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Experience

Pamela Morgan is an Energy Policy Expert at EQ Research. Based in Portland, Oregon, Pamela advises clients on regulatory strategy and provides expert testimony before regulatory commissions on such issues as rate design, decoupling, integrated resource planning, and energy efficiency programs. Pamela most recently was engaged in case work in Colorado and Wisconsin and is currently co-teaching a course at Portland State University on “Designing the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities.”

In addition to her work at EQ, Pamela is President of Graceful Systems, through which she offers consulting, facilitation and coaching to groups and individuals seeking strategic and creative thinking and acting in relation to the challenges of today’s energy industry. Since forming Graceful Systems in 2009, her projects have included designing and delivering systems thinking workshops for state regulators and IBM; researching and drafting a major update of resource planning and procurement rules for the Montana Public Service Commission; preparing a major study of decoupling and decoupling adjustments for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); testifying on decoupling, rate design and renewable resources and energy efficiency for NRDC; developing a comprehensive set of national energy efficiency policies for NRDC; and helping USAID advise the national electric company in Tanzania on regulatory relations.

Prior to founding Graceful Systems, Pamela worked in the electric utility industry for over 20 years, primarily at Portland General Electric (PGE), with responsibility over all aspects of state and federal economic regulation and strategic planning.

As an expert in the field of energy utility policy, Pamela has authored numerous articles on integrated resource planning, decoupling and deregulation and has spoken at a variety of conferences and institutions on regulatory policy and strategy, including forums in the Netherlands and Switzerland, the Mark Hatfield School of Government, the Northwest Energy Summit, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions, the Energy Information Association, and many other well respected organizations.

Selected Presentations & Publications

  • Underachieving in Energy Efficiency and the Continuing Search for a New Business Model. Published on ElectricityPolicy.com, May 2, 2011.
  • Toward New Business Models: Outcome-Based Energy Services for People. Published on ElectricityPolicy.com, June 13, 2011.
  • From VHS to DVD: Need for a New Business Model for the Electricity Industry in the 21st Century. Published on ElectricityPolicy.com, September 23, 2010.
  • Evolving Regulation for the Utility of the Future. The Electricity Journal, Volume 23, Issue 2, March 2010, pages 41-47.
  • Planning for the Future. The Electricity Journal, Volume 22, Issue 5, June 2009, pages 45-53.
  • Rate Impacts and Key Design Elements of Gas and Electric Decoupling: A Comprehensive Review. The Electricity Journal, Volume 22, Issue 8, October 2009, pages 65-71.

Education

  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law
  • B.S., Washington State University