Luthin Services: Services Utility & Regulatory Assistance

Utility & Regulatory Assistance

There is no industry in America that is more pervasively regulated than the electric power industry. From the time the construction of generation and transmission infrastructure, to the shipment of fuel to fossil-fired plants, to the distribution rates paid by end users, state and federal regulators exercise vast influence over major cost drivers. Even in states like New York where commodity supply is subject to market forces, the operation of those markets is subject to extensive regulation.

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Regulators are also leading the way in changing the shape of the electricity industry through such initiatives in New York as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV,) the State’s effort to animate markets, help consumers make more informed energy choices, develop new energy products and services, and protect the environment while creating new jobs and economic opportunity. REV promises to change the way in which utilities and customers interact in fundamental ways, especially as consumers who simply use electricity become “prosumers” who produce it as well using Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) like wind, solar, batteries and cogeneration.

Utilities, generating companies and retailers spend billions of dollars each year intervening in the regulatory proceedings that will determine the shape of the industry for decades to come, to say nothing of conventional rate proceedings. Too often end-user consumers are out-gunned and out-spent in these efforts. Luthin Associates is one of just a small handful of entities that participates in regulatory efforts on behalf of consumers and the only entity that does so on behalf of institutional customers.

Over the course of over two decades, Luthin has amassed unparalleled experience and a powerful reputation for effective advocacy. That experience can be leveraged to protect and advance your interests.

Utility Assistance

Utilities are big organizations and utility tariffs are complicated. Even sophisticated customers can have a difficult time making sense out of it all and finding the right people to answer their questions. Luthin has spent decades cultivating excellent working relationships with utility personnel at all levels and we have similarly extensive experience understanding tariffs. We can help replace confusion with clarity, arrange meetings with the right people, and help you navigate the maze to get you from here to there in a reasonable amount of time. We have seen problems that have lingered for years resolved in just a meeting or two with the right people. We can help you get from here to there as well.

When dealing with a problem pertaining to a power or gas utility, few customers feel ready to do battle. That is where Luthin Associates comes in: we have braved for battle countless times, and saved our clients millions of dollars (and many headaches) in the process. Questions abound, but the biggest can be “who do I ask?” Luthin often knows the answers, but when we do not, we always have a large network of industry connections and resources that can help. Whether you are considering the installation of a fuel cell, moving to interruptible gas service, or participating in a utility or the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) demand response program, Luthin can provide a quick answer, be your representative with the utility, or point you in the right direction to resolve it on your own.

Regulatory Policy Advisement

Luthin’s experts are among the most knowledgeable in the industry, spending vast amounts of time in meetings and collaboratives so that you don’t have to. Just as we can help cut through red tape, we can also provide you with the critical policy information and business intelligence that you need to make the most well-informed decisions possible.

Are the costs of electricity and gas a major cost driver for your business? Whether your firm is considering locating in New York, modifying or moving its operations there, or contemplating new lines of business, Luthin can help you to understand the complicated and ever-changing regulatory landscape surrounding energy issues in the state.

At any given time, there are literally dozens of energy policy initiatives being debated in New York. Most have the potential to impact significantly on large energy users, but few such users have the time, resources (or inclination) to dedicate staff to trying to stay on top of everything that could eventually have an impact. Luthin Associates’ job is to do just that and our Regulatory Policy Advisement services allow you to access our ongoing participation in the energy policy space at a fraction of the cost of doing so yourself. Learn More

Consumer Power Advocates

Membership with Consumer Power advocates (CPA) is open to hospitals, universities, medical schools, and cultural institutions. It includes some of the largest employers and energy users in New York State. According to Crain’s New York Business, four of CPA’s current member hospitals are among the 25 largest hospitals in New York, all of which are also among the 5 largest hospital systems. According to Crain’s New York Business, two CPA member hospitals are among New York’s 5 largest employers.  Learn More

Regulatory Intervention

On behalf of its clients, Luthin Associates frequently intervenes in Public Service Commission (PSC) proceedings and rate cases to keep prices low, achieve favorable outcomes and ensure that generators, retailers, and utilities do not shape energy policy to their advantage. We also intervene to represent clients at the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) and New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to achieve these same cost-reducing and opportunity-maximizing goals. We care about our clients’ energy bottom line.

Luthin represents clients in regulatory proceedings and stakeholder processes at the state and federal level to ensure that their perspectives and needs are considered with the ultimate goal of reducing costs, creating and expanding opportunities, and enhancing value. Luthin’s regulatory intervention clients are generally large, not-for-profit institutional electric and gas consumers (or others who have similar interests.) These firms typically have multi-million-dollar energy budgets and dedicated energy staff but are not so large as to have the resources to directly intervene themselves.

By hiring the staff at Luthin, clients are able to access and deploy the experience, knowledge and relationships built up over more than twenty years at a small fraction of the times and cost necessary to develop them organically. When like-minded clients band together as a group, such as the Consumer Power Advocates, they gain both political and budgetary economies as well. Learn More

Regulatory Filings Library

In the course of its Regulatory Intervention efforts over the years, Luthin Associates has submitted dozens of filings to State and Federal Regulators. These filings have been compiled into a virtual library for the reference and use of members and clients.

Consumer Power Advocates (CPA) intervenes in Public Service Commission (PSC) proceedings and rate cases on behalf of its members to keep prices low, achieve favorable outcomes and ensure that generators, retailers, and utilities do not shape energy policy to their advantage. We also represent clients at the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) and New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) to achieve these same cost-reducing and opportunity-maximizing goals. We care about our clients’ energy bottom line.

The following regulatory library consists of various rate case and other filings CPA has made on behalf of its members. This library includes filings submitted to the PSC, FERC, New York City Council, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York State Department of Environmental Protection. CPA intervention and representation of clients at these state agencies has resulted in savings of more than $111,900,000 in savings since 2002. Learn More