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For Immediate Release: November 14, 2012
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Policies on Alternative-Fuel Vehicles, CHP, Technology Deployment Top NARUC Agenda

BALTIMORE—Alternative-fuel vehicles, federal deference, fair inmate telephone services, and deployment of new technologies topped the agenda for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners this week.

At the conclusion of NARUC’s 124th Annual Meeting here, the more than 140 State commissioners in attendance approved a series of resolutions on several energy issues, including support for expanded use of combined heat and power and the North American Energy Standards Board’s report on gas and electric harmonization.

NARUC is the national association representing the State Public Service Commissioners who regulate essential utility services, including energy, telecommunications, and water. NARUC members are responsible for assuring reliable utility service at fair, just, and reasonable rates.

The resolutions were approved by the Association’s various committees, its Board of Directors, and its membership during the Annual Meeting. The resolutions are now considered NARUC policy, providing guidance and positions for the Association’s advocacy before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and the courts.

A summary of each resolution is below. The final resolutions are posted on the Association’s Website.

Resolution on Expanding the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market

The Resolution urges State and federal regulators to collaborate with other policymakers to remove barriers to AFV deployment, and ensure consistent, fuel-neutral policies to help realize the full economic, environmental and societal benefits of AFVs.

Resolution Supporting the Rapid Deployment of Voltage Optimization Technologies

The Resolution encourages State public service commissions to evaluate the energy efficiency and demand reduction opportunities that can be achieved with the deployment of Volt-Var Optimization (VVO) technologies and other electric utility grid modernization technologies and activities, and use of appropriate measurement and verification tools to ensure that such technologies provide the projected savings and energy efficiency necessary to meet legislative Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) and/or regulatory expectations.

Resolution in Support of the Deployment of Combined Heat and Power

The Resolution encourages State public service commissions to evaluate opportunities to combine heat and power, encourage cost effective investment, and provide education on CHP to eliminate potential barriers to deployment.

Resolution on NAESB Gas Electric Harmonization Committee Report   
The Resolution commends NAESB for its consensus approach in unanimously approving the NAESB Gas-Electricity Harmonization Committee’s Final Report and encourages members to participate and work with FERC in its FERC proceeding Coordination between Natural Gas and Electricity Markets; and utilize the final report to advance gas electricity harmonization.

Resolution Urging the FCC to take Action to Ensure Fair and Reasonable Telephone Rates from Correctional and Detention Facilities

The Resolution encourages the FCC to take immediate action on the “Wright Petition” by prohibiting unreasonable rates and charges for inmate telephone services and that States should be encouraged to take action within their power to reduce or eliminate excessive inmate telephone service rates.

Resolution Seeking Joint Board Referrals

The Resolution proposes that subsequent to the transmission of recommendations from the Universal Service Joint Board on the development of a cost model to be used to determine Connect America Fund Phase II support, and prior to the adoption of any such model, the Board of Directors requests that the FCC refer the proposed model to the Separations Joint Board to determine whether the adoption of the model would effectively result in jurisdictional cost allocation changes and, if so, to provide the recommendations of the Separations Joint Board in accordance with the requirements of Section 410(c) of the Communications Act.

Resolution in Support of Petition by City of Arlington, TX, et al. v. Federal Communications Commission Before the Supreme Court of the United States
The Resolution opposes attempts by the FCC to expand jurisdictional authority and to pre-empt the regulatory authority of the State and local governments without clear and specific enabling statutory language.

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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