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For Immediate Release: June 9, 2014
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

From 111D to Net-Neutrality, NARUC Summer Meetings Has it Covered

WASHINGTON—New federal environmental rules, net-neutrality, pipeline safety, and other hot topics facing the utility industries will fill the jam-packed agenda at the annual summer gathering of the nation’s State utility regulators.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Summer Committee Meetings, one of three conferences NARUC holds each year, will take place at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, from July 13-16. Registration is still open, but rooms at the hotel are going quickly.

The meeting will feature discussions on the top regulatory challenges across all utility sectors—water, electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications. Panels will tackle the latest developments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark greenhouse gas-emissions proposals, Liquefied Natural Gas exports, Internet neutrality and the transition from traditional telephone service to IP-based networks.

Featured speakers include Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur, FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, Federal Communications Commission Member Mignon Clyburn, Environmental Protection Agency Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Administrator Cynthia Quarterman, Duke Energy President, CEO Lynn Good, Luminant CEO Mark McFarland, and many more.

Kicking off the meeting on July 14 will be a panel discussion featuring top government and industry leaders about dealing with uncertainty in the constantly evolving energy and telecommunications sectors. Other general sessions will touch on natural gas pipeline safety and the proposed EPA rulemaking on reducing emissions from existing power plants.

NARUC’s committees will hold their own sessions on a number of topics, including LNG exports, water usage, nuclear-waste, and the future of the electric utility industry. The agenda is available here: http://summer.narucmeetings.org/agenda.cfm. Updates are made almost daily.

Any policy resolutions addressed and approved by the Association’s committees will be debated by the NARUC Board of Directors on Wednesday, July 16.

Reporters interested in covering the meetings should contact Rob Thormeyer as soon as possible to ensure space at either the conference hotel or a nearby venue at a discounted rate.

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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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