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Capitalism Debates Socialism in Honolulu

Hawaii Considering Alternatives to Private Sector Ownership

Leonard Hyman and William Tilles

Lawmakers in Hawaii are really asking three interconnected questions. Do we need stockholders or shareholders to finance our electric utility? Are we comfortable with private sector management setting goals for the local electricity business? If the electric business is run publicly as a not-for-profit, how will we set rates?

2016 Annual Rate Case Survey

It is often said that ratemaking is as much art as science.

Phillip Cross

It is the process of setting a return on equity that is fair to both shareholders and consumers that demonstrates the art and science practiced by regulators. One case reported here provides a good glimpse at the entire range of issues put before regulators: a decision by the Michigan Public Service Commission setting electric rates for Consumers Power Company.

Rethinking Rate Design

Berkeley Lab’s Discussion with Five Experts

Lisa Wood, Ross Hemphill, John Howat, Ralph Cavanagh and Severin Borenstein

Five of our industry's top thought leaders weigh in on the white-hot controversy of rate design as utilities and regulators plot a course for electricity's future.

Energy People: Adam Sieminski

We talked with Adam Sieminski, Administrator at the Energy Information Administration

Adam Sieminski, with Pat McMurray

Adam Sieminski became the eighth administrator of the EIA in 2012. While awaiting confirmation as EIA administrator, Sieminski served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council.

Competing Perspectives on Demand Charges

Survey of consumer advocates identifies areas of agreement and disagreement

Ryan Hledik and Ahmad Faruqui

This article summarizes perspectives on both sides of the demand charge issue. Based on this review, it proposes practical initiatives to address key concerns about residential demand charges.

Here Comes the Sun

Growing Impacts of Residential Solar on Utility Customer Service

Daniel Gabaldon, Matt Guarini and Jamie Wimberly

What does PV mean for utilities’ residential customer service operations? From helping customers with supplier selection, through installation and maintenance issues? And with billing? To begin to address this question, we conducted two sets of surveys of residential electricity customers in the second quarter of 2016.

Ratemaking and the Campaign Against Rooftop Solar

Rate design should balance consumer and investor interests.

Ari Peskoe

Regulators should ensure that changes to rate design seek to balance consumer and utility interests. Rates that are intended to insulate utilities from economic and technological change while providing no benefits to consumers ought to be considered unjust, unreasonable, and unduly discriminatory.

Line Dividing Regulation and Management

Utility performance, investment versus dividends, rate of return incentives

Phil Cross

Generally speaking, regulatory commissions and courts are not anxious to substitute their judgement for that of utility management. A recent example where state regulators found it prudent to gingerly cross the line can be seen in a recent case involving Indianapolis Power and Light Company.

Tax Implications of NEM Successor Policies

Federal income tax treatment has nothing to do with pricing sale of electricity to utility or customer.

Alex Zakupowsky

Advocates for net metering argue that if the electricity delivered by the customer to the utility is credited at the full retail rate, the amount is not taxable, but if credited at less than the full retail rate, such as under a feed-in tariff or a value of solar tariff, the IRS might count the credited amount as taxable income. A tax expert fills us in on the other side of the story.

Illinois Approach to Regulating Distribution Utility of the Future

Annual formula rate is working to stabilize distribution ratemaking.

Ross Hemphill and Val Jensen

A lot has been said of alternative ratemaking approaches. The clearest, most direct path is what has been happening in Illinois, a success by any reasonable measure for a distribution utility.

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