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  • Public Comments

    Comments to FERC on Offshore Wind Transmission

    December 19, 2019

    Due to a significant buildout of offshore wind in the mid-Atlantic as a result of falling costs and state policy commitments, new offshore transmission will be required. However, the market rules for the nation’s largest electricity grid operator, PJM, currently provide no practical path for the development of open-access transmission to connect planned but not-yet-developed offshore wind generation. We submitted comments urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to eliminate barriers to these projects, lowering transmission costs and ensuring just and reasonable rates.

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  • Academic Articles/Working Papers

    (Not So) Clean Peak Energy Standards

    December 10, 2019

    Growth in electricity storage has the potential to increase emissions from power generation. Concerns about this outcome are currently prompting many policies to address the issue. We study a particularly popular policy proposal called the “Clean Peak Standard” that incentivizes storage to discharge during periods of high electricity demand. The stated goal of the policy is to shift storage discharge to offset production from generators with high pollution emissions. We show that the policy is largely ineffective at achieving this emissions reduction goal. The policy reinforces existing incentives faced by storage operators, so it does not have a strong effect on discharging behavior. It is also unable to capture high-frequency changes in marginal operating emissions rates. Alternative policies, such as a carbon tax, are more effective at reducing the emissions increase caused by storage. Policymakers considering Clean Peak-style policies should instead consider these alternative policies.

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  • Reports

    Getting the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Right

    December 3, 2019

    Our report notes the growing presence of distributed energy resources, like solar panels and energy storage installations, and explains how they should be compensated for providing electricity services valued by utilities and their customers. Currently, 40 states use net energy metering programs to compensate DERs. We describe a promising alternative, “value stacking,” which better reflects DERs’ value, and provide suggestions for how to implement this approach.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to Colorado on Participation in Centralized Electricity Markets

    November 15, 2019

    The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is evaluating different options for electric utility participation in centralized electricity markets, as part of the Colorado Transmission Coordination Act. We submitted comments encouraging the Commission to move the state to a centralized market, which would help accomplish energy goals and would benefit generators, utilities, and customers.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to the New York Public Service Commission on Resource Adequacy

    November 8, 2019

    We submitted comments to the New York Public Service Commission on the state’s resource adequacy needs, discussing how policies can best be aligned under existing mechanisms.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to Massachusetts on Clean Peak Energy Standards

    October 30, 2019

    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is adopting a program that incentivizes the adoption of energy storage resources with the aim of displacing high-pollution resources during peak periods of energy use. We submitted comments that explain potential risks of energy storage integration and encourage Massachusetts to adjust its clean peak policies to maximize the emissions reduction potential of the state’s energy storage resources.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on Colorado’s Use of the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases

    October 21, 2019

    The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed rule revisions to a recent clean energy bill, providing more information on how social cost of greenhouse gases (SCGG) estimates will be used. We submitted comments encouraging best practices for SCGG application that will help CPUC monetize climate externalities and weigh the costs and benefits of various decisions.

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  • News

    Court Upholds New York’s Zero-Emissions Credit Program for Nuclear Power

    October 8, 2019

    The Albany County Supreme Court rejected a challenge to New York’s Zero-Emissions Credit (ZEC) program, which pays nuclear power plants for the value of avoided carbon emissions. The legal challenge focused largely on the state’s decision to use the Interagency Working Group’s Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) to value emissions.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to DOE on Energy Conservation Standards for Metal Halide Lamps

    August 15, 2019

    The Department of Energy (DOE) recently asked for input on energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures. We submitted comments encourage DOE to continue monetizing the full climate benefits of greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to DOE on Energy Conservation Standards for Distribution Transformers

    July 30, 2019

    The Department of Energy (DOE) recently asked for input on energy conservation standards for certain electrical grid equipment. We submitted comments encouraging DOE to continue monetizing the full climate benefits of greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

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