Policy Frameworks for Energy Efficient Power Systems - A Case Study of Arkansas
In 2012, the Clean Energy Ministerial tasked the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) with assisting one state—in this case, the State of Arkansas—in developing its energy efficiency policy and programs. Janine Migden-Ostrander shared her experience with this pivotal project with participants of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Indiana Thought Leadership Roundtable. Armed with an ambitious list of issues to address, Ms. Migden-Ostrander guided the Arkansas Public Service Commissioners and their staff in crafting a work plan that included collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, such as state energy and environmental regulators, electric and gas companies, advocates, and environmental groups. In the initial phase, the team laid the ground work for the next three years by developing a comprehensive energy efficiency program, drafting more robust integrated resource planning (IRP) rules, devising incentive mechanisms to motivate utilities to exceed the new higher energy savings goals, and inviting utilities to file decoupling proposals with their rate cases. By September 2013, the Public Service Commission issued its order to implement these policies and set revised energy efficiency goals for 2016 and 2017.