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.

CPI Events
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.

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:

 

Green Banks: Financing a Reliable Future

Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

Green Banks by definition are mission-driven institutions that use innovative private investments and financing to accelerate the clean energy transition and establish climate-resilient infrastructure. The model has proven successful internationally and domestically, in the U.S. there are about 22 green banks across the country. These green banks generally leverage funds into smaller projects like community solar, building efficiency retrofits, and electrification of transportation, where traditional lenders typically choose not to invest in these smaller types of projects due to the high risks. However, is there room for green banks to aid in the improvement of our electrical system reliability? We recognize that reliability is being challenged due to the aging infrastructure, severe weather events, and other threats to our electrical system. Green banks may provide that innovative funding solution to finance the creation of next generation grid reliability-enhancing technologies needed to ensure dependable utility services that drive daily life and critical infrastructure.

Speakers to be added soon

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Grid Architecture: Why It Matters

Thursday, January 19, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

More details to be added

 

Advances in Resource Adequacy

Thursday, March 16, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

More details to be added

Publications

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