Committee on Consumer Affairs

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Committee on Consumer Affairs

Renaissance Ballroom East
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Inclusive Financing for Distributed Energy Solutions

Low- and moderate-income communities have proven to be hard to reach with efficiency programs that offer an incentive for participation yet require a balance of payment in the form of either cash or credit with collateral. To overcome persistent barriers, utility commissions and oversight boards in multiple states have approved the use of an opt-in tariff for cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades. By tying investments to a meter rather than a person, utilities are able to finance efficiency projects regardless of the income, credit score, or renter status of a customer. With collective experience spanning more than 10 years, utilities offering tariffed on-bill investment programs have reported zero disconnections for non-payment, low risk to cost recovery, and elevated levels of customer satisfaction. Is their experience illuminating a bridge across the great divide that strands so many low- and moderate-income customers that commissioners, utilities, and consumer advocates are striving to reach?

Moderator: 

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Panelists:

Jim Gardner, Commissioner Emeritus, Kentucky

Geoff Marke, Economist, Missouri Office of Public Counsel

Wally Nixon, Legal Counsel, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Curtis Wynn, CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative (North Carolina)

2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Give the People What They Want?: Polling in the Wake of 2016 Election and What it Means for Congress, the New Administration and State Decision Makers

In this panel, Mr. Ashford and staff of The Hawthorn Group will discuss numerous topics on public opinion and polling. First, the polling during the presidential election and if the polls were wrong and if so why. Because climate change and clean energy were big election discussions, panelists will look at public opinion on these issues to try to determine what they really think. Finally, this panel will examine polling on the apparent public mistrust of our federal institutions and explore if this distrust is limited to federal agencies or if it also extends to State agencies as well.

Panelists:

John Ashford, Chairman, The Hawthorn Group

Michael Meyers, Managing Partner & President, TargetPoint