U.S. state regulators launch smart grid working group


Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 14, 2010 – The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has established a working group to analyze smart grid issues that will interact with the federal government and other stakeholders.

The Smart Grid Working Group consists of seven state utility regulators who represent the Association’s geographic diversity and most relevant committees – electricity, telecommunications, energy resources and the environment, critical infrastructure, consumer affairs, and the executive committees.

The Working Group is co-chaired by Orjiakor Isiogu of Michigan and Maureen Harris of New York. The other members are Colette Honorable of Arkansas (Executive Committee and Gas Committee), Paul Centolella of Ohio (Energy Resources and the Environment), Lib Fleming of South Carolina (Critical Infrastructure), Jack Betkoski of Connecticut (Consumer Affairs), and Susan Ackerman of Oregon (Electricity).

The Working Group was established to serve as the central focus for communication both within the Association and to outside groups such as federal agencies, consumer groups, and other industry stakeholders.

“The smart grid is perhaps the hottest topic in the utility sector,” said NARUC president David Coen. “It is touching off a rapid convergence between telecommunications and energy companies. Our members stand on the frontlines of ensuring that the promise of the smart grid meets with the needs of the consumer.”