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Policy Brief February 28, 2022

Rate-Making Principles and Net Metering Reform: Pathways for Wisconsin

By John Shenot, Camille Kadoch, Carl Linvill, Jessica Shipley

A growing number of states have considered reforms to their net metering practices in recent years, a period of decreasing prices for distributed energy resources, rapid changes in technology and evolution of the electricity system.  Depending on its design, a net metering program can advance specific policy goals while maintaining sound principles of rate de...

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Presentation

Putting the Customer First: How States Can Keep Driving the Energy Transition

By David Littell, Nancy Seidman, Jessica Shipley, John Shenot, Richard Sedano

In a roundtable webinar discussion, RAP staff highlighted what states can do (and are doing) on a variety of topics — from performance regulation to system planning to rate design — to navigate the energy transition with the customer’s interests always a top priority. The panel also discussed opportunities stemming from federal action....

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February822
Webinar (video)

Putting the Customer First: How States Can Keep Driving the Energy Transition

The urgency and speed of the energy transition presents a variety of opportunities for states. They have a chance to move forward with regulatory reforms that put utility customers at the center of the transition. And they can reimagine traditional approaches to the regulatory process by continuing to make it more transparent, equitable, and proactive....

Report November 1, 2021

Smart Rate Design for Distributed Energy Resources

By Mark LeBel, Jessica Shipley, Carl Linvill, Camille Kadoch

Net metering with monthly netting — a simple billing mechanism for distributed energy resources (DERs), often primarily solar PV — has existed since the early 1980s. In recent years, there has been a wide-ranging national debate about the best methods to reform rates for distributed energy resources, driven by the inefficiencies of traditional rate designs, c...

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Report October 13, 2021

Participating in Power: How to Read and Respond to Integrated Resource Plans

By Jake Duncan, Julia Eagles, David Farnsworth, John Shenot, Jessica Shipley

Traditionally in planning power sector investments, utilities have been focused on two metrics for success: reliability and affordability. These metrics remain important, but they do not effectively account for the climate, environmental, and human impacts of fossil fuels, which disproportionately affect marginalized communities. To address climate and equity cha...

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Presentation April 27, 2021

Beneficial Building Electrification

By Jessica Shipley

For the PJM States Environmental and Energy Regulators group, Jessica Shipley explored some key benefits of building electrification, including cost savings, improved grid flexibility and reduced emissions....

Heating and Cooling, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
January2821
Webinar (video)

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