Welcome to the Regulatory Relations Center
This page is intended to provide NWPPA members with an electronic resource to conduct regulatory business.
NWPPA members work together in workgroups and committees that are focused on proposed regulatory orders and rules, as well as implementation of final rules and orders, at the regional and national levels. We do not engage in state or local issues, or in the local business matters of member utilities.
Below you will find a list of the regulatory resources NWPPA offers:
- Regulatory resources
- Regulatory committees
- Committee meeting dates and resources
- Calls to action on regulatory issues of importance to the utility industry
For questions, please contact Scott Lowry, Training & Regulatory Affairs Manager.
This page contains information about NWPPA’s regulatory activities and some resources related to selected activities. Questions? Please contact Scott Lowry at NWPPA at email@example.com or (360) 816-1448.
FERC / NERC / WECC
- Bulk Electric System (BES) – Proposed definition and exemption method
- Cyber security and critical infrastructure protection (legislation and NERC/FERC)
- Energy imbalance markets
- FERC Order #1000 – Transmission planning and cost allocation
U.S. Environmental Protection
- EPA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on PCB Use Authorization
- Proposed EPA rule on underground storage tanks
Bulk Electric System (BES) – Proposed definition and exemption method
FERC order information to define the BES and an exemption method
- FERC Order 743 press release – November 18, 2010
- FERC 743A press release – March 17, 2011
- Click to go to the FERC website
NERC standards definition process on BES definition and exception process:
- Proposed definition of Bulk Electric System and related Rules of Procedure Team
- Rules of Procedure Development Team: BES definition exception process
Below is the EPA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, plus the transcript of NWPPA’s webinar with the EPA regarding the rule, and the ETF’s comments filed for NWPPA.
- EPA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (4/7/2011)
- FERC reaffirms order requiring revised definition of bulk electric system
Jennifer Richcreek, ETF Chair, Kodiak Electric Association
(907) 486-7704, firstname.lastname@example.org
Derrick McCarty, ETF Vice Chair, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
(916) 452-3211, email@example.com
Below please find short descriptions of NWPPA committees actively working on regulatory issues.
- BES Ad Hoc Work Group Committee
- NWPPA Environmental Task Force (ETF)
BES Ad Hoc Workgroup Committee
The BES Workgroup is a coalition of NWPPA members, western associations, and other entities interested in Bulk Electric System (BES) reliability standards and enforcement topics, including the development of a BES definition and regulations that maintain and improve the reliability of the BES.
For more information, please contact BES Ad Hoc Work Group Leader Bill Dearing, regulatory electric system consultant for NWPPA at (509) 989-3889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about participating in this committee, please contact Scott Lowry at email@example.com or (360) 816-1448.
NWPPA’s Environmental Task Force Committee
The Environmental Task Force (ETF) examines environmental issues and their impact on the electric industry. The ETF meetings are a solution-focused, learning, and networking venue that bring utility, industry, and government environmental professionals together on a regular basis.
For more information about participating in this committee, contact either ETF Chair Jennifer Richcreek at (907) 486-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Scott Lowry at email@example.com or (360) 816-1448.
Industry meeting notice: 25th Annual RCS National Convention, Springfield, Missouri – October 25-27, 2016
RCS is pleased to announce that you may now register for our 25th annual meeting. This year’s conference is especially important as our agenda is planned to include the announcement and examination of the EPA’s long-awaited proposed PCB regulatory amendments. It has been more than six years since the Agency’s “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” and indications are that EPA will be calling for comments on specific changes/additions to the PCB rules by convention time. Click here to view more details
The Safety Forum currently uses Basecamp to communicate among members. Please contact:
Columbia Rural Electric Association
(509) 382-2578, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
(888) 742-7683, email@example.com
Ravalli County Electric Cooperative, Inc.
(406) 961-3001, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our committees meet at all times of the year to discuss issues critical to our industry. Our continued collaboration and understanding of current events and regulations that affect the power industry protects and improves our jobs, our services, and customer experience.
Contact Scott Lowry for the current schedule of meeting dates
View Regulatory Resources
The links below are regulatory resources for utilities:
Click here to learn more about the EPA’s RICE webinar series
For more information on the RICE rules, visit http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/airpage.nsf/Enforcement/rice_rules.
NWPPA is committed to any and all actions that protect our members and our industry. We are constantly staying informed of new regulations and participating in collaborative efforts with regulating bodies to represent our members and help our industry stay compliant with state and federal regulations.
Click here to learn about current calls to action
Questions? Please call Anita Decker at (360) 254-0109, Nicole Case at (530) 530-0790, or Scott Lowry at (360) 816-1448.