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September 2019

ENERGY OPTIMIZATION

Clean, Flexible, Efficient: A Low-Carbon Recipe

The challenge of decarbonizing the economy is no longer primarily one of developing new technology. Rather, it is how to ensure that today’s technology is deployed as efficiently and flexibly as possible — to optimize our use of energy. RAP was invited to guest-edit a special issue of The Electricity Journal in which leading authors tackle crucial pieces of the energy optimization puzzle. This pivotal issue is out now, and John Shenot highlights its contents in a new blog post.

   
   

REGULATION

Performance-Based Approach to Info Systems

Utilities are increasingly looking to upgrade their information technology to improve communication, grid operation, reliability, customer service, billing and increasingly important analytics capabilities. But system rollouts that don’t go as planned can be expensive for utilities and ratepayers alike. Performance-based regulation can help to ensure that deployments go smoothly and stay on schedule and budget. David Littell, Jessica Shipley and Megan O’Reilly explain how.

   
   

GLOBAL INSIGHT

Informing India's Market Reform Dialogue

As India moves toward reform of its wholesale power markets, a new set of resources on which RAP collaborated — including a market economics curriculum and a simulation tool — is now available to help inform its progress. Dheer Patel and Joni Sliger review these free resources and explain how they can assist stakeholders in evaluating reform proposals.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

WEBINAR

DER Combinations — Recording Now Online

In a webinar on September 10, John Shenot and Dr. Carl Linvill drew from a new paper to discuss how to assess and capture the value of combinations of distributed energy resources, such as solar and storage, and reviewed cases where such value is being secured.

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RAP IN ACTION

Great Opportunities for Renewables

In a panel discussion at the Solar Power International conference in Salt Lake City, Jim Lazar highlighted tools being used to integrate renewable energy in Hawaii and Australia, and reviewed new EPA data on the per-kWh value of health benefits associated with energy efficiency and renewables.

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