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Utility Regulation Demystified – Part 2, the Energy Policy Dilemma

January 26, 2014


The energy sector is one of the most complex and difficult areas of policy in the world today.  Energy policy-makers and regulators face a three-cornered dilemma. The imperatives of each corner tend to defeat the others. The competing objectives are: 1.  maintaining sufficient reliable energy supply 2.  maintaining affordability and accessibility 3.  mitigating climate change […]

Utility Regulation Demystified – Part 1, Origins and Basic Principles

January 25, 2014


Despite a wave of deregulation which came into vogue in the early 1980’s, many important services and systems we all rely upon are overseen by regulatory agencies and tribunals who set the prices for services, determine minimum service standards, and approve major contracts, projects and capital investments.  Here in British Columbia, for example, our electricity […]

Electricity Net Metering and Feed-in Tariffs, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

November 13, 2013


There is no magic solution to the damage that our use of energy inflicts on the earth’s climate, other than conservation.  Every other strategy has its downside of unintended consequences.  That includes the use of renewable generation technologies. There is a growing push from US utilities to flatten out block or multi-tiered electricity rates to […]