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National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities.

NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

Our Center for Partnerships and Innovation has an opening for a Communications Coordinator to support CPI program staff ...
12/23/2022

Our Center for Partnerships and Innovation has an opening for a Communications Coordinator to support CPI program staff by developing & executing outreach & communications that inform our members, funders & stakeholders of CPI events & resources.
Details: http://bit.ly/3HYYDy4

With funding from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources and in support of the Japan – U.S. – Mekong ...
12/16/2022

With funding from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources and in support of the Japan – U.S. – Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP), NARUC invited energy sector stakeholders from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand to participate in a webinar discussing challenges and best practices in enhancing system optimization and conducting priority dispatch. Priority dispatch is the obligation of transmission system operators to dispatch energy generation from sources (RES) ahead of other generators as far as the electricity system permits, and can help to further integrate RES into the power system.

During the webinar, participants discussed topics such as ensuring optimal generation dispatch with solar energy, maintaining stability of supply and least cost operation, and achieving stable and economic dispatch while increasing various types of generation. As the Mekong region has vast potential for and is experiencing increased interest in developing alternative power resources (such as solar, wind, and mini-hydro), this knowledge will be helpful in efforts to promote a more sustainable electricity sector and create opportunities for private investment.

With support from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources, this week NARUC convened energy sector repr...
12/16/2022

With support from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources, this week NARUC convened energy sector representatives from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to discuss key concepts related to transparency in regional power markets. These four countries are developing a Andean power market and participate in the Andean regional electrical interconnection initiative (SINEA), which was established in 2011 with the aim of advancing Andean electrical interconnection. Experts from PJM Interconnection and Central America’s regional regulator discussed the benefits of having an Andean regional market, such as economic development and increased social welfare by enabling countries to take advantage of energy resources more efficiently and sustainably.

Additional topics of discussion included the use of market design to improve electricity market performance; the role of transparency in harmonizing regulatory approaches to electricity pricing and establishing trust; and how information sharing and data transparency platforms can be used to increase cross-border trade and private investment in the . By coming together on this scale, participants are furthering regional harmonization as well as developing plans to achieve regional market goals and enhance national energy sector regulatory frameworks.

Thank you to Ministerio de Energía y Minas for co-hosting the delegation in Ecuador with NARUC and ENR.

With support from USAID - US Agency for International Development, NARUC trained the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ...
12/14/2022

With support from USAID - US Agency for International Development, NARUC trained the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of the Republic of North Macedonia and energy sector stakeholders this week on revisions to their cybersecurity strategy and implementation steps required for draft by-laws. North Macedonia’s government has drafted amendments to a national-level Energy Law, which include cybersecurity provisions, and the ERC will be responsible for adopting a cyber strategy and appropriate by-laws once the Law goes into force.

With this in mind, participants learned about the U.S. experience of adopting cybersecurity legislature and coordinating with utilities, and engaged in discussions about the proposed by-laws to ensure they are consistent with regulatory needs and goals. By reviewing these topics, the ERC will be better equipped to ensure the cyber preparedness of utilities and develop an action plan and associated timeline to implement the by-laws.

With funding from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources and in support of the Japan – U.S. – Mekong ...
12/14/2022

With funding from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources and in support of the Japan – U.S. – Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP), today NARUC held a webinar convening energy sector stakeholders from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand to discuss ancillary services and their importance in maintaining grid stability. Ancillary services are services that system operators require to ensure the electric grid operates reliably, such as those that ensure stable voltage and frequency levels.

Many countries in the Mekong region are in the process of developing the legal, regulatory, and financial frameworks to promote investment in and other new technologies. With this in mind, participants discussed topics such as what regulatory tools and standards are needed for ancillary services and how standards may change with the increased integration of renewable energy into the generation mix. The knowledge gained from these conversations will assist with measures to ensure grid operators can respond to fluctuating grid requirements and reliably balance electricity supply and demand.

With funding from USAID - US Agency for International Development, today NARUC convened national regulatory authorities ...
12/09/2022

With funding from USAID - US Agency for International Development, today NARUC convened national regulatory authorities (NRAs) from the Europe and Eurasia region to discuss demand response programs, which are programs that help to balance energy supply and demand and improve system efficiency by providing financial incentives to customers to reduce their energy demand during periods of grid stress.

By successfully implementing these programs, NRAs can not only reduce energy prices and increase overall adequacy of supply, but also encourage customers’ active engagement in modifying their energy consumption and participating in retail and/or wholesale electricity markets. Thank you to all our participants for their continued collaboration, sharing their experiences on these topics, and engaging in lively discussion!

Good mentors offer wisdom and encouragement to their mentees and can enable both personal and professional development. ...
12/09/2022

Good mentors offer wisdom and encouragement to their mentees and can enable both personal and professional development. In the experience of Orjola Shurdha of Enti Rregullator i Energjisë, who is a recent graduate of the USAID - US Agency for International Development & NARUC Advancing Women Leaders in Energy project’s Mid-Career Track, her mentor was “like a friend… she was very kind, and motivated me and encouraged me to express myself freely.”

You can learn more about the AWLE project here: https://bit.ly/2PDs0gv

Mentorship isn’t just about forming relationships and focusing on professional development – it goes beyond the workplac...
12/09/2022

Mentorship isn’t just about forming relationships and focusing on professional development – it goes beyond the workplace, too. As USAID - US Agency for International Development & NARUC Advancing Women Leaders in Energy (AWLE) project program mentor and former Commissioner Sadzi Oliva puts it, “Mentorship is more than career guidance; it’s also understanding how to balance your career and personal life.”

Hear from other women leaders in the energy sector: https://bit.ly/2PDs0gv

As part of the USAID - US Agency for International Development & NARUC Advancing Women Leaders in Energy (AWLE) project,...
12/08/2022

As part of the USAID - US Agency for International Development & NARUC Advancing Women Leaders in Energy (AWLE) project, the Mid-Career Track is designed for mid-career women throughout the national regulatory agencies of Europe and Eurasia and works to hone their communications and public speaking skills, develop critical leadership expertise, and support them with career planning. Further, it creates opportunities for women like Nino Bukhnikashvili of სემეკი - ენერგეტიკისა და წყალმომარაგების მარეგულირებელი კომისია to gain the “sense of being appreciated, valued, and heard.”

You can learn more about the AWLE project here: https://bit.ly/2PDs0gv

In partnership with USAID - US Agency for International Development, the United States Energy Association and NARUC met ...
12/08/2022

In partnership with USAID - US Agency for International Development, the United States Energy Association and NARUC met with Europe and Eurasia energy sector stakeholders on the topic of grid-enhancing technologies (GETs) as a means of equipping national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) with tools they can use to support the clean energy transition. GETs include cost-effective software and hardware solutions that can facilitate the integration of clean energy technologies to the grid, while also improving system reliability and resilience.

Participants gained new ideas on how to incentivize utilities to deploy GETs on networks in the E&E region, which would help to lower congestion, improve visibility, reduce losses, and improve resilience. Moreover, NRAS and TSOs can use these benefits to their advantage in preparing for future emergencies and addressing long-term sustainability challenges, both of which are key to maintaining the region’s energy security.

Our Center for Partnerships and Innovation has an exciting opportunity for a Technical Specialist, responsible for suppo...
12/07/2022

Our Center for Partnerships and Innovation has an exciting opportunity for a Technical Specialist, responsible for supporting work on a portfolio of ongoing domestic grant projects awarded to NARUC by federal funders. The Technical Specialist will undertake specific activities across a range of funded projects that focus on the intersection of technology and regulatory issues relevant to electric vehicles, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants, interoperability, battery energy storage, grid modernization, and related topics.

To learn more about this position, see the complete description online: https://careers.naruc.org/jobs/17872177/technical-specialist

With funding from USAID - US Agency for International Development, NARUC is providing support to national regulatory aut...
12/07/2022

With funding from USAID - US Agency for International Development, NARUC is providing support to national regulatory authorities (NRAs) in the Europe and Eurasia (E&E) region as they prepare to face a difficult winter. As part of this initiative, today the United States Energy Association and NARUC convened E&E NRAs and transmission system operators (TSOs) to discuss the importance of regional resource adequacy. Resource adequacy assessments are typically used by TSOs, regulators, and policy makers to understand the reliability and economic implications of the electricity system. They are also used as input to guide infrastructure planning as well as national energy and climate plans.

A key takeaway from the discussions was the importance of regulatory involvement from the outset in developing future scenarios to address resource adequacy, and participants examined their levels of comfort in addressing resource adequacy at a regional level and relying on each other for electric generation capacity. By proactively addressing potential vulnerabilities to the electric grid on a regional scale, NRAs and TSOs can better promote energy security, ensure reliable electricity for customers, and support an effective clean energy transition.

With support from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources, NARUC has engaged in a regional partnership...
12/07/2022

With support from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources, NARUC has engaged in a regional partnership with national energy regulators from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama as well as the regional grid operator and regional regulator in Central America since 2018. This partnership promotes regional electricity integration through building understanding and consensus on cross-cutting issues, with a focus on promoting regulatory frameworks to incentivize
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In the context of the energy sector, distributed generation (DG) will play an important role in increasing grid reliability and energy security through the use of geographically dispersed, smaller scale resources. This report provides a high-level overview of the current objectives, challenges, and considered solutions related to the development of DG in the national and regional contexts of the five Central American countries that NARUC works with.

It also outlines high-level regional priorities in further promoting DG in Central America and the relevant DG experience of U.S. regulators. Using this information, readers can learn about how to best harmonize regulatory approaches to DG development with a focus on facilitating renewable energy integration and improving the resiliency of both national and regional grids.

Access the report here: http://bit.ly/3VWY4bR

What does it mean to be a leader? In the words of Commissioner Abigail Anthony of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Comm...
12/07/2022

What does it mean to be a leader? In the words of Commissioner Abigail Anthony of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, who is a program mentor for the USAID - US Agency for International Development and NARUC Advancing Women Leaders in Energy (AWLE) project’s Mid-Career Track: “We can be and already are leaders in our offices, our families, our friend groups, and our communities.”

Learn more about the AWLE project here: https://bit.ly/2PDs0gv

With support from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources, today NARUC assisted the Energy Regulatory ...
12/07/2022

With support from the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Energy Resources, today NARUC assisted the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of Mongolia by reviewing Mongolia’s Electricity and Heating Tariff Methodology. Throughout the review, NARUC expert volunteers provided insights on performance-based regulation that will enable the regulator to better 1) determine utility rate design, 2) ensure that both tariff structure and tariff levels enable cost recovery, and 3) meet customer demands and provide reliable and affordable service. Moreover, by promoting cost-reflective tariffs, the ERC will be paving a path toward increased investment in the energy sector and a more reliable, efficient, and free energy market.

With USAID - US Agency for International Development support, today NARUC completed a series of five remote trainings fo...
12/05/2022

With USAID - US Agency for International Development support, today NARUC completed a series of five remote trainings for the Energy Regulatory Commission on depreciation expense. The last training enabled participants to practice calculating depreciation expense through a full numerical exercise. Through gaining this knowledge, they will be better positioned to review and evaluate the financial information needed to establish and implement a cost-reflective tariff regime.

In this week’s USAID - US Agency for International Development depreciation expense trainings for the  Energy Regulatory...
11/29/2022

In this week’s USAID - US Agency for International Development depreciation expense trainings for the Energy Regulatory Commission, NARUC will focus on different approaches to calculating asset life and depreciation rate, which will allow the regulator to determine the costs that need to be recovered through tariffs and support investment in new network infrastructure.

With the support of the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Energy Resources, this week NARUC is holding a peer review ...
11/22/2022

With the support of the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Energy Resources, this week NARUC is holding a peer review of Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Generation Expansion Planning Studies 2023-2043 with the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL). The plan was recently submitted to the PUCSL by the utility, the Ceylon Electricity Board, and includes information on Sri Lanka’s existing generation system, future generation planning methodologies, system demand forecast, and implementation plans for proposed projects.

As the PUCSL is in the process of reviewing the submission, the peer review incorporates discussion and analysis of the plan alongside recommendations to minimize cost uncertainty while maintaining reliability; an overview of technical parameters needed in generation planning; and a closer look at the reliability, economic, and operation impacts of increased on the grid. Through discussing these topics, PUCSL staff will be better able to ensure the plan contains measures that will help to sustainably meet growing electricity demand and mobilize the domestic and international capital needed for investment in energy infrastructure.

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Good to meet our utility regulatory commission with its international projects and collaboration with US Agency for International Development. Stopped by on "foreign ownership" of US grid and energy sectors, and security "and prosperity" related to nuclear power and new solar and wind energy in New York State and nationally. Julie Ann Racino, American Society for Public Administration, International, SENRA, 2021
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