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March 2020

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Drawing a Roadmap for State Lawmakers

To achieve the potential benefits of electrified transportation — saving drivers and taxpayers money, expanding the economy, improving air quality and mitigating climate change — states need to plan comprehensive approaches. Our new toolkit, including model legislation and a policy guide, is aimed at helping them do that.

   
   

RATE DESIGN

A Look at Modern, Customer-Oriented Rates

Technology has allowed customers to take control of how and when they use electricity, and rates should reflect that. In the latest in our series of policy briefs on rate design in the New England states, David Littell and Joni Sliger highlight examples of rates targeted at optimal use of electric vehicles or battery storage, among other technologies.

   
   

GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Phasing Out Coal-Fired Heating in Poland

Poland has long relied on coal to heat homes. But inspired by an anti-smog campaign in the city of Krakow, large swaths of the country are pursuing more stringent home-heating emissions standards. Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart write that if the phasing out of coal heaters is done well — with support for energy efficiency upgrades and aid to low-income households — it can be a model for the European energy transition.

   

REGULATION

Performance Goals for Distribution Investments

Utility spending on the distribution system should ensure reliability at a just and reasonable rate, and performance-based regulation can ensure that it does so. This policy brief lays out a process by which a state utility commission can design goals, performance criteria and metrics for distribution system investments.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

RAP IN ACTION

Join Us at EPRI's Electrification 2020

David Farnsworth will be among the speakers at the Electric Power Research Institute’s Electrification 2020 conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 6-9. Topics across seven agenda tracks will cover the full spectrum of electrification issues. RAP is a supporting organization of Electrification 2020.

Learn More and Register


WEBINAR

Online Now: Cost Allocation Principles

In a webinar discussion, Jim Lazar, Mark LeBel and Paul Chernick highlighted key points of their newly published manual, Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era, and answered questions about how regulators and advocates can put the manual’s new approach to use.

Watch Now

   
 


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