Energy regulators step up to the climate challenge

Embracing the low-carbon economy is energy regulators’ latest mantra. Sonja van Renssen finds out what it all means at their global forum in Athens

“Independent regulators are not just judges, they are policymakers too,” Joseph Kelliher, former chairman of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told delegates at a recent global energy regulators’ summit.

Changing electricity supply is a key part of climate policy, according to Mr Kelliher. That is why he believes energy regulators need to get involved. Moving towards a low-carbon economy and combating climate change topped the agenda at the Fourth World Forum on Energy Regulation in Athens on 20 October.

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