Lori Burkhart is the Managing Editor of Public Utilities Fortnightly.
The NARUC Summer Policy Summit in 2020 was one of firsts. First, born out of pandemic necessity, we all filled out a survey asking whether we would indeed be willing to travel to Boston, land of lobster rolls and side trips to Cape Cod beckoning. Alas, it was not to be, bringing to fruition even more firsts, with NARUC's first virtual national conference a resounding success!
Some one thousand attendees, by now experts online, were brought together virtually in pursuit of the public interest. The agenda hit all the hot topics of the day, and no one would have dreamed a year ago that for the first time, words like COVID and pandemic would be scattered throughout. A highlight was the keynote by NAACP's Derrick Johnson, a friend of NARUC President Brandon Presley.
While there was to be no day out at Fenway Park sadly, there was a first-time virtual social happy hour that brought together attendees for a great time, as you will see. There was a lot going on at NARUC's Summer Policy Summit, and PUF is bringing you a taste of it in this issue with excerpts from panels and more. Be sure to attend the 2020 NARUC Annual Meeting and Education Conference. Whether in Seattle in November or online, it must be experienced.
NARUC Summer Policy Summit Sessions: