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Hamilton To Advise Energy Think Tank
August 16, 1999 (1999-032)
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Ron Karten, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, Ore. – Commissioner Roger Hamilton has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
EPRI is a non-profit funded by the energy industry to develop energy projects better handled with a collaborative effort.  Current projects include approaches to deregulation and development of renewable resources.  With many projects up and running, the Institute encourages public and private members to build on them.
Hamilton brings nationally recognized expertise in distributed generation to the post.  Distributed generation projects are taking us away from the days of giant generation plants run by monopoly utilities to smaller and more personalized sources of generation, like fuel cells.
Hamilton has worked in both Russia and China, advising regional and national governments about ways to design regulatory structures and legislation that facilitates both distributed generation and energy efficiency projects.  He has advised the Russian Duma on ways to foster deregulation and privatization of the electric industry there.
Hamilton also brings an expertise in renewable sources of energy to the EPRI.  He is a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) representative on the National Wind Coordinating Committee.  He also is on NARUC’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and chairman of its Subcommittee on Renewables.  In these roles, Hamilton commissions the studies that are taking us to a new era in energy.
In the 1999 Oregon legislative session, Oregonians saw the beginning of the end for monopoly utilities.  The advent of energy competition also ushered in the so-called “net metering” bill, which allows individuals to generate their own electricity and then sell it back to the regional power grid.  So, it is particularly important that Hamilton is on the cutting edge of efforts to bring forward wind, solar, geothermal, photo voltaic and fuel cell technologies.  These are the ones which will enable individuals to generate their own electricity.
“For years, we’ve kept a tight focus on nuclear energy, coal plants and other large energy generators,” Hamilton said, “and more recently, how to stop building more of them and avoid changing the climate and threatening species, but you have to get under that to see the future.  It’s in renewables and alternative forms of regulation like we have, for example, with PacifiCorp, a first in the nation form of incentive regulation that makes it profitable for the utility to conserve energy and deploy distributed forms of generation.”
Hamilton also has been Chairman of the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation, a member of the Boards of Directors of the Western Regional Transmission Association and the Western System Coordinating Council, which direct policy for the west’s massive electric transmission system.
Formerly a Klamath County Commissioner, Hamilton also served as an economic analyst and community development specialist with the Pacific Rivers Council in Eugene.
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