About NRRI

The National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) was founded in 1976 by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). NRRI serves as a research arm to NARUC and its members, the utility regulatory commissions of the fifty states and the District of Columbia in the United States. NRRI’s primary mission is to produce and disseminate relevant and applicable research for NARUC members.

Our Mission

To serve state utility regulators by producing and disseminating relevant, high-quality research that provides the analytical framework and practical tools necessary to improve their public interest decision-making.

The NARUC-NRRI Relationship

NRRI was founded in 1976 by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). While corporately independent, NARUC and NRRI are linked in multiple ways to ensure accountability. NRRI’s formation and its dues structure were approved by NARUC’s Board of Directors. NRRI’s bylaws were approved by the NARUC Board’s Executive Committee. State commissioners constitute a majority of NRRI’s Board. NARUC’s Executive Committee receives regular reports on NRRI from its Second Vice President, who is an ex officio member of NRRI’s Board. The NARUC Board’s Education and Research Subcommittee evaluates NRRI’s performance and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. NARUC’s Executive Director is a member of the NRRI Board and NARUC’s Chief Financial Officer is a member of the audit committee of NRRI’s Board.

NRRI serves as a research instrument to its dues payers. NARUC, as the association of all state regulators, is invested in quality research serving its members. NRRI will coordinate its activities to support NARUC’s policy, research, educational and member-support service to state commissions.

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NRRI Webinar Series

NRRI webinars are hosted on the second Thursday of each month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. 

Previous NRRI Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Committee on the Consumers and the Public Interest: Disconnections and Delinquencies: Case Studies from the States

June 10, 2019

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This webinar is the second in the series on Delinquencies and Disconnections, which is part of an on-going collaboration between NARUC’s Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest, The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), and the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI).

Delinquencies and Disconnections: Case Studies from the States will provide insights and perspectives from states that are successfully implementing data collection processes that are helping to improve outcomes relating to utility delinquencies and disconnections. This webinar provides a forum for PUC staff with experience with successful data collection efforts to report on the genesis of and stakeholder participation in their process, share what the process entails, and discuss areas for continued improvements. Experts on utility disconnections will be invited to provide comments, and participate in a joint dialogue on trends observed in this field over the past decade.

Moderator: Hon. Marion Gold, Ph.D., Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Hon. Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
John Howat, Senior Energy Analyst, National Consumer Law Center
Mary Grant, Director, Food and Water Watch
Cynthia G. Wilson-Frias, Chief of Legal Services, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission


Electric Vehicles—Regulatory Actions to Enable Clean Technology

July 10, 2019

Recent Research Papers, NRRI Insights and more

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. Download the paper here

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.

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NRRI 18-03 IP Oversight

Oversight of retail wireline telecommunications services in the United States has been reduced over time as a result of increased competition and the transition of end-users from traditional wireline service to the more lightly regulated wireless and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services.  Although traditional regulation has been reduced, the States continue to oversee those functions delegated to them by the 1996 Telecommunications Act, including Intercarrier Agreements (ICAs) and other wholesale services, numbering, the designation of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs), the collection and distribution of state and federal universal service funds, Lifeline, basic local service (in some states), carrier of last resort services (in those states that still require it), Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), etc. Download the paper here