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For Immediate Release: January 16, 2013
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Electricity, Telecommunications Policy Leaders Headline Feb. 3-6 NARUC Winter Meetings

WASHINGTON—Congressional leaders, federal policymakers, and industry executives and thought leaders will address the annual National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Winter Committee Meetings in Washington.

Featured speakers during the Feb. 3-6 meetings, held at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, include Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality.

Other speakers include Ambassador Carlos Pasqual, U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Lewis Hay III, Executive Chairman of NextEra Energy and Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, and Kevin Burke, Chairman, President, and CEO of Consolidated Edison, Inc., and many more.

The cross-cutting agenda will feature discussions on cyber security, the state of the electric utility industry, telecommunications legislative policies, electricity and gas interdependencies, restoration of telecommunications services after Hurricane Sandy, and much more. For a complete list, please visit: http://winter.narucmeetings.org.

In addition, NARUC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will host a new Collaborative Forum on Sunday, Feb. 2, on regional transmission organization issues. FERC and NARUC will also hold a discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 5, on new environmental rules, with a particular focus on cooling water.

NARUC’s committees will meet and act on proposed policy resolutions on a range of energy and telecommunications issues. Draft resolutions to be debated will be made available early next week.

Separately, NARUC and the Department of Energy will hold a follow-on meeting from Feb. 6-7 on transmission interconnectionwide planning issues. The Three Interconnections Meeting will provide an overview of the three Interconnection-wide planning and regulatory processes (both State-led policy efforts and the broad stakeholder-driven modeling efforts). Participants will explore how regulators and companies can overcome the challenges of integrating new resources, building a modern grid, and keeping electricity reliable and affordable.

Reporters interested in attending both the NARUC Winter Committee Meetings and Three Interconnections Meeting should notify Rob Thormeyer. To expedite your registration process, please do so by Jan. 25. Onsite registration is available, but can be time-consuming.

SHORT NOTE ON LOGISTICS:

We will set up reserved seating for the press for the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday general interest sessions. This seating will have access to an extension cord and an outlet. This section is first come, first serve, so please arrive early if you wish to secure a seat. If the press section fills up, or you do not wish to sit there, you may sit anywhere in the audience that is not reserved for our members or speakers.

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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