center for partnerships & innovation

NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation

Commission Support

NARUC CPI identifies ongoing and emerging challenges and connects state commissions with expertise and strategies to navigate their complex decision-making. This work includes support for commissions to convene with other key energy decision makers, receive direct assistance through federally funded programs, explore new topics as they arise via facilitated regulator roundtables and quarterly commission staff peer sharing calls, and access recruitment resources to assist with hiring new staff and retaining experts within commissions.

The National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) is a platform for all state-level electricity decision-makers to share and learn from diverse perspectives on the evolving electricity sector. The NCEP community includes representatives from state public utility commissions, air and environmental regulatory agencies, governors’ staffs, energy offices, legislatures, and consumer advocates. Learn more.

Public utility commissions constantly face new and complex issues at the intersections of technology, engineering, policy, accounting and finance, regulation, and more. NARUC convenes members and experts, develops resources, and delivers training for Commissioners and commission staff across the country on a wide variety of topics relevant to utility regulation. In addition, NARUC connects commissions with technical assistance and support opportunities from the federal government and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories. Learn more.


Most Recent Resources and Activities:

  • CPI Publications Page
    In addition to posting new resources on topically relevant webpages, CPI provides a central location for access to all recent publications, with newest materials at the top.
  • CPI Factsheet
    The CPI two-page factsheet includes links to recently released resources and recordings, registration links for virtual and in-person trainings, forthcoming engagement opportunities, and contact information for NARUC CPI staff. The factsheet is updated in advance of each NARUC conference (three times per year).
  • CPI Events Page
    CPI provides an events page available on its section of the NARUC website that lists upcoming CPI events in chronological order. The CPI Events page is the most up-to-date place to learn about upcoming free virtual and in-person NARUC-hosted trainings, site visits, and workshops.

Commissioners and commission staff from across the country are often their colleagues’ best sources of insight and support—intimately understanding the utility regulatory environment and sharing a desire to help others learn lessons from their actions. In complement to NARUC’s member-led committee activities, NARUC CPI staff periodically provide a forum for members to convene in facilitated dialogue through Regulators Roundtables and Commission Staff Surge Calls. Learn more.


Most Recent Resources and Activities:

State utility commissions are increasingly being faced with novel recruitment and retention challenges, directly affecting the ability to employ a skilled workforce to address current and emerging policy issues while combating labor and talent shortages. Learn more.


Most Recent Resources and Activities:

  • Workforce Development Toolbox: Recruitment Templates and Social Media Engagement Materials, September 2022

    The Workforce Development Toolbox provides state commissions with recruitment templates and social media engagement materials that explain the role of Public Utility Commissions (PUCs), describe career opportunities, and highlight the benefits of public service. PUCs can tailor each template and materials to meet their workforce needs.  

  • A Guide for Public Utility Commissions: Recruiting and Retaining a Cybersecurity Workforce

    The paper serves as a reference guide for PUCs trying to develop or expand their cybersecurity proficiency. It describes the role of cybersecurity personnel within a PUC and a range of cybersecurity skill sets that may fits PUCs needs, as well as avenues for recruiting, retaining, and growing cybersecurity expertise. Appendices provide lists of cybersecurity training resources, recruitment pipelines, and a compendium of sample cybersecurity job descriptions for PUC consideration.

  • Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship

    The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy and Renewable Energy (EERE) is partnering with the Grid Deployment Office (GDO) to fund recent graduates and energy professionals, for up to two years, to support critical energy organizations to advance clean energy solutions, including focusing on grid resilience and innovative grid services within states, territories, and Tribal institutions.  Public Utility Commissions are eligible as host institutions, and highly encourage to apply.