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.
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 once a month on a Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.
Webinar 4: Disconnections and Delinquencies: Lessons Learned, and Next Steps
Wednesday, October 16th 3:30- 5:00pm EST
This webinar is the fourth and final webinar in the Series hosted by the NARUC Committee on Consumers in the Public Interest, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, and NRRI on the topic of data collection for utility disconnections and delinquencies. The purpose of this series will be to gain a greater understanding of the data collection processes throughout the country in order to make recommendations for a data collection model related to utility disconnections and delinquencies.
This webinar will review proposed best practices from experts in the field who have participated in the Disconnections & Delinquencies webinar series, and include time for a lively Q&A to discuss questions posed in earlier webinars and from other sources.
Hon. Marion Gold, Ph.D., Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities
Dr. Gabriela Sandoval, The Utility Reform Network
Dr. David Kolata, Executive Director, Illinois Citizens Utility Board (free data usage)
Tyra Peluso, Utilities Examiner, Connecticut Office of the Consumer Counsel
Adenike Adeyeye, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Guzman Aceves, California PUC
Hon. Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Nat Treadway, Managing Partner, Distributed Energy Financial Group
More than POEMS (Plain Old Energy Market Services): The new green tariffs for customers wanting more, November 13, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Many utility customers are making public commitments to use more or to convert to all clean, renewable, carbon neutral, or carbon free energy. Voluntary actions have already been announced by many energy users, including prominent global corporations, cities, states, and others. This Webinar will review the current status and future concepts for offering customers more choices from growing menus of energy supply options. It will also address the type of protections that might be needed to ensure benefits for all customers as green tariff markets continue to grow.
Recent Research Papers, NRRI Insights and more
NRRI 19-03 State Responses to Net Neutrality
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.