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 search, track and collaborate on PUC dockets (DocketDash) and understand the who, what, when, where and why of electricity regulation (PowerPortal).
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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. To date, forums have been held in New England, the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic, and planning for forums in the West and the South for later this year is under way.
DocketDash is a PUC docket search engine that automatically collects and processes dockets from PUCs across the country – 220,000 dockets and 3 million filed documents to date. DocketDash allows you to:
- Search the latest state regulatory dockets on the topics you care about,
- Track new developments with email notifications, daily or weekly, and
- Collaborate with colleagues through shared summaries and comments
DocketDash is part of AEE’s PowerSuite – a robust set of webtools for navigating state energy policy. Access PowerSuite or start a free trial. Government employees (including, but not limited to, PUC commissioners and staff), students, educators, and journalists can contact us to get free unlimited access.
PowerPortal is a one-stop shop for high-value information about each state’s energy policies and key participants. Use PowerPortal to gain perspective on the regulatory dockets you find DocketDash. Or use it as a stand-alone tool to connect the dots for the who, how, and why of state energy policy. See a full list of features >
A basic version of PowerPortal is available to the public. PowerPortal is part of AEE’s PowerSuite – a robust set of webtools for navigating state energy policy. For a more comprehensive version of the PowerPortal, start a free trial of PowerSuite. Government employees (including, but not limited to, PUC commissioners and staff), students, educators, and journalists can contact us to get free unlimited access.