The Mummy Meets the PUC!


Thrills! Chills! Technical Reference Manuals! Take a terrifying trip to the Public Utilities Commission in this brand new episode of NTC’s “The Mummy Gets Schooled.” Watch the new episode now. (Running Time: 03:45)


Do you fear the PUC?

the mummy

BY: THE MUMMY

I’m just a dusty old mummy, so what do I know about the PUC? Back in my day, you weighed your energy efficiency program against a feather and if the kWh savings were lighter, Osiris ripped your heart out and fed it to a jackal.

Um ─ we’re just going to grab “the mic” away from The Mummy and jump in here.

In 2013, Utility Dive revealed the 10 greatest challenges the utility industry was facing at the time. Here are the top five:

  • Cyberattacks
  • Customer expectations
  • Demand response
  • Dynamic pricing
  • Smart grid

In 2018, EASi offered up their five:

  • Governmental policy and regulation
  • Updating grid infrastructure
  • Aging workforce
  • Integrating renewable energy sources
  • IT/OT integration, AI and the Internet of Things

Filing your taxes, getting your driver license renewed, applying for a passport ─ the times in your life that you’re forced to deal with government policies can be time-consuming. It also seems that as you’re waiting in line or filling out a form, you easily think of five or six brilliant ideas of how you would improve the process. So, when you have five or six brilliant ideas for a new program that has to be approved by the PUC (or regulatory commission or public service commission) you know that you’re probably in for a long, slow roller coaster ride with a lot of twists and turns, but without the thrill.

AT NTC, we’ve developed energy efficiency programs that have been approved by PUCs in quite a few states. After 40 years in the business, we feel like we’re actually a part of the utilities industry. Still, when it comes to dealing with the PUC, we’re on the outside, looking in. However, just by reading a typical RFP released by any given utility, we can see the amount of exhausting work that must be done just to outline the parameters of the program in question.

So ─ the pain point: governmental policy and regulation. Is it your number one? Is it getting better? Is it getting worse? Or, our real question ─ can NTC help? Contact us at [email protected] to find out.