Print Icon
Can’t read or see images? View this email in a browser

August 2020


Decoupling Still Works to Drive Decarbonization

Electrification of home heating, water heating and transportation will increase electricity use — prompting questions about whether the decoupling of sales and revenues, a tested remedy to avoid inefficient utility spending, should be reconsidered. In a new blog, Rachel Gold of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and RAP’s Jessica Shipley conclude that decoupling is a more crucial tool than ever. It can reduce costs, support decarbonization and ensure that electrification benefits customers, and utility regulators should preserve, adopt or update decoupling policies as needed to meet decarbonization goals.



Vehicle-to-Grid: Right at Your Doorstep

Electric vehicles are parked nearly all the time, and with minor changes, they could provide grid services. Why, then, do vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications always feel like they’re 10 years away? RAP has put together a special guest panel to tackle this question in a webinar on August 26. Our presenters will discuss how to support seamless, least-cost, reliable and efficient integration of EV charging data and operations, and what utility regulators can do to accelerate V2G adoption and harness it as a climate solution.



Load Flexibility: Yoga for the Power Grid

Jessica Shipley presented a bonus session at the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s virtual Grid Evolution Summit, sharing insights into how we can unlock the potential of flexible loads. This and other sessions are now available for on-demand viewing on SEPA’s website (registration required).



Getting Off Gas: Risks for Energy-Poor Consumers

Many European countries are already implementing a future which is much less reliant on gas. But for households struggling to afford their energy bills, a gas boiler has long been the cheap answer to more affordable heating. These households are at risk of being left behind in the energy transition, Louise Sunderland writes, and policymakers need a longer-term approach to ensuring that cleaner heating is accessible to all income levels.

Read More


Moving the Needle on Cost of Service Studies

Under a recent agreement with the North Carolina Public Staff, the state’s consumer advocate, Duke Energy will analyze alternative methodologies for developing cost of service studies — including the “base-intermediate-peak” methodology detailed in Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era, RAP’s comprehensive cost allocation manual published earlier this year.

Learn More

Don't want to receive these emails anymore? Unsubscribe  |   Privacy Policy

Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)®
50 State Street, Suite 3   |   Montpelier, VT 05602   |   United States   |