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 Commission of Puerto Rico in establishing orders and regulations on subjects such as integrated resource planning and microgrids. Ms. Migden-Ostrander also facilitates the Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative (MADRI). She has worked with numerous commissions in facilitating meetings, providing workshops, and writing reports on issues related to power sector transformation, including grid modernization. Her projects are predominantly in the United States, but some are overseas.
Ms. Migden-Ostrander has worked in public utility law for approximately 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 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. Ms. Migden-Ostrander also made it an agency priority to find solutions for the growing number of customers who struggle 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 cases involving 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, community action agencies serving the low-income, and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, among others. She has been involved in proceedings before numerous state utility commissions, and she has monitored activities and worked on policy issues involving state and federal energy and telecommunications matters. She worked on legislation in numerous states involving a variety of issues, including natural gas and electric competition.
Ms. Migden-Ostrander is a member of the AARP National Policy Council and serves on the Consumer and Livable Communities committee. She is also 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, as well as a member of 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, France, where she gained fluency in French. Her law degree is from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.