Welcome to NRRI

The National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) was founded in 1976 by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). NRRI serves as a research arm to NARUC and its members, the utility regulatory commissions of the fifty states and the District of Columbia in the United States. NRRI’s primary mission is to produce and disseminate relevant and applicable research related to the utility sector – natural gas, electricity, water and telecommunications


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NRRI 19-02 State Universal Service Funds 2018: Updating the Numbers
Universal Service is a key component of both federal and state communications policy. Its goal is to ensure that regardless of where they live, all citizens have access to robust, reliable communications services, including broadband connectivity, at affordable rates, with “reasonably comparable service” across the country. The four Federal Universal Service funds (FUSF)—High Cost/Connect America (CAF), Schools and Libraries (E-Rate), Lifeline, and Rural Healthcare—provide financial support to carriers (and, in the case of the Lifeline fund, consumers) to bring 21st century communications services to users across the country.

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NRRI 19-01 Review of State Net Energy Metering
The objective of this paper is to summarize actions now being taken in many states to change rate designs for distributed energy resources (DER) on the customer side of the meter. Net energy metering (NEM) has been the most common rate design used for customers with small-scale generators that provide what is sometimes known as […]

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NRRI 18-03 IP Oversight
Oversight of retail wireline telecommunications services in the United States has been reduced over time as a result of increased competition and the transition of end-users from traditional wireline service to the more lightly regulated wireless and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services. Although traditional regulation has been reduced, the States continue to oversee those functions delegated to them by the 1996 Telecommunications Act, including Intercarrier Agreements (ICAs) and other wholesale services, numbering, the designation of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs), the collection and distribution of state and federal universal service funds, Lifeline, basic local service (in some states), carrier of last resort services (in those states that still require it), Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), etc.

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NRRI 18-01 Water DSIC
The EPA estimates the 20-year national water infrastructure need at $384.2 billion, of which the largest amount ($245.4 billion) is needed for distribution and transmission projects (EPA, 2013, pg. 5). Today’s infrastructure replacement climate results from two primary factors: the age of infrastructure, and the absence for many utilities of a designated fund for replacing aging infrastructure (NRRI, 2009, pg 135). This first factor relates primarily to the economic boom at the end of World War II that resulted in significant growth in industrial, business, commercial, and residential development which resulted in an expansion of water and wastewater to support it. Much of this World War II era infrastructure is now at an age where replacement or significant repairs are required to ensure that the quality of service expected by customers can be maintained

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Upcoming NRRI Webinars

Committee on the Consumers and the Public Interest: Disconnections and Delinquencies, Part II 6/10/19

Electric Vehicles—Regulatory Actions to Enable Clean Technology 7/10/19