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NARUC Services to Members

Background and Membership

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) was founded in 1889 to serve the public interest by seeking to improve the quality and effectiveness of government regulation of certain industries. Its members have largely shaped the profile and substance of public utility regulation in America.

NARUC is primarily comprised of state utility regulators across the 50 states and U.S. territories, as its focus and purpose is to represent the interests and concerns of state commissions. In addition, the Association extends membership to federal agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and others.

NARUC provides legal expertise to ensure that our members are represented on pressing matters affecting our states; resources and technical knowledge that provide practical applications; communications and marketing expertise that amplify key state messages to national press and facilitated discussions among PUC communications staff; and, through its well-attended meetings, direct access to other state commissions, federal policymakers, consumer advocacy groups, industry experts and the ability to participate in meaningful dialogues with all stakeholders.

Two key benefits of NARUC membership are derived from the Advocacy and Education programs.

 
Advocacy

The Policy Department leads NARUC’s myriad advocacy efforts on behalf of state regulators. In particular, we

  • Actively advocate various regulatory causes before the Federal courts and agencies and enlist expert testimony when needed.
  • Track Congressional bills of regulatory interest and present the views of the Association on those of particular interest. 
  • Provide members with timely updates and notices on legislation and regulatory activities that affect State regulatory policies, including frequent updates on decisions of the FERC and FCC.
  • Work with the Association’s Committees to provide weekly and biweekly conference call briefings on activities and developments in Washington and in the individual States.
  • Influence policy in collaboration with states as a key voice in national debates from clean water to reliable and fairly priced energy and telecommunications services.
 
Education

The average tenure of a utility commissioner is approximately 3.5 years. NARUC offers unparalleled and essential educational opportunities for its members, with topics ranging from rate-case basics to ethical considerations. NARUC helps new commissioners learn their challenging jobs in an expedited manner.

Also, the Association and its affiliates, through national and regional conferences and committee meetings, seek to improve the knowledge base and collaboration among the membership. The Meetings Department works with both Association staff and Commissions to:

  • Develop agendas that are relevant 
  • Enlist knowledgeable speakers
  • Provide ample opportunities for speaker engagement
  • Offer a forum for peer-to-peer networking
  • Facilitate professional growth and expertise through committee activities 
  • Provide the New Commissioner Orientation Program
  • Present the Commission Chair Summit

Practical knowledge for members is also enhanced through NARUC’s Research Lab, which provides essential services to states through a host of activities:

  • White papers and free webinars
  • Onsite trainings at State Commissions
  • Facilitated dialogues
  • Project-specific work focused on areas such as energy efficiency, cybersecurity, wind, solar, natural gas.
 
Other Services

Research

The Research Lab provides essential services to states through a host of activities:

  • White papers and free webinars
  • Onsite trainings at state commissions
  • Facilitated dialogues
  • Project-specific work focused on areas such as energy efficiency, cybersecurity, wind, solar, and natural gas.

Communications

NARUC has a growing, dynamic Communications Department that supports the Association’s goal to keep its members apprised of current developments of regulatory interest. This team does this through:

  • The Bulletin, a biweekly online newsletter
  • Press releases
  • Social media engagement
  • Media relations activities to inform and highlight state issues with trade and national press
  • Quarterly calls with State Public Information Officers
  • Website features
  • Other multimedia and digital communications programs

International Programs

Through its international programs, NARUC facilitates opportunities to work with foreign regulators, both by travelling abroad and working remotely from the United States.

Members learn much from these educational experiences, gaining new skills, expertise, and perspective into critical issues at no cost to commissions or their staff. Interactions with foreign regulators also feed members’ desire to serve others in a meaningful way, allowing them to apply their skills and talents toward making life better in these countries.

Educational benefits of NARUC’s international programs include:

  • Collaboration among state regulators from around the country offers new insights into common challenges among states.
  • Volunteers build networks of commissioners and staff, providing avenues for sharing knowledge across states.
  • Working with foreign counterparts to solve problems yields “outside the box” ideas on how to address regulatory challenges at home.
  • Preparation for foreign activities—including creating presentations, accumulating best practices, and other work—produces more knowledgeable and capable commissioners and staff. 

At a time of tight budgets, NARUC’s international programs also helps promote staff retention for member commissions, offering a zero-cost workforce development strategy.  By providing the flexibility and support for staff to participate in NARUC’s international activities, commissions can offer unique opportunities that staff that will not find elsewhere.

NARUC is highly regarded as a leader among regulatory voices in the United States and internationally on such topical issues as electricity systems and markets, the protection of critical utility infrastructure facilities, deployment of broadband technologies, development of natural gas facilities, and best practices for cybersecurity, to name a few.