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February 2020

DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

For MADRI, More Than the End of an Era

We've mastered the basic arithmetic of distributed energy resources, but to reach their full potential, we have more advanced math to learn. After the final meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative, John Shenot reflects on how the MADRI founders’ vision has been realized – and considers the next steps for DER empowerment.

   
   

REGULATION

Updating Embedded Cost of Service Studies

At each step in an embedded cost of service study, new data and new technology suggest improved ways to divide up costs. In the second of a series of blogs exploring RAP’s new cost allocation manual, Jim Lazar, Mark LeBel and Paul Chernick take a closer look at this traditional framework and consider how to update it for the modern grid.

   

GLOBAL INSIGHTS

How to Make the Renovation Wave a Reality

The European Commission’s goals for reaching carbon neutrality include a building “renovation wave,” details of which will be announced later this year. Jan Rosenow and Marion Santini write that this initiative will require focus, synergies and policies to effectively drive demand for retrofits.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

ANNOUNCEMENT

Welcoming New U.S. Program Director

RAP has hired Ann McCabe, a national leader in energy and environmental policy and former Illinois utility commissioner, to direct the U.S. program. She replaces Ken Colburn, who is retiring this month. 

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RAP IN ACTION

Cost Allocation on NARUC Agenda

As part of a panel discussion on the opening day of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Winter Policy Summit, Jim Lazar will discuss key recommendations from Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era. Stop by RAP's table at NARUC to meet staff and pick up copies of our latest publications.

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RAP IN ACTION

RAP Staff in the Alumni Spotlight

David Farnsworth was profiled as part of the Colby Climate Project, a special initiative of Colby College's magazine, while Christopher James made the cover of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's WPI Journal.

   
 


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