Getting Started: Rethinking Utility Regulation in an Era of Exponential Change
Rapid technology change means cleaner, lower-cost, and more resilient options for meeting customers’ energy needs are or soon will be available. Customers may soon have cost-effective options to meet their own energy needs through transactive platforms and markets. How can utility regulators best prepare for this changing world?
On February 8, 2018, RAP hosted a roundtable webinar exploring the nature and impact of these trends and a discussion of what regulators can do now to help ensure positive outcomes for their states. Ken Colburn, Richard Sedano, Jim Lazar, Michael Hogan, David Farnsworth, and John Shenot discuss:
- The rapidly falling cost of renewables and what it means for markets;
- New tools that enable utilities to shape load;
- Resiliency, including ways to strengthen the grid to better withstand and recover from extreme weather events; and
- How these trends are resonating beyond the United States, and what lessons can be learned from other countries’ responses.