NCEP released a new mini guide, the third in its series promoting dialogue among state-level electricity decision makers by highlighting examples of successful engagement. The most recent mini guide, authored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Conference of State Legislatures, suggests that a strong and collaborative relationship between state legislatures and commissions is instrumental to establishing coherent, comprehensive and cost-effective energy policies at the state level. This mini guide contains condensed excerpts from interviews with legislators and commissioners from three states: Minnesota, Vermont and Washington.
NCEP Annual Meeting: Presentations and Recording Available
The National Council on Electricity Policy held their Annual Meeting 2019 in Austin, TX September 11-12, 2019. At the meeting, it was announced that Cheryl LaFleur was the inaugural recipient of the Jan Brinch Award for Collaboration in Public Service. High caliber speakers Paul De Martini and Jeff Taft explained grid architecture, grid codes, and coordination principles. Two panels were held on communications along the grid. We heard from over 60 attendees on their experience and their needs. Outputs will be built into a T&D Portal, expanding the compendium of T&D Coordination resources.
In the coming weeks, we will edit the videos and splice the presentations into smaller units. Additionally, please see this IEEE P&E Magazine Sept/Oct 2019 on Grid Architecture and the PNNL website for basic grid architecture terms and principles.
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Join us remotely, please use the webinar registration links below. Presentations are also available below.
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National Council on Electricity Policy Welcomes North Carolina Utilities Commissioner Brown-Bland as New Vice President
WASHINGTON (August 2, 2019) — The National Council on Electricity Policy—the nation’s only stakeholder organization that supports all state-level decision-makers involved in electricity policy—elected Commissioner ToNola Brown-Bland, of the North Carolina Utilities Commission, as its new vice president.
NCEP also welcomed Ted Thomas, Arkansas Public Service Commission; Upendra Chivikula, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Eric Koch, Indiana State Senate; and Baker Allen, Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, to its Executive Committee. Continue reading →
The NCEP mini guide series promotes inter-agency dialogue by highlighting examples of successful engagement across NCEP members. Each mini guide features collaborative approaches, lessons learned, and interviews with leading state and local decision makers. The first two publications in the series are now available, with more on the way.
September 11 – 12, 2019
Transmission, Distribution, and Customer System Intersections
The National Council on Electricity Policy
Annual Meeting and Workshop 2019
An overview of the agenda is now available.
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCEP2019
This event is free and open to the public. NCEP Members are eligible for travel reimbursement.
Last year, at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Workshop in Denver, CO, NCEP gathered state decision makers and stakeholders to discuss the state of interfaces between distribution and transmission systems in light of increasing distributed energy resources. In Fall 2018, NCEP released a compendium of resources, which lists resources, case studies, and remaining questions for research around T & D system planning, operations, and markets.
In 2019, NCEP will further explore this topic by focusing on transmission, distribution, and customer interfaces, taking a closer look at operational needs and their influence on planning and markets. NCEP members and colleagues will…
- Learn about and share experiences with coordinating planning, operations, and markets of transmission, distribution, and customer electricity systems;
- Examine ideas around the operational needs of a coordinated system and how states play a role in developing a future-proofed system;
- Document an ongoing conversation about the evolving intersections and coordination needs of the system for state policy makers;
- Connect states with resources and tools to provide safe, reliable, and affordable power; and
- Hear insights and lessons learned from state regulators, energy directors, utility managers, technologists, legislators, and consumer advocates.
NCEP will host a webinar to discuss the effects that variable renewable energy (VRE) had on wholesale power prices from 2008 through 2017. The LBNL study assessed forecasts and factors that may influence prices in wholesale markets in the US. Recent trends and patterns from 60,000 wholesale pricing nodes were evaluated against the impacts of VRE and other factors, as well as a number of constrained pricing areas (“hot spots”) to highlight several drivers for geographic and temporal pricing variations. The webinar will feature analysis from Andrew Mills of Berkeley Labs and perspectives from Keith Collins of Southwest Power Pool. Moderated by Commissioner Abigail Anthony of the Rhode Island Public Utility Commission.
The recording can be found at this link.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center
4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. eastern
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, DOE is holding a public workshop to solicit input relevant to its next electric transmission congestion study, and more generally to foster dialogue on key issues affecting today’s electric transmission systems. Continue reading →
This compendium of resources documents all of the examples of projects and policies, resources and references, and lingering questions and research needs that participants articulated at the May 2018 NCEP Annual Meeting and Workshop. Readers will find brief bullets and hyperlinks to the source materials. Inclusion in this compendium should not be construed as an endorsement of the source or of the contents therein by NCEP. All referenced materials are included in this document.
To submit a request to include an additional resource, please send the name of the resource, publishing date, hyperlink, and where it belongs in the compendium to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This conversation between Vermont Public Utility Commissioner Sarah Hofmann and former Director of NARUC’s Research Lab, Miles Keogh, goes into detail about how states can affect the deployment of renewable sources of energy. Commissioner Hofmann describes how Vermont, in addition to other states, is exploring the wide variety of renewable technologies available in the rapidly changing electricity marketplace. Also discussed is the lowering price of renewable energy and its effects on traditional sources of energy, how state legislators can assist and incentivize renewable deployment, concerns regarding over-reliance on renewables, and the pluses and minuses of net metering programs.