Rethinking regulation to deliver a smarter electricity system

Steve Kihm teamed up with former Colorado PUC Chair Ron Lehr and America's Power Plan's Sonia Aggarwal to set forth a financial framework to promote sustainable resource development.

They note that as resources such as solar PV and microgrids enter utility markets, it will become more important for regulators to guide utilities to promote desirable outcomes rather than fighting against them.

Policymakers can provide incentives of that sort by allowing utilities to earn returns that exceed the minimum threshold on projects that produce societal benefits such as energy efficiency and renewable resources.

Source: Greentech Media, Inc.