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Comprehensive Electricity Planning Library

The Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning is developing resources throughout the two-year initiative to facilitate Task Force members’ deeper learning about evolving electricity planning processes. These materials may be useful to all NARUC and NASEO members to support their own efforts. 


The Task Force hosts topical webinars to explore issues relevant to members and their efforts to develop new approaches to aligning electricity system planning. Materials from each webinar are incorporated into the resource library below, or may be accessed on the webinars webpage.

Resource Library

Task Force members identified a set of key topic areas that would enable further learning about issues related to comprehensive electricity planning. Task Force members, technical and subject matter experts, and other stakeholder groups identified the following publications and other relevant resources. The links included below are provided to share relevant resources but are not endorsed by NARUC, NASEO, or Task Force members. If you would like to suggest an additional resource to add to this list, please email PlanningTaskForce@naruc.org with a copy of the item for consideration.

Table 1: Resource Library Topic Areas


Topic Area



Data Access

Customer data access and transparency ; sensing, communications, and visibility of the distribution grid



Approaches to rate design; state approaches to performance-based regulation, traditional cost-of-service, etc


Distribution System Planning (DSP)

The fundamentals of distribution system plans and planning approaches (e.g., when to start, level of granularity, technical tools and methods); understanding the utility DSP engineer perspective and the regulatory process


Emerging Distribution System Planning (DSP) Practices

Emerging DSP methods and tools for identifying system needs, identifying projects and alternatives, conducting hosting capacity analysis, and assessing locational value



Tools and frameworks for forecasting load and DER adoption


Grid Modernization

References related to enabling a more advanced distribution grid


Planning Coordination

Resources on syncing data, assumptions, and modeling scenarios to align and consolidate planning processes


Planning Criteria

Resources highlighting key planning criteria metrics and considerations


Procurement Strategies

RFPs, competitive bids, and other generation procurement strategies; lessons learned from local government/large customer renewable energy procurements



Incorporating resilience into grid planning, including accommodating microgrids


Rural DER Integration

Approaches to determine the suitability of DER in rural areas


Scenario and Risk Analysis

Analyzing scenarios and risk such as environmental changes, higher DER penetration, unplanned obsolescence, unanticipated cost increases, cost shifts, ratepayer impacts, etc.


Solution Evaluation

Prioritization and sequencing of distribution grid investments; methods for economic evaluation of options to optimize resources and deliver value to customers


Stakeholder Engagement

Best practices for structuring efficient and effective stakeholder engagement in utility planning


Utility Best Practices for Integrated Planning

Utility best practices that align with integrated planning; inputs, assumptions, and methods used by utilities


Topic 1 – Data Access


Topic 2 – Ratemaking


Topic 3 – Distribution System Planning (DSP)


Topic 4 – Emerging Distribution System Planning (DSP) Practices


Topic 5 – Forecasting


Topic 6 – Grid Modernization


Topic 7 – Planning Coordination


Topic 8 – Planning Criteria


Topic 9 – Procurement Strategies


Topic 10 – Resilience

Topic 11 – Rural DER Integration


Topic 12 – Scenario and Risk Analysis


Topic 13 – Solution Evaluation


Topic 14 – Stakeholder Engagement


Topic 15 – Utility Best Practices for Integrated Planning