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Meeting and Call Organization

As a former Commissioner of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for over 12  years, Ms. Reha served on many boards and committees. Most significantly she was a member for a two-year term of the Electric Advisory Committee (EAC) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she helped author a whitepaper entitled Consumer Acceptance of Smart Grid, which focused on recommendations to the DOE on smart grid outreach and educational efforts. As Co-Chair of the DOE/EPA Customer Information and Behavior Work Group for the State Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action), for a period of over five years she helped to facilitate and moderate webinars and panels to discuss issues related to Customer Information and Behavior. She also was Co-Chair with FERC Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff, and later FERC Commissioner John Norris, of the NARUC-FERC Collaborative on Smart Response. She was a frequent moderator and facilitator of discussions among Commissioner members to develop action steps to address issues related to state and federal smart grid and demand response policies. She is a member of NARUC and served as Chair of the Energy Resources and Environment Committee (ERE) and served on the NARUC Board of Directors.

Why are meetings and calls important?

  • Proper advocacy requires access

  • With access, you get influence

  • Activism is predicated on the notion that one individual can make a difference

What types of meetings and calls can I expect?

  • Key stakeholders

  • Robust relationships that took years to cultivate

  • "warm courtesy meetings" as opposed to cold calls

The Public Utilities Commission is a regulatory agency with jurisdiction over a State’s natural gas, electric, and telecommunications utilities. The members of the Commission are usually appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to staggered six-year terms. In some states, members are elected. The Commission has legislative and policy-making functions as well as quasi-judicial functions. Consistent with State statutory authority it may investigate, hold hearings, make determinations and issue rules and orders. As a Commissioner, Ms. Reha helped to keep focus on the need for principled decision-making based on the evidentiary record. Areas of expertise include energy efficiency, renewable energy resources, smart grid, and transmission siting and routing.