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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:


What does Petra Nova mean for carbon capture? 

The DOE/NARUC Carbon Capture Storage & Utilization Partnership invites interested state commissioners, state and federal staff, and other stakeholders to learn about the Petra Nova carbon capture project at W.A. Parish Generating Station in Thompsons, Texas. A joint venture between NRG and JX Nippon, Petra Nova enters the market as clean coal and carbon capture technology continue to factor into the national debate on energy and infrastructure. David Greeson, VP of Development at NRG, will discuss the conception, design, and construction of the project as well as its first few months of successful operation as a post-combustion carbon capture for enhanced oil recovery facility before taking questions from the audience.

When: Thursday, March 23 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Please register at 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Applying Valuation to Baseload: An Expert Roundtable

Date: January 5, 2017

Location: Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD

Purpose: Participants will explore how baseload power gets incorporated into what consumers pay, impacts of the changing generation fleet on valuation pricing, and how state officials can address this change.

Objective: Identify tools and techniques that attribute value to baseload. Develop recommendations and “asks” to research institutions, national laboratories and academia.

State officials: If you requesting a Reimbursement Authorization for Travel (RAFT), please do not make travel arrangements until you have been approved with an offer letter from NARUC. If you are unsure if you are eligable for a RAFT, please contact Kerry Worthington at

Please RSVP here

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Webinar on The Gold Shovel Program and 8-11 Call Before You Dig

You are invited to join the Staff Subcommittee on Gas for  a webinar in lieu of their regularly scheduled call  for a webinar  on The Gold Shovel Program, an innovative and economic approach to  preventing 3rd party damages to underground utility lines, saving us ALL time, money and service disruptions.

We hope you can join us, either on the webinar, or by phone – details below:

What:      Webinar on The Gold Shovel Program & August 11th Call Before You Dig

When:    Thursday, August, 4th at 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM EDT

ONLINE:        Click here

PHONE ONLY:          1-877-309-2074   / Access Code: 822-736-242      

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, August 11th is 811 Day and NARUC invites you to join a webinar to learn more about 811 and the Gold Shovel Program. Were you aware that about every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged when an excavator digs without calling and having the utilities below marked? Programs like Gold Shovel and 811 Call Before You Dig can improve safety and decrease service disruptions..

Please join us for a webinar next Thursday, August 4th at 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM EDT (during the regularly scheduled monthly Staff Subcommittee on Gas call) where you can learn all about the Gold Shovel Program and 811 Call Before You Dig. New York’s Commissioner Diane X. Burman and Andy Wells, PG&E’s Manager of Gas First Responder Programs with the Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Group, will discuss the importance of the Gold Shovel Dig Safe program and provide options promoting them in your states. All are welcome.

This webinar is the second in a series of webinars under the Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership (NGIMP) with NARUC and DOE, and it will be recorded and available on the NARUC website.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar on Transmission Technologies: High Performance Conductors 

July 14, 2016, at 2 PM EDT

The NARUC Lab is doing a webinar on July 14, 2016, at 2 PM EDT on transmission technologies that let you increase power flows and lower line losses without needing to site any new right of way or even install new towers. This award winning technology has been around a while and was developed to improve high temperature performance, and was recently used to replace an AEP line in Texas without de-energizing the line. I geeked out over this project and asked the CTC folks who developed it to come talk about it - I promise not to let it turn into a pitch. At the end we'll have a conversation about ways to squeeze the grid we've got for more reliability, affordability and performance without getting into siting quagmires. If you're a State Commissioner or Staffer, or know one who'd want to come chat with these folks, please register here: