RKS Research & Consulting
U.S. state utility regulators are increasingly viewing nuclear power as a preferred type of electricity generation, according to a national survey from RKS Research & Consulting. The independent marketing research firm also found an increase in regulatory willingness to permit utilities to contract directly with natural gas providers for their fuel. And regulators continue to say that new ratemaking methodologies are needed to better respond to current regulatory realities. These are some of the top findings of the 2009 Survey of State Utility Regulators, conducted by RKS Research & Consulting.
This year’s study is the sixth time since 1995 that RKS has surveyed state utility regulators and summarized their views about critical electricity and natural gas issues. Topics covered in this year’s survey include: electric and gas ratemaking methodology; energy supply; electric generation preferences; energy efficiency; risk management; sufficiency of electric and gas supply; electric reliability; renewable energy; and environmental protection.