Want to influence the adoption of renewable energy in Montana? Do you care what principals guide our Public Service Commissioners? For a start, take a look at the agenda of the The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual winter policy summit in Washington D.C. last week.
A highlight of the meeting was a debate February 14, between Ralph Cavanagh, Codirector of the Energy Program, National Resource Defense Council, and Phil Moeller, Executive VP of NARUC, and a former FERC Commissioner, representing the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).
Moderated by Montana’s Public Service Commissioner Travis Kavulla, the question was: Should NARUC’s membership embrace an “All of the Above” energy strategy as a guiding principal for oversight of utilities’ planning and investment? The Daily Energy Insider covered the debate on Feb. 16, calling it “collegial.”
Following the debate, NRDC and EEI released a joint statement supporting new utility policies which, according to Ralph Cavanagh’s blog , “accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy future,” which includes the following: reductions in greenhouse gases, ensuring affordability of energy services, and improving system reliability.
The question that utility regulators are discussing nationwide is how to accelerate our transition to a clean energy future. Let’s keep that in the public’s view. The PSC works for us, remember.