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  • Climate and Power System Reliability in the Aftermath of the Texas Blackouts Cover

    Climate and Power System Reliability in the Aftermath of the Texas Blackouts

    The February 2021 blackout in Texas underscored the importance of reliable and resilient power systems. This article discusses the roles of regulators, markets, fuel and generation supply chains, and interdependent infrastructures, and finds that they need to be reconsidered and redefined to successfully meet the future challenges of increased electrification and severe weather

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  • Comments to New Jersey on Solar Incentives

    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) released a straw proposal for its Solar Successor Program. We submitted comments addressing a question about solar projects' potential benefits to environmental justice (EJ) communities. Our comments encourage BPU to consider the inclusion of an environmental justice adder and reommend that BPU explore an adder that would deliver material benefits to EJ communities. 

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  • Comments to DOE on Process Rule for New Energy Conservation Standards

    The Department of Energy proposed revisions to its procedures and policies for considering new energy conservation standards across a range of consumer products and commercial equipment. We submitted comments offering support for the proposed revisions and making additional recommendations. Our recommendations include weighing a full range of environmental and consumer effects, incorporating the consideration of distributional justice, and reviewing the selection of discount rates. 

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  • Who Knows What: Information Barriers to Efficient DER Roll-Out Cover

    Who Knows What: Information Barriers to Efficient DER Roll-Out

    Working Paper

    While academic research on Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) has been mostly focused on first-best systems, we hypothesize that in reality multiple information barriers to efficient DER roll-out exist. We thus study the prevalence and importance of information issues arising in the context of deployment of DERs by reviewing the existing engineering and economic literature on distributed resources, analyzing DER-related regulatory proceedings, and surveying the relevant electricity sector stakeholders for their perception of information relevance and accessibility.

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  • Comments to Maryland PSC on Energy Storage Report

    The Maryland Public Service Commission requested input on its working group's energy storage report. We submitted comments in support of several of the working group's recommendations. We also encourage the Commission to apply the same principles that inform the report to assess the net emissions impacts of energy storage installations.

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  • Strategic Policymaking for Implementing Renewable Portfolio Standards: A Tri-level Optimization Approach Cover

    Strategic Policymaking for Implementing Renewable Portfolio Standards: A Tri-level Optimization Approach

    Forthcoming

    Appropriately designed renewable support policies can play a leading role in promoting renewable expansions and contribute to low emission goals. Meanwhile, ill-designed policies may distort electricity markets, put power utilities and generation companies on an unlevel playing field and, in turn, cause inefficiencies. This paper, forthcoming in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, proposes a framework to optimize policymaking for renewable energy sources, while incorporating conflicting interests and objectives of different stakeholders.

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  • Comments to New York PSC on Gas Planning Procedures

    The New York Public Service Commission requested input on its Staff Gas System Planning Process Proposal. We submitted comments encouraging the Commission to add several minor requirements and directly address the legal tensions and ambigious policies that make planning decisions more challenging.

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  • Comments to FERC Following Technical Conference on Market Design

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requested input on the expanded minimum offer price rule (Expanded MOPR) in the PJM capacity market, as well as prospective alternative approaches that could replace PJM's Expanded MOPR. We submitted comments addressing the questions posed while drawing attention to reforms that FERC should undertake.

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  • Comments to FERC on Climate Risks, Reliability, and Resilience

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requested responses to a number of questions on the effects of climate change and electric system reliability. We submitted comments highlighting opportunitites to improve reliability and resilience by adjusting approaches the Commission and others take to planning, investing in, and operating grid components. 

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  • Resource Adequacy in a Decarbonized Future Cover

    Resource Adequacy in a Decarbonized Future

    Wholesale Market Design Options and Considerations

    This report examines the relationship between resource adequacy and renewable energy. It explores the impacts of renewables on the functioning of resource adequacy mechanisms and how different resource adequacy approaches affect renewable investment, finding that current approaches—with certain adjustments—are capable of ensuring that the lights stay on during a future that is powered largely by renewable energy.

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