On June 15, 2022, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Center for Partnerships & Innovation announced the launch of Spanish-language training videos regarding utility regulation. The topics include: 1) Introduction to Utility Regulation, 2) Distribution Systems and Planning, 3) Smart Grid and Electric Vehicle Interoperability, and 4) Innovations in Electricity Modeling.
NARUC’s press release states: This effort was initiated in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Regulatory Research Institute in 2021 to support the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau and provides more than five dozen interpreted videos. Eight videos from NRRI’s Regulatory Training Initiative provide a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of regulation, which includes concepts of economics, engineering, finance and law. Thirty-two videos from the Distribution Systems and Planning Series, developed in partnership with DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, offer a suite of trainings on electric distribution systems, utility system planning and approaches to engagement in integrated distribution planning. The Smart Grid Learning Modules were developed with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and consists of 22 short videos covering the economics, operational considerations and role of regulators for interoperability. Lastly, the Innovations in Electricity Modeling Training Series offers seven videos developed through the National Council on Electricity Policy and the National Laboratories on modeling approaches for the future grid.
According to the press release, the goal of the video launch is to increase stakeholder access and education among non-English speaking audiences on regulatory issues.