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NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation

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:


Long Duration Storage: What’s on tap?

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

Long Duration Storage technologies, defined as technologies providing 10 hours or more of energy storage, are a critical part of reaching our country’s carbon emissions goals. Long duration storage is vital to integrating renewable energy into the grid during times of high demand to support reliability and resilience. This webinar will provide information on different long duration storage projects currently under development and provide prospective on how these technologies will help to shape our energy future.  

Moderator: Hon. Carrie Zalewski, IL

Michael Purdie, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Markets, National Hydropower Association

Greggory Kresge, Sr. Manager, Utility Engagement and Transportation Electrification – US Energy, World Resources Institute

Dr. Kevin Harrison, Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jason Houck, Sr. Manager, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Form Energy

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Past Innovation Webinars

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


  • Arvind Satyam, Chief Commercial Officer, Pano
  • Bill Messner, Director of Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency, Portland General Electric
  • Stewart Cedres, Senior Technical Lead and Strategist of Electric Grid Resilience Capabilities, U.S. Department of Energy (Office of Electricity)

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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.

Moderator: Commissioner Katherine Peretick


  • Giovanni Damato, Andrew Etringer, Miles Evans, Peggy IP, Ramakrishnan Ravikumar, EPRI

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for state utility regulators to look closely at energy affordability. To aid customers, regulators are hearing input from utilities, consumer advocates, technology companies, and other stakeholders on how to measure and improve energy affordability. On this webinar, three experts will share their unique approaches to affordability and discuss how public utility commissions can be partners in efforts to alleviate the energy burden. 

Moderator: Hon. Mary Throne, Wyoming


  • Corey Dahl, Regulatory Analyst, Washington State Office of the Attorney General
  • Glenn Schatz, Chief Revenue Officer, BlocPower
  • Boris Lukanov, Senior Scientist, PSE Healthy Energy

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This webinar highlights innovative energy work happening at universities.  Gems hidden in in plain sight, there is a wealth of innovative energy research and development happening at over 150 institutions of higher learning across the country. In addition to developing technologies that are eventually deployed within the industry, these institutions educate the next generation of energy sector leaders through education, coursework, and hands-on experiences. Academic energy centers also frequently partner with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) 17 national laboratories which NARUC regularly features in this webinar series. Join NARUC’s Center for Partnerships and Innovation to learn more about university-sponsored energy innovation centers and the role they play creating our energy future.  

Moderator: John Morrison, President and CEO of E4Carolinas


  • Robert Cox, Ph.D., UNC Charlotte Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)
  • Ken Dulaney, Director of Industry and Innovation, FREEDM Systems Center at NC State
  • Jay Whitacre, Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

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