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Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 12, 2017
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May 02, 2017 to May 05, 2017
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May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
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Energy Policy & Legislation

The Electric Utility in 2030

Fat or Skinny?

Ren Orans, Fredrich Kahrl, Dan Aas

Debates over utility business and regulatory models have sidestepped a fundamental question: What do state legislators and regulators want the electricity utility of the future to do? Do they want "fat" utilities that play a larger role in implementing public policy and delivering energy services to customers? Or "skinny" utilities that are more narrowly focused on the ownership and upkeep of the grid?

Why Are We Still Arguing About NEM?

Competitive Market Will Take Care of Next Burning Issue

Charles Cicchetti

I do not understand why we are still distracted by Net Energy Metering (NEM). It worked well when we had not-so-smart meters and were trying to encourage rooftop solar penetration. People in general and students of regulation in particular are left confused and can easily find some support for both sides. This results in conflicts and proposed compromises that keep the debate going at full tilt. Two things are missing or mostly overlooked in all this regulatory discourse.

FERC, Renewables and Potatoes

Hidden Costs of Externalities

Charles Bayless

We continue to rush towards a renewable future without considering overall system design, the costs that various renewable scenarios impose on grid operation, and the operation of the grid with these scenarios. When the externalities of climate change and ocean acidification create an overwhelming mandate to move away from fossil fuels, we have no choice but to go forward. Shouldn't we try to pick the cheapest path?

Energy People: Rob Powelson

We talked with NARUC President, Commissioner Rob Powelson

Commissioner Rob Powelson, with Steve Mitnick

Commissioner Powelson was installed as the 128th president of NARUC in November 2016.

Moral Economics and Power

Neo-Liberalism's Consequences

Leonard Hyman and William Tilles

Adam Smith's first book, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments,” argued that people acted not just for money, but also out of professional pride, fairness, patriotism, altruism and other non-economic reasons. Maybe the time has come to revisit Adam Smith and his important first book.

One Size Doesn't Fit All!

Offer Choices

David Boonin

Offer end uses as the product, and not therms or watts. The utility becomes a true energy service company.

Is It Finally Time to Embrace Multiyear Rate Plans?

Customers and Utilities Benefit

Ken Costello

In the U.S., electric utilities are the major supporter of MRPs. In other countries, the government has been a major proponent. Countries such as Australia, Canada and Great Britain have relied heavily on MRPs, often citing the deficiencies of traditional rate-of-return ratemaking.

What is the Right Rate Design?

Fairness Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Tanuj Deora

Fairness has conflicting meanings for customers, utilities, power generators, DER providers, and others. Regulators and policymakers must understand their goal should not be the perfect rate design; it doesn't exist.

Are We Paying Too Much for Residential Solar?

Many Voters Unaware of Costs

By Robert Borlick

The typical solar customer in Southern California could recover their investment in seven years. After which, the facility would provide essentially free electricity for at least 18 more years. If this sounds too good to be true, it is. Those generous returns are paid for by federal taxpayers and California residential customers that lack rooftop solar.

NARUC Manual on DER Rate Design and Compensation

Where is it Most Relevant Today?

Cameron Brooks

The 14 states with highest DER adoption levels represent 40% of the total market for electricity; four states have annual revenues of more than $15 billion.