Registration open for the 2021 NCEP Annual Meeting  

Coordinated Electricity Planning

September 13, 14, and 15, 2021

View the Agenda and additional Meeting Materials

Meeting Scope

In 2021, the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) community of state electricity policy-makers, decision-makers, and implementers will explore developments in modern planning techniques and tools to align planning processes across distribution, resource, and transmission planning. NCEP will explore:

  • What is a state’s role in aligning planning for maintaining a well-managed, efficient electricity system, now with rapidly changing requirements and many more participants?
  • What planning capabilities exist and are needed for potential distribution-system level markets and transmission system operator and distribution system operator coordination?
  • What coordination opportunities exist for states, utilities, customers, RTOs, federal entities, and research institutions?


Background on Multi-Year Theme: T&D Interfaces

At the 2018 Annual Meeting and Workshop, the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) gathered state decision-makers and stakeholders to discuss the state of interfaces between distribution and transmission systems in light of increasing installation of distributed energy resources. In 2019, NCEP further explored this topic by focusing on transmission, distribution, and customer (TDC) system operational needs and their influence on planning and markets. In 2020, NCEP explored states’ roles in developing and managing markets and questions of who pays and how, in light of granular information across the TDC system. The NCEP T&D Resource Catalog documents examples and resources from these workshops to support state electricity system decision-makers in learning from experts and one another. The 2021 meeting will expand these discussions and resources by exploring opportunities and actions steps towards comprehensive or coordinated electricity planning that spans all levels of the electricity system. See for previous workshop materials.


Multi-Year Objectives

  • Discuss state, utility, RTO, and DER experiences coordinating planning, operations, and markets across TDC interfaces of the electricity system.
  • Examine ideas around the needs of a coordinated system and how states play a role in developing a future-proofed system.
  • Hear insights and lessons learned from experts, state utility regulators, energy directors, utility managers, technologists, legislators, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders.