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NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation

Innovation Webinars

Emerging Issues

Every month, the NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation organizes an Innovation Webinar on an emerging issue in electricity regulation. Held on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, these educational webinars are open to the public.

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, CPI is pleased to connect its members and the public with new research, subject-matter experts, and diverse opinions on a variety of issues relevant to public utility commissions. Presentation slides and recordings for past webinars are posted on this webpage.

 

Upcoming Innovation Webinars:

 

Green Banks: Financing a Reliable Future

Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

Green Banks by definition are mission-driven institutions that use innovative private investments and financing to accelerate the clean energy transition and establish climate-resilient infrastructure. The model has proven successful internationally and domestically, in the U.S. there are about 22 green banks across the country. These green banks generally leverage funds into smaller projects like community solar, building efficiency retrofits, and electrification of transportation, where traditional lenders typically choose not to invest in these smaller types of projects due to the high risks. However, is there room for green banks to aid in the improvement of our electrical system reliability? We recognize that reliability is being challenged due to the aging infrastructure, severe weather events, and other threats to our electrical system. Green banks may provide that innovative funding solution to finance the creation of next generation grid reliability-enhancing technologies needed to ensure dependable utility services that drive daily life and critical infrastructure.

Moderator: Rory Christian, Chair and CEO, New York State Public Service Commission

Speakers:

Matt Macunas, Founder, Blue Horizon Consulting

Jordan Taylor, Assoc. Director, Renewable Energy, Montgomery County Greenbank 

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Grid Architecture: Why It Matters

Thursday, January 19, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

More details to be added

 

Advances in Resource Adequacy

Thursday, March 16, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

More details to be added

Past Innovation Webinars

Long Duration Storage technologies, defined as technologies providing 10 hours or more of energy storage, are a critical part of reaching our country’s carbon emissions goals. Long duration storage is vital to integrating renewable energy into the grid during times of high demand to support reliability and resilience. This webinar will provide information on different long duration storage projects currently under development and provide prospective on how these technologies will help to shape our energy future.

Moderator: Hon. Carrie Zalewski, IL

Speakers:

  • Michael Purdie, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Markets, National Hydropower Association
  • Greggory Kresge, Sr. Manager, Utility Engagement and Transportation Electrification – US Energy, World Resources Institute
  • Dr. Kevin Harrison, Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Jason Houck, Sr. Manager, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Form Energy

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Learn how energy storage is currently considered in IRPs and could be evaluated in the future. Hear from experts about issues state utility regulators are facing with storage in modeling, valuation, cost parameters, and interconnection.

Moderator: Commissioner Katherine Peretick

Speakers:

  • Giovanni Damato, Andrew Etringer, Miles Evans, Peggy IP, Ramakrishnan Ravikumar, EPRI

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for state utility regulators to look closely at energy affordability. To aid customers, regulators are hearing input from utilities, consumer advocates, technology companies, and other stakeholders on how to measure and improve energy affordability. On this webinar, three experts will share their unique approaches to affordability and discuss how public utility commissions can be partners in efforts to alleviate the energy burden. 

Moderator: Hon. Mary Throne, Wyoming

Speakers:

  • Corey Dahl, Regulatory Analyst, Washington State Office of the Attorney General
  • Glenn Schatz, Chief Revenue Officer, BlocPower
  • Boris Lukanov, Senior Scientist, PSE Healthy Energy

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This webinar highlights innovative energy work happening at universities.  Gems hidden in in plain sight, there is a wealth of innovative energy research and development happening at over 150 institutions of higher learning across the country. In addition to developing technologies that are eventually deployed within the industry, these institutions educate the next generation of energy sector leaders through education, coursework, and hands-on experiences. Academic energy centers also frequently partner with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) 17 national laboratories which NARUC regularly features in this webinar series. Join NARUC’s Center for Partnerships and Innovation to learn more about university-sponsored energy innovation centers and the role they play creating our energy future.  

Moderator: John Morrison, President and CEO of E4Carolinas

Speakers:

  • Robert Cox, Ph.D., UNC Charlotte Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)
  • Ken Dulaney, Director of Industry and Innovation, FREEDM Systems Center at NC State
  • Jay Whitacre, Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

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