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Utility Management Roundup: Must-Read Posts From the Past Two Weeks

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Greetings Utility Management Group members!

City and state governments are busy passing laws of all kinds, including those having to do with power distribution. Your fellow group members have been tracking much of this activity for your benefit. Below are several need-to-read articles from the last couple of weeks, including discussions about numerous states’ legislative sessions. Happy reading!

In Northeastern States, Energy Choice Under Attack as Electricity Retailers Get Restricted

By Robert Dillon, posted on February 14

In this article, Robert points out that the Northeast has joined the southern part of the U.S. as a region where energy choice is being challenged. He describes how efforts in Massachusetts, Maine, and New York are hindering the progress of successful energy choice programs.

It’s Halftime at the GA, and Do We Ever Have a Show!

By Ivy Main, posted on February 12

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At the Virginia House and Senate, “Crossover” is the day on which these chambers must send their completed bills to each other. Here, Ivy describes the many energy-related bills undergoing this process, including the contentious Clean Economy Act.

Why the Indiana Legislature Should Reject Bill to Save Coal

By Advanced Energy Economy, posted on February 12

In Indiana, a bill moving to the state Senate would require Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval before utilities in the state could retire coal plants. Here, a writer from Advanced Energy Economy argues against this bill with reasons based on business interests, jobs, energy costs, and more.

Is Eminent Domain the Way to Municipalization?

By Nevelyn Black, posted on February 10

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In this piece, Nevelyn takes a look back on a question she started asking a year ago: Is municipalization a growing trend? She examines examples in Colorado, Illinois, and California, and concludes that, yes, municipalization is now a threat to privately owned utilities.

What PG&E Should Do

By Leah Bissonette, posted on February 10

Recently Leah was asked the question, “What would you do now if you were the CEO at PG&E?” After giving the matter some consideration, she shares her thoughts here. She believes PG&E should operate according to the principle of resilience and implement it through three ambitious new programs.

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