TODD SNITCHLER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, EPSA, FOR UTILITY DIVE
October 3, 2022
Our energy regulators seem to be suffering from Firefighter Arsonist syndrome. In the realm of public safety, this refers to firefighters who set fires so they can show up and play the hero. With our power grid, this refers to the policymakers and regulators who strangle competitive electricity markets so they can say the market is broken, allowing them to exert greater control over the grid.
State policymakers and utility commissioners, alongside their federal counterparts at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, have saturated power markets with unworkable policies and are now openly lamenting the inability of those markets to deliver the results they expect. Specifically, some go so far as to say that regional transmission organizations, which coordinate and monitor regional, multi-state power grids, are failing to ensure reliability, and fail to deliver cost-effective electricity and are therefore no longer appropriate.
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