State Senator Eric Koch Elected To NCEP Leadership

(STATEHOUSE) – State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) has been elected to the 12-member Executive Committee of the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP) based in Washington, D.C.

NCEP is a platform for all state-level electricity decisionmakers to share and learn from diverse perspectives on the evolving electricity sector. Its community includes more than 200 representatives from public utility commissions, air, and environmental regulatory agencies, governors’ staffs and state energy offices, legislatures and consumer advocates. It is an affiliate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Center (NARUC) for Partnerships and Innovation.
NCEP serves as a forum for collaboration around grid-related topics at state, regional and national levels, offering a unique opportunity for state electricity decisionmakers throughout the country to examine the ways new technologies, policies, regulations, and markets impact state resources and the bulk power system.
Additionally, NCEP facilitates an annual meeting, connections to virtual resources, and ongoing learning opportunities for members to explore multiple perspectives on complex electricity system issues.
A set of principles guide NCEP in its purpose, administration, mission, and values. NCEP’s mission is to:

  • Provide information and technical assistance to states, regions, and multiple stakeholders and policymakers;
  • Improve understanding of electricity technologies, markets, programs and policies;
  • Support the deployment of reliable, clean, and reasonably priced electricity;
  • Improve interstate and intrastate coordination on electricity issues; and
  • Undertake planning and coordination activities of the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC).

In addition, NCEP adheres to the following values when conducting activities and developing resources:

  • Objectivity – ensuring all efforts are balanced, credible and fact-based without a partisan, ideological or business-driven agenda;
  • Diversity – maintaining organizational diversity in composition (e.g., state electricity office represented, political affiliation), professional background (e.g., law, economics, engineering) and geography;
  • Collaboration – collaborating internally and externally in order to deeply explore topics; and
  • Engagement – engaging state decisionmakers through a combination of in-person and virtual events.

NCEP address all aspects of electricity, primarily through five work areas:

  • The Evolving Electricity Marketplace;
  • Resource Adequacy and Diversity;
  • Transmission;
  • Reliability, Resilience and Recovery; and
  • The Intersection of Energy and the Environment.

Sen. Koch is a member of the Indiana Senate Committee on Utilities and served as Chairman of the Indiana House of Representatives Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications from 2012-2016. A nationally recognized leader in energy policy, he serves as co-chair of the Task Force on Energy Supply of the National Conference of State Legislatures and holds a graduate certificate in Energy Policy Planning from the University of Idaho. He focuses on energy, telecommunications and water policy interactions in Indiana and nationwide.