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Friday, February 7
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Mount Vernon B
 
2:00 PM Congressional Staff Panel

Hear from Congressional Staff addressing current issues and proposed legislation.
Moderator Brian O'Hara - Legislative Director Telecom, NARUC
Panelists Olivia Trusty - Legislative Assistant, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
Patrick Satalin - Legislative Assistant, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)
Joey Wender - Senior Policy Advisor, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
Josh Lynch - Legislative Assistant, Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)

3:00 PM CLOSED SESSION

State Staff Issues Discussion

5:00 PM Adjourn for the Day
 
Saturday, February 8
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Ballroom North
 
9:00 AM Preliminary Matters (Ballroom North)

Review Agenda
Other Administrative Matters

Gene Hand - Subcommittee Chair, Nebraska PSC

9:10 AM Reports from NARUC

*Litigation Report - Brad Ramsay
*Legislative Report - Brian O'Hara

9:30 AM Joint Board Reports

*Separations - George Young (VT)
*Universal Service - Labros Pilalis (PA)

9:40 AM Subgroup Reports

*Federal Regulation & Legislation - Joe Witmer (PA)
*State Regulation - Jeff Richter (WI)
*Consumer Issues - Karlen Reed (MA)
*Technology & Service Quality - Lynn Notarianni (CO)

9:45 AM Numbering Update
Brent Struthers, NeuStar
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Resolution Introductions - Initial Discussions
11:45 AM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM IP Technical Fairy Tale...Happily Ever After?

In an all IP world, what will our traditional 99.99% reliable telephone system look like? Imagine we wake up one morning and it's all IP. How does public safety work? What happens to numbering? Will we have IP addresses instead of a telephone number? How will communication services for the deaf and hard of hearing function? What must consumers have as Customer Premise Equipment? What happens to consumers that do not have access to broadband supporting IP services? The panel will explore the technical intricacies of the IP evolution explaining what regulatory agencies should anticipate and what to prepare for in an all IP environment especially from a consumer's perspective. As with all fairy tales, a happily ever after ending is anxiously anticipated! So if regulatory agencies wish to succeed, how should they proceed?
Moderator Susana Woolcock, Michigan Public Service Commission
Panelists Mark Iannuzzi - President, Telnet Worldwide
Tom McGarry - VP of Research, NeuStar
Jamie Barnett - RADM, Find Me 911 Coalition
Matthew Gerst - Director, State Regulatory & External Affairs, CTIA

2:15 PM Lifeline Database Update

The panel will cover the NLAD roll-out ( for verification of non-duplication of Lifeline benefits) and the effects of the Lifeline Reform Order implementation on carriers, customers, and the states.
Moderator Jeff Richter - USF Director, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Panelists Kim Scardino - Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division , WCB - FCC
Paul Abbott - General Counsel, Mass. Dept. of Telecom. & Cable
Stephen Athanson - Regulatory Counsel, TracFone Wireless Inc.
Chuck Campbell - Principal, CGM, LLC
Robert Mayer - VP Industry & State Affairs, US Telecom Association

3:30 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM Further Resolution Discussions
4:15 PM Resolutions - Industry Reaction
5:00 PM Adjourn for the Day
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Subcommittee on Education and Research
Meeting Room 2
 
12:00 PM Closed Executive Session
Working Lunch for Committee and Staff Subcommittee members only
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Jim Gardner - Subcommittee Chair, Kentucky
1:05 PM Approval of Minutes
1:10 PM NRRI Update
Dr. Rajinish Barua - Executive Director, NRRI
1:25 PM International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) Presentation
The IEPEC is an annual professional conference with the purpose to provide a forum for the presentation, critique and discussion of objective evaluations of energy programs. The core product of this conference is the documentation of unbiased, peer-reviewed evaluations that establish the basis for accurate information and provide credible evidence of program success or failure.
Pierre Landry - President, North American Chapter of the IEPEC
1:40 PM Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CRRE) Update
Dr. Jan Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, MSU
1:55 PM NAWC Sharon Gascon Scholarship

Selection of Scholarship recipients.
Speakers John E. (Butch) Howard - Commissioner, South Carolina
John W. Betkoski, III - Vice Chairman, Connecticut

2:10 PM Update on Subcommittee Projects
Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC
2:25 PM Review of Applications for Support
Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC
2:35 PM ICER VWG 4: Regulatory Best Practices
John W. Betkoski, III - Vice Chairman, Connecticut
2:40 PM New Business
2:55 PM Adjourn
2:55 PM Staff Subcommittee meeting
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM    Networking Break Foyer
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    NRRI Colloquium Meeting Room 3
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    NRRI Board of Directors (closed meeting) Meeting Room 2
 
Sunday, February 9
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM    Registration
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Meeting Room 12 - 14
 
9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome
Sandra S. Sloane - Director, Consumer Services, New York Public Service Commission
9:05 AM Introduction and Welcome

Reports

  • Washington Update
  • Brian O'Hara -- Legislative Director-Telecomunications Technology and Water, NARUC
  • Chris Mele -- Legislative Director-Energy, NARUC
  • Snap -- Lenora Best, PA
  • Lifeline
9:15 AM Keeping the Golden Years Energized

This panel will explore the implications of a growing senior population and meeting their energy needs
Moderator Lenora Best - Chief, Policy Division, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Panelists Chris Baker - Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP
David Bonar - Public Advocate, Delaware
Felecia L. Greer - Director & Customer Advocate, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

10:15 AM Resolutions
10:30 AM Joint Session with Subcommittee on Telecommunications (Ballroom North)

The Consumer Complaint Process and the Transition to an IP World

Joint session with Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

State Commissions and the FCC accept and respond to consumer complaints about service problems and billing issues, etc. This data has not always been tracked on a global basis or made available to all those who may need to utilize it, particularly as we look at consumer requirements for the IP transition. This session will examine how consumer complaint data can be utilized to identify key consumer issues and track the success of the transition to IP in meeting customer needs. This session will answer the following questions about collecting and tracking consumer data.

  • What data is collected today and how is it utilized?
  • How might the data be used going forward to identify potential problems and classify issues during the IP transition?
  • What additional data might need to be collected to ensure that problems are anticipated and can be resolved?
  • How can data be shared with all participants in the IP transition, including States, the FCC, companies and consumers?
Moderator Lynn Notarianni - Telecom Secrion Chief, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Kris Monteith - Acting Bureau Chief, Federal Communications Commission Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Sandra Sloane - Director of Customer Services, New York State Public Service Commission
Curt Stamp - Director of State Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications
Matt Wood - Policy Director, Free Press
11:45 AM Adjourn
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access
Congressional Ballroom
 
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Comments
Nikki Hall - Chairman, South Carolina
9:05 AM Update on UMA Toolkit Project

Brief Toolkit Project Status Report.
Laurie Dowling - Executive Director, National Utilities Development Council

9:15 AM PANEL: Supplier Diversity Best Practices from the Industry Perspective

In furtherance of the Supplier Diversity Toolkit resolution adopted by the NARUC Committee of the Whole November 20, 2013, industry representatives come together to offer their thoughts on best practices.
Moderator Hon. Ronald A. Brisé - Commissioner, Florida
Panelists Steve Williams - Supply Chain Manager, Gulf Power (a Southern Company)
Michael J. Dowling - SVP, External Affairs, FirstEnergy Corp
Maria Jenks - VP Supply Chain, Kansas City P&L (KCP&L)

10:00 AM Stakeholder Reports

Updates from Organizations supportive of NARUC and the UMA Mission.
Speakers Paula Jackson - President and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
Jose L. Perez - Chairman & CEO, Hispanics In Energy

10:15 AM PANEL: Increasing Opportunities for Women in Utilities

Initial discussion to explore the challenge of increasing exposure to energy careers, business and partnership opportunities for Women.
Moderator Hon. Sherina E. Maye, Illinois
Panelists Donna Cooper - President, Pepco Region, PHI, Inc
Bridget Reidy - Senior VP and Chief Supply Officer, Exelon Corporation
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland - Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Duke Energy Corporation

11:05 AM Success! A WMBE Story
Cora Williams - President and Founder, Ideal Electric Supply Corporation
11:15 AM Committee Business

- Request for Panel Suggestions and Proposed Resolutions for Dallas;
- UMA Involvement in Summer Regional Meetings;
- UMA Staff Report;
- Resolution Recognizing Chairman Emeritus Harold Williams;
- Other Business

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Sunday Morning Collaborative
Ballroom Central
 
9:00 AM Resource Adequacy A Problem that Needs Fixing or a Solution in Search of a Problem?
In this segment of the Sunday Morning Collaborative, a primer on State and federal resource adequacy jurisdiction will be followed by four panels exploring the country’s different regional approaches to keeping the lights on. Emphasis will be placed on what is – and is not – working with intertwined state and federal oversight in this important area.
Hon. John Norris, Commissioner, FERC
Hon. Tony Clark, Commissioner, FERC
Hon. Eric Callisto, Commissioner, Wisconsin
Hon. Travis Kavulla, Commissioner, Montana
9:05 AM Resource Adequacy: a Legal Primer
Speaker Scott Hempling - Attorney at Law LLC
9:35 AM SERC
Moderator Hon. John Norris
Panelists Janice Hager - Vice President, IRP & Analytics, Duke
Jeffrey Burleson - Vice President, System Planning, Southern Company
Roger Clark - Director of Engineering and Operations, Associated Electric Cooperative
Kevin Carden - Director, Astrape Consulting
10:05 AM The Western Interconnection
Moderator Hon. Travis Kavulla
Panelists Mark Rothleder - Vice President of Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California ISO
Jim Robb - CEO, Western Electricity Coordinating Council
John Fazio - Senior Power Systems Analyst, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
10:35 AM Break
10:50 AM MISO/SPP
Moderator Hon. Eric Callisto
Panelists Hon. Robert Kenney, Missouri
Rob Berntsen - VP of Policy and Public Affairs, MISO
Paul Suskie - Senior VP, Regulatory Policy and General Counsel, SPP
Marka Shaw - Wholesale Market Development Manager, Exelon
Stephen Beuning - Director, Market Operations, Xcel
11:20 AM ERCOT
Moderator Hon. Tony Clark
Panelists John Dumas - Director of Wholesale Market Operations, ERCOT
Dr. Samuel A. Newall - Principal, Brattle Group
Phillip G. Oldham - Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
Steven Schleimer - Senior Vice President , Government and Regulatory Affairs, Calpine
11:50 AM Adjourn
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Ballroom North
 
9:00 AM Reports by National Representatives

* 706 Conference Update - Karlen Reed
* NRRI Report - Sherry Lichtenberg
* NTIA Report - John Morris & Maureen Lewis
* RUS Report - Keith Adams, Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications Program

9:45 AM FCC Reports
Moderator Gene Hand, Nebraska Public Service Commission
Panelists Aaron Garza - Legal Advisor, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Jane Jackson - Associate Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
James Miller - Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Engineering & Technology
Carol Mattey - Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM The Consumer Complaint Process and the Transition to an IP World

State Commissions and the FCC accept and respond to consumer complaints about service problems and billing issues, etc. This data has not always been tracked on a global basis or made available to all those who may need to utilize it, particularly as we look at consumer requirements for the IP transition. This session will examine how consumer complaint data can be utilized to identify key consumer issues and track the success of the transition to IP in meeting customer needs. This session will answer the following questions about collecting and tracking consumer data.

  • What data is collected today and how is it utilized?
  • How might the data be used going forward to identify potential problems and classify issues during the IP transition?
  • What additional data might need to be collected to ensure that problems are anticipated and can be resolved?
  • How can data be shared with all participants in the IP transition, including States, the FCC, companies and consumers?
Moderator Lynn Notarianni - Telecom Section Chief, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Kris Monteith - Acting Bureau Chief, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Sandra Sloane - Director, Office of Consumer Services, NYS Public Service Commission
Curt Stamp - Director - Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications
Matt Wood - Policy Director, Free Press
11:45 AM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 PM Does US Broadband Really Cost More and Move Slower Than in the Rest of the World?

This panel will explore why broadband deployment, adoption, speed, and cost differ between the US and the rest of the world, and determine how we might resolve issues unique to the US. The panel will answer the following questions:

1. Is broadband more expensive, less extensive, and slower in the US than in the rest of the world?

2. If so, is the issue technical, regulatory, or something else? Do we need more regulation or less?

3. How can the states and state commissions encourage the deployment and adoption of broadband in the most efficient and effective way?
Moderator Sherry Lichtenberg, NRRI
Panelists Rob Atkinson - President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Patrick Lucey, New America Foundation
George Ford, The Phoenix Centre
Rich Clarke, AT&T
Doug Suttles - Chief Operations Officer & Cofounder, OOKLA

2:30 PM Net Neutrality: What NOW?

This panel will discuss the recent DC Circuit decision vacating key elements of the FCC's Net Neutrality rules, what it means for the FCC and the States.
Moderator Brad Ramsay - General Counsel, NARUC
Panelists Harold Feld - Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
Earl Comstock - Principal, Comstock Consulting
Joe Witmer - Assitant to PA PUC Commissioner Brown, PA PUC
Russell P. Hanser - Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

3:00 PM Networking Break
3:15 PM Final Resolution Discussion
4:00 PM Adjourn
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM    Subcommittee on Clean Coal
Renaissance West A
 
9:30 AM Clean Coal Introductory Remarks and Welcome
Hon. David Ziegner , Indiana
9:35 AM The Presidents Climate Action Plan

Dr. Pershing will present on the President's climate action plan, the Department of Energy's strategic plan and climate change.

Jonathon Pershing - Principal Director of the Office of Energy Policy & Systms Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

10:30 AM DOE Update - 2014 & Beyond

DOE will provide a brief update of their clean coal and CCS program, followed by group discussion and brainstorming on opportunities for DOE to develop future large-scale CCS projects likely to be ready in the 2015-2020 timeframe. NARUC is well positioned to help DOE better identify and understand opportunities at the state level for hosting such projects.
Jarad Daniels - Director of Planning & Environmental Analysis, Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

11:00 AM Break
11:10 AM Update on One large domestic CCS Demonstration

An update from the National Energy Technology Lab including and a closer look at the NRG's Texas W.A. Parish Post-Combustion CO2 Capture & Sequestration Project.

Thomas Sarkus - Division Director, Office of Major Demonstrations, National Energy Technology Laboratory

11:20 AM Subcommittee Business Meeting
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Staff Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues Meeting Room 15
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM    Around the World with NARUC
Come join NARUC’s international department staff to learn how you can be part of NARUC’s International Programs. We have volunteer opportunities for commissioners and commission staff to engage with regulators in developing and transition countries. NARUC staff will be on hand for informal meetings to describe our activities in Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Eurasia and the Middle East. NARUC’s International Programs are currently focused on the electricity and gas sectors.
Meeting Room 2
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee on Critical Infrastructure
Ballroom Central
 
12:45 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Hon. Carolene Mays - Commissioner, Indiana
12:50 PM Industry Updates
1:15 PM Resilience in Regulated Utilities
Moderator Christina Cody - Senior Program Officer, NARUC
Panelist Dr. Paul Stockton - Managing Director, Sonecon
2:00 PM NIST Cybersecurity Framework: A Crucial Update
NIST releases the latest iteration of the Cybersecurity Framework on February 12. Hear from NIST, DHS and Pepco on this version of the framework, what it means for the regulatory community and what's next for implementation.
Adam Sedgewick, National Institue of Standards and Technology
Bob Kolasky, Department of Homeland Security
Doug Myers, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
3:15 PM Security Governance for States: Rethinking Oversight of Electric Sector and Critical Infrastructure Security
Speaker Andy Bochman - Principal, Bochman Advisors, LLC
3:45 PM Business Meeting
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee on Consumer Affairs
Mount Vernon B
 
1:00 PM Welcome
Hon. Betsy Wergin, Minnesota
1:05 PM Consumers and the Electric Grid: Will Consumers Dictate What Services They are Provided in the Future?

As the transformation of the electric system occurs through the deployment of innovative new technologies and business models, the role of the consumer will become integral. What can regulators and the industry learn from the consumer behavior studies that have been funded through the DOE Smart Grid investment Grant (SGIG) program?

How will consumers interact with their electricity supplier in the future? Who will serve the customer appetite for smart appliances, thermostats and automated controls, etc in the future? What types of products and services to enable full customer engagement can be developed by third party aggregators such as ESCOs?

What can regulators do to encourage consumer empowerment? This panel discussion will analyze these important questions and hear from experts in the field, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, smart grid policy innovators and the ESCO community.
Moderator Hon. Patricia Acampora, New York
Panelists Joe Paladino - Senior Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy
James Gallagher - Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium
Jeremy Eaton - Vice President & General Manager, Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions
Adam Miller - Senior Director of Innovation, Direct Energy

2:25 PM LIHEAP Update
2:35 PM How Natural Gas Affects the Consumer Today and Tomorrow
Speaker Michelle Bloodworth - Sr. Director of Power Generation, ANGA
3:00 PM Networking Break
3:15 PM Business Session
3:30 PM Lifeline Duplicates Database Update

The FCC will update the Committee on the National Lifeline Accountability Database (duplicates database) and progress on the potential creation of a eligibility verification database.
Speaker Kim Scardino - Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission

3:45 PM Beyond Net-Metering Wars: Real Solutions for Real Challenges

Cosponsored by Committee on Electricity and Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment.

In the rapidly changing electricity landscape that includes ever increasing deployment of distributed generation, technology development and new policies are driving PUCs and utilities out of their comfort zones. Yet, preparing for the future energy world requires all of us to reevaluate our traditional regulatory and business models. How do we wisely get to a world of distributed generation and more renewable resources? How do we make the transition while maintaining a reliable grid and reasonable costs for all ratepayers? This panel will be more interactive with the audience than most, and will explore the challenges for a more distributed electricity system and tap the expertise of regulators, utilities and developers on specific ways to overcome these barriers. The goal is that each audience member can leave with one or more clear ideas on overcoming net-metering challenges
Moderator Hon. David Cash, Massachusetts
Panelists Hon. Betsy Wergin, Minnesota
David Sparby - President and CEO, Northern States Power Company
Philip J. Dion - Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Customer Solutions, Tucson Electric Power
Janet Besser - Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, New England Clean Energy Council

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee on International Relations
Congressional Ballroom
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Hon. David Armstrong - Chairman, IRC, Kentucky
Hon. Eric Callisto - Co-Vice Chairman, IRC, Wisconsin
Hon. Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano - Co-Vice Chairman, IRC, Comision Reguladora de Energia de Mexico
1:10 PM Approval of minutes
Hon. David Armstrong - Chairman, IRC, Kentucky
1:15 PM Announcement and Presentation of Terry Barnich Award

Presentation of award to a NARUC member whose service overseas reflects the values of the former Illinois Commerce Commission chairman, who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2009 while serving as a senior advisor to U.S. State Department officials on energy and other issues.
Hon. David Armstrong - Chairman, IRC, Kentucky

1:30 PM US Agency for International Development update
An update on USAID programs and priorities in the energy and utility sectors
Steven S. Burns - Chief, Energy and Infrastructure, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, US Agency for international Development
1:40 PM Update on NARUC International Programs

A status report on bilateral partnerships and regional programs and ongoing development of the monitoring and evaluation initiative.
Ms. Erin Hammel - Director of international Programs, NARUC

1:50 PM International Partnership Updates

Commissioners and staff will provide brief updates on recent international activities, with a focus on emerging topics of interest from international partners.

2:00 PM Energy Supply and Utility Rates in Ukraine: The Political Context

A discussion of how Ukraine's economic problems, dependence on Russia for natural gas and heavily subsidized utility rates have come together to create political instability in the country as it moves toward a decision on closer ties with the European Union.
Speaker Mr. Ed Chow - Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program , Center for Strategis and International Studies

2:40 PM Fukushima: Implications for Global Nuclear Energy

An update on the status of the cleanup at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan and a discussion of the implications of the Fukushima accident on the future of nuclear power globally.
Moderator Commissioner Greg White - Chmn., Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues, Michigan
Panelists Mr. Hidechika Koizumi - Counselor, Economic Section, Embassy of Japan
Mr. Ed Lyman - Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Mr. Tony Pietrangelo - Senior VP, Chief Nuclear Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute
Mr. David Skeen - Japan Lessons Learned Directorate, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mr. Kenji Tateiwa - Manager, Nuclear Power Programs, Washington Office, TEPCO

4:00 PM Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure: The Nature of the Threat (Congressional Ballroom)
A perspective on protecting critical infrastructure from the federal agency on the front lines of the battles in cyber space
Moderator Hon. Arthur House - Chairman, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Panelist Murray Kenyon - Associate Deputy Director of Engagement, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Renaissance West A
 
1:00 PM What's Next in Renewable Energy Finance?

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the expected continuing surge in demand for solar systems over the next decade in the United States will require $62 billion in new financing. As the market for solar and other new energy technologies continues to grow, new sources of public capital will be needed to finance these projects. Securitization and crowd financing are two sources of capital whose potential is only beginning to be tapped. The SEC has proposed new crowd-financing rules and several States have passed laws that will enable crowd-financing to be used to raise equity for a variety of purposes, including renewable resources. At this session, regulators will learn how securitization, crowd financing and other innovative financing alternatives can be applied to a broad range of projects including energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, community solar, and more.
Moderator Ellen Vancko - Senior Commission Advisor, Maryland Public Service Commission
Panelists David Feldman - Senior Financial Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
James Tong - Senior Director of Strategy and Government Affairs, Clean Power Finance
John Stanton - Vice President, Policy and Electricity Markets, SolarCity

2:15 PM FERC Rules Create Opportunity for Storage Technologies
A trio of FERC rules have created opportunities for new storage technologies to expand their foothold in the US electric system. FERC staff will discuss Order No. 784, which requires transmission operators to recognize the value of energy storage systems that can dampen potentially dangerous frequency imbalances. This ruling expanded on Order No. 755, which increased the return that battery and flywheel operators could get for grid support, while FERC Order No. 792 gives energy storage providers the same opportunity to sell power into the grid that small generators receive, further enhancing storage's competitive position in selling ancillary services to system operators.
Jeffery Dennis - Director, Division of Policy Development, FERC
2:45 PM Exploring PV Economies of Scale
NRRI's Energy and Environment team is presently exploring solar PV life-cycle cost-of-energy studies and related literature about solar costs and benefits to identify present and future trends in PV system economies of scale. Questions NRRI is exploring in this work include: How do the relative life-cycle costs of large vs. small systems compare? Will existing economies of scale stay the same or change as PV technologies and supply-chains gain experience? Do existing policies distort PV markets in unintended or undesirable ways when some system types or sizes are favored over others?
Tom Stanton - Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, NRRI
3:00 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM Beyond Net-Metering Wars: Real Solutions for Real Challenges (With Consumer Affairs) (Mount Vernon B)
(See Committee on Consumer Affairs Agenda)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Mount Vernon A
 
1:00 PM Introductions and Welcome
Bob Reed - Natural Gas Manager, Alabama Public Service Commission
Laura Demman - Director and Legal Counsel, Natural Gas Department, Nebraska Public Service Commission
1:10 PM Natural Gas Life Cycle Analysis

Mr. Timothy Skone, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will discuss how Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) can be used to identify methane emissions policy and research opportunities in support of the President’s Climate Action Plan. The presentation will provide an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas value chain. Timothy Skone serves as a programmatic lead in this area. He will highlight the impressive capability of the national labs in conducting LCA, with a focus on LCA modeling for the natural gas value chain.
Moderator Christopher J. Freitas - Senior Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
Panelist Mr. Timothy Skone, National Energy Technology Laboratory

2:15 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM NOAA's New Suite of Climate Normals

For some time the energy industry has understood that the 30-year Climate Normals produced by the National Climatic Data Center, while historically relevant, were not very predictive of future conditions, particularly as they relate to temperatures. In response to concerns voiced by energy companies and regulators, the NCDC began a serious conversation with many stakeholders. The result of that conversation was a menu of "Alternative Climate Normals." NCDC has been invited to discuss those new normals and their uses.
Anthony Arguez, Ph.D. - Physical Scientist, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center

3:30 PM Corporate Resilience in Light of Climate Change

Businesses face growing threats from extreme weather and climate change: damage to facilities, loss of water or power supplies, higher costs, and disruption of supply and distribution chains. C2ES recently took an in-depth look at the ways multinational companies are beginning to assess and address the risks of extreme weather and other climate change impacts. Outlining the state of resilience planning among a cross-section of global companies, Drs. Peace and Casola will discuss how companies perceive their climate-related risks, the steps companies are taking, and the barriers that stand in their way.
Janet Peace, PhD - Vice President, Markets and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Joe Casola, PhD - Staff Scientist, Program Director for Science and Impacts, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

4:00 PM The Challenges of Ratemaking for State Utility Commissions
Ken Costello - Principal Researcher, National Regulatory Research Institute
4:30 PM Presentation of the Updated Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2014

2013 continued a transformation of the US energy landscape toward lower-carbon production and consumption of energy. Many clean energy technologies solidified their market share and gained traction in 2013, while others were impacted by stalled policy movement that would have propelled further growth. The second edition of the BCSE-Bloomberg New Energy Finance Sustainable Energy in America Factbook details these trends and offers a fresh analysis of the "state of sustainable energy" in the United States.
Ruth McCormick - Senior Policy Associate, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

5:00 PM Adjourn
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access
Meeting Room 10
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Opening Comments
Obi Linton - Chair, UMA Staff Subcommittee
1:05 PM Roundtable Discussions

For the past three years, the UMA Subcommittee has participated in the NARUC Regional meetings. Our involvement has consisted primarily of high level presentations that provided an update on UMA’s activities in the past year. Those presentations have been successful and well received, and some have suggested that we increase our involvement. To that end, the UMA Staff was asked to recommend ways that UMA could more actively participate in the Regional meetings. To help develop that recommendation, the UMA Staff invited the Executive Director of the MACRUC Region to attend our Staff meeting and offer her insight and suggestions.
Moderator Obi Linton - Chair, UMA Staff Subcommittee
Panelist Michelle Malloy - Executive Director, MACRUC

1:30 PM Staff Subcommittee Roundtable and Discussion

Additional discussion and brainstorming for ideas to submit to the UMA Commissioners Subcommitte.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittees on Electricity/Electric Reliability
Meeting Room 12 - 14
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Speakers Kim Wissman - Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Electricity, Ohio
Kim Jones - Vice-Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Electricity, North Carolina
Patricia Poli - Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability, Michigan
1:05 PM Polar Vortex Event(s) Debriefing

Like the Derecho windstorm from 2012, it is safe to say that most folks had never heard of the term - Polar Vortex - before its icey grip was felt across the eastern united states in early January. And then followed so quickly by Polar Vortex 2 in late January. What impacts did these latest weather-related events have on electric system reliability? Did RTOs have trouble keeping the lights on or was it smooth sailing? Did local gas/electric distribution companies experience gas curtailments that impacted their gas AND electric customers? Was this a wake-up call and should we be worried? Find out on this panel as we hear an overview of the event(s) from NERC, the experience of geographically diverse RTOs in the south and north describing the challenges with keeping the lights on and a large gas/electric local distribution company curtailment of power generators to conserve gas supply for residential customers.
Speakers Michael Moon - Senior Director of Reliability Risk Management, NERC
Ken McIntyre - VP Grid Planning and Operations, ERCOT
Jim Stanzione - Director of Federal Gas Regulatory Policy, National Grid
Mike Bryson - Executive Director, System Operations, PJM

2:15 PM EPA Climate Rules

The President's Climate Action Plan calls for EPA to develop requirements to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. The schedule calls for EPA to propose requirements by June 1 and issue final requirements one year later. There are may complex legal and policy issues associated with regulating such emissions from existing coal-fired and gas-fired power plants, especially against a backdrop of other EPA regulations, low natural gas prices, and an unprecedented number of coal plant retirements. This panel will discuss many of those issues.
Joseph Goffman - Senior Counsel, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA
Paul Bailey - Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs and Policy, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
Roger Martella - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

3:15 PM Networking break
3:30 PM DOE Congestion Study Roll-Out Timetable
David Meyer - Senior Advisor, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE
3:40 PM FERC Update

Key FERC staffers will provide a view of hot items at FERC during the next year.
Patrick Cleary - Attorney Advisor, FERC
Jeff Dennis - Director, Division of Policy Development, Office of Policy and Innovation, FERC

4:00 PM Efficiency Roads Less Travelled

Technology hitting the efficiency mark - meeting regulatory and utility goals across the country. Come see the great stuff happening in the energy world in the way of less known technology choices. You’ll hear about technology developed to reduce energy waste from power lines between utilities’ substations and utility customers. And on the generation side, did you know there are over 20 GW of flexible summer peak capacity that can be generated across the country simply by adding a chilling and storage system to existing efficient gas power plants at a cost 1/3 lower than a new plant? 562 MW of Generation Storage are already deployed in Texas and PJM. Join this session to learn about some exciting new technologies.
Michael Donohue - Executive Vice President, Utilidata, Inc.
Kelsey Southerland - Director of Market Development & Regulatory Industrial Business, TAS Energy

4:30 PM Physical Security Issues: How to Protect Key Electrical Assets

Cyber security attacks and weather related incidents cause plenty of peril for the bulk electric system and seem to generate a large share of the press. But large scale physical attacks, like the military-style attack executed in April 2013 against the PG&E-owned Metcalf substation in California in sent shockwaves throughout the industry. This unsolved and professionally planned assault with semi-automatic weapons did not cause power outages, but property was damaged. Find out what NERC is doing to promote the need for attention to physical security issues of electric assets.
Bob Canada - Manager of CIP Outreach and Training, NERC

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Subcommittee and Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (closed for some sections)
Please note that this meeting is closed from 1:00 - 2:30PM and 3:30 - 5:00PM. The meeting is open for the Gas Innovations session from 2:30 - 3:30PM.
Meeting Room 15
 
1:00 PM Closed Meeting
2:30 PM Innovation in Gas Technology
Francois Rongere - Manager, R&D and Innovation for Gas Operations, Pacific Gas & Electric
3:30 PM Closed Meeting
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Task Force on Environmental Regulations & Generation (closed meeting) Penn Quarter
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM    Networking Break Foyer
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM    Washington Action Meeting Room 16
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM    Welcome Reception Renaissance Ballroom
 
Monday, February 10
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM    General Session
Ballroom South
 
8:30 AM Welcome to NARUC Winter Committee Meetings
The Honorable Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas presides over her first NARUC Meeting. President Honorable will continue the celebration of our 125th Anniversary.
8:45 AM Value of the Integrated Grid

The electricity industry is on the cusp of profound change. Distributed generation, renewable resources, smart meters, and other technologies could transform how electricity is used and delivered. Moreover, federal emissions policies may cause a significant transition in fossil-fuel consumption. How will the grid respond? EPRI's new analysis, "The Value of the Integrated Grid," examines the costs and benefits of the electricity delivery infrastructure to optimally integrate local and centralized generation resources. The analysis evaluates how the integrated grid can enable the optimal combination of local generation, energy storage, energy efficiency and new uses of electricity -- integrated with central generation -- to provide reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity. In this session, EPRI's President will unveil the new analysis and discuss its results with State commissioners. The participants will explore potential changes to interconnection rules and rate structures that may be necessary to enhance the value of the power system to all consumers. Attendees can discuss how this approach results in optimal resource deployment.
Moderator Hon. Colette D. Honorable - President, NARUC
Panelists Hon. David Boyd, Minnesota
Hon. Robert Kenney, Missouri
Mike Howard - President and CEO, EPRI

9:30 AM Remarks from American Gas Association
Gregg S. Kantor, Chairman, American Gas Association President & CEO, NW Natural
10:00 AM Address from Secretary of Transportation
Remarks by US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM    Networking Break
10:45 AM - 4:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Law Meeting Room 6
10:45 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Electricity
Ballroom Central
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal

Update on Plant Vogtle Construction, Hon. Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Georgia

10:50 AM Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal

Small Modular Reactors: What are They and What Role May they Play in Diversifying the Energy Portfolio of the Future? In 2012, the Department of Energy announced a grant program designed to encourage research into the design, operations and manufacture of small modular reactors. Find out what a small modular reactor is, why the DOE is promoting it, who is receiving grants and when the technology will be commercial.

Moderator Hon. Greg R. White, Michigan
Panelist Dr. John E. Kelly - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies, DOE

1:00 PM Integration of Renewables: Lessons from the EU.

The European Experience: High penetration of renewables on the grid, the challenges and benefits.

The objective of this panel is to provide several perspectives on the challenges facing countries and states with high renewable goals, such as Germany, Great Britain, Denmark and California and lessons learned from experiences to date. Challenges include: backstanding intermittent renewables, i.e. wind at night, peak demand in day; solar peak in mid-afternoon, system peak later; curve not straight line but jagged; transmission from generation source to sink, timing of transmission, obtaining transmission right-of-way across jurisdictional boundaries, and cost allocation.

  • Understanding the Operational Challenges and Reducing Risks. With the increased penetration of large amounts of wind and solar, keeping normal operational conditions is increasingly difficult, which threatens security and reliability. The intermittent nature of wind (and to some extent solar) changes the continent-wide generation pattern in an unpredictable manner and results in transit flows or loop flow issues, transmission constraints, and a required increased reliance on generation/demand resources that have flexibility. Panelists will focus on issues identified in long-term reliability assessment, offer insights for improvements to reliability strategy, and identify methods to enhance planning and operations to accommodate the changing electric system. Panelists will explore possible scenarios, implications, and best practices from experiences to date.
  • Financial Issues Surrounding Solutions to Operational Issues of Integration. Solutions to operational issues involve transmission upgrades and investment in flexible generation and demand, which includes DR and EE measures. Panelists will explore the financial, market, and legal issues surrounding a supportive grid. The panelist will discuss the EU experience and possible modifications to the European grid, such as the level of subsidies provided to each type of renewable generation (not retroactively), and changes to the energy markets, such as adding a capacity mechanism and potentially requiring a guaranteed contribution to reliable baseload supply. Panelists will further discuss the value of distributed generation and the appropriateness to consider externalities, as well as how distributed renewable generation is beneficial for grid stability; renewables beneficial for climate change and human health reasons; and renewables useful in complying with President’s policy goals and EPA greenhouse gas requirements.
Moderator Hon. Edward S. Finley, Jr. - Chairman, North Carolina
Panelists Jeffrey Altman - Senior Advisor, Finadvice GmbH
Lori Bird - Senior Analyst, NREL
Tom Burgess - VP and Director of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, NERC
2:30 PM Managing CapEx Risk Against the Odds

It is widely accepted that the overall CapEx needs of the power industry will likely top $2 trillion between 2010 and 2030 due to environmental compliance and other CapEx needs. Stakeholders/ratepayers are becoming more sensitive to cost overruns as costs have escalated rapidly since the last major "build" and because these costs seem largely beyond management control. Between 2001 and 2008, construction costs at least doubled for all generation types and increasingly, volatility in commodities costs drive construction cost overruns which average 13%. Indeed, only 2.5% of major projects meet expected budget, schedule and design performance parameters. Precisely as we ramp up to the next infrastructure build, ratepayers and providers alike are distrustful of the likely results. What are our options for hedging the risk of cost overruns? Are there opportunities to protect both customers and utility shareholders?
Moderator Larry S. Landis - Commissioner Emeritus, Indiana
Panelists Paul Schuster - Managing Director, Trimountaine Group, LLC
John Quackenbush - Chairman, Michigan
Paula Carmody - Consumer Advocate, Maryland Office of People's Counsel
Michael Gorman - Managing Principal , Brubaker & Associates, Inc

4:00 PM What's That Over the Horizon

The planning period for electric utilities in the United States ranges from a few years to perhaps 20. But what lies beyond that timeframe? Will the baseload plants serving customers today remain in operation in 2035, or will they be substantially replaced? What will the generation portfolios look like in the future? Is there another construction boom looming over the horizon, how much might this cost, and how will it be financed? Will new or improved technologies enter into the conversation? Finally, should these predictions carry any weight in the decisions that regulators are making today? The members of this panel will offer their insights into these questions that are typically outside the normal course of conversation between utilities, regulators and stakeholders.
Moderator Hon. David Boyd, Minnesota
Panelists Hank Courtright - Senior Vice President, EPRI
Marvin S. Fertel - President and CEO, NEI
John E. Shelk - President and CEO, EPSA
David K. Owens - Executive Vice President, EEI

10:45 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Renaissance East
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM Risky Business: Harnessing Industry Expertise to Assess and Respond to Severe Weather Risks

A recent report from the National Research Council warns that changes induced by increasing global temperatures may be more sudden and severe than previously believed, challenging the ability of societies to adapt to them. In late 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage and disruption along the East Coast to personal lives, businesses, water supplies and the electric grid in the region. This year's prolonged cold temperatures have tested the ability of electric and gas systems to meet peak demand, caused damage to water pipeline infrastructure, and challenged the transportation sector's capabilities as thousands of people became stranded across the country. Whether or not you believe climate change is the culprit, the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events and their resulting impacts on our nation's critical infrastructure systems are an undeniable phenomenon. This panel will examine the need to and process of quantifying the risks, both in probability and impact, of more frequent and severe weather events, the costs and efforts to prepare for and recover from such events, and what lessons have been learned and challenges we face in building up the resiliency of our infrastructure to withstand these disruptions.
Moderator Hon. Kelly Speakes-Backman, Maryland
Panelists Kate Gordon - Executive Director, Risky Business
Stuart Nachmias - Vice President, Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Con Edison
Maureen Holman - Program Manager, Sustainability, DC Water

1:00 PM Power-Sector Water Risk: Planning and Mitigation (With the Committee on Water)

The objective of this panel is to provide diverse perspectives on water-related risks for the U.S. power sector, particularly related to drought/water scarcity, heat waves and water temperature impacts, supply-demand challenges, including in the context of climate change; provide new information and resources for decision making on energy-water risk planning and mitigation. Subjects may include risk assessment (including via projections about power plant water use over the coming decades), risk cost assessment, and risk management approaches.
Moderator Hon. Robert Kenney , Missouri
Panelists Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw - Commissioner, Nevada
Robert Lotts - Water Resources Manager, APS
Rachel Young - Research Assistant, ACEEE

2:30 PM Sustaining and Expanding Long-Term Energy Efficiency Goals

After years of increasing emphasis on energy efficiency, it is becoming harder for utilities to find energy savings. As the bar gets raised in States with energy efficiency resource standards, it will become even harder to reach savings goals. For example, in the residential lighting sector, where compact fluorescent bulbs have become common and eaten into the low hanging fruit of efficiency savings in traditional programs, those programs are becoming saturated. While the saving in existing residential efficiency programs have been significant, capturing energy efficiency’s full potential will require new approaches. The good news is that there is a largely untapped resource involving consumer behavioral changes that results in reduced power usage. Behavioral efficiency is a growing market that remains mostly untouched on a large scale in the US. This panel will discuss current and expected saving of this new and not yet well understood approach to incenting consumers to alter their behaviors to save energy.
Moderator Hon. Jim Gardner, Kentucky
Panelists Jim Kapsis - VP, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, OPower
Dr. Susan Mazur-Stommen - Director, Behavior and Human Dimensions Program, ACEEE
Hank Courtright - Senior VP, Global Strategy and External Relations, EPRI
Humayun Tai - Partner, McKinsey&Co

4:00 PM Business Meeting
Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Robert Kenney, Missouri
4:05 PM Business Meeting - Reports and Presentations

Reports on LBNL's upcoming study on the cost of energy savings programs, BCSE's Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2014, NARUC Washington Report and Grants & Research Report, and reports from NRRI and EPRI.
Moderator Hon. Robert Kenney, Missouri
Panelists Chuck Goldman, LBNL
Ruth McCormick, BCSE
Barbara Tyran, EPRI
Holly Smith, NARUC
Chris Mele, NARUC
Tom Stanton, NRRI
Miles Keogh, NARUC
Ben Boyd, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel

4:50 PM Business Meeting - Resolutions
Hon. Robert Kenney, Missouri
10:45 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Gas
Congressional Ballroom
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM Natural Gas a Transport Fuel

As natural gas gains ground as a transport fuel, many questions remain. The panel will explore the benefits of using natural gas as a transportation fuel and provide insight from industries that have successfully switched fleet vehicles to natural gas. The panel will also explore both regulatory and legislative approaches at promoting the use of natural gas and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches. Attendees will not only learn about the benefits of natural gas as a transportation fuel, they will get an inside look at the different methods used to promote natural gas.
Moderator Hon. Eduardo Balbis, Florida
Panelists Tony Lindsay, P.E. - Director of Research & Development, Advanced Energy Systems Gas Technology Institute
Kevin McCrackin - Vice President Utility Marketing , AGL Resources
Charlie Riedl - Director, Transportation & Equipment, America's Natural Gas Alliance

1:00 PM Flaring Reduction Technologies

According to recent studies, natural gas producers in the United States have flared off a startling amount of natural gas in recent years. While these types of studies raise a number of concerns regarding the economic impacts of this practice, environmental groups are sounding alarms on the potential negative environmental implications of flaring. Although today many producers have few other economically viable options, expanded pipeline systems along with a number of breakthrough technologies hold the promise of transforming the industry. These technologies promise to not only help producers capture more of our domestic resources, but also to create jobs and encourage growth in local economies. During this panel, speakers will focus on solutions, as well as potential hurdles, to achieving sound economic public policy regarding natural gas flaring.
Moderator Hon. Todd Snitchler, Ohio
Panelists Tony Clark - Commissioner, FERC
Brian Weeks - Regional Manager, Gas Technology Institute
Andrew Williams - State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
Walter Breidenstein - CEO, Gas Technologies, LLC

2:30 PM Pipeline Safety: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Safety from Top-to-Bottom

The safe and reliable operation of our nation's pipeline infrastructure is everyone's responsibility, from the largest interstate pipelines all the way down to the local distribution company. The infrastructure is only as strong as its weakest link-so a strong safety culture must be present up and down the supply chain. In this panel, federal and State safety experts, along with industry executives, will discuss the industry's progress in building a safety culture. What steps are the interstate pipelines taking to shore up their system? How are they communicating with the distribution companies? What can regulators do to encourage the development of a safety culture? Our panelists will address these questions and more.
Moderators Hon. Paul Roberti, Rhode Island
Hon. Linda Breathitt, Kentucky
Panelists Jeffrey Wiese - Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Nick Stavropoulos - Executive Vice President, Gas Operations, PG&E Corporation
John Vorderbrueggen - Chief of Pipeline and Hazmat Division, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

4:00 PM Midstream Infrastructure Investment

This panel will provide an in depth examination of critical infrastructure associated with midstream pipeline supply systems that meet the nation's current and future demand for natural gas. Speakers will discuss how the pipeline systems are expanding, and how pipeline flows are directionally changing in response to regional and international market signals. Hear from the experts on emerging markets and how investments in midstream infrastructure have relieved pipeline congestion and reduced retail consumer prices in both gas and electric markets.
Moderators Hon. Paul Roberti, Rhode Island
Hon. Linda Breathitt, Kentucky
Panelists Hon. Diane Burman - Commissioner, New York State Public Service Commission
Bill Wince - Vice President, Business Development, Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc
Richard Kruse - Vice President, Spectra Energy Transmission LLC

10:45 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Telecommunications
Ballroom North
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM Hail to the Bureau Chiefs

An update from FCC Bureau Chiefs.
Moderator Hon. Chris Nelson - South Dakota
Panelists Julie Veach - Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Kris Monteith - Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Admiral David G. Simpson - Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Gigi Sohn - Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of Chairman Wheeler

1:00 PM Wireless 911 Location Accuracy: Can You Find Me Now?

What is the current status of the Nation's Wireless 911 outdoor and indoor location accuracy? Should further steps be taken to improve Wireless 911 location accuracy? Hear what this panel of experts on the subject have to say!

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Critical Infrastructure.
Moderator Hon. Tim Schram, Nebraska
Panelists Jamie Barnett - RADM, Venable Telecommunications Group (Find Me 911 Coalition)
Kirk Burroughs - Senior Director of Technology, Qualcomm Engineering Services Group
Steve Souder - Director, Department of 911/Public Safety Communications, Fairfax County, VA
Brian Fontes - Executive Director, NENA
Brian Josef - Director Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
Cindy Schonhaut - Director, Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel
David Furth - FCC Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

2:15 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM USF Contributions
Moderator Hon. John Burke, Vermont
Panelists Dr. Robert Loube - Vice President, Rolka Loube Saltzer Associates
Rick Cimmerman - Vice President, State Government Affairs, NCTA
Joel Lubin - Vice President, Regulatory Planning and Policy, AT&T
Shirley Bloomfield - CEO, NTCA
3:45 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM Initial Discussion of Resolutions
5:00 PM Adjourn
10:45 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Water
Renaissance West A
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM 60 Minutes Special: C Level Perspective - Water Issues 2014

A panel from the C Suite brings their A game to a discussion of critical issues facing the Water sector in 2014, moderated by Water Committee Chairman Robert Powelson. In the Chairman's usual style expect frank talk and few powerpoints.
Moderator Robert F. Powelson - Chairman , Pennsylvania PUC
Panelists Dennis Doll - CEO, Middlesex Water Company
Chris Franklin - COO, Aqua
Susan Story - CFO, American Water

1:00 PM Power-Sector Water Risk: Planning and Mitigation (With Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

A joint session panel with the ERE Committee that will provide diverse perspectives on water-related risks for the U.S. power sector, particularly related to drought/water scarcity, heat waves and water temperature impacts as well as supply-demand challenges, including in the context of climate change. New information and resources for decision making on energy-water risk planning and mitigation will also be covered.
Robert Kenney - Chairman, Missouri PSC

2:30 PM Encouraging Building Owner Investment in Water Efficiency through Customer Data Aggregation

In 2011, NARUC adopted a "Resolution on Access to Whole-Building Energy Data and Automated Benchmarking" recognizing the value of providing aggregated information to building owners to help them measure their energy and water use and enable their investment in efficiency improvements in building systems. The development of customer information aggregation policies promises to be one of the ways by which states can meet water and energy savings targets, while reducing the burden on customers and attracting capital from building owners. Panelists will discuss the potential for water and energy cost savings in the building sector and the role of benchmarking and customer data aggregation policies.
Moderator Hon. Carolene Mays - , Indiana
Panelists David Farnsworth - Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project
Albert Kramer - Chief of Staff to Deputy Commissioner, New York City DEP
Andrea Krukowski - Program Associate , Institute for Market Transformation

4:00 PM Business Meeting including Resolution Calling for Equal Access to Federal Disaster Recovery Funds

Chairman Powelson will lead the Water Committee's Business Meeting which will begin with an overview of a critical issue for investor owned utilities and customers. Additional Resolutions for consideration by the Committee include EPA's Fix A Leak program and the Value of Water initiative.

  • WA-1 Resolution Calling for Equal Access to Federal Disaster Recovery Funds for Investor Owned Utilities.
Moderator Robert F. Powelson - Chairman, Pennsylvania PUC
Panelist Brian O'Hara - Legislative Director, Telecommunications & Water, NARUC
4:30 PM The Water Committee's Valued Partners and Initiatives

Updates from the Water Committee's Valued Partners and Joint Initiatives.

  • NARUC Staff
  • The Water Research Foundation
  • NRRI
  • Michigan State Institute of Public Utilities
  • Rate School
  • NAWC

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM    Committee Chairs Meeting (Invitees only) Meeting Room 3
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee Chairs and NARUC Staff Meeting (invitees only) Meeting Room 4
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM    OPSI Meeting (invitees only) Meeting Room 10 & 11
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM    Networking Break
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM    Networking Break
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    MACRUC region Meeting Meeting Room 4
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    MARC Region Meeting Meeting Room 2
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    NECPUC Region Meeting Meeting Room 5
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    SEARUC Regional Meeting Meeting Room 10 & 11
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    Western Region Meeting Meeting Room 3
 
Tuesday, February 11
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM    General Session
Ballroom South
 
8:30 AM General Session

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order.

****The Honorable Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator, Tennessee, (R) Ranking Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Member, Committee on Appropriations, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Rules and Administration.

****The Honorable Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator, Louisiana (D) Member Committee on Appropriations, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Energy & Natural Resources, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

****The Honorable Joe Manchin, U.S. Senator, West Virginia (D) Member, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Armed Services Committee, Special Committee on Aging, and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

****The Honorable Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator, Alaska (R) Ranking Member, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Member, Committee on Appropriations, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Committee on Indian Affairs.

****The Honorable Mark Pryor, U.S. Senator, Arkansas (D) Chairman, Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM    Networking Break
10:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Electricity
Ballroom Central
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM Water / Electricity Nexus

This session will have a discussion on power markets, regulation, capital investment, regulatory issues. Participants will be asked about their concerns for 2014? Questions such as: Is Wall Street losing confidence in the utility sector? Will economic growth help stem the tide? Are power market dynamics broke? and What impact is shale gas having on your industry? will be covered.
Moderators Hon. David Boyd, Minnesota
Hon. Rob Powelson, Pennsylvania
Panelists Hon. Philip Moeller - Commissioner, FERC
Tony Alexander - CEO, First Energy
Terry Boston - CEO, PJM
Nick DeBenedictis - Chairman/CEO, Aqua America

1:15 PM Value of the Integrated Grid, Part II

This panel will further address EPRI's new analysis, "The Value of the Integrated Grid." The discussion will go beyond Monday's general session to include a deeper discussion of the facts, thinking and analytical methods used by EPRI in its study. EPRI's presentation will be followed by the observations, questions, discussion and critique of representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). Find out what questions, suggestions and concerns these policy makers and solar energy experts have with EPRI's analysis
Moderator Susan Ackerman - Chair, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Panelists Mike Howard - President and CEO, EPRI
John Sterling - Director, Utility Programs & Planning, Solar Electric Power Association
William Parks - Senior Technical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE

2:45 PM Business Meeting

Welcome and Introductions
Speakers Hon. David Boyd - Electricity Committee Chair, Minnesota
Hon. Susan Ackerman - Electricity Committee Vice Chair, Oregon
Hon. David Ziegner - Electricity Committee Vice Chair, Indiana
Hon. Ed Finley - Electricity Committee Vice Chair, North Carolina

2:50 PM Business Meeting cont.

Committee Reports
Hon. Greg White - Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal Subcommittee Chair, Michigan
Hon. Jon McKinney - Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration Subcommittee Chair, West Virginia

3:05 PM Business Meeting cont

Oral Reports
Speakers Chris Mele - Legislative Director, Energy, Washington Update, NARUC
Holly Rachel Smith - Assistant General Counsel, Washington Update, NARUC
David Meyer - DOE Congestion Study, US DOE
Barbara Tyran - EPRI Update, EPRI
Patrick Gannon - Update on the new iteration to a public-private effort, SGIP

3:45 PM Business Meeting (Continued)

Resolutions

4:00 PM Inside Pass to Real-Time Projections: EPA and Section 111(d) (Ballroom South)

The EPA has been on its listening tour since NARUC's Annual Meeting and will preview the issues that the expected Clean Air Act Section 111(d) guidelines will address. This session will provide an update on what the agency has heard with respect to the EPA's potential regulation of Greenhouse Gases, including carbon, from existing power plants and provide an opportunity for the EPA to indicate where additional feedback is needed. This will lead into a discussion of the issues that been identified when considering the needs of all fifty States.
Moderator Hon. Cheryl LaFleur - Acting Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Panelists Hon. Joshua Epel, Colorado
Hon. David Littell, Maine
Hon. Jon McKinney, West Virginia
Janet McCabe - Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA
Joe Goffman - Senior Counsel, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA
Hon. Philip Moeller - Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

10:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Renaissance East
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:30 AM Targeted Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Strategies for Increasing Capacity and Reducing Peak Demand

Utility systems and localities across the country are increasingly seeking new clean and cost-effective measures to meet capacity needs or reduce peak demand. Traditional programs such as rebates for efficient lighting face diminishing returns due to market saturation and increasing lighting efficiency standards. However, newer approaches to energy efficiency and distributed renewables have the potential to fill that void, particularly when packaged creatively using technology and data to identify opportunities and coordinate resources. Panelists will present and discuss diverse approaches that incorporate innovative thinking and technology-enabled solutions.
Moderator Hon. Joshua Epel - Chairman, Colorado
Panelists Jeff Burleson - VP System Planning, Southern Company
Umber Bawa - Project Finance and Development, Spirae, Inc.
Ethan Rogers - Senior Manager, Industry, ACEEE

1:15 PM New Utility Business Models in the Face Rapid Technological Change: Developing Distributed Energy and Smart Grid Value through Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement and Policymaking: Part I

In the face of rapidly changing energy resource technologies, State commissions are increasingly facing significant and fundamental challenges that call in to question traditional utility business models and rate making. At the same time energy industry leaders increasingly agree that greater operational and business value is achievable through holistic enterprise, cross-function, system, and market development of distributed energy resource (DER) and related advanced (smart) grid investments. DER includes demand response, combined heat and power that maximize efficiency through both electric and thermal production, fuel cells, renewables, storage for system reliability, stability and energy, and other distributed retail-side applications. A key element to successfully identifying and capturing these new values as holistic energy enterprises, systems and markets is more collaborative engagement and policy development among utilities, federal and State regulators, policymakers and stakeholders. Ultimately, greater collaboration results in stronger, cohesive enterprise investment cases for customer and stakeholder acceptance, modernized regulatory and rate policymaking to provide equitable cost allocation and capital recovery, reduced market stakeholder operating and investment risk, and lower capital requirements and costs. This session is comprised of two consecutive, multi-stakeholder panels initiating the policy discussion on how to enable greater operational and energy chain value from DER and advanced (smart) grid as holistic energy enterprises, systems and markets. Both sessions are linked through impacts on utility policies.

Moderator & Introductions - Hon. Jeanne Fox,New Jersey

Panel 1: Regulatory Policies for New Business Models. Speakers will comment on new market structure and business model aspects including: market and utility system opportunities; market economics, revenue sources, finance/funding, and rates; regulatory and commercial DER business models; and collaborative utility/3rd party project development and investment.
Moderator Scott Wilson - Founder, CSWilsongroup
Panelists Hon. David Cash, Massachusetts
Rob Caldwell - Vice President, Renewable Generation Development , Duke Energy
Dr. Carl Linvill - Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

2:45 PM New Utility Business Models in the Face Rapid Technological Change: Developing Distributed Energy and Smart Grid Value through Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement and Policymaking: Part II

Panel 2: Regulatory Policies for New Technologies. Speakers will discuss aspects of energy system IT/OT convergence including: interoperability standards, system operations, and enterprise business integration; microgrid operations, grid interconnection, and market dispatch/resource management; configuring DER applications as a facility or aggregated DER portfolio; and big data/market transaction management.
Moderator Hon. Jeanne Fox, New Jersey
Panelists John McDonald - Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development, GE Digital Energy
Michael Webster - Founder and Chief Technical Officer, ICETEC
Katherine Hamilton - Policy Director, Electricity Storage Association

4:00 PM Inside Pass to Real-Time Projections: EPA and Section 111(d) (Ballroom South)
See Electricity Committee Agenda for the details of this program
10:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Gas
Congressional Ballroom
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM LNG Exports

As LNG export applications are being reviewed by the Department of Energy, the discussions around the pace of review and impact of the exports on the domestic market continue. In this panel, we will hear from a group of panelists who are very well versed in energy, natural gas and LNG in particular.
Moderator Hon. Jolette Westbrook, Massachusetts
Panelists Paula Gant - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Oil & Natural Gas, Department of Energy
Patricia (Pat) Outtrim - VP Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Leslie Palti-Guzman - Analyst, Global Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group

1:15 PM Business Meeting
Gas Business Meeting I. Roll Call II. Welcome New Members III. Adoption of Orlando Minutes- Bob Reed and Laura Demman IV. Gas Committee Business V. Adjourn at 2:30 PM
Barry T. Smitherman - Chairman
Todd Snitchler - Co-Vice Chair
Paul Roberti - Co-Vice Chair
2:45 PM Part I:Fueling the Future and Economic Benefits of Shale Gas

The American Gas Foundation's IHS CERA "Fueling the Future Study with Natural Gas: Bringing It Home" will be released in January. Fueling the Future looks beyond conventional projections of natural gas demand and considers technologies and potential markets that, to date, have been overlooked or under-appreciated. Based on recent analysis of domestic shale resources, researchers now believe that the United States will have access to cheap and reliable natural gas for decades. With the introduction of new, cutting-edge technologies companies will be able to develop shale plays in ways once thought impossible. These developments are not just big wins for the industry, but for the states and regions in which they reside. Attendees of the panel will learn about the economic benefits of shale on local and national economies.
Moderators Hon. Susan Warren Rabon, North Carolina
Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa
Panelists Tim Gardner - Vice President, IHS
Kevin Petak - Vice President, Fuel Markets Analysis International

4:00 PM Part II: Where the Future is Headed: Round Table Discussion from the Industry

4:00 to 5:15 PM The abundance of natural gas at affordable prices has created opportunities for economic growth that are unparalleled in modern times. This session will consist of a roundtable discussion by leaders of natural gas affiliated trade organizations and research corporations. They will discuss what they see as the major regulatory and legislative challenges and opportunities for the gas industry during 2014. Attendees will be afforded the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the recent changes in the economics of natural gas.
Moderators Hon. Susan Rabon, North Carolina
Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa
Panelists Marty Durbin - President and CEO, ANGA
Donald Santa - CEO, INGAA
Greg Kantor - Board Chairman, AGA
David Carroll - CEO, GTI

10:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Telecommunications
Ballroom North
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:30 AM State USF Programs...Should They Mirror the Federal USF?
Moderator Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho
Panelists Hon. Anne Boyle, Nebraska
Hon. Catherine Sandoval, California
Keith Oliver - Senior Vice President Corporate Operations, HOME Telecom
Curt Stamp - Director, Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications
Paul Vasington - Director, State Public Policy, Verizon
11:45 AM Lunch
1:15 PM Business Meeting
1:15 PM Committee Business Meeting
2:30 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM A View from the Hill: Congressional Staff
Moderator Hon. Ryan Palmer, West Virginia
Panelists Ray Baum - Senior Policy Advisor, Chairman Walden, House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Margaret McCarthy - Professional Staff Member, Ranking Member Waxman, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Jason VanBeek - Republic Deputy General Counsel, Sen. Commerce Cmte Ranking Member Thune
3:45 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM Regulatory Core Functions: Timeless or Time for Change?

The discussion will address the role of State regulators going forward, including our cooperation with the FCC. Topics of discussion include: What can or should State regulators do to deter re-monopolization/ensure continued competition? As POTS lines go away, how can Commissions continue to help low income and disabled customers and assure a high quality of service? Where do consumers go with customer service and billing complaints in the new world? And others items regarding the future of telecommunications regulation.
Moderator Hon. Gregg Sayre, New York
Panelists Hon. Anne Boyle, Nebraska
Hon. John Burke, Vermont
Hon. James Cawley, Pennsylvania

5:15 PM Adjourn
10:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Water
Renaissance West A
 
8:30 AM General Session
10:45 AM Water / Electricity Nexus (Ballroom Central)

This session will have a discussion on power markets, regulation, capital investment, regulatory issues. Participants will be asked about their concerns for 2014? The following questions and more will be covered: Is Wall Street losing confidence in the utility sector? Will economic growth help stem the tide? Are power market dynamics broke? What impact is shale gas having on your industry?
Moderators Hon. David Boyd, Minnesota
Hon. Robert Powelson, Pennsylvania
Panelists Hon. Philip Moeller - Commissioner, FERC
Tony Alexander - CEO, First Energy
Terry Boston - CEO, PJM
Nick DeBenedictis - Chairman and CEO, Aqua America

1:15 PM Water, Politics and Infrastructure: Can We Build a Winning Coalition ?
Walter Lynch - President & COO, Regulated Operations, American Water
2:45 PM BP Water Study - Managing Energy-Related Natural Resources

A discussion of the effects of natural resource scarcities on patterns of energy supply and consumption with a particular emphasis on opportunities to reduce negative impacts of the energy-water nexus. Findings include:

  • Fresh water challenges are regional rather than global.
  • Water constaints are unlikely to drive significant change in the world's energy mix.
  • Some rare earth metals are produced in a few locations and are vunerable to disruption.
Speaker Roger Humphreville - Senior Director, Government Affairs - Technology, BP America Inc.
3:30 PM Keeping Ahead of Water Quality Regulations through Proactive Forwarding-Looking Research

The regulatory landscape for drinking water quality continues to evolve as we learn more about contaminants, climate change, water demands, and other issues. Consequently, water utilities are challenged not only to keep up with current regulatory requirements, but also to be prepared to meet future drinking water regulations. This presentation will highlight United Water's proactive research program targeted to meet future drinking water regulations.
Speaker John Dyksen - VP Capital Planning and Research, United Water

4:00 PM Keeping Best Practices Best for our Future

Pennsylvania PUC Staff, working with key stakeholders, began a process to review, revise and refresh best practices in water and waste water in 2013. The process, findings, and future goals will be discussed.
Speaker Jani Tuzinski - Manager - Telco & Water, TUS, Pennsylvania PUC

4:30 PM Partners of the Water Committee Moved to Monday
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM    Commissioner Emeritus Luncheon Penn Quarter
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM    Commissioner Only Business Luncheon Renaissance West B
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM    Networking Break Foyer
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM    Networking Break Foyer
 
Wednesday, February 12
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Address from US Secretary of Energy
Ballroom South
 
9:00 AM A Discussion on the Quadrennial Energy Review

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will join White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and White House Energy and Climate Change Director Dan Utech for a discussion about the White House's Quadrennial Energy Review. Moderated by NARUC President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas, this discussion will offer State utility regulators, consumers, and other stakeholders a first-hand account on the goals of the QER.
Moderator The Hon. Colette D. Honorable - President, NARUC
Panelists Dr. Ernest Moniz - Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. John Holdren - Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Dan Utech - Special Assistant to the President , Energy and Climate Change

10:00 AM The Irresistible Force Versus the Immovable Object: Just What Kinds of Changes are in Store?

For more than two decades, Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Council and David Owens of the Edison Electric Institute have discussed and debated every aspect of utility service and regulation at diverse forums throughout the country. In a provocative plenary session moderated by President Honorable, they will address the formidable challenges of accommodating utility business models to changes in customer needs, technology, reliability standards and environmental requirements. Examples include ways to ensure equitable sharing of grid enhancement costs, alternatives to traditional expenditure-based earnings opportunities for utilities, and the best ways to continue improving the utility sector's environmental performance. As is traditional in Cavanagh/Owens exchanges, the audience will be fully involved.
Moderator Hon. Colette D. Honorable - President, NARUC
Panelists Ralph Cavanagh - Co-Director, Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
David Owens, Edison Electric Institute

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Committee on Telecommunications
Ballroom North
 
10:00 AM IP Interconnection

This panel will discuss the regulatory framework necessary for the transition to IP-based communications services. It will focus on the need for interconnection, and the best framework for ensuring that service remains universally available, including a discussion of commercial agreements versus interconnection under Section 251 of the Act. The panel will also discuss the impact of the transition on wholesale providers, other carriers, and customers.
Moderator Hon. Catherine Sandoval, California
Panelists Charles McKee - Vice President of Federal and State Regulatory, Sprint
Jodie Griffin - Senior Staff Attorney, Public Knowledge
Hank Hultquist - Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T
Julie Laine - Group Vice President & Chief Regulatory Counsel, Time Warner Cable
Joe Gillan - Economist , Gillan Associates

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM    Networking Break Foyer
11:45 AM - 4:00 PM    NARUC Board of Directors Business Meeting Congressional Ballroom
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Energy Risk Lab (Separate registration and fee applies). Visit: http://www.naruc.org/energyrisk/

A big build cycle, a huge new gas resource, a renaissance for renewables – everywhere you look the energy sector is undergoing a revolution, and one of the biggest drivers of change could be the Section 111(d) regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants. This interactive simulation game will pit teams of players against each other as each tries to find the best way forward, making decisions about the energy sector while dealing with changing regulations, market conditions, and technologies. Building on our past Energy Risk Labs, up to 200 workshop participants will explore the implications, implementation challenges and opportunities of different Section 111(d) compliance options, and the role for coordinating within and across States. This workshop uses real-world situations to explore how various strategies, tools, and policies can help or inhibit meeting the Section 111(d) challenge facing the sector in the coming decades. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.

Renaissance Ballroom
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    NARUC 125th Anniversary Celebration Reception Ballroom South
 
Thursday, February 13
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM    Continental breakfast for Energy Risk Lab Registrants
8:30 AM - 12:30 AM    Energy Risk Lab (Separate registration and fee applies). Visit: http://www.naruc.org/energyrisk/

A big build cycle, a huge new gas resource, a renaissance for renewables – everywhere you look the energy sector is undergoing a revolution, and one of the biggest drivers of change could be the Section 111(d) regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants. This interactive simulation game will pit teams of players against each other as each tries to find the best way forward, making decisions about the energy sector while dealing with changing regulations, market conditions, and technologies. Building on our past Energy Risk Labs, up to 200 workshop participants will explore the implications, implementation challenges and opportunities of different Section 111(d) compliance options, and the role for coordinating within and across States. This workshop uses real-world situations to explore how various strategies, tools, and policies can help or inhibit meeting the Section 111(d) challenge facing the sector in the coming decades. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.

Renaissance Ballroom
 


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