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July 2022


Hybrid Heat: Swapping AC for Heat Pumps

Two-way heat pumps can both heat and cool homes, offering a reliable and cost-effective alternative to traditional air conditioning. A new report, a collaboration between RAP and the appliance standards nonprofit CLASP, advocates for households to replace existing AC units at the end of their useful life with heat pumps. Existing heating systems would stay in place, supplementing the heat pump at lower temperatures. This hybrid heating approach could save Americans billions of dollars and avoid millions of tons of CO2 emissions.



Policy Pathways for Massachusetts

In states where climate targets require action to decarbonize heating, one option is a clean heat standard — a credit-based performance standard that would be applied to suppliers of heating energy, over time replacing fossil fuels with weatherization, heat pumps and other low-carbon options. RAP authored a policy brief on this concept for regulators in Massachusetts, and it was included as an appendix to the state’s newly released Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030.



The Highest-Yield Reforms for FERC

In a new policy brief, David Littell, Elaine Prause and Frederick Weston consider the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s current efforts to reform interconnection and transmission planning. They make the case for improved oversight of regional transmission organizations; a broader, more interregional approach to make the grid more flexible and reliable; and better transmission planning to accompany the rapid development of offshore wind.



Leading Munis Through the Energy Transition

RAP and Climate Cabinet Education’s recent guide for municipal utility leaders includes various examples of munis taking the lead in the energy transition. In a webinar tomorrow, Thursday, July 28, panelists representing munis in Tallahassee, Seattle and Omaha will discuss their opportunities to provide clean energy and unlock benefits for the communities they serve.



RAP Welcomes Damali Harding

Damali Harding, a veteran executive, renewable energy and utilities expert and community advocate, has joined RAP’s U.S. program as managing principal. Harding was most recently a director at Oracle, formerly Opower, and is past executive director of the Philadelphia-based Energy Co-op.

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Revitalizing EU-Ukraine Interconnection

The Russian invasion has disrupted the ongoing process of Ukraine’s integration with the European power grid. In a policy brief, Monika Morawiecka and Oleh Savytskyi write that to increase energy security, assist reconstruction and decarbonize more quickly, EU policymakers should seek to maximize the current potential for interconnectivity with Ukraine.

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