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EIM and Arizona: Op-ed in the Arizona Republic

26 million ways Arizonans benefit from energy market. This op-ed appeared in Arizona Republic on August 17, 2015. Submitted by Carl Zichella and Leisa Brug, the op-ed was a group effort by NRDC, Energy Innovation, Sonoran Institute and WGG supporting AZ's participation in an EIM and regional markets. It calls for TEP, SRP and Western Energy move forward on their own study of the benefits of joining an Energy Imbalance Market.

WGG, WIRAB, NRDC on PEAK’s proposed data sharing policy

WIRAB staff, the Western Grid Group, and representatives of NRDC, submitted joint comments on Peak’s proposed data sharing policy currently out for stakeholder review. Comments were submitted July 24, 2015. View comments here.

WGG Comments to the AZ Corporation Commission on Interconnection

Western Grid Group (WGG) submitted comments to the Arizona Corporation Commission's on its effort to update and adopt rules related to the interconnection of distributed generation facilities. Comments were submitted July 24, 2015. WGG supports Rule 21, Part 1 with its 7 setting specifications. You can read or download comments here.

New paper corrects two widely held perceptions in regulatory community

AMERICA'S POWER PLAN: This paper corrects two widely held notions in the regulatory community: that the utility’s rate of return is the sole value driver for utility shareholders and that rates of return are set at the cost of equity. Neither of these perceptions is correct. Instead, the financial “value engine”—the difference between a utility’s return on investment and its cost of capital—drives shareholder returns. The authors argue that regulators should use this value engine to align utilities’ financial motivations with delivering value to customers and society. They can offer utilities opportunities to earn increased revenues when they provide value-based products and services. June 2015

Additional comments on the Clean Power Plan

Brian Parsons from Western Grid Group, along with Sue Tierney and Eric Svenson, sent additional comments on the Clean Power Plan to FERC, EPA and DOE. The letter, initial comments and the full report are available here. Submitted April 20, 2015

Op-Ed in LA Times: Olsen and Hochschild set the record straight

In an Op-Ed published in the Los Angeles Times on March 12, 2015, David Olsen and David Hochschild demonstrate how investments made in California renewable energy have turned out pretty darned well.

Comments submitted to the FERC Regional Technical Conferences

Western Grid Group along with 10 other groups submitted comments to FERC at the Denver Regional Technical Conference on Environmental Regulations and Electric Reliability, Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Energy Infrastructure held on February 25, 2015. Download or view comments here.