Points of View

POV: Billions of Reasons to Invest in Broadband Infrastructure

Written by Elin Swanson Katz, VP of Utilities at Tilson June 16, 2021 They say timing is everything, and if a utility broadband project is anywhere on the horizon, now is the time to act.  While the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be winding down, one of the many challenges it has exposed is the number…

POV: A State Regulator Perspective on the Future of Nuclear Energy

Written by Former Commissioner Sadzi Martha Oliva, Legal and Policy Advisors Alejandro Mateos and Kealie Vogel, and Policy Intern Haley Bracken of the Illinois Commerce Commission May 17, 2021 Disclaimer: All views expressed within this article are the authors’ own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Illinois Commerce Commission or the Illinois…

POV: Focus on Water Cybersecurity Now, Before It’s Too Late

Written by Robert F. Powelson, President & CEO of National Association of Water Companies April 14, 2021 Oldsmar, Florida, made headlines earlier this year.  A hacker gained access to the county utility’s water treatment control systems and dramatically raised…

POV: Emergency Management–Our Future

Written by Sarah Ruen Blanchard, FRI Advisory Board member March 24, 2021 The utility industry has long prioritized safety and reliability, but the frequency and duration of emergency events that we must manage through today are unlike those of the past. We can reasonably expect there will be hurricanes in Florida and blizzards in the…

POV: A New Point of View

Written by: Dr. Michael Sykuta, Executive Director, FRI March 3, 2021 Many of us spent much of last year wondering,"What will life be like after 2020?" While we still have a ways to go before we'll see just how much life is changed, I can say that, for me personally, taking on the role of…