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Presentation February 5, 2019

“Capacity” adequacy and adequate system flexibility: The secret to getting both at least cost

By Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan was invited to speak about resource adequacy and power system flexibility at a workshop in Budapest organised by the Hungarian regulatory authority. He explored best practices for assessing necessary resources, the role of energy pricing, and recommendations for ensuring security of supply and flexibility at least cost....

Energy Resource Planning, Reliability Download View Summary
Report January 30, 2019

Beneficial Electrification of Transportation

By David Farnsworth, Jessica Shipley, Joni Sliger, Jim Lazar

​RAP’s definition of beneficial electrification asserts that an electrified end use must satisfy at least one of the following conditions, without adversely affecting the other two: Saves consumers money over the long run; Enables better grid management; and Reduces negative environmental impacts. The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is growin...

Climate and Public Health, Electric Vehicles, Integrating Renewable Energy, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Presentation January 26, 2019

Beneficial Electrification: Electrification in the Public Interest

By David Farnsworth

​At the Green Muni Summit sponsored by the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, David Farnsworth offered electrification principles and implementation strategies that benefit customers, grid management, and the environment. ​...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Presentation January 23, 2019

Energy Regulation in Vermont: Purpose, Means, History, Trends

By Frederick Weston

​At the invitation of the Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology, Rick Weston spoke on the theory and practice of energy regulation in the United States, highlighting Vermont's electric sector evolution and emerging trends....

Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report January 17, 2019

Beneficial Electrification of Water Heating

By David Farnsworth, Jim Lazar, Jessica Shipley

​RAP's definition of beneficial electrification asserts that an electrified end use must satisfy at least one of the following conditions, without adversely affecting the other two: Saves consumers money over the long run; Enables better grid management; and Reduces negative environmental impacts. Water heating accounts for almost 20 percent of re...

Business Models, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Heating and Cooling, Integrating Renewable Energy, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Role of Utilities Download View Summary
Report

Die Grundversorgung mit Strom und Gas in Deutschland: Potenziale zur Verbraucherentlastung und Handlungsoptionen

By Andreas Jahn, Julius Ecke

Auch viele Jahre nach der Liberalisierung wird ein relevanter Teil der Verbraucher noch durch den sogenannten Grundversorger mit Strom und Gas beliefert. Die gesetzlichen Regelungen bestimmen denjenigen Versorger zum Grundversorger, der in einem Netzgebiet die meisten Haushalte versorgt. Er ist allerdings in seiner Preisgestaltung weitgehend frei. Ferner ist die ...

Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
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Market-based instruments for energy efficiency: a global review

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart, Samuel Thomas

There is an increasing interest in the role so-called market-based instruments (MBIs) can play to deliver energy efficiency across the world. Their rising popularity among policymakers owes, in part, to their characteristics. They tend to be less prescriptive than traditional regulations and grants because they focus on the energy savings versus the means of deli...

EM&V, Energy Efficiency Obligations, Energy Efficiency Program Design Download View Summary
Presentation December 20, 2018

Demand Response in the US: Lessons for a low-carbon transformation

By Michael Hogan

​In a webinar for Leonardo Energy's DSM University, Michael Hogan provided insight into U.S. experience with demand response. He explored this customer-side resource in the context of market fundamentals, describing its evolving role in the transition to a low-carbon power sector. The success of demand response depends on who is allowed to participate and ho...

Demand Response, Energy Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design Download View Summary
Policy Brief

Carbon leverage: Investing Europe’s carbon revenues in energy efficiency

By Catharina Wiese, Richard Cowart, Jan Rosenow

In the lively debate around carbon pricing and emission reductions, one crucial aspect is consistently missing. Much of the debate focuses on the carbon price alone. However, carbon revenues are at least as important as carbon prices if Europe’s goal is to accelerate emission reductions to meet our Paris commitments—and do so at a pace that is both affo...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Market Design Download View Summary