State Efforts to Modernize the Electric Grid


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Report: ‘Significant Infrastructure Upgrades Will Be Required To Address the Needs of an Evolving Energy Network’

Denver—At a time when lawmakers and utilities are faced with challenges from an evolving electric sector, states are driving grid modernization through a variety of methods. Many of these approaches by lawmakers include changes to rate design and broad regulatory reforms, according to a report released by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

 “Modernizing our energy grid is essential to our states,” said Senator Eric A. Koch (R-Ind.), co-chair of the NCSL Task for Energy Supply. “This new report provides the framework needed to determine the best options for states.”

The report, “Modernizing the Electric Grid: State Role and Policy Option,” assists state lawmakers in understanding the changing energy system and explores a variety of options available to utilities, state governments and energy planners to enable grid modernization.  The report offers numerous case studies that provide insight into the benefits, costs and challenges, and highlights policies that enable innovative solutions to compete and flourish on a level playing field.

The report explores five key areas including:

  • Components of the modern grid.
  • Securing a modern grid.
  • Policy and regulatory approaches for a modern energy system.
  • Utility regulatory options.
  • Federal action on grid modernization.

“As state lawmakers, we create the legal framework that directly impacts the move to a modern energy grid,” said Senator David Koehler (D-Ill.),  co-chair of the NCSL Task for Energy Supply.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.