Distributed Generation

Challenges for Utilities and Regulators

— Ken Costello

April 30, 2015 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

The rapid growth of distributed generation (DG) over the past two years with expected continual growth has the potential to transform the U.S. electric industry. It has stimulated a dialogue, sometimes of a spirited nature, on core topics that relate to both utility operations and state utility regulation. This teleseminar is based on NRRI Report 15-01, and the panelists will explore the challenges facing electric utilities and their state regulators as they grapple with the various questions inherent in advancing the public interest during a transition to higher reliance on DG. Read More ›

Broadening the Base

Options for Universal Service Contribution in a Broadband World

— Sherry Lichtenberg

March 26, 2015 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern

The seminar will focus on potential options for modifying the basis for universal service contributions to reflect the changing telecommunications landscape. Panelists will address ways to broaden the number of contributors as telecommunications users move from traditional landline service to VoIP, Wireless, and other technologies. The seminar will discuss who should contribute and how those contributions should be calculated and will address the various proposals suggested in response to the FCC's NPRM on contribution, including transitioning from a circuit-based system to one based on numbers, connections, or other considerations. Read More ›