Current Activities

The Power Partnership seeks to collaborate with countries on renewable energy grid integration, energy efficiency, and smart grids, as well as in analytical efforts spanning these critical areas. Contact the Power Partnership for information on how to participate.

Renewable Electricity Grid Integration

Reports and Workshops on Best Practices in Grid Management and Market Operations for Integrating Variable Renewable energy

A near-term work program in RE grid integration will focus a series of multiple workshops on "International Best Practices in Electric Grid Management and Market Operations for Integrating Variable Renewable Energy," with a specific focus on grid integration in the host country, leading to the development of a formal report addressing host-country specific issues within the framework of international best practices. The audience for the report and workshops will be policy-makers, regulators, grid planners/operators, and civic society. This activity aims to provide a comparison and analysis of practices in:

  • Electric grid management, including forecasting renewable energy production and balancing/scheduling
  • Market operations, such as open access and ancillary services that are implemented in or considered for various jurisdictions around the world to enable large penetration and integration of variable wind and solar.

Energy Efficiency

Report and Workshops on Best Practices for State-Level Policy Makers

A near-term work program on energy efficiency includes multiple state-level workshops on integrating energy efficiency targets into power system planning and the development of a report summarizing the key findings and recommendations. State government engagement is essential, and various state regulators have shown some interest in capturing and deploying more energy efficiency, though much more needs to be done.

The report and workshops will discuss the merits of concrete policies and programs to incentivize energy efficiency, such as:

  • Establishing sustainable funding for efficiency through rates, public benefit charges or recycling revenues from pollution, carbon or other levies on fossil fuels
  • Establishing energy efficiency procurement obligations (like the statutory renewable obligations), requiring distribution utility efficiency plans, goals and programs
  • Providing proportional financial support to super-efficient appliance and building programs
  • Requiring payment for demand response services to optimize supply and demand balance.