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Presentation December 16, 2021

NOx, NOx – Who’s There?

By Nancy Seidman, John Shenot

​For the Ozone Transport Commission’s Stationary and Area Source Committee, Nancy Seidman and John Shenot proposed an innovative model rule concept to reduce nitrogen oxides emissions from water heaters, a significant source of emissions that has received little attention from state regulators....

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Heating and Cooling Download View Summary
Report

The Clean Heat Standard

By Richard Cowart, Chris Neme

Vermont's Global Warming Solutions Act requires that greenhouse gas emissions from thermal end uses (heating and hot water) be reduced by at least 15% below 2018 levels by 2025 and then by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. This report, published by Energy Action Network, describes a performance-based program, the Clean Heat Standard, that would create a path for Vermo...

Greenhouse Gas Management, Heating and Cooling Download View Summary
Policy Brief December 15, 2021

Ensuring the EED energy savings obligation is Fit for 55

By Samuel Thomas

In late 2020, we recommended that the European Commission align the Energy Efficiency Directive’s energy savings obligation with the 2050 climate goal. It took a first step towards achieving this objective in summer 2021. In its proposal, energy savings derived from the installation of technologies that directly combust fossil fuels are excluded for the purpose...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Governance, Heating and Cooling Download View Summary
Presentation December 9, 2021

Grid Modernization Investments: Evaluation and Cost Recovery

By Elaine Prause

In the first of three RAP presentations for a Utah Department of Public Utilities staff workshop on grid modernization, Elaine Prause provided an overview of grid modernization investments. In the second part, John Shenot explored approaches for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of investments. Dr. Carl Linvill then discussed the more granular cost alloca...

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Presentation December 9, 2021

Evaluating Potential Grid Modernization Investments

By John Shenot

​​​In the second of three RAP presentations for a Utah Department of Public Utilities staff workshop on grid modernization, John Shenot explored approaches for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of investments. In the first part, Elaine Prause provided an overview of grid modernization investments. In the third part, Dr. Carl Linvill discussed...

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Presentation December 9, 2021

Implications of a Modernizing Grid on Electric Cost Allocation

By Carl Linvill

​​In the third of three RAP presentations for a Utah Department of Public Utilities staff workshop on grid modernization, Dr. Carl Linvill discussed the more granular cost allocation and smart rate design needs of a modernizing grid. In the first part, Elaine Prause provided an overview of grid modernization investments. John Shenot then explored...

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Presentation December 6, 2021

Smart Rate Design for Distributed Energy Resources

By Mark LeBel

​In a presentation to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' staff subcommittee on rate design, Mark LeBel discussed smart rate design principles and pathways for distributed energy resources.    ...

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Presentation December 2, 2021

Building a Next-Generation Mix of Energy Resources: Practical Perspectives

By Jim Baak, Kristin Munsch, Pat O’Connell, Carl Linvill, Lauren Shwisberg

In a roundtable webinar discussion, a panel of experts representing varying perspectives -- a vertically integrated utility, a restructured distribution utility and a community choice aggregator -- discussed what demand- and supply-side resource portfolio procurement looks like for each of them, challenges and opportunities, and what regulators can do to accelera...

Energy Resource Planning Download View Summary
December221
Webinar (video)

Building a Next-Generation Mix of Energy Resources: Practical Perspectives

Earlier this fall, we explored next-generation approaches to competitive utility procurement in a webinar based on recent work by RAP and RMI — laying out recommendations for processes that consider all available resources, are aligned with policy objectives, and result in “least-regrets” outcomes. In a follow-up roundtable session moderated by Lauren Shwisberg of RMI and...

Presentation November 29, 2021

Electricity Regulation and Markets: Federal and State Roles

By Carl Linvill, Jeff Ackermann

​In a briefing for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Dr. Carl Linvill provided an overview of electric transmission regulation and markets. Jeff Ackermann discussed unique considerations for Western states....

Energy Resource Planning, Regulation and Governance, Transmission Planning Download View Summary