Bad PUC, bad! PUCs not doing their job, scolds Columbia Law School

Tools

Quick take: State public utility commissions have a long list of legal and regulatory tools to encourage energy efficiency, according to a study from Columbia Law School. But they're not using them. Scan the article below for some of the things the study says they should be doing. We wish the study would have delved further into innovative business models to allow proper recovery by utilities -- or, better yet, to go beyond mechanisms that merely true things up to ways to give utilities real incentives to push energy efficiency. And while we're wishing on a star, we might as well wish that more PUCs would take a hard look at performance-based business models, as advocated by Paul Alvarez. – Jesse Berst