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Yatchew A.,University of Toronto | Baziliauskas A.,Charles River Associates
Energy Policy

Recent feed-in-tariff (FIT) programs in Ontario, Canada have elicited a very strong supply response. Within the first year of their inception, the Ontario Power Authority received applications totaling over 15,000. MW, equivalent to about 43% of current Ontario electricity generating capacity. The overwhelming share of applications is for wind-power (69%) and solar photovoltaic (28%) generating facilities. Wind generation is being remunerated at 14-19. c/kWh. Solar facilities receive from 40 to 80. c/kWh. The initiative, which responds to Provincial legislation is administratively divided into applications for facilities exceeding 10. kW (the FIT program) and those less than or equal to 10. kW (the microFIT program). This paper describes the programs and their features, compares them to their predecessors in Ontario as well as to programs elsewhere, analyses the reasons for the very strong response, and assesses their efficacy and sustainability. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Layne-Farrar A.,Charles River Associates | Llobet G.,CEMFI
International Journal of Industrial Organization

This paper presents a model of patent licensing in a standard setting context when patented technologies are heterogeneous in multiple dimensions. The model allows us to assess a policy proposal put forth in the literature: that an incremental value pricing rule should define Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) patent licensing within Standard Setting Organizations as it replicates the ex ante efficient competition outcome. We find that when patented technologies must be weighed on numerous factors, and not simply one-dimensional cost-savings, there is unlikely to be a single incremental value that can be agreed upon by all relevant parties. Furthermore, ex ante competition fails to select the efficient technologies by penalizing the more versatile ones. These results cast some doubt on the usefulness of the incremental value as a precise benchmark for FRAND. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Ruiz P.A.,Charles River Associates | Philbrick C.R.,AREVA | Sauer P.W.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems

Although stochastic commitment policies provide robust and efficient solutions, they have high computational costs. This letter considers two modeling approaches for the reduction of their computational effort: the relaxation of the integrality constraint of fast-start units, and the modeling of generation outages as load increments. These approaches are shown to reduce the computational cost while maintaining the good properties of stochastic policies. © 2009 IEEE. Source

This conference of approximately 30 professionals attracted a diverse group of attendees, whose expertise spanned the broad topics of development, production, testing and regulation of biosimilars. The topics covered during this meeting were varied in scope due to the breadth of knowledge of the attendees. Topics of discussion included: biowaivers for small molecules; patent law and interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act; analytical tools for the characterization of a biosimilar; novel production methods; bioanalytical methods; immunogenicity considerations; formulation techniques; and the characterization of the glycosylation of biosimilars. © 2013 Future Science Ltd. Source

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.92K | Year: 2011

Intelligence analysts"ability to visualize, understand, and reason about terrorist organizations and other covert groups is limited by the current state of the art in network analysis techniques and tools. These techniques and tools work with homogeneous networks that consist of single types of both entity and relationship. They fail to work on heterogeneous networks that consist of multiple types of entities and relationships, details about both, and qualifying informatione.g., certainty, recency. Existing tools focus on presentation of information for use in briefings, rather than analytic support that enables analysts to develop new insights; or, they provide graph-theoretic methods, most of which are only useful in well-formed homogeneous networks. Qualifying information needs to factor into analyses and visualizations to engender analyst trust, otherwise analysts may misuse or ignore results. We propose to demonstrate a tool for Rapid Evaluation of Techniques for Innovative Network Analysis (RETINA), consisting of these elements: (1) a requirements analysis to understand the needs of analysts and the data they work with; (2) design of a network analysis framework to manage heterogeneous networks; (3) design, demonstration, and evaluation of innovative computational and visual analytic techniques; (4) design of techniques to map analytic results to actionable products.

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