national council on electricity policy

Webinars

NCEP facilitates ongoing learning opportunities for members and the public to explore multiple perspectives on complex electricity system issues. NCEP offers three types of webinars: (1) coordination webinars to support member collaboration across national associations and provide updates on resources and events, (2) webinars that highlight resources available to members from DOE and the National Laboratories, and (3) topical webinars and virtual trainings.


National associations representing NCEP members host a semi-annual webinar to share newly available resources and upcoming projects and events focused on the evolving electricity sector.

Speakers will highlight work products available and forthcoming that are relevant to multiple agencies, particularly those that touch on inter-agency coordination and NCEP’s current theme, transmission and distribution system coordination. Related issues likely to be discussed include electric vehicles, carbon capture utilization and storage, cybersecurity, emergency management, and grid modernization.

Staff leaders from six associations will speak during the webinar: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), and National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA).

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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.

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With myriad analyses showing that expanded interregional transmission would provide benefits to the grid, new policy and regulatory initiatives are revisiting how transmission gets planned, built, and paid for. Most best-case scenarios predict that it will take years for these efforts to bear fruit, however. At the same time, the types of technological advances that have increased resilience and efficiency opportunities for the distribution grid are also available at the transmission level. This webinar features a discussion of opportunities to maximize existing transmission line throughput as a near-term complement to planning for and building new transmission. Panelists describe commercially available grid enhancing technologies that can dramatically increase transmission capacity factors across North America.

Speakers:

  • Michelle Manary, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Resilience Division, DOE Office of Electricity (confirmed)
  • Jay Caspary, Vice President, Grid Strategies, LLC
  • Dr. Babak Enayati, Manager, DG Standards and New Technology, National Grid

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>On this webinar, national association staff (technical assistance leads) provided an update on their work products and events so that all NCEP members may benefit from these efforts. Speakers highlighted work products available and forthcoming that are relevant to multiple agencies, particularly those that touch on inter-agency coordination and NCEP’s current theme, transmission, and distribution system coordination. Related issues discussed included electric vehicles, carbon capture utilization and storage, cybersecurity, emergency management, and grid modernization.

Associations who spoke during the webinar included staff representatives from:

  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
  • National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)
  • National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)

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NCEP is pleased to offer a stand-alone webinar version of one of the most popular sessions from our December 2020 Annual Meeting on Evolving Compensation and Market Mechanisms

Exploring Optimization through Benefit-Cost Analysis
How can modern cost-benefit analysis, valuation approaches, and cost recovery plans be used to compare and optimize between bulk power system solutions and distribution system solutions? This webinar will explore the latest trends in comparing and optimizing between the bulk power system and distributed system solutions. For a utility regulator, a benefit-cost analysis (BCA) is essential information before investing in any solution. BCAs were developed before DERs were impacting the system. Speakers will explore the status of BCAs and new developments for consideration.

Moderator:
Tanya McCloskey, Pennsylvania Office of the Consumer Advocate

Panelists:
Hon. Abigail Anthony, Rhode Island Public Utility Commission
Julie Michals, E4TheFuture
Snuller Price, E3

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On this webinar, national association staff leaders provided an update on their work products and events so that all NCEP members may benefit from these efforts. Speakers highlighted work products available and forthcoming that are relevant to multiple agencies, particularly those that touch on inter-agency coordination and NCEP’s current theme, transmission, and distribution system coordination. Related issues discussed include electric vehicles, carbon capture utilization and storage, cybersecurity, emergency management, and grid modernization.

Associations who spoke included:

  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
  • National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
  • National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA).

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Argonne National Laboratory, based out of Lemont, Illinois, engages in engineering and science research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. This webinar introduced Argonne National Labs to the NCEP community and how Argonne’s efforts support state decision-makers. Two projects highlighted on the webinar included (a) a project to assess valuation techniques for pumped-storage hydro powerplants (see Handout for more information), and (b) the Energy Zones Mapping Tool.

Moderator: Honorable Ted Thomas, Arkansas

Speakers:

  • Vladimir Koritarov, Argonne National Labs
  • Jim Kuiper, Argonne National Labs

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NCEP hosted a webinar to discuss the effects that variable renewable energy (VRE) had on wholesale power prices from 2008 through 2017. The LBNL study assessed forecasts and factors that may influence prices in wholesale markets in the US. Recent trends and patterns from 60,000 wholesale pricing nodes were evaluated against the impacts of VRE and other factors, as well as a number of constrained pricing areas (“hot spots”) to highlight several drivers for geographic and temporal pricing variations.

Moderator: Commissioner Abigail Anthony of the Rhode Island Public Utility Commission

Speakers:

  • Keith Collins, Southwest Power Pool
  • Andrew Mills, Berkeley Labs

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As renewable energy increases on the grid, system operators gain experience on how to forecast, integrate, and operate with renewable, intermittent resources on the grid. State officials heard about the trends of utility scale renewable integration, how an ISO incorporates residential solar PV on the distribution system into its plans, and how an RTO performs a Renewable Integration Impact Assessment for long term planning.

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