Constellation Energy CEO Mayo Shattuck has complained that he and the utility have unfairly been demonized in the public and in the press. In one interview with a Maryland paper, Shattuck showed...
utilities sometimes have had to wait years or decades simply to get their lines sited, let alone built. Quite a few utility executives that I've talked to can recall in excruciating detail the negotiation, political wrangling, town halls, environmental meetings, and the years and years of more negotiation with regulators and stakeholders. And that's with a rate-base allowance included, to save the utility from any additional worry over the economics of the project.
Today, many of these utility executives believe private investors may not be suited to the lengthy, unpredictable, and sometimes contentious transmission-siting process.
In our case, Steve Mitnick, the CEO of Conjunction LLC, the parent company of Empire Connection, had tried to respond to the concerns raised at the FERC conference.
In fact, Mitnick apparently tried to scale back the project. But most industry watchers say that attempt simply came too late. In the popular perception, Empire was done.
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