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.
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.
- 2022 Glossary of Electric and Natural Gas Industry Terms and Concepts
Terms and Concepts used by State Regulatory Commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Regional Transmission Organizations / Independent System Operators, the Electric Industry, and the Natural Gas Industry. These include Reliability, Economic, Legal, Accounting, Engineering, Environmental, Statistical, and Financial Terms. Learn More
- T&D Resource Catalog
The NCEP T&D Resource Catalog documents an ongoing conversation about the intersection and coordination of the transmission and distribution systems. The documents contained in the resource catalog provide state electricity system decision-makers with case study examples and publications related to the coordination of planning, operations, and markets. Learn More
- Mini Guides on Working with PUCs
NCEP develops resources to help states navigate electricity policy questions within their state and region.
The NCEP mini guide series promotes dialogue among state electricity decision-makers by highlighting examples of successful engagement across NCEP members. Each mini guide features collaborative approaches, lessons learned, and interviews with leading state and local decision makers. Learn More
- Mini Guide on Transportation Electrification: State-Level Roles and Collaboration among Public Utility Commissions, State Energy Offices, and Departments of Transportation (2022)
- Mini Guide on Engagement between States and Regional Transmission Organizations (2022)
- Mini Guide on Transmission Siting: State Agency Decision-Making (2022)
- Mini Guide on Engagement between Public Utility Commissions and State Consumer Advocates (2021)
- Mini Guide on Engagement between Public Utility Commissions and State Energy Officials (2020)
- Mini Guide on Engagement between Public Utility Commissions and State Legislatures (2019)
- Mini Guide on Local Government Engagement with Public Utility Commissions (2019)
- Mini Guide on State Agency Coordination During Energy-Related Emergencies (2019)
- Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC)
From 2010 through 2015, public utility commissioners and state energy directors from 40 jurisdictions in the Eastern Interconnection met to discuss interconnection-wide planning issues. NCEP maintains the library of resources developed through EISPC. Learn More.
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.
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.
- NCEP Annual Meeting 2021 – Coordinated Electricity Planning , September 13 – 15, 2021
In 2021, the NCEP community explored developments in modern electricity planning techniques and tools to align planning processes across distribution, resource, and transmission planning.
- Webinar: Approaches to Maximizing Existing Transmission Capacity, August 3, 2021
This webinar featured a discussion of opportunities to maximize existing transmission line throughput as a near-term complement to planning for and building new transmission.