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Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will provide a forum for the development of state-led pathways toward a more resilient, efficient, and affordable grid.

Electricity Planning for a 21st Century Power 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:

  • Improve grid reliability and resilience
  • Optimize use of distributed and existing energy resources
  • Avoid unnecessary costs to ratepayers
  • Support state policy priorities
  • Increase the transparency of grid-related investment decisions

Why is Comprehensive Electricity Planning Needed?

With growing customer installation of DERs and evolving non-utility energy services, electricity generation and resource planning needs to account for the quantity, location, and load shapes of resources added to the distribution system.


With utilities making annual capital expenditures of over $100 billion, ensuring distribution system
investments are right-sized and consider approaches such as non-wires alternatives can lower costs and offset supply-side needs.

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Contact Us

For questions, or if you need more information regarding the Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning, send an email to PlanningTaskForce@naruc.org.