The Fundamentals of Electricity Law
September 29–30, 2016
Silver Spring MD
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 They decry "duplicative and outdated regulations and burdensome red tape"—"roadblocks that must be overcome in order to realize a prosperous energy future."1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.