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December 2019

RESOURCE PLANNING

Designing an Integrated Distribution Plan

The integration of distributed energy resources into the electric power system is profoundly changing how we plan, build and operate the grid. A new report produced for the Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative (MADRI) describes how integrated distribution planning can reduce costs, improve efficiency and point the way toward a more sustainable grid.

   
   

BENEFICIAL ELECTRIFICATION

EVs, Water Heaters and Air Quality

A recent conversation about electric vehicle policy with California’s chief air regulator left David Farnsworth wishing he’d said more about how EVs can help make the power system cleaner. His resulting opinion piece in Utility Dive further explores the potential of EVs, water heaters and other electrified end uses to enhance grid flexibility and integrate more renewable energy.

   
   

GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Reform Pathways for Italy’s Power Markets

Italy has set ambitious targets for closing all its coal plants by 2025 and increasing its share of renewable energy. But to achieve these goals cost-effectively, the country will also need to reform its capacity market. Christos Kolokathis and Michael Hogan explain why in a new paper.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

WEBINAR

Online Now: Health Benefits per Kilowatt-Hour

Jim Lazar and Nancy Seidman joined Emma Zinsmeister of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a webinar exploring the EPA’s new “benefits per kilowatt-hour” tool, which quantifies energy efficiency and renewable energy’s positive health impacts due to improved air quality.

Watch Now


RAP IN ACTION

Options for Increasing Market Competition

At the Carolinas Power Market Reform Workshop, Jessica Shipley explored options for advancing market competition to promote safer, cleaner and more affordable electricity generation.

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