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Presentation June 25, 2018

Key challenges for the German energy transition and its market design

By Andreas Jahn

As part of a study tour in Germany for power system operators from the United States, Andreas Jahn unpacked the key challenges for the German energy transition. He explored the main issues regarding power markets, the coal phase-out, tariff design, the electrification of transport and heat, as well as reforms and auctions under the German Renewable Energy Act....

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Presentation June 25, 2018

Maximizing Grid Benefits of DERs Through Rate Design

By Carl Linvill

​At the National Association of State Utility Advocates (NASUCA) annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Carl Linvill explored the features of smart rate design for non-residential utility customers and the resulting cost savings and system benefits. ​...

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Policy Brief June 22, 2018

Risk preparedness in the Winter Package

By Edith Bayer

Widespread outages in Europe are a nightmare for consumers, system operators, and governments. While rare, they can represent a powerful and costly disruption to daily life. In 2006, Europe experienced a widespread blackout that affected more than 15 million people, including many in Poland. The cause was a scheduling change in the routine disconnection of a tran...

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Presentation June 19, 2018

Beneficial Electrification: Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest

By David Farnsworth, Jim Lazar, Jessica Shipley

​In a RAP webinar held on June 19, 2018, David Farnsworth, Jim Lazar, and Jessica Shipley outlined principles regulators can follow to ensure that electrification initiatives benefit customers, grid management, and the environment....

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Integrated Resource Planning, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
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Beneficial Electrification: Principles for the Public Interest (Webinar)

If the video is not visible, please accept all cookies to enable the player. Implemented properly, the electrification of end uses currently powered by fossil fuels can provide significant benefits—lowering consumer energy bills, helping utilities better manage the grid, and reducing emissions. Implemented in a policy vacuum, however, electrification could simply increase energy usage, potentially increasing...

Report June 19, 2018

Beneficial Electrification: Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest

By David Farnsworth, Jessica Shipley, Jim Lazar, Nancy Seidman

For electrification to be considered beneficial, it must meet one or more 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. Beneficial Electrification: Ensuring Electrification in the Public Interest explores poli...

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary
Presentation June 19, 2018

Grid Flexibility and Connected Appliances

By Carl Linvill

​Gregg Hardy of Pacific Crest Labs and Carl Linvill of RAP discussed the demand response implications of appliance standards updates at a meeting hosted by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Portland, Oregon....

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Presentation June 18, 2018

Energy Efficiency 2.0: Rethinking EE to Pair with Renewables and Beneficial Electrification

By Ken Colburn

​Ken Colburn explored how energy efficiency and renewables can work together toward a lower-cost, lower-risk, and lower-carbon future during a webinar for the Energy and Environment Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)....

Distributed Generation, Storage, and EVs, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary