national council on electricity policy

National Council on Electricity Policy

The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) is a platform for all state-level electricity decision-makers to share and learn from diverse perspectives on the evolving electricity sector. The NCEP community includes representatives from state public utility commissions, air and environmental regulatory agencies, governors’ staffs, energy offices, legislatures, and consumer advocates.

NCEP serves as a forum for collaboration around grid-related topics at the state, regional, and national levels, offering a unique opportunity for state electricity decision-makers throughout the country to examine the ways new technologies, policies, regulations, and markets impact state resources and the bulk power system.

NCEP facilitates an annual meeting, connections to virtual resources, and ongoing learning opportunities for members to explore multiple perspectives on complex electricity system issues.

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The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) hosts members-only and public events. To be added to our listserv, please make a profile through the MYNARUC web portal and subscribe to the NCEP listserv.


The National Council on Electricity Policy has been convening state officials and staff in 50 states since 1994, representing state utility commissioners, energy directors, legislators, air agency officials, consumer advocates, their staff, and others working on power sector interests. Since 2018, NCEP has examined the evolution of the transmission and distribution systems at their interface.

Mission and Values

A set of Guiding Principles guide NCEP in its purpose, administration, mission, and values. NCEP’s Mission is to:

  • Provide information and technical assistance to states, regions, and multiple stakeholders and policymakers
  • Improve understanding of electricity technologies, markets, programs, and policies
  • Support the deployment of reliable, clean, and reasonably priced electricity improve interstate and intrastate coordination on electricity issues

In addition, NCEP adheres to the following values when conducting activities and developing resources:

  • Objectivity: ensuring all efforts are balanced, credible, and fact-based without a partisan, ideological, or business-driven agenda.
  • Diversity: maintaining organizational diversity in composition (e.g., state electricity office represented, political affiliation), professional background (e.g., law, economics, engineering), and geography.
  • Collaboration: collaborating internally and externally in order to deeply explore topics.
  • Engagement: engaging state decision-makers through a combination of in-person and virtual events.

Leadership

NCEP is led by a twelve-person Executive Committee representing five regions and six types of state agencies. 

NCEP is an initiative facilitated by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners through the Center for Partnerships & Innovation. NCEP thanks the U.S. Department of Energy for its support.

NCEP hosts webinars and annual meetings to bring state officials, regional system operators, and industry leaders together to discuss current trends in planning, operating, and managing electricity systems at the distribution and transmission system interface. NCEP offers three types of webinars: (1) coordination webinars to support member collaboration across the states’ national associations and provide updates on resources and events, (2) webinars that highlight resources available to members from DOE and the National Laboratories, (3) topical webinars and virtual trainings. 

Upcoming Events

Recent Meetings and Webinars

  • U.S. Department of Energy Regional Initiatives, November 29, 2021
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new Regional Specialists initiative within the Intergovernmental Affairs Office. The specialists will build strong relationships with state energy officials, municipal officials, tribes, regional associations, and other external stakeholders to advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s climate and clean energy goals. The webinar will be followed by Regional Listening Sessions between December 6 to December 14, 2021, where state officials can learn more about plans for their region and engage in conversation with their region’s specialist. To join, send your name, organization, email address, and region to RegionalMeetings@cleanegroup.org.
  • Innovations in Electricity Modeling Training Series, October -- November 2021
    NCEP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offered training on innovations in electricity system modeling, in partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Participants learned:
    • What modeling tools and methods are available to plan distribution and bulk power systems with distributed energy resources (DERs), including comprehensive planning approaches.
    • How utilities analyze utility-scale and distributed storage in integrated resource planning, ways state officials can review the analysis, and how to improve evaluation of storage in planning.
    • How to assess technical and economic impacts of DERs for distribution and bulk power systems, and what changes are needed in load forecasting, potential assessments, and modeling to treat energy efficiency and demand response on a comparable basis to other resources during planning.
    • Ways to improve planning throughout the electricity system in the face of climate change.

Presentations and recordings are available.

To be added to our listserv, please make a profile through the MYNARUC web portal and subscribe to the NCEP listserv.

Contact us with any questions about NCEP:

Tanya Paslawski, Senior Fellow

Kerry Worthington, Senior Manager

Jessica Diaz, Program Coordinator