Call for Abstracts for NCEP Annual Meeting

The National Council on Electricity Policy Executive Committee is excited to announce the scope of the 2020 Annual Meeting and invite state members and stakeholders to submit abstracts for consideration. In early December at the NCEP Annual Meeting and Workshop, we will explore Evolving Compensation and Market Mechanisms related to our multi-year transmission and distribution system interface theme. To offer an idea or session proposal, please complete the NCEP Annual Meeting 2020 Abstract Proposal Submission Form by Friday, May 15, 2020. More information is available in the announcement below (or view the PDF here).

 

Announcing the Annual Meeting Scope and Call for Abstracts

 Annual Meeting & Workshop 2020

Week of December 7, 2020

Location TBD

 Evolving Compensation and Market Mechanisms

Scope

In 2020, NCEP will explore the age-old utility question of “who pays?” with a new twist from grid modernization: “how?” The modern grid will allow for the exchange of more granular information on electricity use and supply across the distribution and transmission systems. State electricity policy decision-makers will explore:

–         What is a state’s role in maintaining a well-managed, efficient electricity system, now with rapidly changing requirements and many more participants?

–         How is value acknowledged and compensated among sellers, operators, and buyers? What risks are shared with customers?

–          How can modern cost-benefit analysis, valuation approaches, and cost recovery plans be used to compare and optimize between bulk power system solutions and distribution system solutions?

–          What capabilities exist and are needed for potential distribution-system level markets, and TSO & DSO coordination?

 

Call for Abstracts

NCEP is looking for expert discussion throughout the program, coupled with state-led examples and case studies. If you have research, resources or an example/case study that is ripe for sharing, please fill out the NCEP Annual Meeting 2020 Abstract Proposal Submission Form. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, May 15, 2020.

 

Background on Multi-Year Theme: T&D Interface

At the 2018 Annual Meeting and Workshop in Denver, CO, 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, in Austin, TX, NCEP further explored this topic by focusing on transmission, distribution, and customer (TDC) system operational needs and their influence on planning and markets. The NCEP T&D Resource Catalog documents examples and resources from both workshops to support state electricity system decision-makers in learning from experts and one another. The 2020 workshop will expand these discussions and resources.

 

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 regulators, energy directors, utility managers, technologists, legislators, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders.

 

NCEP – Lab Webinar Series – Argonne National Laboratory (April 9, 2020)

NCEP – Lab Webinar Series – Argonne National Laboratory

Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

Presentation.  Recording

Argonne National Laboratory, based out of Lemont, Illinois, engages in engineering and science research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. This webinar will introduce Argonne National Labs to the NCEP community and how Argonne’s efforts support state decision-makers. Two projects highlighted on the webinar include (a) a project to assess valuation techniques for pumped-storage hydro powerplants (see Handout for more information), and (b) the Energy Zones Mapping Tool, https://ezmt.anl.gov/.

Moderator: The Honorable Ted Thomas, Arkansas
Speakers:
Vladimir Koritarov, Argonne National Labs
Jim Kuiper, Argonne National Labs

Save the Date: Week of December 7 for NCEP Annual 2020

Please save the week of December 7, 2020, for the next NCEP Annual Meeting! Continuing on the theme of Transmission and Distribution system coordination and interface, we will be discussing markets and their impact on coordination, planning, and operations. Abstract submissions will open in the spring.

Please continue to submit resources to the T&D Resource Catalog for your colleagues in other states!

Third Mini Guide Now Available

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

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.

September 11, 2019 presentations recording

September 12, 2019 presentations recording

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.

PS – we changed listserv providers! Please make a profile through the MYNARUC web portal and subscribe to the NCEP listserv, NARUC-NCEP-ALL@lists.naruc.org. Members can also subscribe to NARUC-NCEP-SF@lists.naruc.org. More reminders and instructions will become available.

Annual Meeting Live

Join us remotely, please use the webinar registration links below. Presentations are also available below.

September 11, 2019presentations IEEE P&E Magazine Sept/Oct 2019 on Grid Architecture

September 12, 2019 presentations

PS – we are changing listserv soon! Please make a profile through the MYNARUC web portal and subscribe to the NCEP listserv, NARUC-NCEP-ALL@lists.naruc.org. Members can also subscribe to NARUC-NCEP-SF@lists.naruc.org. More reminders and instructions will become available.

NCEP Welcomes North Carolina Utilities Commissioner Brown-Bland as new Vice President

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 →

Working with PUCs Mini Guides Now Available

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.