NARUC Honors Excellence in Regulatory Innovation at Annual Meeting
WASHINGTON—Regulatory and industry innovators were honored at the Annual Meeting and Education Conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, held November 12-15 in Baltimore, Md. The recognition program, “Innovation Awards: Promoting Innovation among Utility Regulatory Policy and Utilities,” promotes and recognizes the work of NARUC members and utility innovators for innovative solutions to regulatory issues.
The awards program was facilitated by NARUC’s Task Force on Innovation, chaired by Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Brien Sheahan. The task force was established to assist the Association track, adapt and be resilient to new trends and opportunities to bring diverse technologies to utility regulation.
“The regulatory landscape is continuously evolving and as such, regulators need to understand how the industries we regulate are using these technologies and the customer impacts,” said NARUC President John Betkoski III of Connecticut. “The task force has been instrumental in bringing the thought-leaders in technology and regulatory innovation to NARUC and serves as a gateway for members to embrace innovation.”
“These deserving recipients represent the types of cutting-edge technologies that benefit regulators, industry and consumers,” said Sheahan. “The task force received many entries and we appreciate the efforts of all the nominators and nominees. We also appreciate the support and guidance from NARUC leadership and staff.”
The winners were presented during an awards ceremony on November 14 at NARUC’s installation luncheon and were presided over by Sheahan, with assistance from former NARUC President and FERC Commissioner Robert F. Powelson, who established the task force.
The winners of the 2017 NARUC Innovation Awards are: