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Decarbonising heat in buildings – a comparison of policies in Germany and New England

By Jan Rosenow, David Farnsworth

Decarbonising building heat presents both a significant opportunity and challenge to policymakers. Because of the fuel they use and the resulting carbon emissions, buildings are a critical target for energy efficiency. In order to deliver a clean energy system, most buildings will have to be highly energy efficient. They will need low‑carbon energy technologies...

Energy Efficiency Obligations, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Standards and Codes Download View Summary
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实现清洁空气和低碳目标的最佳实践(节选)

By Christopher James

本文是睿博能源智库《实现清洁空气和低碳目标的最佳实践》(英文版)的节选。该手册提供了降低危险排放物和温室气体的方法和步骤,建议将清洁能源政策和能源效率的环境效益纳入空气质量规划,并对最佳实践进行了总结。空气质量管理的综合方法将帮助中国的政策制...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Climate and Public Health, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation May 6, 2019

Retail markets, distribution grids and end consumers

By Andreas Jahn

In an event on retail markets organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, commissioners and utility experts from the United States met with German experts to exchange knowledge about their respective energy sectors. Andreas Jahn outlined for the group German retail markets, distribution grids and regulations on photovoltaic self-supply and ...

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Policy Brief April 29, 2019

New England’s Rate Design Disconnect: Analyzing the Region’s Wide Variation in Electricity Bills

By David Littell, Joni Sliger

Maps showing the average monthly customer bill in each New England state (left) and rates per kilowatt-hour for large utilities throughout the region (right).   Household electricity bills vary significantly across the United States, but in no region do they vary as much as in New England. The average household in Massachusetts pays 34 percent more...

Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation April 25, 2019

Energy efficiency obligations: An introduction

By Jan Rosenow

At a Paris event organised by the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Dr. Jan Rosenow provided insight into energy efficiency obligations. He shared recommendations for programme design and illustrated how this market-based instrument can trigger significant energy savings as well as public and private investment....

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Report April 15, 2019

Netzentgelte 2019: Zeit für Reformen

By Andreas Jahn, Thorsten Lenck, Patrick Graichen

Die Diskussion über eine Reform der Netzentgeltsystematik dauert inzwischen mehrere Jahre, ohne dass bisher Fortschritte erkennbar wären. Im Gegenteil: Die bestehenden Netzkosten und Netzentgelte werden wieder intransparenter, und etliche Verteilnetzbetreiber haben einen schleichenden Prozess in Richtung höhere Grundpreise in Gang gesetzt. Die Politik hat eine...

Business Models, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation April 11, 2019

Electricity Trends and Critical PUC Activities

By Carl Linvill

​In a National Governors Association webinar for new energy advisors, Carl Linvill highlighted the critical role of utility commissions in advancing power sector reform....

Distributed Generation, Distribution Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design, Storage Download View Summary
Presentation April 7, 2019

Low-Voltage Rate Design for Brazil

By Jim Lazar

​Jim Lazar presented by videoconference to a workshop convened in Brasilia by the Brazilian regulator, ANEEL. His presentation included discussion of the nature of residential loads, the nature of diversity on a power system, and the best approaches to rate design to address system capacity cost recovery. It explains why demand charges are less accurate ways to...

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Presentation April 4, 2019

Why Integrated Resource Planning Matters for Air Quality

By Nancy Seidman

In a webinar on power sector planning for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, Nancy Seidman discussed how integrated resource planning compares to state implementation plans, a process familiar to state and local air quality agencies. She urged air quality agencies to consider participating in integrated resource planning or adopting some of ...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Integrated Resource Planning Download View Summary