NCEP Annual Meeting: May 8 – 9

Registration is now open for the 2018 Annual Meeting of NCEP in Denver, Colorado, on May 8 – 9, 2018.

We look forward to sharing a dynamic program with you, entitled “The Status of Transmission and Distribution System Intersections: A Grid Revolution.” We will explore the current state of play of intersection points on the two systems, highlighting current examples of technologies and decisions that are underway. Information gleaned at the Annual Meeting will help state decision-makers learn from each other to make more informed policy decisions and avoid pitfalls that their colleagues have identified. There will also be a focus on highlighting questions and research that still need to be addressed.

A draft agenda is available through the registration page. Topics we will address include:

  • Transmission planning that incorporates non-wires solutions
  • Distribution-level grid services that also support the transmission and bulk power system
  • Valuating the grid: how benefits are allocated and how services are measured
  • Support for, and recognition of, customer needs and expectations
  • Reliability and resiliency on the transmission and distribution systems

Travel stipends are available for state leaders and staff. This is a public meeting and all attendees must register in advance. Please register (and apply for a travel stipend) at the NARUC website: https://www.naruc.org/cpi/may-8-9-2018-ncep-annual-meeting-and-workshop/

To be the first to know updates on this event, please e-mail kworthington@naruc.org to be placed on the NCEP list serve.

NASEO Hosted SEO & PUC Staff Relationships and Cooperative Actions Call

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the NASEO Fuels & Grid Integration Committee hosted a Conference Call on State Energy Offices and Public Utility Staff Relationships and Cooperative Actions. The call discussed how to create a relationship between State Energy Offices and Public Utility Commission Staff and opportunities to work on issues and concerns of mutual interest. The Conference Call featured presentations by:

  • John Chatburn, Administrator, Idaho Office of Energy Resources and Randy Lobb, Utilities Division Administrator, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
  • Lauren Savidge, Staff Attorney, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Vicki Hackett, Director of Adjudications, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
  • Jan Brinch, Director, National Council on Electricity Policy, NARUC, and Kerry Worthington, NARUC
More information can be found on the NASEO Fuels and Grid Integration Committee webpage. For additional information, please contact Stephen Goss, NASEO Program Manager.

NCEP Podcasts Now Available

The National Council on Electricity Policy is pleased to sponsor a series of short podcasts on how electricity is being generated, moved along the grid, and delivered to consumers throughout the country. As a voice for multiple perspectives, the Council supports state policymakers as they address the changing electricity marketplace.

 

The Evolving Electricity Marketplace – What State Legislators Want to Know

Representative Tom Sloan from Kansas’ 45th District shares his insights on the changing electricity marketplace and the role of state legislators in supporting new policies, technological changes, and greater customer engagement in the way their electricity is generated, transmitted, and delivered. Find the first NCEP podcast here.

 

How Utilities Operate: A Regulator’s Perspective

Commissioner Paul Kjellandar, Chairman of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, shares his knowledge – both as a regulator and former state legislator – of the premise behind utility regulation. The regulatory compact is based on a number of fundamental assumptions. In return for an obligation to serve customers and regulatory oversight, the utility has the opportunity to recover its prudently incurred expenses. Is this compact in danger of being upset? How does a state address a utility that spans multiple states? Find out here on the fourth NCEP podcast.

 

New Developments in Siting Energy Projects

Chairman Ed Finley of the North Carolina Utility Commission addresses transmission siting challenges in today’s new electricity market. He shares his knowledge and expertise on how greater use of renewables and distributed energy resources, siting proposals proposed by new transmission companies – other than incumbent utilities, and consumer concerns about siting transmission lines across their property are changing the traditional manner in which siting is done. Listen here on the third NCEP podcast.

 

Infrastructure and Cyber Security: State and Local Responsibilities

Commissioner Nick Wagner of the Iowa Utilities Board explores the ways that states, utilities, and private and public sector organizations are dealing with cyber and infrastructure security. He shares his knowledge of the critical issues that state and local governments must address to ensure that their citizens are protected against cyber attacks and threats against energy infrastructure, now and in the future. Find out more on the second NCEP podcast, here.

 

 

NCEP’s 2017 Annual Meeting a Success!

The National Council on Electricity Policy held its annual business meeting on May 12th via webcast. Over eighty NCEP members and friends participated on-line, representing energy and air regulators and staff, state legislators, state energy office officials, consumer advocates, trade associations, both private and public utilities, federal government agencies, businesses, national research laboratories, universities, and non-profits.

We discussed the Council’s direction for 2017-2018, provided updates on the Council’s recent activities, including federal-state jurisdictional issues, development of a valuation framework for assessing electricity resources, and updates to the Energy Zones Mapping Tool and activities of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative.

Two panel discussions covered “Siting on Brownfields and Other Existing Infrastructure Sites for G&T Flexibility” and “Collaborative Strategies that Support Reliability, Resiliency, and Recovery for Cyber and Infrastructure Energy Assurance.” The first panel explored the ability to use siting of energy facilities on brownfields as a way to reduce public process conflicts and as a process for introducing resources that bring greater flexibility to the grid. The second panel explored the latest issues facing states in resilience and cybersecurity. Presentations from the two panels are available here.

This next year’s National Council strategic direction will address siting. We will focus on the many new, distributed and renewable resources that are being integrated onto the grid across the system, the increasing resiliency issues that result, potential impacts on the local environment, the manner in which resource diversity is being affected, how the system is evolving and what that means for future resource availability and diversity.

Siting is a “cross sector” and “cross-issue” topic, and as such, we will work on siting issues through continuing support for our five work areas. Learn more about these work areas here.

Visit this site often for news about the National Council’s upcoming reports and events!

Questions about NCEP? Please contact Jan Brinch at jbrinch@naruc.org for more information.