“Utilities, power providers and advocates all engage regulators with public comments and testimony, hoping to persuade them on a pending rate case, generation investment or grid upgrade.
It’s the model that built the largest machine on the planet — the North American electric grid. But sometimes, the public nature of the regulatory process can impede negotiations among utility stakeholders.
Particularly after a contentious ruling or market disruption, media scrutiny and disclosure rules on regulatory issues can mean opposing sides have little direct communication on how to solve an issue.
In those cases, moving negotiations to an outside setting, such as settlement meetings convened by an independent party, has helped some utility stakeholders reach broad compromises.”
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