National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
|Type||Non-profit organization (trade association)|
|Headquarters||1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20005|
First Vice President
|John W. Betkoski III|
Second Vice President
|David E. Ziegner|
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is the national association representing the state public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, including energy, telecommunications, and water. NARUC members are responsible for assuring reliable utility service at fair, just, and reasonable rates. Founded in 1889, the Association is a resource for its members and the regulatory community, providing a venue to set and influence public policy, share best practices, and foster solutions to improve regulation.
Each summer, NARUC holds committee meetings. Major issues in 2016 for regulatory commissioners are rate design and the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Rate design deals with the issue of how to charge (and pay) customers who generate their own electricity through means such as rooftop solar devices. Consumers whose homes or businesses have solar panels that generate power can typically sell back excess electricity to the power grid in a process called net metering. For 2017, from its annual conference (held in July in San Diego), interoperability was a key issue. According to experts from the conference, it is important that the electric grid and smart technologies can work together. The concept is referred to as interoperability. This refers to the ability of different systems being able to share information with each other, interpret the data that they share, and present it to consumers in a way that is accessible.
The NARUC Board of Directors formally adopted the “Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation” manual during NARUC’s annual meeting in La Quinta, California in November 2016. The manual was created as a guide for utility regulators in the process of implementing appropriate DER rate design and compensation policies.
- 1 Committees and task forces
- 2 Board of directors
- 3 Issues
- 4 State regulatory commissions
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Committees and task forces
NARUC has eight standing committees that propose policies for NARUC to support on federal and state issues.
The Consumer Affairs Committee examines how state commissions protect consumer interests as it relates to many industries, including the telecommunications and energy industries. Major issues include "slamming", information protection, and consumer education.
This committee was created after the 2001 terrorist attacks to look at security concerns surrounding utility infrastructure. The committee helps state regulators share best practices and collaborate about the best security practices. The committee chairman is Richard S. Mroz of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. It has one subcommittee, the Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure which is chaired by Lynn P. Costantini of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
According to NARUC, the "Electricity Committee develops and advances policies that promote reliable, adequate, and affordable supply of electricity." The committee works closely with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other federal agencies.
- Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
- Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability
- Staff Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management
- Staff Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal
- Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal
- Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management
According to experts from a NARUC conference in July 2017, it is important that the electric grid and smart technologies can work together. The concept is referred to as interoperability. This refers to the ability of different systems being able to share information with each other, interpret the data that they share, and present it to consumers in a way that is accessible.
Energy Resources and the Environment
The committee works with state regulators to find ways to create environmentally sustainable and affordable energy for utilities. Major issues the committee focuses on include:
- Energy efficiency
- Protection of the environment
- Renewable energy and distributed resources (net metering)
- Assistance to low-income utility customers
The Committee on Gas hosts panel discussions and educational sessions to help NARUC's constituency understand issues affecting natural gas. The committee works with FERC, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The chairman is Stan Wise of the Georgia Public Service Commission. It has three subcommittees: the Staff Subcommittee on Gas; Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety; and Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety, which is chaired by Norman Saari, a commissioner on the Michigan Public Service Commission.
According to NARUC, "With the trend of energy market development expands overseas, several countries have sought help and best practices from their American counterparts. The International Committee manages NARUC's outreach activities across the globe, including partnerships with numerous countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Bangladesh."
Since the telecommunications industry was deregulated in 1996, both the industry and the regulators' roles have quickly changed. The committee serves state regulators by sharing best practices and trends related to telecommunications issues. It works with many federal agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and FBI.
The Task Force on Innovation focuses on new technologies and innovation in the utility sector. Topics will include:
- Integrated energy networks
- Battery storage
- Smart networks
- Information technologies
- Data analytics
- Internet of Things
- New technology regulations
The Task Force on Veterans' Workforce will focus on veterans programs and job opportunities in the utilities sector.
Board of directors
The following board members are officers or committee or task force chairs:
|Robert F. Powelson||President||Pennsylvania|
|John W. Betkoski, III||First Vice President||Connecticut|
|Ellen Nowak||Second Vice President||Wisconsin|
|David E. Ziegner||Treasurer||Indiana|
|Greg R. White||Executive Director||(none - works at NARUC)|
|David W. Danner||Chairman, Committee on International Relations||Washington|
|Edward S. Finley, Jr.||Chairman, Committee on Electricity||North Carolina|
|Mary-Anna Holden||Chairwoman, Committee on Water||New Jersey|
|John E. Howard||Chairman, Subcommittee on Education
|Paul Kjellander||Chairman, Committee on Telecommunications||Idaho|
|Nancy Lange||Chairwoman, Committee on Energy Resources
and the Environment
|Sherina Maye Edwards||Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Supplier and
Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
|Richard S. Mroz||Chairman, Committee on Critical Infrastructure||New Jersey|
|Brandon Presley||Chairman, Committee on Consumer Affairs||Mississippi|
|Stan Wise||Chairman, Committee on Gas||Georgia|
|Brien J. Sheahan||Chairman, Task Force on Innovation||Illinois|
|Judith W. Jagdmann||Chairwoman, Task Force on Veterans' Workforce||Virginia|
The remaining board members are:
|Ronald A. Brise||Florida|
|Betty Ann Kane||District of Columbia|
|W. Kevin Hughes||Maryland|
|G. O'Neal Hamilton||South Carolina|
|Jolette A. Westbrook||Massachusetts|
|Audrey Zibelman||New York|
|Lorraine H. Akiba||Hawaii|
|Asim Z. Haque||Ohio|
|Robert R. Scott||New Hampshire|
|Margaret E. Curran||Rhode Island|
|Chris Nelson||South Dakota|
NARUC appointed two new board members at its winter meeting in 2017. Doug Little of the Arizona Corporation Commission was appointed to a term that begins immediately in February 2017 and ends in October 2020. As an Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Little was first elected in November 2014 and served as the chairman in 2016. He was the vice chairman of the Western Energy Imbalance Market Body of State Regulators and is a member of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Board.
Chris Nelson is a commissioner on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. He was appointed to serve on the board of NARUC on January 12, 2017 through October 2018. He previously served on the board in 2014 and was the chairman of the Committee on Telecommunications. He previously served as the South Dakota Secretary of State for eight years.
At the NARUC winter committee meeting on February 13, 2017, two experts discussed the elements that determine solar value and the benefits and challenges of utility scale versus rooftop solar.
Solar prices, subsidies, net metering rules, and technology are all elements that determine the value of solar energy. Rooftop solar, also known as distributed solar, has upsides and downsides. Upsides include peak shaving, resiliency, voltage and frequency support, the distribution of power where it is developed, load reduction, and the flow of energy back into the system. However, rooftop solar costs 2 to 3 times as much as utility scale solar and it gets subsidized. Utility scale solar contains nearly all of the "pro" arguments for rooftop solar, but without the subsidies.
State regulatory commissions
- Randolph, Kevin (2017-07-21). "Interoperability key for modernization of grid, panel says - Daily Energy Insider". Daily Energy Insider. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
- "NARUC Releases Final Distributed Energy Resources Manual". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
- Rozens, Tracy (2016-11-16). "NARUC’s rate design manual draws praise from utilities and solar groups". Daily Energy Insider. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
- "NARUC names Powelson of Pa. PUC as organization’s new president". Daily Energy Insider. Washington, D.C. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
- "Committees Overview". NARUC. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Committee on Consumer Affairs". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Committee on Critical Infrastructure". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure". members.naruc.org. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- "Committee on Electricity". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Interoperability key for modernization of grid, panel says - Daily Energy Insider". Daily Energy Insider. 2017-07-21. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
- "Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Committee on Gas". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Michigan commissioner appointed to chair NARUC pipeline safety subcommittee". Daily Energy Insider. 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- "Committee on International Relations". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Committee on Telecommunications". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "Committee on Water". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
- "NARUC executive committee creates innovation, veterans’ workforce task forces". Daily Energy Insider. 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- "Members". National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- "Arizona Commissioner appointed to NARUC Board of Directors". Daily Energy Insider. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- "South Dakota PUC’s Chris Nelson appointed to NARUC board of directors". Daily Energy Insider. 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- "Value of utility scale vs. rooftop solar debated amid price decline". Daily Energy Insider. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
- Official website
- "Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation". Published 2016 by NARUC.
- List of state regulatory commissions