The More Things Change
Fortnightly Magazine - February 2023
There’s less than two weeks to go before we’ll be getting together again in D.C. in mid-February. As usual it will be a lot warmer inside the Renaissance Hotel than outside of it, at NARUC’s 2023 Winter Meeting; formally the Winter Policy Summit.
“Dealing with supply restructuring was challenge enough, but as Montana Power transitioned into being a telco, which ended up in a liquidation bankruptcy, NorthWestern Public Service came in, committed to the utility operation, and acquired the distribution system.”
Exelon, Southern Company
When Chris Womack takes the reins at Southern Company, he will join Exelon’s Calvin Butler as two African American men leading two of the largest five utilities.
“Climate READi could inform generation siting decisions that the state might make. It also will inform the kind of upgrades and improvements that are going to be required of generating facilities if you take into consideration the long-term effects of climate change.”
Enacting CLCPA Equitably
Enacting the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act equitably: “Integrating equitable outcomes as a central driver of our efforts was a conscious choice borne from a recognition that many past actions to develop energy infrastructure in use today didn’t prioritize equity and the resulting environmental impacts on communities.”
“NARUC is in its 134th year, and we’re in a good place. We’re an established organization, and our members are at the forefront of the energy and utility regulatory transition that is going on today. We’re busier than ever.”
“Since Arkansas has a vertically integrated market, there needs to be a regulatory proceeding with the PUC where the tariff is created. We want to make sure it’s going to meet the objective of the federal government in ensuring we are bringing in new carbon pollution-free electricity to meet that fifty percent 24/7 goal.”
A conversation with Power 1 Energy’s Ed Jenks, Katie Widmar, Patrick Farah, Fred Bonewell, Robert Siegler, and Richard Thum.
American Gas Association
“We don’t necessarily have the regulatory mechanisms in place that allow the regulators to be able to evaluate assets that are designed for those low-frequency but high-impact events.”