Commissioner Reha stumping for CapX 2020

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on March 29, 2009 @ 10:08 am


The good news is that Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner Phyllis Reha did NOT stump for transmission as a speaker at the 2009 National Electricity Delivery Forum.

Who cares?  Well, this is old news, but as the PUC decision on CapX 2020 need approaches, bias exhibited by Commissioners is important to note — and here’s a good example from a prior Forum:

PUC Commissioner Reha: Enhancing the Nation’s Electricity Delivery System

What does this say to you?  Isn’t this something CapX 2020 should be presenting, not a Commissioner?  Having presented this, should Phyllis Reha be in a position to make a decision on the “need” for CapX 2020?  I think not!

Phyllis Reha has regularly appeared at the Energetics National Electricity Delivery Forum.  She made this presentation first in 2006, and she moderated a panel in 2007 (with Steve Corneli, former MN Asst. A.G. now V.P. at NRG!) and appeared in 2008.

At the 2007 “Forum” Laura McCarten, Xcel, was also presenting on CapX 2020 (yawn, nothing exciting):

CapX 2020 Transmission Initiative: Progress through an Alliance Approach

Even TRANSLink’s Audrey Zibelman, now PJM, was there in 2007.  Old home week…

Everything this group does PRESUMES transmission.  Is this something a PUC Commissioner should be doing?  I think it’s right up there with junkets to Europe to look at IGCC plants…

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