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October 2016

 

Brendon Baatz

Utilities Policy Manager, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

 

 

Baatz

Please note your affiliation and years of experience in the energy and/or environmental field, and any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention.

Currently, I'm the Utilities Policy Manager for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. I have 6 years experience in the energy field.

 

Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?

My biggest interest right now in energy is the impact of electricity pricing on residential customer behavior. Many electric utilities are now proposing significantly different pricing structures than previously used. I’m concerned these new pricing structures will alter price signals in a way that will increase overall consumption and discourage conservation. I’m also concerned these pricing structures are not cost based. I look forward to continuing to research and learn about this area of interest.



In your opinion, what are important economic/policy issues facing the energy industry nowadays?

In my opinion, the most important issue facing the energy industry is how to effectively transition away from an antiquated business model of vertically integrated electric companies to a model which produces a socially optimal outcome based in least cost service. This transition must also recognize and embrace the role of energy efficiency as a least cost resource that can minimize risk for the entire utility system.

 

How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?

I’ve been a member for NCAC for about a year. I really enjoy the diversity of the membership and the insightful conversations I’ve had with other members.