Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) and other entities with similar names (e.g., Public Service Commissions, Departments of Public Utilities) regulate the nation's investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities. Their decisions influence $100 billion per year in utility infrastructure investment expected through 2020 and have a direct impact on utility bills for industrial, commercial, and residential customers. Commissioners and their staff come from a variety of backgrounds and face a daunting task in keeping up-to-date with the rapid advancements in new energy technologies, the benefits that they bring, and the ways in which these technologies are fundamentally reshaping the electric system. To help Commissioners, their staff and others navigate these complex issues, the PUC Engagement program conducts a number of activities, including hosting regional commissioner forums, publishing blog posts on key regulatory issues, and providing online tools that allow users to identify and manage regulatory risks and opportunities on PUC and FERC dockets (PowerSuite) and understand the who, what, when, where and why of electricity regulation (PowerPortal).
PUC Advanced Energy Forums
AEE Institute hosts a series of small, regional PUC Advanced Energy Forums for commissioners, by commissioners. The forums are co-hosted by thought-leading commissioners in each region and are customized to cover the advanced energy issues of highest importance to that region. Participating commissioners engage in discussions about the new technologies that are fundamentally reshaping the electricity system and what challenges and opportunities are arising for regulators as a result. For more information about our forums: see the press releases from our past forums below: