Committee on Consumer Affairs
Committee on Critical Infrastructure
Committee on Electricity
Committee on Energy Resources and Environment
Committee on Gas
Committee on International Relations
Committee on Telecommunications
Committee on Water
Subcommittee on Education and Research
Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access
Task Force on Transportation
Telecommunications Act Modernization (TeAM)
Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure
Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability
Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Staff Subcommittee on Law
Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design
Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
This agenda is subject to change.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Location: Flores 5
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Aliso Canyon Operational Update: Keeping the Lights on in Southern California: A Story of Cross-Industry Coordination and Communication
(Joint session with the Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability)
In October of 2015, a gas leak was detected in one of the 115 natural gas injection/withdrawal wells in the Aliso Canyon natural gas underground storage facility. This facility is the second largest natural gas storage facility in the west and is critical to the electric reliability of southern California. During typical summer operations, the 86 billion cubic feet of capacity provides fuel for 17 electric generating plants, with a combined capacity of 9800 MW. And in the winter, the core typical demand for the gas supply flips, with residential and small commercial customers using 60 percent of the facility’s gas for heating.
By the time the leaking well was permanently sealed in the early spring of 2016, about 80 percent of its capacity was lost and the entire facility was shut-in indefinitely. Given the unprecedented number of electric generation plants counting on just-in-time gas delivery from Aliso Canyon, and the minimal amount of time to plan for alternate deliveries, how did California keep the lights on in the summer of 2016, and what provisions will assure winter operations? Our speaker will describe the unprecedented level of coordination and communication across agencies and industries required to serve customers reliably.
|2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.||
Grid Modernization: Consumer Impacts and Perspectives
Growing customer engagement has been a driving force behind transformation of the U.S. electric industry. We should expect more customer engagement in the future but some customers will remain passive. Now several years after the ARRA grants provided funding for the smart grid, many benefits of these investments are being realized by consumers. We will discuss research that examines how investments in grid modernization and smart grid technologies are empowering consumers to break the mold of passive consumption and become dynamic users. Both utilities and regulators will face new challenges in the emerging world of active and passive customers. Our speakers will share insights into the consumer perspective on the customer/utility relationship of the future.
Moderator: Kimberly Duffley, Attorney, NC Utilities Commission and Vice-Chair of the Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
Ken Costello, Principal Researcher, Energy & Environment, National Regulatory Research Institute