The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) are providing a forum for the development of state-led pathways toward a more resilient, efficient, and affordable grid.
Emerging technologies, decreasing costs, consumer preferences, new energy service providers, and state and local efforts are driving significant growth in distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar, storage, energy efficiency, demand management, and microgrids. These investments increasingly require regulatory and policy innovation and a greater emphasis on planning to overcome system complexities and avoid unnecessary costs associated with operating the grid.
With greater alignment of resource and distribution system planning, states and utilities could:
With utilities making annual capital expenditures of more than $130 billion on behalf of customers, considering the full range of investment options across the electricity system is essential for cost effectively meeting current and emerging grid needs such as increased flexibility and resilience.
With growing customer installation of DERs, electricity planning needs to account for the quantity, location, capabilities, and load shapes of resources added to the distribution system and the bulk power system.
Learn more by exploring this site or downloading the Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning Factsheet.
NARUC and NASEO are grateful to the U.S. Department of Energy for its support of this initiative.
For questions, or if you need more information regarding the Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning, send an email to PlanningTaskForce@naruc.org.