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Policy Brief May 13, 2020

Metrics to Measure the Effectiveness of Electric Vehicle Grid Integration

By David Littell, Jessica Shipley, Megan O’Reilly

​The transition from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) presents a unique opportunity for the utility sector. EVs have the ability to become a valuable grid resource because of their flexibility, but if their integration is not well-managed, they could add to load at inopportune times, increasing costs and carbon emissions. This p...

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Report April 7, 2020

Taking First Steps: Insights for States Preparing for Electric Transportation

By David Farnsworth, Jessica Shipley, Joni Sliger, Mark LeBel, Megan O’Reilly

As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States continues to grow, states are beginning to pay more attention to the issues that arise. Although no one state agency has clear responsibility for it, utility commissions are taking their first steps toward determining how best to prepare for, accommodate and promote this transition. They are meetin...

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Presentation March 17, 2020

CETA Incremental Cost Provision: Options, Considerations, and Questions

By Jessica Shipley, Megan O’Reilly

​As the Washington Department of Commerce and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission develop rules to implement the Clean Energy Transformation Act, Jessica Shipley and Megan O'Reilly presented a methodology for determining the incremental cost of compliance....

Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Policy Brief

Performance Incentives for Cost-Effective Distribution System Investments

By David Littell, Megan O’Reilly, Jessica Shipley

This policy brief, a generic version of a memo provided for a state public utility commission, considers starting points for how to apply performance-based regulation and associated performance incentive mechanisms to distribution system investments by utilities. Ensuring that such investments are cost-effective begins by outlining goals that a state utility c...

Distribution Resource Planning, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation December 13, 2019

The Electricity Sector of the Past, Present, and Future

By Richard Sedano, Megan O’Reilly, Jessica Shipley

​ In a "Utility of the Future" workshop for the South Carolina Public Service Commission, RAP provided an overview of regulatory and planning best practices to support power sector innovation....

Energy Resource Planning, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation December 12, 2019

Energy Efficiency and Beneficial Electrification

By Jessica Shipley

​In a webinar for the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Residential Network, Jessica Shipley explored the economic, environmental and grid benefits of beneficial electrification and a reimagined role for energy efficiency....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation December 2, 2019

What is Capacity and Examples of How Capacity is Acquired

By Carl Linvill, Jessica Shipley

​In a workshop on capacity for the Oregon Public Utility Commission, Carl Linvill and Jessica Shipley shared a range of state approaches that promote reliable and cost-effective grid services....

Energy Resource Planning, Integrating Renewable Energy, Reliability Download View Summary
Policy Brief October 29, 2019

Flexibility for the 21st Century Power System

By Carl Linvill, Jim Lazar, David Littell, Jessica Shipley, David Farnsworth

Perhaps the most basic of electricity sector rules, one that has operated for over a century, is that electricity must be generated at precisely the same time it's consumed. For years, grid operators have determined load on a system and adjusted supply by adding available generators to meet it, first with the lowest-cost units, then adding more expensive ones unt...

Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Heating and Cooling, Integrating Renewable Energy, Market Design, Pricing and Rate Design, Storage Download View Summary