Nancy LaPlaca, J.D.
Senior Fellow on Regulatory Issues
Nancy LaPlaca, J.D., served as Policy Advisory to Arizona Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman from 2009 to 2013. During that time, Nancy and Commissioner Newman helped to pass one of the most aggressive Energy Efficiency Standards in the U.S. and championed the expansion of progressive policies such as aggregated and virtual net metering, community solar, energy imbalance markets, and including so-called ‘externalized’ costs of coal-fired power. Nancy spent 3 years at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission as a clean energy advocate, pushing against utility plans to build “clean” coal power plant in Colorado and Arizona. She also authored a 2007 fact sheet on Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC, or “clean” coal) used by hundreds of activists around the U.S., and helped advocates understand why “clean” coal is uneconomic and cannot compete with solar, wind, biodigesters, efficiency and other technologies. Nancy served as co-chair of the Energy Resources and the Environment Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners for two years, working with Commissioners around the U.S. Nancy’s current work includes serving as an expert witness in avoided cost, net metering, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency dockets–and helping clients navigate the complex world of energy efficiency programs.