Nick Wagner, President of NARUC, discusses energy planning and AMI infrastructure and how NARUC helps states create roadmaps for their grid modernization projects.
A decade ago, when AMI projects were being funded with ARRA stimulus grants, securing regulatory approval was a relatively easy request for Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) to make of their public service commissions.
Today, without those federal subsidies, pencils have sharpened and regulators are expecting more detailed plans and customer-facing benefits before approving advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) projects.
Unfortunately, in 2018, the industry saw more AMI project denials from regulators than approvals – not an encouraging trend line. Yet, in the face more business case scrutiny, several AMI projects have received commission approval, which offer valuable lessons learned that this panel will explore.
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