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NRRI Regulatory Training Initiative - An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Regulation
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.
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.
NRRI Announces a Webinar on Low Income Solar:
Designing Solar Energy Programs For Low-Income Consumers and Communities
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
2:00 to 3:30pm EST
Efforts are underway in nearly half of the states to help low-income customers and communities benefit from solar energy. Many state level policies and programs are already in place, and many state agencies, utilities, and low-income service organizations are planning more. This webinar will provide an overview of current policies and programs that are successfully delivering cost-saving solar energy and associated products and services to low-income consumers, organizations that provide services to low-income clientele, and disadvantaged communities. Presenters will review key aspects of program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
NARUC Presents: The Intersection of COVID, the Recession, and Race and Their Impact on Utility Regulation
Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 12:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern
This webinar will educate utility industry stakeholders about the ways in which ongoing racial and economic disparities have exacerbated the impact of COVID-19 and the current recession. Webinar participants will understand how these disparities adversely impact the utility industry’s consumers and workforce. This webinar will identify specific actions utility leaders and boards, regulators, and other stakeholders can take to meaningfully address these challenges.
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.”