NCEP Annual Meeting 2021

Registration open for the 2021 NCEP Annual Meeting  

Coordinated Electricity Planning

September 13, 14, and 15, 2021

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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: Continue reading →

US Department of Energy Regional Initiatives (Nov 29, 2021)

U.S. Department of Energy Regional Initiatives

Kick-Off Webinar on November 29, 2021

3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Register for the Kick-Off Webinar on November 29th here.

View the meeting materials here, including speaker biographies here. presentations will be added to the meeting materials PDF when they become available after the conclusion of the webinar.  

The National Council on Electricity Policy is pleased to offer all state energy policy makers the opportunity to hear from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) about DOE’s Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs program and its new Regional Specialists initiative. Speakers will include Aimee Witteman, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, and DOE Regional Specialists Christian Bato, Torend Collins, Rose Stephens-Booker, and Spencer Thibodeau. In their roles, the specialists will be responsible for building strong relationships with state energy officials, municipal officials, tribes, regional associations, and other external stakeholders to advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s climate and clean energy goals. They also will serve as an important conduit between DOE, its programs and resources, and states and local communities. You’ll have a chance to learn more about the initiative, meet the specialists, and share with the team your state’s priorities.

 

 

The November 29 Kick-Off Webinar will be followed by Regional Listening Sessions where state officials can learn more about plans for their region and engage in conversation with the region’s Regional Specialist. To receive an invitation to one or more of the regional meetings, send your name, organization, email address, and which meeting(s) you want to attend to RegionalMeetings@cleanegroup.org. All regional sessions in December will be from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST. The following is the list of the DOE Regional Listening Sessions that are currently scheduled:

 

  •  Monday, November 29: Regional Initiative Kick-Off (NCEP host, register here)
  •  Monday, December 6: West Coast [Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and US Climate Alliance (USCA) will co-host]
  •  Tuesday, December 7: Southwest [National Governors Association (NGA) and CESA will co-host]
  •  Monday, December 13: Appalachia [NGA and CESA will co-host]
  •  Tuesday, December 14: Northeast [CESA and USCA will co-host]

 

We hope you will join us for the kickoff session, as well as the rest of the DOE Regional Listening Sessions.

 

To receive an invitation to one or more of the December regional meetings, send your name, organization, email address, and which meeting(s) you want to attend to RegionalMeetings@cleanegroup.org.

August 3, 2021 Webinar: Approaches to Maximizing Existing Transmission Capacity

Approaches to Maximizing Existing Transmission Capacity

Webinar on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern

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With myriad analyses showing that expanded interregional transmission would provide benefits to the grid, new policy and regulatory initiatives are revisiting how transmission gets planned, built, and paid for. Most best-case scenarios predict that it will take years for these efforts to bear fruit, however. At the same time, the types of technological advances that have increased resilience and efficiency opportunities for the distribution grid are also available at the transmission level. This webinar will feature a discussion of opportunities to maximize existing transmission line throughput as a near-term complement to planning for and building new transmission. Panelists will describe commercially available grid enhancing technologies that can dramatically increase transmission capacity factors across North America.

Speakers:
• Michelle Manary, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Resilience Division, DOE Office of Electricity (confirmed)
• Jay Caspary, Vice President, Grid Strategies, LLC
• Dr. Babak Enayati, Manager, DG Standards and New Technology, National Grid

NCEP National Association Coordination Webinars

NCEP National Association Coordination (January 2022)

Thursday, January 13 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Register in advance.

The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) supports collaboration and coordination between state agencies focused on electricity issues and their respective associations. At state and local levels, members collaborate and coordinate with other state and local agencies in order to meet overarching public interest objectives. Similarly, NCEP has longstanding relationships with other national associations to coordinate work products and events to serve members.

On this webinar, national association staff (technical assistance) leads will provide an update on their work products and events so that all NCEP members may benefit from these efforts. Speakers will highlight work products available and forthcoming that are relevant to multiple agencies, particularly those that touch on inter-agency coordination and NCEP’s current theme, transmission and distribution system coordination. Related issues likely to be discussed include electric vehicles, carbon capture utilization and storage, cybersecurity, emergency management, and grid modernization.

Associations who will speak during the webinar include the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA).

 

NCEP National Association Coordination (Mid-2021) Webinar

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern / 11:00 – 12:00 AM Pacific

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View presentation.

NCEP Special Session – Exploring Optimization through Benefit-Cost Analysis

Thursday, February 25, 2021

3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern

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View speaker presentations.

NCEP is pleased to offer a stand-alone webinar version of one of the most popular sessions from our December 2020 Annual Meeting on Evolving Compensation and Market Mechanisms. Moderator Tanya McCloskey (Pennsylvania Office of the Consumer Advocate) will facilitate presentations and discussion among panelists Hon. Abigail Anthony (Rhode Island Public Utility Commission), Julie Michals (E4TheFuture), and Snuller Price (E3). Continue reading →

NCEP National Association Coordination (2021)

NCEP National Association Coordination (2021) Webinar

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific

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View Recording

The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) supports collaboration and coordination between state agencies focused on electricity issues and their respective associations. At state and local levels, Continue reading →

NCEP Annual Meeting 2020

Annual Meeting 2020

Evolving Compensation and Market Mechanisms

December 7–9, 2020 (Virtual)

View the Agenda with links to view the recording and presentations

View the Meeting Summary

 Meeting & Workshop 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?

Session concepts include:

  • Operational considerations for distribution-level markets
  • Exploring optimization through benefit-cost analysis
  • A future with customer-level markets
  • Intersections of regional markets and state policies
  • Balancing Grid Alternatives

 

October 26, 2020 Webinar: Introduction to Wholesale Markets

NCEP Introduction to Markets

Monday, October 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM Eastern

Webinar Recording

Webinar Presentation

The National Council on Electricity Policy invites you to a webinar on the US electricity markets. This webinar will feature Joe Bowring, President of Monitoring Analytics with decades of experience monitoring the PJM Market. Mr. Bowring will discuss the perspectives of being a market monitor within the transmission operator and as an external monitor. Most of all, he will guide us through the various energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets in PJM. This webinar will be moderated by Commissioner Upendra Chivukula of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

This webinar laid a foundation of how wholesale markets work as the National Council on Electricity Policy prepares for our Annual Meeting on Evolving Compensation and Market Mechanisms as part of its multi-year theme on the evolving Transmission & Distribution Interface.

 

NCEP National Association Coordination (mid-2020)

NCEP National Association Coordination (mid-2020)

Monday, June 29, 2020

3:00 – 4:00 Eastern / 12:00 – 1:00 Pacific

Presentation | Recording

The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) supports collaboration and coordination between state agencies focused on electricity issues and their respective associations. At state and local levels, members collaborate and coordinate with other state and local agencies in order to meet overarching public interest objectives. Similarly, NCEP has longstanding relationships with other national associations to coordinate work products and events to serve members.

On this webinar, national association staff leaders will provide an update on their work products and events so that all NCEP members may benefit from these efforts. Speakers will highlight work products available and forthcoming that are relevant to multiple agencies, particularly those that touch on inter-agency coordination and NCEP’s current theme, transmission and distribution system coordination. Related issues likely to be discussed include electric vehicles, carbon capture utilization and storage, cybersecurity, emergency management, and grid modernization.

Associations who will speak during the webinar include: the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA).

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.