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National Council on Electricity Policy Releases Transmission & Distribution Coordination Resource Catalog for State Electricity Policy Officials

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National Council on Electricity Policy Releases Transmission & Distribution Coordination Resource Catalog for State Electricity Policy Officials
Myriad Resources and Examples Linked on NCEP Website

WASHINGTON (May 21, 2020) — The National Council on Electricity Policy, an affiliate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Center for Partnerships and Innovation, has created a database of resources and examples that help state electricity policy officials better understand and learn from other states’ and experts’ experiences managing evolving transmission and distribution system interactions.

State leaders are integral to managing the stress between evolving regional transmission requirements and changing local distribution needs. Each jurisdiction will need to coordinate with other state agencies and neighboring states to manage changes brought by distributed energy resources and other new grid technologies.

“The resource catalog is a first step in checking to see if another region or state has experience on how to approach emerging challenges,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Upendra Chivukula, NCEP Executive Committee member.

The Transmission and Distribution Coordination Resource Catalog is the result of facilitated meetings and workshops in 2018 and 2019 on the evolving grid. States and experts provided theory, examples and lessons learned from observing and managing the evolution. These perspectives are captured in the resource catalog with links to news articles, presentations, press releases, websites and dockets. The resource catalog shares relevant items within three major categories: planning, operations and markets. Subtopics include non-wires alternatives, distribution system planning, time-based rates, pilots, grid architecture, interconnection and smart inverters, large customer issues, visibility and critical infrastructure security.

“It is helpful to see the resource catalog documenting the evolution of state and regional grid issues for states at any stage of distributed resources adoption,” added Indiana State Senator Eric Koch, NCEP Executive Committee member.

The resource catalog documents all of the examples of projects, policies, resources and references that participants articulated at the May 2018 and September 2019 NCEP annual meetings. Inclusion in the compendium should not be construed as an endorsement of any source or its contents. All materials referenced at the NCEP workshops are included in the catalog.

To view the full catalog, visit http://electricitypolicy.org/resources/td-resource-catalog/ and see www.electricitypolicy.org to find all of NCEP’s publications. To request that an additional resource be included, send the name of the resource, publication date, URL and category to kworthington@naruc.org.

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About NCEP

The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) is a platform for all state level electricity decision makers to share and learn from diverse perspectives on the evolving electricity sector. Our community includes over 200 representatives from public utility commissions, air and environmental regulatory agencies, governors’ staffs and state energy offices, legislatures, and consumer advocates. We are an affiliate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Center for Partnerships and Innovation (CPI).

About NARUC

NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of state public utility commissions before the three branches of the federal government.