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Coming Attractions: Events & Papers

At the Lab, we're always up to something.  Here some of what we have in the works in the coming months:


State Commission Staff "Surge" Call: Distribution System Planning for Abundant Distributed Energy Resources

Monday, September 18, 2017 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

With rapid growth in DER installations, utilities and commissions are paying closer attention to the capability of the distribution grid to handle these additional resources. State commission staff from Michigan, California, and Minnesota will provide an udpate on where each state is in reassessing distribution system planning policies to integrate DERs. 

To access the call, dial 800-768-2983 with access code 898-2212#

Please note that this call is only open to state public utility commission staff. A written summary will be made available following the call. 


Carbon Capture Storage & Utilization Site Visit to Petra Nova

Houston, Texas | September 22, 2017

State commissioners and staff are welcome to join NARUC on a site visit to the Petra Nova carbon capture for enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) project at the W.A. Parish Plant in Thompsons, Texas, southwest of Houston. Petra Nova is the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility and the leading example of carbon capture technology in the U.S. The project captures over 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide per day from a 240-MW coal unit and transports the gas via pipeline to an oilfield, where it is pumped underground for enhanced oil recovery and permanent sequestration. Commissioners and staff will travel to Houston on September 21 and will spend September 22 touring the facility and hearing presentations from NRG project staff before returning home. 

Registration for this trip is now closed. Please contact Kiera Zitelman to receive information about future site visits through the Carbon Capture, Storage & Utilization Partnership. 


State Commission Staff "Surge" Call: Distribution System Planning for Abundant Distributed Energy Resources

Monday, October 2, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST

The Great Plains Institute State CO2-EOR Deployment Work Group released a white paper in June 2017 taking a detailed look at how carbon capture can compete in vertically integrated and restructured electricity markets. On this webinar, members of the work group will discuss the paper with a specific eye towards public utility commissions and state power sector policies. 


  • Brad Crabtree, Great Plains Institute
  • Doug Scott, Great Plains Institute 
  • Chairman Ted Thomas, Arkansas Public Service Commission 
  • Matthew Fry, Office of the Wyoming Governor

Register in advance to receive instructions on how to access the webinar.