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November 25th, 2019

Electricity Sector Trends and the Role of the Kentucky Public Service Commission

Speaker: Talina Mathews, Commissioner, Kentucky Public Service Commission

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: University of Kentucky, WT Young Library Auditorium (parking information)

Abstract: The Kentucky Public Service Commission is a three-member administrative body with quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial duties and powers regulating more than 1,100 utilities. Its mission is to foster the provision of safe and reliable service at a reasonable price to the customers of jurisdictional utilities while providing the financial stability by setting fair and just rates, and supporting their operational competence by overseeing regulated activities. Learn more about the “science and art” of how the PSC performs its regulatory functions, including how the PSC staff and Commissioners stay abreast of technological, economic, and social forces affecting the utility sectors. With special emphasis on electric utilities, this seminar will also provide an overview of wholesale electricity markets; challenges facing utilities amid regulatory change and uncertainty; and the ratemaking process.

Bio: Talina R. Mathews, Ph.D., was appointed to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) by Gov. Matthew Bevin on July 3, 2017. Her term expires June 30, 2021.

Immediately prior to her appointment as commissioner, Dr. Mathews was the executive director of the PSC. She had previously served the PSC as a policy advisor and as staff economist. Commissioner Mathews also has served Kentucky as an economist in the state Office of Energy Policy, as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, and in the Department for Energy Development and Independence as director of the Division of Energy Generation, Transmission and Distribution.

In addition to nearly two decades of government service, Commissioner Mathews has worked in the private sector with an engineering consulting firm and served as the director of member services and advocacy at the Organization of MISO States. She has held several adjunct teaching positions in economics and public policy.

Commissioner Mathews is a member of the National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) and serves on its board of directors, as co-vice chair of the Committee on Electricity, and as a member of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management. She is president of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, president of the Organization of PJM States, a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of MISO States, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners. Commissioner Mathews serves on the advisory board of the Financial Research Institute at the University of Missouri and the advisory council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.

Commissioner Mathews earned a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and mathematics from Berea College.