research lab

NARUC Research Lab

Our Mission

NARUC's Research Lab helps State Commissions serve the public interest by delivering research and results to the Committees on Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, Gas, Water, and Critical Infrastructure. We are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies.

The Research Lab staff creates and runs projects that use research, papers, trainings, games, webcasts, and facilitated dialogues that provide answers to questions Commissioners face in their decision-making. These projects currently address policy questions surrounding electric transmission, natural gas supply, liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency, wind, solar, and coal-fired generation, and infrastructure and cybersecurity issues for the energy, water, and telecommunications sectors.

What's New / What's Next:


Webinar | Blockchain 101

Friday, June 23 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm EST


This webinar will serve as an introduction to what Blockchain is, and how it’s been used in financial markets as well as the potential for use in energy markets.  Use cases such as the LO3 project will be discussed. We will also learn about the Illinois government’s perspective, the current stage of the market, and the Illinois Blockchain Initiative.  We’ll hear from experts Lawrence Orsini from the LO3 Project as well as Jennifer O’Rourke at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The discussion will be led by Commissioner Nick Wagner from the Iowa Utilities Board. 

Register ahead of time here to receive access to the webinar. 


NEW PAPER! Cybersecurity Primer for State Regulators, 3.0

This third edition of NARUC’s cyber primer for regulators explores issues including cost recovery, information protection, supply chain issues, management of insider threats, and links to risk management processes.  It also offers guidance for how state commissions can engage proactively and strategically by building on best practices of leading state in the field.  It also provides twice the number of sample questions as version 2.0 of the primer that  help explore how utilities are making prudent investments in cyber-preparedness.  The report can be found here.


Webcast Recording! Risk Management for Regulators

On December 22, 2016 NARUC Lab team members Miles Keogh & Sharon Thomas ran a webcast about a new primer that the NARUC Lab issued in winter 2016 that introduces risk management tools and concepts for regulators who may not be specialists in that area. Watch it here!


NEW PAPER! Risk Management for Regulators

Do you ever feel like you're advised to make risk-based decisions, but aren't an expert risk management? This is a paper about risk management for people who are new to it: what it is, how regulators can use it, and how they can ask questions to explore its use by the regulated utilities and other stakeholders they interact with. Risk management is a complex discipline that leverages statistics and other quantitative methods, as well as psychology and other qualitative methods, and this paper lays out an introduction to what risk management is and gives a few starting points for regulators interested in augmenting their processes with it. In particular, it focuses on ways that regulators can employ risk-informed thinking to make choices around the areas of critical infrastructure protection.  Read it!  

Research Lab Staff

Have a question? We’re friendly and here to help!

Miles Keogh
Sharon Thomas
Kerry Worthington
Kiera Zitelman



We have a number of currently active projects.

  • Electricity Policy Innovation (Funded by the US Department of Energy)
  • State Electricity Regulators Technical Assistance (Funded by the US Department of Energy)
  • Carbon Management (Funded by the US Department of Energy)
  • Energy Assurance & Critical Infrastructure Protection (Funded by the US Department of Energy)
  • Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization (Funded by the US Department of Energy)
  • Smart Grid (Funded by the US Department of Commerce)