May 2015

Reader responses to the April 2015 essay, "Certification of Regulatory Professionals:  Why Not?":


From Nancy Brockway, NBrockway & Associates

Because certification excludes good professionals and protects bad ones.  And it is not needed. 


March 2015

Reader responses to the March 2015 essay, "What 'Regulatory Compact'?":

From David Boonin, President & Founder–TBG Consulting:

We agree that some type of a compact exists, just that some define it too narrowly.  Just like with taxi medallions, there is no guarantee that a utility investment will be profitable.  With the threat of ride-share services in Philadelphia, the market has not bid on new medallions at a price significantly below what ones sold for recently.

March 2015

Here are three responses from readers of the February 2015 essay, "­Regulatory Expense:  Is Asymmetry Inevitable? ­":

From Ned Ford, Energy Advisor to the Sierra Club, Ohio:

January 2015

Here are some responses from readers of the January 2015 essay, "Agency Adjudication:  Efforts at Excellence":


From a former executive of the Ontario Energy Board:

May 2013

Here are some readers' responses to the May 2013 essay, "Merger Strategy:  Make Regulators Marginal."

From Bill Wells:

February 2013

These comments were submitted by Fred Grygiel*, Former Chief Economist NJ Board of Public Utilities.

The Hempling essay, “Utility Mergers: Who Has a Vision?”  is, as always, interesting and informing. Here are some observations based on my experiences with some very large merger cases in NJ such as Exelon/PSEG; First Energy/GPU; Pepco/Atlantic Electric; and AGL Resources/Etown Corp.

Please note this is a “staff” perspective about who has a vision . . . OK, here we go, the petition is filed: