Fortnightly Under Forties and more
Fortnightly Magazine - June 2021
This issue features 2021's Fortnightly Under Forty and the SCC of Virginia.
Conversations with the chair, commissioners and more.
“Each Commissioner is Chair once every three years. If you weren’t already inclined to be collegial, this practice provides a little extra incentive.”
“We Commissioners also work with HR, the CAO, and the Comptroller's Office to address matters related to running the business side of the agency.”
“We do complement each other. Judge Jagdmann has the experience and depth of knowledge. Judge Hudson coming from FERC, has that federal experience. My experience is more on the public policy side.”
Chief Admin. Officer
“In Virginia, the SCC is not just a utility Commission. It’s also the banking Commission and the insurance Commission. We also oversee railroad safety, gas pipeline safety, and security brokers.”
Chief Hearing Examiner
“The Commission exercises both legislative and judicial power. Most utility matters, like setting rates, are legislative cases. Judicial cases usually involve fines or someone showing why they should not have a license taken away.”
A conversation with the Director and Deputy Director for Utility Accounting and Finance.
“In 2020, Virginia got the Clean Economy Act. It imposed the 100% renewable standard. That’s a mandatory RPS standard, and the percentage is gradually increased to 2045.”
“It’s first and foremost keeping the citizens of the Commonwealth safe. Third-party damage being the leading cause, we want to put every effort we can into reducing damages, which we’ve done. We’ve hit our lowest damage ratio since we started the program.”