About Ackerman Regulatory Strategies

Ackerman Regulatory Strategies

Susan K. Ackerman

Ackerman Regulatory Strategies, owned by Susan K. Ackerman, provides regulated energy businesses and industries with strategic and policy advice. 

 Susan K. Ackerman, Ackerman Regulatory Strategies

Susan Ackerman

Susan K. Ackerman is an attorney with over 30 years of hands-on policy, executive, managerial and legal experience in the regulated energy sector. She was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) in March 2010. From March 2012 until May 2016, she served as chair of the OPUC. She also chaired the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (a national association representing state utility regulators), served on the Advisory Committee to the Electric Power Research Institute, served on the Smart Grid Working Group, and was co-chair of the Residential Retrofit Working Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network.

Prior to her time on the OPUC, she represented electric and natural gas utilities and independent power producers on matters relating to state, federal and Canadian wholesale power and natural gas markets and contracts. She also has expertise in:

  • Wholesale and retail rate making, electricity and natural gas;
  • Interstate electric transmission services and policies;
  • Interstate natural gas pipeline services and policies;
  • Competitive power procurement policies;
  • Integrated Resource Planning, electric and natural gas;
  • Renewable Portfolio Standards; and
  • Public Utility Resources Policy Act (PURPA) and avoided cost calculations.

She has experience with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Idaho Public Utility Commission, the Canadian National Energy Board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the California Public Utility Commission.

Ackerman has a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and a BA from Augustana College (now Augustana University) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.