Mapping Electricity Affordability, January 13, 2020

First-of-a-Kind Interactive Tool Drills Down to the County Level

With a few clicks of a mouse, it’s now easy to see the differences across the country when it comes to the cost and affordability of electricity. Users can sort and compare nearly 100 residential customer affordability metrics or variables and also zoom in to get information by individual counties. 

This color-coded, visual representation with an easy-to-use interface was developed by researchers at PNNL. The tool is based on publicly available household income information from census data combined with utility revenue and customer count information from the federal Energy Information Agency. Together they determine a customer “cost burden” for electricity. 

Training for Regional Distribution Systems Planning Starts in New England, October 26, 2017

To help regulators keep on top of changes in technologies and best practices in distribution system planning, Berkeley Lab, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), led the first in a series of regional training sessions on September 27–29 at the Maine Public Utilities Commission in Portland, Maine. Approximately 40 public utility commissioners and staff from the six New England states attended the training to inform their ongoing grid modernization efforts related to distribution system planning, grid modernization investment plans, distributed energy storage, and transportation electrification.