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Presentation December 5, 2019

Value Added: Measuring the Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewables

By Emma Zinsmeister, Jim Lazar, Nancy Seidman

In a webinar presentation, Emma Zinsmeister of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explained more about the EPA's innovative new "benefits per kilowatt-hour" tool for quantifying the health benefits of energy efficiency and renewables, and RAP’s Jim Lazar and Nancy Seidman offered ways in which policymakers can ensure that this public-health value is refle...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Pricing and Rate Design, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
December519
Webinar (video)

Value Added: Measuring the Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Although the health benefits of reducing criteria pollutants have been quantified in numerous studies, putting a value on how energy efficiency and renewable energy reduce these pollutants and provide health benefits has been more technically challenging. As a result, most cost-effectiveness analyses leave it out, and energy planning typically values the benefits at zero. A...

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 29, 2019

Making Basic Service More Affordable: Electricity Rates for Low- and Moderate- Income Ratepayers

By David Littell, Joni Sliger

​This policy brief dives deeper into rate design for low- and moderate-income (LMI) ratepayers in New England. As always, effective rate design is crucial to achieving regulatory and public policy goals, but achieving broad societal policy goals need not come at the cost of burdening economically vulnerable LMI ratepayers. To design rates at levels customers ...

Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation October 28, 2019

Adapting Policy, Pricing and Regulation as DERs Ascend

By Carl Linvill

​In a policy training session at the University of California in Davis, Carl Linvill delivered a comprehensive overview of integrated distribution planning, smart rate design, and performance-based regulation, as well as the synergies distributed energy resources bring to today's grid....

Energy Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
Presentation October 23, 2019

A Deep Dive Into Industry Transformation Barriers and Enablers

By Jim Lazar

​Jim Lazar spoke at a conference sponsored by Uplight, on business model innovation and technological innovation in the electricity industry. His presentation addressed eliminating rate base as a determinant of utility earnings, recognition of the health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and innovative technologies that will assist in the tran...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Heating and Cooling, Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation 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
Presentation October 9, 2019

Beneficial Electrification: Up, Up, and Away!

By Ken Colburn

​At Hoosier Energy's Electrify Indiana event in Bloomington, Ken Colburn emphasized the multiple opportunities beneficial electrification offers energy cooperatives to best meet the needs of members, the environment, and the grid....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation October 2, 2019

Smart Rate Design for a Smart Future

By Jim Lazar

​Jim Lazar discussed rate design at the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative's annual meeting in Minneapolis, which featured a recent customer study that reinforces RAP's smart rate design principles....

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Presentation September 25, 2019

Microgrid Regulations in Honduras – Designing a Tariff for a Microgrid

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

​​In a presentation to the Honduras Ministry of Energy, the regulatory commission and other stakeholders, Janine Migden-Ostrander discussed smart rate design that enables microgrid development, of particular import in rural areas where residents lack access to electricity.​...

Distributed Generation, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary