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For Immediate Release: October 8, 2013
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Cyber, Energy Diversity, Broadband Expansion Top 125th Annual NARUC Meeting Agenda

WASHINGTON—Cyber security, promoting clean and diverse energy resources, and broadband expansion are just a few of the topics set for discussion at the 125th Annual National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Meeting next month.

The Nov. 17-20 meeting, held at the Hilton Bonnet Creek hotel in Orlando, will feature a number of federal, State, consumer, and industry leaders. Acting Federal Communications Commission Chair Mignon Clyburn will deliver a keynote address on Monday, Nov. 18.

Other keynote speakers include American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan, who will discuss the future of renewable energy development, and Trend Micro Threat Researcher Kyle Wilhoit, who will detail his findings on utility cyber security.

Topics under discussion include rebuilding water infrastructure after emergencies, energy market oversight, telecommunications and electricity interdependencies, E-Rate 2.0, and much more. A complete agenda is available online: http://annual.narucmeetings.org/program.cfm/

In addition, NARUC members will elect a new slate of officers for 2013-2014. Current NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington’s term will expire, and NARUC First Vice President Colette Honorable of Arkansas is expected to be nominated as president. If elected, her term will begin at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

Moreover, the meeting is the first milestone in NARUC’s 125th anniversary celebration. The anniversary will be recognized throughout the year until November 2014.

Reporters interested in covering the 125th Annual NARUC Meeting must contact Rob Thormeyer. Credentialed members of the media can attend the meeting at no cost, although there is a $40 fee to attend the Sunday, Nov. 17, President’s Reception. Reporters may also cover the Tuesday, Nov. 19, Installation Luncheon, when the incoming NARUC president delivers their first remarks. Lunches are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aside from the several keynote presentations, the meeting will feature numerous panel discussions on the hottest electricity, gas, water, and telecommunications issues of the day, including:

  • Main Street USA to Frontierland: Can Satellite Providers Bring Competitive Broadband to all of America?
     
  • New Sheriff of Wall Street: How FERC’s Enforcement Office Impacts Consumers, Energy Markets
     
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Where Do We Stand?
     
  • Crush n’ Gusher: Protecting and Rebuilding Water Infrastructure after Emergencies
     
  • Measuring the Gas Boom: A Study of Methane Emissions from Gas Production
     
  • State and Federal Partnerships or Power Plays: Transmission Policy and Planning

In addition, NARUC committees will hold business sessions and debate policy resolutions. The Association’s Board of Directors will meet as well. Unless marked “Closed” or “Commissioners and Staff Only,” all meetings are open to the press.
 

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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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