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NRRI Regulatory Training Initiative - An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Regulation
Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm US/Eastern
This training program is designed to provide participants with an introduction to the principles and practice of regulation. The principles of regulation provide the basis from which regulatory decisions are made. They are a mix of engineering, financial, legal, accounting, and economic concepts and methods. The practice of regulation focuses on the scope of regulatory decisions and how those decisions are made, including the mix of different types of expertise needed to mold those decisions. This introductory course is offered as part of the NRRI Regulatory Training Initiative (RTI). The purpose of the RTI is to provide comprehensive training to the regulatory community from basic principles to cutting edge concepts.
Lecture #1 - Why Regulate?
Instructor: Carl Pechman, Ph.D., Director, NRRI
Regulation has played a critical role in society for centuries. The rationale and taxonomy of regulation will be provided for different types of regulation (social, informational, economic, environmental etc.) using historical examples. This lecture will explain the importance of and the basis for utility regulation.
NARUC, NRRI, EEI, and other industry groups have coordinated to provide this tool for tracking state responses to COVID-19. This tracker will be updated regularly as additional information becomes available. Click a document type to review its content.
As Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild its infrastructure after Hurricane Maria and this year’s devastating earthquakes, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) are working with regulators in Puerto Rico to exchange ideas about similar undertakings on the mainland. To support this effort, NARUC and NRRI are working with the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a regulator-to-regulator exchange of ideas and best practices in the energy, telecommunications, and consumer service areas.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Utility Rate Making
A Three-Part Webinar Series
NRRI is excited to present a three webinar series on the impact of COVID-19 on utility rate making. State responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including stay at home orders, disconnection moratoria, and changes in utility usage patterns, have had a significant effect on utilities, customers, and PUCs. This webinar series will address those issues and provide information on the tools that states may use to respond to the crisis.
The three webinars will be moderated by Carl Pechman, Ph.D., Director, NRRI, and Cheryl Bulezca-Banks, Florida, PSC, Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Accounting and Finance.
Recent Research Papers, NRRI Insights and more
NRRI 19-03 State Responses to Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order was released in December 2017 and published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2018. The order redefines Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) as an information service, regulated under Title I of the Telecommunications Act, rescinds the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet order to oversee Internet Service Providers1 (ISPs) under Title II of the Act, and removes FCC oversight of net neutrality rules. State responses to the RIF order were immediate, although approaches have varied.
NRRI 19-02 State Universal Service Funds 2018: Updating the Numbers
Universal Service is a key component of both federal and state communications policy. Its goal is to ensure that regardless of where they live, all citizens have access to robust, reliable communications services, including broadband connectivity, at affordable rates, with “reasonably comparable service” across the country. The four Federal Universal Service funds (FUSF)—High Cost/Connect America (CAF), Schools and Libraries (E-Rate), Lifeline, and Rural Healthcare—provide financial support to carriers (and, in the case of the Lifeline fund, consumers) to bring 21st century communications services to users across the country.
NRRI 19-01 Review of State Net Energy Metering
The objective of this paper is to summarize actions now being taken in many states to change rate designs for distributed energy resources (DER) on the customer side of the meter. Net energy metering (NEM) has been the most common rate design used for customers with small-scale generators that provide what is sometimes known as self-service power. Recently, there has been considerable interest in finding alternatives to net metering by legislatures and public utility commissions (PUCs), with some related deliberations underway or recently concluded in at least 48 states and the District of Columbia. These actions sometimes arise from preexisting legislative or regulatory requirements that trigger reviews when the total installed NEM system capacity or energy production, either for individual utilities or statewide, reaches a predetermined threshold. In other cases, regulatory reviews have been requested by utility companies through proposals to replace net-metering with other alternatives.
NRRI Insights: Telecommunications Questions to Consider as Schools and Businesses Go Online
The COVID-19 virus will have impacts on telecommunications services and systems across the country. This NRRI alert provides some thoughts regarding questions commissions may wish to consider as we move to a “virtual world.”