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April 2022


What’s on Your EV Infrastructure Wish List?

As the Federal Highway Administration prepares to issue its plan for how to spend federal infrastructure funds on electric vehicle charging, David Farnsworth and Camille Kadoch wrote in Utility Dive about the opportunity for states to weigh in. They also shared their thoughts about some of the things that can help bolster the EV market most: maximizing public access, ensuring open payment systems, making useful data available to consumers, and upgrading the power grid to accommodate rising demand.



Electrified Transit: Challenges and Opportunities

States embracing transportation electrification have come to realize that different parts of the sector come with their own challenges and needs, and the transit sector is no exception. A new policy brief highlights some of the major topics that both transit agencies and public utility commissions can expect to confront as they endeavor to electrify public bus fleets.


Global Insights

The Perfect Fit: Driving the Heat Pump Market

Alongside efficiency measures, heat pumps are the key technology to replace fossil fuels for heating. In Europe, where fossil fuels — mostly gas — dominate the heating mix, rapid action is needed and the share of heat from heat pumps is expected to grow at lightning speed. A new report — a collaborative effort between RAP, Agora Energiewende, CLASP, and the Global Buildings Performance Network — makes the case that with some key reforms, the European Union’s Fit for 55 package can drive a robust heat pump market.



PBR: Defining Goals and Objectives

In a workshop for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Camille Kadoch, Jessica Shipley and Rick Weston outlined options for the design of performance-based regulation and metrics. RAP has been advising the WUTC as part of its proceeding to develop a policy statement on alternatives to traditional cost-of-service ratemaking.

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Foundations of Retail Ratemaking

In a presentation to an Energy Systems Integration Group task force, Mark LeBel explored utility pricing principles and rate-making best practices for today’s power sector.

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