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Presentation February 18, 2021

LMI Affordability Through Rate Design

By Mark LeBel

​In a presentation for the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, Mark LeBel discussed rate design strategies that advance energy affordability for low- to moderate-income communities....

Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief

Getting the Most Out of Low-Cost Solar and Wind: Seven Strategies for State Regulators

By Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl, Max Dupuy

The steep decline in wind and solar generation costs in the past decade opens up new opportunities for electric utilities and their customers. In an increasing number of regions, it can be cheaper to build new solar and wind generators than to operate existing fossil-fired plants. Yet vertically integrated utilities have often been slow to take advantage of low-c...

Energy Resource Planning, Grid-Scale Renewables Download View Summary
Policy Brief

Strengthening synergies between climate effort sharing and energy savings obligations

By Jakob Graichen, Stefan Scheuer, Samuel Thomas

The European Union's new 55% climate target will bring major revisions of the EU’s energy and climate laws. Quite opposing policy options are on the table: Strengthening the existing policy architecture or moving to a carbon price all-out approach. RAP teamed up with Stefan Scheuer Consulting and Öko-Institut to inform the discussion about these options. Their...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Governance Download View Summary
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Renovating Regulation to Electrify Buildings: A Guide for the Handy Regulator

New technologies, from air source heat pumps to smart thermostats, are changing the way we produce and use energy — making it cheaper and more efficient to electrify heat and hot water in buildings. But in many cases, existing energy policies and regulatory structures create unnecessary barriers to electrification. A new guidebook from RAP and...

Presentation January 28, 2021

Renovating Regulation to Electrify Buildings: A Guide for the Handy Regulator

By Jessica Shipley, Asa Hopkins, Kenji Takahashi, David Farnsworth

​In a webinar presentation, Jessica Shipley and David Farnsworth of RAP and Asa Hopkins and Kenji Takahashi of Synapse Energy Economics discussed the ways in which existing energy policies and regulatory structures can create unnecessary barriers to electrification, and detailed their recommendations for how the regulatory framework can be updated to realize...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Heating and Cooling, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Report January 8, 2021

Renovating Regulation to Electrify Buildings: A Guide for the Handy Regulator

By Jessica Shipley, Asa Hopkins, Kenji Takahashi, David Farnsworth

New technologies, such as air source heat pumps and smart thermostats, are changing the way we produce and use energy — making it cheaper and more efficient to electrify heat and hot water in buildings. As the power grid gets cleaner by adding more renewable energy, it will make home electricity use cleaner too. This reality presents an opportunity for building...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation January 5, 2021

Transportation Electrification Trends

By David Farnsworth, Camille Kadoch

In a presentation for the Kansas Corporation Commission, David Farnsworth and Camille Kadoch discussed opportunities for advancing transportation electrification through existing planning processes....

Electric Vehicles, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief January 5, 2021

Energy communities with grid benefits: A quest for a blueprint

By Bram Claeys

Throughout Europe, energy communities are becoming more abundant as the continent moves towards a cleaner, greener future. It’s easy to see why many people find them appealing — these communities allow organised groups of energy consumers more of a say in their energy choices, while saving money. Member States are discovering that enabling individuals to beco...

Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Demand and Supply Resources Download View Summary
Report December 22, 2020

North Carolina Energy Regulatory Process

By Josh Brooks, Dan Cross-Call, Heather House, Jessica Shipley

North Carolina’s 2019 Clean Energy Plan set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the state’s electricity sector by 70% from 2005 levels by 2030 and being carbon-neutral by 2050. The plan emphasizes affordability and economic growth at the same time. Throughout most of 2020, state energy stakeholders explored ways to update utility regulations and ...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Power Markets and Reliability, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation December 15, 2020

Using PBR for Electric Vehicle Grid Integration

By Megan Anderson

​In a webinar hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Megan Anderson provided an overview of opportunities for performance-based regulation in transportation electrification and discussed RAP’s report Metrics to Measure the Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Grid Integration. ​...

Electric Vehicles, Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary