The Synthesizing Regulator

Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, regulators enter and re-enter a similar wringer. Multiple industries (electricity, gas, telecommunications, water, ferries in Hawaii, taxis in Maryland, grain elevators in South Dakota); hundreds of cases (each one dumping a paper pile high enough for the pole vault); seven professional disciplines (engineering, law, economics, finance, accounting, management, politics); conflicting policy goals (reliability, cost effectiveness, environmental responsiveness, affordability); multiple pressure points (shareholders, bondholders, consumers, employees, federal and state legislators)—all press for attention. Like Captain Severs, regulators have to “choke it down, sift faster, and stay with it.”

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The testimony addresses the following: the effect of the transaction on consumers, including: (1) reasonableness of the purchase price, including whether the purchase price was reasonable in light of the savings that can be demonstrated from the merger and whether the purchase price is within a reasonable range; (2) whether ratepayer benefits . . .
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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