine disconnection of a tran...

Energy Resource Planning, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation June 19, 2018

Beneficial Electrification: Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest

By David Farnsworth, Jim Lazar, Jessica Shipley

​In a RAP webinar held on June 19, 2018, David Farnsworth, Jim Lazar, and Jessica Shipley outlined principles regulators can follow to ensure that electrification initiatives benefit customers, grid management, and the environment....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Integrated Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
June1918
Webinar (video)

Beneficial Electrification: Principles for the Public Interest (Webinar)

Implemented properly, the electrification of end uses currently powered by fossil fuels can provide significant benefits—lowering consumer energy bills, helping utilities better manage the grid, and reducing emissions. Implemented in a policy vacuum, however, electrification could simply increase energy usage, potentially increasing costs and worsening environmental impacts. RAP’s paper on beneficial electrification principles offers guidance for...

Report June 19, 2018

Beneficial Electrification: Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest

By David Farnsworth, Jessica Shipley, Jim Lazar, Nancy Seidman

For electrification to be considered beneficial, it must meet one or more of the following conditions without adversely affecting the other two: Saves consumers money over the long run; Enables better grid management; and Reduces negative environmental impacts. Beneficial Electrification: Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest explores poli...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary