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State Policy Research
​Issue advocacy at the state level has grown in importance as electric utilities have entered a new era of state rase cases. EEI has produced an expanding program of published research to support members on key issues.

Grid Modernization

  • EEI Summary of State Regulatory Smart Grid Decisions | August 2011
    A table that summarizes 76 decisions by state utility commissions in 24 states on investor-owned utility applications for approval of smart grid programs and projects. Information for each case includes decision date and docket number, approved investment amounts, stimulus funding amounts, cost recovery provisions, dynamic pricing provisions, and other key findings.
  • Regulatory and Policy Issues Associated with Smart Grid Implementation | October 2010
    This report serves as a primer for understanding state and federal regulatory and policy issues raised by smart grid deployment, including issues related to technology choices, interoperability, cyber security, data collection and privacy, cost recovery, rate design, and tax policy. 

Infrastructure Advocacy

  • Alternative Regulation for Evolving Utility Challenges: An Updated Survey | January 2013
    A survey of recent state regulatory innovations designed to address regulatory lag, a problem which is gaining urgency as EEI members address the need to finance new infrastructure at a time when the growth in average customer use has slowed due to a weak economy and increasing energy efficiency.  Reflects current precedent involving cost trackers, CWIP in rate base, multiyear rate and revenue caps, various kinds of revenue decoupling, formula rates, and forward test years.

Rate Advocacy

  • State Regulatory Update: Rate Impact Mitigation Measures | June 2010
    Summary and trend analysis of utility and state regulatory activities with respect to mitigation of customer rate increases. Includes abstracts of selected cases from 2005 to mid-2010, including actions that respond to increases resulting from expiration of rate ceilings, the need for new utility investment, and other key drivers.