Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:34 | Written by Pura | | |
PURA Staff return from Internship with New Jersey Public Service Commission
Two PURA staff, Mr. Kelepha Samba and Jainaba Jobe returned from a week long internship with the PSC of New Jersey in the US. This was possible as part of PURA’s partnership with NARUC. During the week of September 30 through October 4, the regulators from the Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) visited the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) in order to learn more about New Jersey’s successful clean energy program and agency management. The PURA staff were hosted by John Garvey and Ann Marie Mcshea from the NJBPU’s Division of Economic Development and Energy Policy. During the week, the regulators enjoyed visits to various solar and wind projects in New Jersey, a detailed discussion on restructured energy markets at PJM Interconnection.
In addition, New Jersey’s largest utility, PSE&G, hosted a tour of its 3 MW solar farm located on a capped landfill, and the Atlantic City Utilities Authority provided a tour of its innovative onsite wind and solar facilities used for wastewater treatment.
This would be the second year running in which PURA staff have visited US regulators to obtain firsthand experience of modern regulatory practice.
The NARUC partnership offers PURA access to a large pool of US experts and towards the last week of October 2013, regulators from California and Michigan would visit The Gambia as part of the second peer review programme. The peer review exercises allows PURA staff and local stakeholders to dicuss challenges of clean energy regulation and learnt from the US experience as well as highlight their own challenges and success stories.