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: carbon capture, utilization, and storage; 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.

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:

 

Enabling Robust Stakeholder Engagement at Public Utility Commissions

September 24, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

As the power grid evolves and states set new goals for clean energy, equity, resilience, and other objectives relating to energy infrastructure, public utility commissions (PUCs) across the country are increasingly faced with making decisions that are complex, broad in impact, and intersectional across an array of issues. In this challenging decision-making environment, some PUCs are embarking on stakeholder engagement processes that not only prioritize affordable, safe, and reliable utility services, but also consider these newer and more expansive policy objectives. These emerging processes have the potential to enable more informed decision-making by creating inclusive forums for stakeholder participation, but they must be well-designed to achieve intended outcomes. This webinar will explore the approaches PUCs can take to create robust and inclusive stakeholder processes by addressing:

  • Key decision points for commissions to consider in planning stakeholder engagement processes; 
  • Lessons learned and best practices for stakeholder engagement; and 
  • Principles for participatory justice at PUCs.

Moderator: Chair Megan Decker, Oregon Public Utilities Commission

Speakers:

  • Commissioner Obi Linton, Maryland Public Service Commission
  • Chandra Farley, CEO, ReSolve Consulting and Environment & Climate Justice Chair, Georgia NAACP
  • Jasmine McAdams, Program Officer NARUC

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A New Approach to Understanding the Economic Impacts of Electric Outages

October 14, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

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Black Start Considerations in a Highly Renewable Supply Future

November 18, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

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Smart Vegetation Management: New Approaches to an Age-Old Problem

December 16, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

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Considering Non-Energy Benefits in PUC Decision Making: What Counts?

January 20, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

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