"I'm an Energy Voter":
What Does That Mean This Year?

You've likely seen the ads declaring (and warning) "I'm an Energy Voter." They promote "ongoing and safe development of the nation's abundant energy resources." They decry "duplicative and outdated regulations and burdensome red tape"—"roadblocks that must be overcome in order to realize a prosperous energy future."1

Single-issue voting is stimulated by single-issue advocacy. Both are common. For many advocates and voters, issue becomes identity. Each of us is "pro-this" or "anti-that."

In my field, the regulation of utility monopolies, the issue pie is getting sliced ever more finely.  I started in the late 1970s, when there were only three interests:  utilities, industrial customers, and residential customers.  In electricity, we have added environmentalists (pro-nuclear and anti-nuclear), renewable-ists (incumbents and newcomers, solar, wind (off-shore and on-land), geothermal, hydro and biomass), energy efficiency advocates, electric vehicle charging station advocates, micro-gridders, storage investors, regional transmission organization supporters and their opponents.  In natural gas, we have the producers, pipelines, marketers and local distribution companies.  We have those who want retail competition and those who oppose it.  Telecommunications has its own long list. 

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Testimony addresses the issues of whether the proposed transaction affects the interests of ratepayers; the ability of JCP&L and MAIT to provide safe, adequate, and proper utility service at just and reasonable rates; and whether the proposed transaction is in the public interest.
This expert report was submitted to a federal trial court in May 2016 on behalf of City of Jacksonville, Florida. The litigation, and report, involve a 1943 disaffiliation of a gas corporation from its holding company, as mandated by the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. The report explains why the disaffiliation did not prevent liability for the costs of environmental cleanup, if such liability exists under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, from passing to the new corporation.

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While we will dearly miss you as NRRI's Executive Director—where you have been so invaluable—I am delighted that you will now be in the classroom enlightening and sparking the interest of the next generation.
— Paul J. Roberti, Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission