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Issue Workrooms

EEI's Issue Workrooms provide members an online forum to facilitate policy development, information exchange and networking. Members communicate and share ideas, participate in discussion forums, send email blasts, create file libraries, organize conference calls and keep track of important dates and upcoming events.

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  • Air Issues: The Air Issues Workroom contains materials relevant to Clean Air Act issues such as NAAQS, hazardous air pollutants, interstate transport, regional haze, NSR, emissions markets, etc.  See also the GHG Performance Standards Workroom. A primary purpose of the Air Issues Workroom is to facilitate member participation in EEI Clean Air Strategy Group (CASG) meetings held in February, June and December.  
  • Alternative Regulation: This is a place where members can share ideas, information, and data related to innovations in regulation. This Workroom supports the Alternative Regulation Working Group, whose mission is to build a body of knowledge regarding regulatory policies that will enable members to execute new business strategies as distributed energy creates new opportunities in electricity markets. The focus is on regulatory policy, not business strategy. The Workroom reflects regulatory policies that will allow members to capitalize on the largest possible range of new revenue opportunities. 
  • Business Continuity: Issues related to all hazard preparedness that sustains the continuity of operations i.e., pandemic planning and preparedness and response.
  • CIO EAC: EEI's Chief Information Officer Executive Advisory Committee (CIO EAC) is for senior-level information technology executives working on emerging strategic information technology and business issues that impact electric utilities.
  • Climate: The EEI Climate Workroom contains a wide range of current and historic climate change-related materials that cover congressional activity, state and regional developments (including RGGI and the California cap-and-trade program), international climate negotiations, economic analyses, the social cost of carbon and more. Carbon capture and storage materials can also be found in the Workroom, along with the materials used at the EEI Global Climate Change Subcommittee meetings. Materials related to GHG regulations can be found on the GHG Performance Standards Workroom.
  • Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR)
  • Coal Retirement & Conversions: The purpose of this Workroom is to provide a forum for exchanging information on best practices and lessons learned with respect to retiring or converting coal plants.
  • Distribution: This Workroom is a companion Workroom supporting the activities of the Distribution Subject Area Committee which is chaired by Tom Kirkpatrick, American Electric Power.
  • Distributed Generation: Distributed Generation (DG) is growing all around the country and although it is still a small contributor to overall generation, it is getting increasing attention from political and regulatory circles. This Workroom will allow for increased information exchange, dialogue, and member collaboration on all issues related to the development and implementation of DG.
  • DOE Quadrennial Energy Review (QER): EEI is assisting with our member’s participation in the public meetings associated with the Quadrennial Energy Review addressing infrastructure resiliency and vulnerability.  We will monitor these meetings and where appropriate, augment the meeting records with additional information/studies. This Workroom is a repository of this information.
  • Economics: The Economics Workroom is used by the members of EEI's Economics Policy Advisory Group (EPAG).  It is a repository for all presentations and studies shared and/or discussed at EPAG meetings and also a forum for exchanging communications and information relevant to issues or studies that the committee is actively engaged in.
  • Efficiency Codes and Standards: The Efficiency Codes and Standards Workroom is for EEI activities that relate to policies, regulations, laws, appliance energy efficiency standards, building energy efficiency codes, green building codes, and other activities that affect the use of electricity in buildings and by appliances and equipment.  The primary goals of this activity are to make sure that codes and standards allow for the wise use of electricity, and that policies, laws, regulations, codes and standards are fuel and market neutral.
  • Electric Transportation: The EEI Electric Transportation Workroom is for EEI member company staff as well as outside stakeholders to discuss issues, share best practices and distribute information related to the adoption of electric transportation technologies, focusing primarily on the passenger vehicle market.
  • Electrification Working Group: The Electrification Working Group is a resource library for program managers and account managers from EEI member companies to support their activities related to electrification, including on- and non-road transportation technologies as well as broader electrification efforts.
  • Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Auditing: A resource for the EH&S Auditing Task Force.
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM): The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Task Force provides a central venue for EEI Utility Members to hold discussions and exchange information related to risk issues facing the electric industry.  The Task Force also will provide a means to share ERM practices to assist members in enhancing their ERM programs.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Workroom is the main tool for posting relevant FERC materials, collaborating on FERC regulatory policy matters and developing positions on FERC-proposed rulemakings and policies.
  • Finance: This workroom is for EEI members working on issues related to CFTC Regulatory Reform, Taxation Committee and Tax Analysis and Research Subcommittee (TARS) subgroups. The site is a private meeting place that provides members with email blast updates, discussion forums, file storage, a shared calendar and seeks to facilitate member participation.
  • GHG Performance Standards: The EEI GHG Performance Standards Workroom houses materials related to the development of GHG performance standards, including key documents such as the draft EPA standards.  The Workroom also contains the materials from the EEI webinar series on this topic, related legal analyses, letters and submissions by states and state groups and the materials used at the EEI environment committee meetings on this subject.
  • International Industry Forum (IFF): The IIF provides an area where International Members can interact with each other, as well as obtain useful information and tools that are applicable to the energy needs in their country.
  • Investor Relations: The Investor Relations Workroom is for sharing financial, regulatory and legislative information impacting the integrity of the electric power sector and for identifying best practices among members. It is divided into three subgroups: the Treasury Task Force, Investor Relations Group, and the Wall Street Advisory Group. The Workroom is comprised of member company chief financial officers, treasurers and investor relations executives and selected members of the financial community.
  • Law Cybersecurity: The EEI Law Cybersecurity Workroom is for member-company attorneys working on a broad range of cybersecurity related legal issues.
  • Load Forecasting: The Load Forecasting Workroom focuses on work products and discussions of the Load Forecasting Group.
  • Loss Control: The Loss Control / Fire Protection (LCFP) Task Force was established to improve safety, mitigate risk and prevent losses across our industry.  While the core focus of the Task Force is EEI Utility Members, the group also includes experts throughout the industry that represent consulting and engineering services and public, municipal and cooperative power entities. The LCFP Task Force takes an active role in the development of national codes and standards for loss prevention, sharing industry best practices, and tracking industry loss events.
  • Metering: This site is a private meeting place that provides members of EEI Metering Subject Area Committee with a Workroom with a shared calendar, discussion forums, member profiles, photo gallery, file storage and more. Jim DeMars of Florida Power and Light is the Chairman.
  • National Energy Compliance Forum (NECF): EEI hosts the NECF Workroom. NECF is an organization composed of EEI member and other utility compliance professionals who work primarily in the areas of FERC and NERC compliance. Entities participating in the NECF must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
  • National Response Event (NRE): This Workroom serves as an information resource for EEI U.S. Investor-Owned utilities interested in learning more about the industry-wide National Response Event process. Its purpose is also to serve as an operational resource to these groups in the event a NRE is triggered by industry. Tom Kirkpatrick is the NREC Chairman.
  • PowerPlan Users Group: EEI’s PowerPlan Users Group Workroom allows for increased information exchange, dialogue and member collaboration on the use of the PowerPlan tax and accounting systems and related industry issues. This includes the AM System, PowerTax System and Provision System. The site is a private meeting place that provides members with a shared calendar, discussion forums, member profiles, file storage and more.
  • Rail Transport: The EEI Rail Transport workgroup includes information on legislative and regulatory issues related to rail transport.  Many EEI members are “captive” shippers with access to only one railroad and no other alternative to coal deliveries.  For all shippers, captive or not, EEI advocates for congressional reform of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to increase efficiency and transparency and seeks promulgation of rules at the STB that strike a fair balance between shippers and railroads.
  • Rate and Regulatory: Issues related to retail rates and regulatory affairs at the state level, focusing on the EEI Rates and Regulatory Affairs Committee and EEI Rate and Regulatory Analysts Group.
  • Reliability: Issues and activities moving through NERC and FERC that affect bulk power system planning and operations; provides support to the EEI Reliability Executive Advisory Committee.
  • RestorePower: Promotes continuous improvement of mutual assistance, emergency preparedness and emergency response among utilities. Serves as a resource for participants of the Regional Mutual Assistance Groups.
  • Risk Management: The Risk Management Committee provides EEI Utility Members a forum for discussion and exchange of information and ideas pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and reduction of risks of loss of assets and earnings; to determine experience and needs of electric utilities in their efforts to obtain, at reasonable cost, adequate amounts of appropriate insurance; and to distribute such studies and reports as may be of interest to the electric utility industry.
  • Smart Grid: This is the member hub for EEI activities that relate to the Smart Grid. This site will be used by EEI to: Develop EEI member comments to federal and state Smart Grid policy-making agencies, facilitate member participation in events and activities that support the businesses of EEI members and inform members on important Smart Grid activities.
  • Standards: The EEI Standards Workroom is an area devoted to Standards activities directly impacting the electric utility industry.  There are two main groups that operate out of this workroom: EURC (Electric Utility Representative Coordinators) which deals with the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) issues and the EL&P (Electric Light and Power) group which deals with the National Electrical Code (NEC) issues. 
  • Suppliers: The EEI Suppliers Workroom is an area where you can interact with other Suppliers and receive information on upcoming conferences and meetings. The information that you provide in the Suppliers Workroom will be referenced to the Utility Member-only area.
  • Supplier Diversity: This Workroom is for participating EEI Supplier Diversity utilities that would like to share information, benchmark, review documents and seek recommendations to enhance their supplier diversity programs.
  • Tax Reform: EEI’s Tax Reform Internet Workroom allows for increased information exchange, dialogue and member collaboration related to potential tax reform at the US Federal level. Fundamental tax reform could have significant impacts for the electric utility industry. It is important that the industry be a leading force in proposing and advocating positions that benefit our member companies while helping address the overall need for tax reform in the US.
  • Technology Advisory Committee: The Technology Advisor Council (TAC) provides a forum for Information Technology Executives from the AGA & EEI TAC to keep abreast of emerging strategic information technology and business issues that impact the energy industry. This site is a private meeting place that provides members of TAC with shared discussion forums, member profiles, file storage and more.
  • Transmission Engineering & Operations: This is a collaborative workroom used by EEI transmission engineering and operations professionals to share and discuss technical issues affecting the industry. The site contains both general information and topic specific areas such as the Executive Committee Subgroup, GMD Subgroups, etc. The site also contains various useful links such as protective relay manufacturers, transformer manufacturers, breaker manufacturers, etc.
  • Transmission Policy Task Force (TPTF): The Transmission Policy Task Force (TPTF) workroom is the primary tool used to coordinate the TPTF in our efforts to fulfill our mission including the review and development of strategies and practices on policy issues affecting transmission, wholesale energy markets and reliability.
  • Transmission Siting: Issues related to transmission siting and the EEI/NRECA Utility Siting Workshop Planning.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems: To provide advocacy for the EEI Member Utilities with the FAA regarding the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to accomplish electric utility mission to deliver energy to their customers safely, reliably, efficiently and profitably. 
  • Utility Relocation: A provision in the MAP-21 transportation reauthorization bill from 2012 (Section 1518 of Public Law 112-141) expanded the use of Buy America for transportation projects.  Under the expanded requirements, utilities working on federally-funded transportation projects must certify that all “steel, iron, and manufactured products used in such project[s] are produced in the United States.”   These provisions would apply where utilities are required to move or relocate facilities, including utility poles and transmission lines, due to state highway work that receives federal funding.  EEI has created a Workroom specifically for utility relocation projects so member companies can share best practices and strategies.
  • Utility Services for Customers: A resource for EEI and AGA members to share information on issues related to customer services.
  • Utility Spectrum Initiative: This workroom is part of a joint initiative on spectrum access by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) - led by its EEI Chief Information Officer Executive Advisory Committee -- and the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC). The joint initiative by EEI and UTC is to develop spectrum proposals designed to meet industry needs to ensure and maintain the reliability, security, and resiliency of utility communications networks.
  • Water Resources: Issues related to water resources policy matters involving the EPA and other federal agencies.

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