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Past Meetings

At the Lab, we're always up to something.  Here are some past meetings:


Webinar | Space Weather: How Resilient Are We?

April 25, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

The electric grid is exposed to many threats that have the potential to affect reliability. Space weather events is one threat that can cause significant long-term effects on critical infrastructure systems and technologies. Extreme space weather has the potential to shut down large sections of the grid, resulting in cascading failures in many other critical infrastructure sectors that we depend on for health and safety. During this webinar we will discuss what space weather is and how it can affect the power grid. The discussion will be led by experts John Ostrich from DOE and Mark Olson from NERC. Our speakers will share their insights on the following questions:

  • How are space weather events detected and analyzed?
  • What adverse impacts can space weather have on the grid?
  • What parts of the grid (bulk power system versus distribution) are at risk?
  • Which types of equipment or components do we need to focus on protecting?
  • Are there ways to prevent, mitigate, and recover from the negative impacts?
  • To what extent is our grid currently protected against space weather threats and how much will additional resilience cost?
  • What tools, technologies, standards and other resources are available to utilities to help manage the threat?

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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

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Presentation Package



Conference Call | MIT Utility of the Future Presentation

December 15, 2016 | 3:30 p.m. EDT

MIT presented their Utility of the Future study report for Commissioners and Staff. The study presents "a framework for proactive regulatory, policy & market reforms." The presenation describes five key recommendations and steps to take to meet those objectives. The study acknowledges that a "future" described the report is looking out about ten years from now and focuses on the US and Europe.  

MIT Utility of the Future Presentation - 12/15/2016 (download PDF)


Webinar | 811 Dig Safe & The Gold Shovel Standards

August 4, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. EDT

New York State Public Service Commission commissioner Hon. Diane X. Burman, and Andy Wells, PG&E’s Manager of Gas First Responder Programs with the Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Group, discuss the importance of the Gold Shovel Dig Safe program, and provide options for promoting them at the State level.

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Webinar | Transmission Technologies: High Performance Conductors 

July 14, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

This NARUC Research Lab webinar covers 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 used to replace an American Electric Power (AEP) line in Texas without de-energizing the line.

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Webinar on U.S. Shale Resources - Maximizing Benefits

Monday,  July 11, 2016 1:00 PM EDT.

With the rapid growth in production of natural gas and associated liquids across the country, this webinar will explore the economic development opportunities and challenges associated with this abundant resource and the infrastructure needed to safely transport it. Come gain understanding of the Natural Gas Liquids being produced, and the issues surrounding the development of this valuable commodity beyond just electric power generation.

You are invited to join New York Commissioner Diane X. Burman, Chair of the Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership as she moderates a conversation between Pennsylvania Commissioner Rob Powelson and Dr. James Bradbury, Senior Policy Advisory for Climate, Environment & Efficiency, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, US Department of Energy.

This webinar is the first of a series of webinars under the Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership (NGIMP) with NARUC and DOE.

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IT and Operational Technology Convergence Webinar

July 8, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

In the past, Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems were kept fairly separate. IT was traditionally associated with back-office systems including accounting, billing, HR records, and customer data. OT was traditionally associated with field devices and the systems to monitor and control them such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and distribution management systems (DMS). These technologies were developed in silos because they were managed by separate departments that had different objectives. However, with technological advancements over the years, convergence of IT and OT has been taking place and there are quantifiable benefits to utility companies as well as customers. We will joined by John McDonald of General Electric and Daniel Ohlendorf of Pacific Gas and Electric in a panel-style discussion moderated by Andrew Bochman of Idaho National Laboratory. The panelists will provide insight into how utilities can leverage this convergence for smarter, more cost-effective, and more reliable operation.

You will learn what convergence of the IT and OT means, what advancements have been made as a result of utilities addressing internal IT/OT issues, what some of the security implications of greater convergence are, and more!

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NIST/NARUC Training: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop for Regulators

July 6, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT Washington, D.C.

Is your utility company using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) to help manage its cyber risks? If so, come to the NIST/NARUC workshop on the NIST CSF in Washington, DC on July 6th and 7th. This training aims to help utility regulators understand how the NIST CSF supports the regulatory ecosystem.  

Workshop Objectives Include:

  • An introduction to the NIST CSF
  • Explanation of the steps involved to implement the NIST CSF
  • How to evaluate implementation of the Framework
  • Sharing of participant experiences in home states on using the Framework
  • Guidance to help regulators develop a foundation for having discussions with their utilities about their cybersecurity practices.

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Smart Inverters: The Link between Smart Grid and Solar 

June 27, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

The pace of smart inverter implementation is making waves in many states and now is the time to be informed on what you, the regulatory staff, should know! Smart inverters piqued states interest after Germany experienced blackouts due to voltage controls for distributed energy resources. Now, the technology is experiencing rapid development and standardization. 

Here to help understand one states’ point of view, California staffers will share their experience during the collaboration to develop Rule 21, the current status of implementation, and what the future may hold for this tariff as a policy tool and smart inverters as a deployable technology. They will also address some of the “hindsight is 20/20” questions that they wish they knew a few years ago. 

Participation is encouraged (and potentially mandatory for anyone that knows Miles!). The phones will be open for participants to ask questions, contribute their experiences, and gain a situational awareness of your fellow states.


Energy Resilience and Risk Management

Joint NARUC Lab Workshop with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

May 25-26, 2016 | Denver, Colorado

Cyberattacks on the power grid on your mind?  Worried about miscreants messing with the transmission system?  The possibility of earthquakes got you losing sleep?  We're working with our friends at NCSL to explore what the right risk-based tools will be to deal with threats to the grid that we've never had to deal with before.  A two day workshop for Legislature and Commission personnel (especially staff) will give you what you need to make informed decisions.  It will also feature one of our world-famous "game" style interactives.

The Magnolia Hotel, Denver Colorado, 8 am Mountain on May 25 until 1 pm on May 26.

Need more information?  Please contact Sharon Thomas at

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"Blurred Lines": Changing Federal / State Jurisdiction

National Council on Electricity Policy Meeting

April 25-26, 2016 | Washington D.C. 

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Topics included:

  •          Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC) activities
  •          Transmission projects like the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Line 
  •          Changes in federal leasing policy affecting coal mining on federal lands
  •          Demand response and the implications of EPSA v FERC
  •          The Clean Power Plan, post-stay
  •          Responding to national-level energy emergencies with mutual assistance

Essential EISPC work was conducted and we mapped out what technical assistance support from labs, academia, and others will help us deal with changes in jurisdiction.  

Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington DC, 12 pm Eastern on April 25 until 3 pm Eastern on April 26th.  

Need more information?  Please contact Jan Brinch at