Peter Fox-Penner, a principal in The Brattle Group’s Washington, DC office, and Ahmad Faruqui, a principal in the San Francisco office, will participate at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual conference taking place in Atlanta, Georgia on November 14-17, 2010. This year’s conference, “Serving the Customer Interest in Changing Times,” will feature sessions on broadband regulation, carbon capture and storage developments, renewable energy sources, and the use of social media by state agencies.
Dr. Fox-Penner will discuss three major challenges being faced by the electric utility industry: climate change investments, the need for more energy efficiency, and developing the “smart grid.” He will pull themes from his new book, Smart Power, in which he discusses how current regulatory compacts and business models will need to change in order to be sustainable.
Dr. Faruqui will participate on the “Smart Meters? Smart Rates? What Really Works for Consumers?” panel and will discuss questions and issues raised as a result of the rollout of smart meters. Topics will include what technologies consumers need in order to be effective participants in demand response programs, whether or not the “smart meter” is a necessary component of the overall smart grid, and what regulators should consider when implementing “smart rates” for the smart grid.
For more information, please visit the NARUC website.