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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
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 January 16, 2020

Beneficial Electrification: Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest

By Megan O’Reilly

​In a presentation at a Western Clean Energy Advocates meeting in Berkeley, California, Megan O'Reilly described electrification principles and implementation strategies to benefit customers, grid management and the environment....

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation December 20, 2019

Trends Driving and Shaping the Energy Transition

By Megan O’Reilly

​In a presentation for the State Bar of New Mexico Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section, Megan O'Reilly discussed characteristics of today's power sector and the regulatory tools available to meet new challenges....

Energy Resource Planning, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Pricing and Rate Design 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
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...

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Presentation July 10, 2019

Revenue Regulation: Options for New Mexico (open meeting)

By Megan O’Reilly, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Frederick Weston

​Megan O'Reilly, Janine Migden-Ostrander and Frederick Weston met with commissioners and staff of the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission to discuss the theory and practice of revenue-based regulation ("decoupling") in the U.S. and elsewhere. New Mexico recently enacted a law encouraging the use of alternative regulatory methods that better align pri...

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Presentation July 9, 2019

Revenue Regulation: Options for New Mexico (workshop)

By Megan O’Reilly, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Frederick Weston

​Megan O'Reilly, Janine Migden-Ostrander and Frederick Weston met with commissioners and staff of the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission to discuss the theory and practice of revenue-based regulation ("decoupling") in the U.S. and elsewhere. New Mexico recently enacted a law encouraging the use of alternative regulatory methods that better align p...

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Policy Brief March 21, 2019

Photovoltaik-Eigenversorgung: Erfahrungen aus den Net-Energy-Metering-Programmen der USA

By Andreas Jahn, Megan O’Reilly, Matthias Deutsch

Stromerzeugung auf dem eigenen Dach ist die dezentralste Form der Energiewende, der eine breite Unterstützung gilt. Trotz der stark gesunkenen Kosten für Photovoltaikanlagen ist der Zubau jedoch begrenzt. Ein Grund könnte in der Ausrichtung der Förderung liegen, denn in Deutschland orientieren sich die Photovoltaik-Vergütungen an den Kosten der Erzeugung, al...

Pricing and Rate Design, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Journal Article February 19, 2018

How German Energiewende’s Renewables Integration Points the Way

By Michael Hogan, Camille Kadoch, Carl Linvill, Megan O’Reilly

​The power sector's shift from large, inflexible generation to smaller, more dispersed variable renewable resources has triggered a debate among some U.S. policymakers about reliability and the continued need for baseload power plants, such as coal and nuclear. Yet numerous studies sponsored by utilities, system operators, the national labs, and others show tha...

Energy Resource Planning, Governance, Integrating Renewable Energy, Reliability Download View Summary