Janine L. Migden-Ostrander advises regulators and advocates on energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand response, distributed generation and integrated resource planning. Recent projects include working closely with the Energy Bureau of Puerto Rico in establishing orders and regulations on subjects such as integrated resource planning and microgrids. Ms. Migden-Ostrander leads RAP’s work on a peer-to-peer power sector transformation group. She has worked with numerous commissions in facilitating meetings, providing workshops and writing reports on issues related to power sector transformation, including grid modernization. She has also served as a lecturer and educator on regulatory issues in a variety of forums.
Ms. Migden-Ostrander has worked in public utility law for more than 35 years, most recently as the Ohio consumers’ counsel. In that role she oversaw the state agency that represents the interests of Ohio’s 4.5 million residential households with their investor-owned electric, natural gas, telephone and water companies.
As the consumers’ counsel, Ms. Migden-Ostrander championed a variety of energy and telecommunications policies, from integrated portfolio management, alternative sources of energy, energy efficiency programs and innovative rate designs in the energy industry to the delivery of broadband services in the telecommunications industry. She also made it an agency priority to find solutions for the growing number of customers who struggled with affordability of utility services.
Ms. Migden-Ostrander’s previous experience includes serving as an assistant consumers’ counsel, where she litigated a wide variety of electric, gas, telephone and water cases; and serving as a senior director of government affairs for Enron Corp., focusing on the development of competitive markets in the Midwest. She also served as partner at the law firm Hahn Loeser and Parks, where she represented environmental organizations, non-utility generators, local governments, community action agencies serving low-income people, and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, among others. She worked on legislation in numerous states involving a variety of issues, including natural gas and electric competition.
Ms. Migden-Ostrander served as a member of the AARP National Policy Council and sat on the Consumer and Livable Communities committee. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Electricity Journal. She is a past board member of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, Green Energy Ohio, Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy, the Ohio Environmental Council and the National Low Income Energy Consortium and has served on the executive committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.
Ms. Migden-Ostrander earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York and a Certificat de la Langue et Civilisation Française from the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, where she gained fluency in French. Her law degree is from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.