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By Jonathan Raab, Ph.D.
Foreward by Susan F. Tierney
Copyright 1994 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

Summary:  
The utility industry and its regulatory environment are at important crossroads. Utilities, intervenors and even public utility commissions are no longer able to initiate and sustain changes unilaterally. Meanwhile, traditional approaches to regulation are often contentious and costly, and produce results that stakeholders do not perceive as either legitimate or practical.

Consensus building and alternative dispute resolution have the potential to help utilities, intervenors and regulators resolve the host of issues confronting them. Participants are experimenting with several consensus-based options. Including technical sessions, settlements, collaborative processes, and negotiated rulemaking.

This book traces the decline of consensus in utility regulation and delineates controversies. It presents the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution in utility regulation and offers a framework for evaluating the successes and failures of each attempt to employ these processes. Four cases are analyzed in detail:

the Pilgrim nuclear plant outage settlement
the use of demand-side management collaboratives
the New Jersey resource bidding policy settlement
the formation of integrated resource management rules in Massachusetts

These examples provide evidence to support eight principles that could improve and expand consensus building in utility regulation in the future.

This is an invaluable resource for anyone currently involved in utility issues or concerned about the future of utility regulation. It should also be useful for individuals interested in applying consensus building techniques to other public policy disputes.

Price (includes domestic shipping, please email us for international shipping rates):  $28

To Order: Please email us with your request:  susan@raabassociates.org

 

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