NCEP Releases New Mini Guides in Series to Promote Dialogue Among State Electricity Decision-Makers

On March 31, 2022, the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) announced the release of two new mini guides: Mini Guide on Transmission Siting: State Agency Decision-Making and Engagement between States and Regional Transmission Organizations.


NCEP’s webpage states: “The NCEP mini guide series promotes dialogue among state electricity decision-makers by highlighting examples of successful engagement across NCEP members. Each mini guide features collaborative approaches, lessons learned, and interviews with leading state and local decision makers.”


Regarding the Transmission Siting mini guide, it states:Decisions on where to site transmission lines must balance the needs of the electric system with other uses of land. States have evolved several ways to organize this important decision-making process. This mini guide outlines the interests that must be balanced, organizational approaches being used, and insights into different state processes. Interviews with key agency leads and staff involved in the day-to-day work of siting transmission lines from Arizona, Kansas, Massachusetts, and South Carolina offer observations about the relative consistency in responsibilities and approaches across different institutional structures.”


Regarding the Engagement between States and Regional Transmission Organizations mini guide, it states: “This mini guide describes the overlap and distinction between PUCs and CAs, examines the current and emerging state of engagement between the two parties, and offers ideas for how relationships can be strengthened based on the experiences of PUCs and CAs. To inform the paper, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) conducted interviews with commissioners, commission staff, and consumer advocates (from state agencies and nonprofits) who have experience working with their counterparts.” Download the Mini Guide on Transmission Siting: State Agency Decision Making here.

Download the Engagement between States and Regional Transmission Organizations mini guide here.