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NARUC's Grants & Research Department obtains federal and charitable funding to engage in research programs in conjunction with its Committees on Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, Gas, Water, and Critical Infrastructure. These programs have historically been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additional funding has also been provided by private charities like the Joyce Foundation and the Energy Foundation.

Grants and Research staff creates, funds, and runs projects using research, writing, and facilitated in-person, teleconference and online dialogues that provide answers to questions Commissioners face in their decision-making. These projects currently address policy questions surrounding electric transmission, natural gas supply, liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency, wind, solar, and coal-fired generation, and infrastructure and cybersecurity issues for the energy, water, and telecommunications sectors.


REPORT: Regional Mutual Assistance Groups: A Primer


Data Access & Privacy Web Series

Privacy has become a battle-cry in many hearing rooms at the PUCs.  Join NARUC's Grants & Research department as we piece together the picture of what data privacy looks like in our regulated field.  Learn more.                                                                                        

Multistate Coordination Resources for Clean Power Plan Compliance                                     

The Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC) has begun a project to facilitate interstate communication on energy-environmental issues affecting the Eastern Interconnection and the country. The workgroup engaged in this effort is creating resources that State agencies can choose to consider as a starting point for coordinating States' implementation plans for the EPA's Clean Power Plan. This document complies resources and ideas from this working group's' efforts.

Three documents are included: a multistate planning checklist, a legislative language examples checklist, and a sample memorandum of understanding for multistate coordination. See the full report here.

On May 8, 2015, NARUC and EISPC hosted a webcast with speakers from the Great Plains Institute, Duke University, and NARUC to explore multistate compliance options for the Clean Power Plan. Check out the full recording here.

TFERG (Task Force on the Environmental Regulation and Generation) webinar on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 1pm EST
This webinar on May 7th examined :  
(1) Where has VVO been successful? (2) What is the range of energy savings with the projects? (3) How are utility-specific savings projected and with what accuracy? (4) How cost effective is VVO? (5) Can  VVO energy savings measured and verified?  (6) How might this be applied to 111(d)? (7) What are the primary challenges and main lessons learned from existing VVO projects? (8) What information do regulators need to evaluate proposed VVO programs for cost-effectiveness and “no regrets” investments?   Watch the webcast recording.



American Reinvestment and Recovery (ARRA)
NARUC received ARRA funding to coordinate training and consulting support to Commissions on issues such as energy efficiency, aggregated net metering, and smart grid.
Carbon Capture and Storage
Through this effort, NARUC helps State and Federal officials to understand regulatory and technology opportunities and challenges that affect the implementation of clean coal resources.
Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity
NARUC, in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security, works to identify appropriate roles for regulatory commissions with respect to the security of the nation's critical utility infrastructures.
Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC)
NARUC is acting as an umbrella organization for a funding application to DOE to support State coordination, involvement and direction-setting for the Eastern Interconnection planning efforts.
Energy and the Environment Support
This project supported by a grant from the EPA addresses five areas targeting greenhouse gas emissions reductions through market-based energy efficiency and clean energy measures through staff and commissioner training and education.
Energy Assurance and Emergency Preparedness
This project focuses on education and training of commissioners on critical infrastructure, analysis and implementation of energy assurance recommendations, and building partnerships between State and Federal agencies.
Liquefied Natural Gas
NARUC is working with State and Federal officials to examine issues associated with the accelerated development of liquefied natural gas facilities, and fire suppression technologies.
National Council on Electricity Policy
NARUC coordinates this collaboration between State-based organizations - NCSL, NGA, NASEO, NACAA and NARUC to assist policymakers with the challenges posed by the 21st century electric system.
Nuclear Energy Partnership
NARUC has partnered with the Nuclear Energy Office of the Department of Energy to foster positive dialogue and input on nuclear policy issues, identify key industry issues, and provide a forum for dialogue for key Federal and State stakeholders.
Past Projects: Solar Energy