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June 2020

MARKET DESIGN

Consumer-Centric Resource Adequacy

The debate over FERC’s order to PJM to rewrite its capacity market rules reveals that such markets have strayed from their original purpose — and are running the risk of failing to deliver on growing market and local preferences for affordable clean energy. In a new policy brief, Michael Hogan and David Littell call for resource adequacy approaches to be refocused on what consumers and states want.

   
   

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Extra Credit: Maximizing Solar for Schools

Though school buildings have been shuttered this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the solar panels installed on their roofs and grounds continue to generate clean energy and cost savings — along with net metering credits. In a follow-up to an earlier blog exploring the idea of “solar giving,” Dara Torre and Janine Migden-Ostrander suggest some ways to ensure that schools can make use of the value of those credits.

   
   

GLOBAL INSIGHTS

Sharing the Costs of the Energy Transition

Europe’s Green Deal aims to make the EU the first climate-neutral region by 2050. But because millions of Europeans live in energy poverty, policymakers must ensure that the costs of the energy transition are shared fairly. They can do this through deployment of energy efficiency, good design of network tariffs, equitable use of carbon pricing revenues and increased consumer engagement.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

RAP IN ACTION

The City Is In My Hearing Room

On June 17, RAP and the Building Electrification Initiative co-hosted a panel discussion about how municipal officials can better navigate the utility regulatory process. In a related blog post, David Farnsworth recaps what the panel had to say.

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RAP IN ACTION

Cost Allocation: Technical Topics

In a webinar on June 4, Jim Lazar, Paul Chernick and Mark LeBel provided a deeper dive into issues raised in Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era, examining how regulators can update cost allocation methods to ensure that costs are shared efficiently and fairly.

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