center for partnerships & innovation

NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation

Our Mission

The NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation (CPI) identifies emerging challenges and connects state commissions with expertise and strategies to navigate complex decision-making. CPI accomplishes this goal by building relationships, developing resources, and delivering training that provides answers to state commissions’ questions.

NARUC CPI conducts work in four major topical areas: energy infrastructure modernization, electricity system transition, critical infrastructure/cybersecurity/resilience, and emerging issues. Resources include webinars, peer sharing calls, papers, site visits, trainings, workshops and more.

CPI is funded by cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and charitable sources.

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Energy Infrastructure Modernization

Energy Infrastructure Modernization

Energy Infrastructure Modernization

NARUC CPI works to advance an understanding of innovative technology possibilities among members. Current topics include: coal modernization and carbon management; natural gas infrastructure modernization; grid-interactive efficient buildings; smart grid; and electric vehicles.

Electricity System Transition

Electricity System Transition

Electric System Transformation

As the U.S. electric grid continues to change, NARUC CPI has been working to help state public utility commissions address evolving grid planning challenges and opportunities. Current topics include: distribution systems and planning; comprehensive electricity planning (through the NARUC-NASEO Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning); performance-based regulation; valuation; and, transmission-distribution system coordination (through the National Council on Electricity Policy).

Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity and Resilience

Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, and Resilience

Critical Infrastructure

CPI supports state commissions as they work to ensure the energy system is safe, secure, and resilient. Commissions are charged with overseeing public utilities who routinely deal with threats to ongoing system operations, such as physical or cybersecurity activities, routine or extreme weather events, and limitations in supply chains or workforce capacity. NARUC’s efforts generally focus on partnering with subject matter experts across the federal, state, local, and private sectors to explore topical issues, develop valuable decision-support resources, and deliver training to inform regulatory decision making. Targeted NARUC resources are available related to critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, energy emergency management, electric grid resilience, and microgrids.

These activities are coordinated with the Committee on Critical Infrastructure and Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability and Resilience.

Emerging Issues

Emerging Issues

Emerging Issues

NARUC CPI identifies emerging challenges and connects state commissions with expertise and strategies to navigate complex decision-making. This work includes support for commissions to explore new topics as they arise through monthly innovation webinars, quarterly commission staff surge calls, and ad hoc direct technical assistance.

CPI Events
Innovation Webinars

Innovation Webinars

Emerging Issues

Every month, the NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation organizes an Innovation Webinar on an emerging issue in electricity regulation. Held on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, these educational webinars are open to the public.

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, CPI is pleased to connect its members and the public with new research, subject-matter experts, and diverse opinions on a variety of issues relevant to public utility commissions. Presentation slides and recordings for past webinars are posted on this webpage.

 

Upcoming Innovation Webinars:

 

Integrating Energy Storage into Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs)

August 25, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

Learn how energy storage is currently considered in IRPs and could be evaluated in the future. Hear from experts about issues state utility regulators are facing with storage in modeling, valuation, cost parameters, and interconnection.  

Speakers to be added soon

Register here

 

Investing in Climate Resilience with Innovative Wildfire Mitigation Technologies

September 15, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

The impacts of climate change have increased the severity and frequency of wildfires in the Western United States. Wildfire season is now longer and studies show the number of large fires has doubled in the last 20 years compared with the previous 20. In California, five of the six largest fires on record burned in 2020 alone and the 2021 Dixie Fire was the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Utilities are increasingly turning to innovative new technologies aimed at wildfire mitigation and prevention as a solution to rapidly respond to wildfire threats. Public utility commissioners are asked to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of a utility’s investment in climate resilience technologies. The panel of expert speakers will consider the performance of new technological adaptations on the grid system and describe challenges and lessons learned with field deployment of those resources.

Moderator: Commissioner Tawney, Oregon PUC

Speakers:
Arvind Satyam, Chief Commercial Officer, Pano

Bill Messner, Director of Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency, Portland General Electric

More to be added soon

Register here

Publications

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