NARUC outlines updated energy agenda

DENVER—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners passed a series of resolutions dealing with pipeline safety, federal-State relations, transmission planning, and much more during the Association’s Summer Committee Meetings in Denver. 

At the conclusion of its Board of Directors meeting today, NARUC passed resolutions promoting pipeline safety, the State role over transmission and resource planning, and, among other issues, opposing taxes for decommissioning nuclear uranium enrichment plants around the country. 

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. 

The resolutions were approved by the Association’s various committees and Board of Directors during the Summer Committee Meetings. The resolutions are now considered NARUC policy, providing guidance and positions for the Association’s advocacy before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and the courts. 

A summary of each resolution is below. The final resolutions will be posted on the Association’s Website:

 CA-1      Resolution Recognizing the Importance of Educating Consumers on Portable Generator Safety                              

The Resolution encourages Commissions to urge utilities to post the model generator safety information on their websites and distribute it to their customers

CI-1 Resolution Regarding Cybersecurity Awareness and Initiatives

The Resolution encourages State collaboration with entities that have cyber-threat management and mitigation expertise.  

EL-1        Resolution Regarding the Enforcement of PURPA Standards and Regulations

The resolution urges FERC, when responding to future complaints, to also consider (i) whether the applicant exhausted other available State remedies, (ii) whether the applicant allowed existing State appeal/rehearing options to lapse unexercised before seeking FERC enforcement, (iii) the impact of contract and other pertinent State law, and (iv) whether, as part of the required Section 210(b)(1) public interest determination, the subject action results in just and reasonable retail rates

EL-2        Resolution Regarding State Authority Over Public Utility Resource Planning

This Resolution concludes that Order No. 1000, as implemented, inappropriately infringes on State authority reserved by Congress over integrated resource plans, generation and transmission decisions, assurance of resource adequacy and reliability, and authorization and construction of new facilities; 

EL-3        Resolution Opposing a New Tax for the Decommissioning and Decontamination Fund

The Resolution supports environmental cleanup of these sites, but U.S. electric utilities and their customers should not be singled out yet again to pay for decommissioning and decontamination of DOE facilities developed for nuclear weapons and national defense programs.  

GS-1      Resolution Encouraging Natural Gas Line Investment and the Expedited       Replacement of High-Risk Distribution Mains and Service Lines                              

The Resolution encourages States to fully explore, examine, and implement alternative rate recovery rate mechanisms that will accelerate the modernization, replacement and expansion of the nation’s natural gas pipeline systems. The resolution also encourages regulators and industry to consider sensible programs aimed at replacing the most vulnerable pipelines as quickly as possible along with the adoption of rate recovery mechanisms that reflect the financial realities of the particular utility in question 

WA-1    Resolution Recognizing EPRI’s Water Quality Trading Project   

The Resolution commends EPRI for instituting best practices in water quality trading, and encourages States support similar programs.  

WA-2  Resolution Supporting the Consideration of Regulatory Mechanisms and Policies Deemed “Best Practices” for the Regulation of Small Water Systems

The Resolution supports outlined “best practices” and recommends regulators consider and adopt as many as appropriate.

 WA-3    Resolution Addressing Gap Between Authorized Versus Actual Returns on Equity in Regulation of Water and Wastewater Utilities

The Resolution recommends economic regulators carefully consider and implement appropriate ratemaking measures needed to assure water and wastewater utilities have a reasonable opportunity to earn authorized returns. 

 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’s member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.


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