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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
Report June 16, 2022

Electrifying last-mile delivery: A total cost of ownership comparison of battery-electric and diesel trucks in Europe

By Hussein Basma, Felipe Rodríguez, Julia Hildermeier, Andreas Jahn

Europe’s increases in online shopping and delivery over the last two years show no signs of waning. Parcel delivery vehicles make up one of the most significant heavy-duty vehicle segments by volume in Europe, recording a market share of 11% in 2020. Fortunately, their predictable schedules and relatively short routes make last-mile delivery vehicles a prime ca...

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Fact Sheet June 16, 2022

Electrifying last-mile delivery: Battery-electric delivery trucks soon cheaper to use than diesel trucks in Europe

By Hussein Basma, Felipe Rodríguez, Julia Hildermeier, Andreas Jahn

Decarbonisation of the heavy-duty vehicle segment in Europe is crucial to curb greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions from the transport sector. Last-mile delivery trucks for city logistics are a promising application for electrification given their low daily mileages and the opportunity to recharge at depots when not in use. However, it is still unclear how thes...

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Policy Brief June 15, 2022

Boosting the EU energy savings obligation

By Marion Santini, Samuel Thomas, Louise Sunderland

As part of the Fit for 55 legislative package, the European Commission proposed a recast of the Energy Efficiency Directive in July 2021. The recast includes significant changes to the Directive’s cornerstone article on the energy savings obligation, Article 7 (now Article 8). As a next step, EU legislators – the European Parliament and the Council of the EU ...

Energy Efficiency Obligations Download View Summary
Report June 14, 2022

Power System Blueprint

By Zsuzsanna Pató, Bram Claeys, Michael Hogan, Andreas Jahn, Dominic Scott, Tim Simard, Sophie Yule-Bennett

Accomplishing climate neutrality by 2050 requires a zero-emissions power sector by the mid-2030s. Securing a decarbonized power system early will unlock pathways for the whole economy. One of the biggest challenges to accomplishing this ambitious goal is time—we have a need for speed if we want to meet decarbonization goals by 2035.   This is why RAP has c...

Climate and Public Health, Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Grid-Scale Renewables, Power Markets and Reliability, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary