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Discussion Draft February 11, 2020

Taking First Steps: Insights for State Utility Commissions 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. While 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 meeting w...

Electric Vehicles, 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
Policy Brief October 11, 2019

Elektrofahrzeuge, Ladeinfrastruktur und das Stromsystem in Kalifornien

By Julia Hildermeier, Jessica Shipley, Andreas Jahn

Die USA und insbesondere Kalifornien haben bei der Integration von Elektrofahrzeugen einen Vorsprung gegenüber Deutschland. Zum einen beruht dieser auf der größeren Anzahl von Elektrofahrzeugen, zum anderen auf den unterschiedlichen Regulierungsansätze. In dieser Kurzstudie wird diskutiert, welche Erfahrungen hiervon auf Deutschland übertragbar sind, beziehu...

Electric Vehicles, Energy Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief September 13, 2019

Protecting Customers from Utility Information System and Technology Failures

By David Littell, Jessica Shipley, Megan O’Reilly

Information systems (IS) and information technology (IT), which continue to grow more innovative every year, promise improved communication, services and billing between utilities and customers, better and more reliable service, and greater visibility into the operations of utility grids. Advanced IS/IT systems are critical to ensuring that smart meters and other...

Revenue Regulation, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
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Integrated Resource Planning

By David Farnsworth, Jessica Shipley

​In a presentation to the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, David Farnsworth and Jessica Shipley provided an in-depth look at the key components for a successful integrated resource planning process....

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