A community to catalyze energy solutions.
RMI's Regulatory Collaborative ('Reg Lab') is a cohort-style initiative that builds regulatory staff capacity and develops cutting-edge solutions to today’s pressing issues. RMI is convening a peer network of Public Utility Commission (PUC) staff to test ideas, advance thought leadership, and tackle emerging issues.
Reg Lab’s First Cohort: The IRA and Resource Planning
This first cohort, which launched in June, focused on exploring the opportunities the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) brings to integrated resource planning (IRP) and how to take advantage of these opportunities in regulators’ specific jurisdictions.
- Strengthened staff understanding of the implications of the IRA’s new and updated tax credits and loan programs on resource costs, load forecasts, fossil retirement, incentives for customer-facing technologies, and more.
- Offered a collaborative space for staff to co-develop best practices and identify IRA tax and financial mechanisms that affect IRP rules, procurement practices, equity, and more.
- Developed comprehensive guidance for PUC staff to assess the impacts of the IRA on utility IRPs based on state needs and acknowledgement requirements.
To receive early notice about Reg Lab Cohort 2, email Katerina Stephan (KStephan@rmi.org).
The Collaborative is free.
About six months, meeting every three to four weeks.
The meetings will be virtual.
Once you participate in a cohort, you’ll be a part of the alumni network with access to in-person networking, insights on emerging energy topics, and Collaborative tools and resources.
We’re inviting one staff member per commission. However, we do understand that staff may not be able to attend all sessions or may work with a small team on a specific topic. In those cases, we welcome additional attendees.
Prospective Schedule for Cohort 2 Coming Soon
And this is only the beginning. Once you join Reg Lab, the benefits keep building.
Growing a Thriving Alumni Network
The increasingly complex work of regulators won’t be slowing down in the coming years — and neither will Reg Lab.
Our alumni network has access to the collected resources of each cohort topic area, ongoing guidance and technical support, and a trusted space to work through the implications of their work. You’ll find a wealth of knowledge that you can contribute to and pass on, for regulatory cohorts to come.
The Inflation Reduction Act is the largest investment to date to modernize the US energy system, and regulators have a role to play in its implementation.