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Policy Brief May 31, 2020

Designing Power Markets to Maximize the Effectiveness of Carbon Pricing

By Max Dupuy, Frederick Weston, Camille Kadoch, Richard Cowart

Understanding the interactions between carbon markets and electricity markets — the impacts of each on the other — is key to good design of both. International experience shows that designing power markets and carbon markets in isolated policy “silos” does not lead to best outcomes. Designing them in concert helps ensure that the markets are as economical...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Market Design Download View Summary
Presentation May 29, 2020

Why Not ETS? Comparative assessment of border carbon adjustment and the extension of ETS in the power sector in Europe

By András Mezősi, Zsuzsanna Pató, László Szabó

Carbon leakage occurs in any carbon pricing regime that is not global, which means all of them so far. That is inherently unfair to sectors that are subject to a carbon price but compete with those that are not. The European Green Deal aims to rectify the problem in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) by moving beyond the current second (or third) best option, ...

Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation May 28, 2020

Implementing Efficiency First in practice

By Zsuzsanna Pató

​The consortium behind the Horizon 2020 project ENEFIRST hosted a webinar on Putting energy Efficiency First – Learning from international experience. RAP's Zsuzsanna Pató introduced Efficiency First, its implications and provided best practices and lessons learned. Efficiency First, a decision-making principle embedded in the Clean Energy for All Europeans ...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Download View Summary
Presentation May 27, 2020

Decoupling in the Time of COVID-19

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

​In a National Regulatory Research Institute webinar, Janine Migden-Ostrander discussed decoupling as a regulatory tool for state commissions responding to the changes in demand, payment and economic distress of customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic....

Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
Presentation May 22, 2020

Rate Design and Electric Vehicles

By Nancy Seidman

​In a webinar for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Nancy Seidman highlighted issues and challenges of electric vehicle rate design and the beneficial impact on emissions that can result from smart rate design.    ...

Electric Vehicles, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
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Putting energy efficiency first: Learning from international experience

Efficiency First comes down to prioritising investments in energy efficiency or other demand-side resources whenever they would cost less or deliver more than investing in supply or networks. It is a key principle of the Energy Union, endorsed in its Governance Regulation and in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. Implementing Efficiency First can...

Report May 21, 2020

Cooperative Governance: Opportunities to Enhance Rural Livelihoods in India

By Mahesh Patankar, Frederick Weston, Joni Sliger, Robert Lieberman, Priyanka Shendage

Rural populations in India continually face great challenges when it comes to earning and maintaining a sustainable living. With up to 70% of rural Indians working in the agricultural sector, those challenges will only become more substantial as climate change creates greater impacts and economic uncertainty causes further distress. Solving these problems will re...

Energy and Water Resources, Energy Resource Planning, Governance Download View Summary
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Equity in the energy transition: Who pays and who benefits?

By Louise Sunderland, Andreas Jahn, Michael Hogan, Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart

With its pending Green Deal, the European Commission is striving to make Europe the first climate-neutral region by 2050. A lot is at stake with this goal. The transition to clean energy can help mitigate climate change and bring extensive social, health and well-being benefits to all Europeans. This process, however, is not without costs, particularly in the sho...

Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Governance, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary