Conversations about the utility of the future inevitably revolve around disruptive technologies and new business models. But there's another factor that is an undercurrent to all these conversations: the evolving workforce. What will happen to energy utilities, and utility regulation, as Millennials enter the field? Yesterday I had the fortune to give a presentation on … Continue reading ~switch 10: The Millennial Regulator
This blog comes with a thesis: that increasing the diversity of participation in energy regulation will ultimately improve how energy is regulated. In one of my first posts, I looked at the gender distribution of public utility commissions (PUCs). Now I have another question: what's the gender distribution of those who give the evidence at … Continue reading Who Speaks at Commissions?
Read Bonbright; pet kitty; repeat. There are about 8,300 public utility commission staff at 50 states plus D.C. There are around 400,000 jobs in electric generation, transmission, and distribution, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (NAICS 2211). But not everyone engaged in energy issues comes from those traditional avenues. Changing environmental and social forces … Continue reading How to Learn Cost of Service (If You Don’t Work at a Utility)
This post debuted on GTM Squared and is cross-posted from EQ Research. A daily stream of articles and thought pieces trumpet the promise of big data and analytics to transform the utility industry. A 2015 report, Knowledge is Power: How Improved Energy Data Access Can Bolster Clean Energy Technologies and Save Money, laid out a … Continue reading The Aggregated Challenges of Regulating Energy Usage Data
The Institute of Public Utilities (IPU) at Michigan State University maintains a set of data that I had very much been hoping someone was on top of: a spreadsheet providing the demographics of all regulators at public utility commissions since their inception! You can download it here, and the 2016 report is here. IPU will … Continue reading “When There Are Nine”
According to a recent Washington Post article, "government lawyers don't understand the Internet." This assertion is only slightly less surprising than the ABA waiting 138 years to make sexual harassment an ethical violation. While government attorneys' misunderstandings about the Internet make for a pretty grievous set of examples, the problem isn't constrained to government attorneys, … Continue reading Lawyers Don’t Science Good
I'm All In to promote gender diversity in the clean energy workforce. I'm All In to actively encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM degrees and careers. I'm All In to help create opportunities for women in the clean energy economy. I'm All In to encourage clean energy companies to appoint more women to … Continue reading I’m All In