NCEP – A National Voice for Smart Electricity Policy
Who We Are
The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) serves as a national marketplace of ideas on electricity issues in the U.S. Begun in 1995 and re-invigorated in 2015, NCEP convenes regulators, state legislators, energy and air officials, consumer advocates, and Governors’ office representatives to serve as an incubator for discussions on electricity policy. NCEP provides a forum for identifying, discussing, and debating the issues that underpin the revolution of the electricity generation, transmission, and distribution grid. NCEP publishes policy documents and offers technical and policy training, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other services in collaboration with research laboratories, universities, trade and not-for-profit associations, and others. NCEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is managed by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
Why the National Council on Electricity Policy?
The generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity across the U.S. power grid is dramatically changing. Generation and use of renewable, variable resources is growing at an unprecedented rate, as is the use of natural gas for electricity generation. Significant planned retirements of baseload coal generation and the exponential growth of natural gas for electricity generation are changing the way that electricity is priced. FERC Order 1000 and new regulatory initiatives that address multi-state and regional transmission planning are changing the manner in which transmission companies, utilities, planning organizations, and customers interact. In addition, changing customer load profiles and increasing customer knowledge and participation are similarly changing the way that distribution utilities communicate with, and provide services to, their customers.
These changes are having profound impacts on the future need for interconnection-wide transmission build-out and the manner in which non-transmission alternatives such as grid-integrated renewable and distributed resources are being considered and paid for. At the same time, states and regional organizations are working to comprehensively approach planning for and integration of energy storage, balancing gas and electric resources, and addressing the retention and build-out of selected nuclear and fossil-fuel generation. Against this backdrop, the sometimes-neglected element of stakeholder engagement needs to continue to promote valuable conversations and to be effectively managed to support the grid’s transformation.
The National Council on Electricity Policy has been re-launched to provide a forum for deliberation and information-sharing on these and other electricity issues facing state decision-makers across the country. By joining forces with state energy and environmental officials, state legislators, consumer advocates, and electricity experts, consumers will be assured of informed and collaborative decision-making as the industry continues to evolve.
NCEP is guided by a set of Guiding Principles that support the organization’s Vision and Mission. NCEP’s Vision is “a future energy system that reflects a transparent and coordinated, multi-stakeholder approach to clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity policies.”
NCEP’s Mission is to:
- Provide information and technical assistance to states, regions, and multiple stakeholders and policy-makers;
- Improve understanding of electricity technologies, markets, programs and policies;
- Improve interstate and intra-state coordination on electricity issues; and
- Undertake planning and coordination activities of the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC).
NCEP’s Guiding Principles provide detailed information on the manner in which NCEP is organized and managed. Together, the Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles serve our members – state decision-makers who are at the heart of electricity planning, policy-making, and implementation.
The NCEP has launched technical and policy research efforts, collaboration and coordination activities, and training and outreach efforts in five key work areas:
- The Evolving Electricity Marketplace
- Resource Adequacy and Diversity
- Reliability, Resilience, and Recovery
- The Intersection of Energy and Environment
Activities in each of these areas are being designed with guidance from NCEP’s Executive Committee, which is representative of each region of the U.S. The Council’s membership includes participating state officials from all 50 states. Non-voting membership is offered to Canadian Provinces, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
The National Council on Electricity Policy serves as a collaborative organization – a national marketplace that works together with state, regional, and national organizations that are addressing electricity issues. NCEP explicitly acknowledges and addresses the inter-disciplinary nature of electricity policy and seeks to engage and build a “marketplace of ideas” among multiple stakeholders. We invite state energy and environmental officials, state legislators, consumer advocates, and electricity experts to join the conversation and receive notifications about upcoming activities.