Committee on Electricity

This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, November 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 2
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Millennials and Boomers: Centuries Apart?

Millennials, known for their love of Instagram, avocado toast, and heartlessly killing beloved classics, recently overtook baby boomers as the country’s largest generation. However, while utilities are evolving to meet millennial needs, they must also continue appealing to the baby boomers who have been reliably paying electric bills for decades. Just how different are these two groups, and how do their differences drive their electricity habits? What services do they demand? How will utilities respond? This moderated panel will explore how millennial and baby boomer needs and attitudes will impact electric utility programs, investments, and planning.

Moderator: Hon. John Rosales, Illinois


Martin Burns, Director of Campaigns, AARP

Nathan Shannon, Deputy Director, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

Molly Bauch, Manager of Customer Utilities Practice, Accenture

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Business Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Federal-State Jurisdictional Tensions

Several cases have been decided by courts weighing in on the issue of Federal versus State jurisdiction and whether or not a State’s action has intruded into the scope of Federal jurisdiction over wholesale sales of electricity. This panel will update attendees on: the Illinois Federal District Court decision that dismissed all claims against the State’s zero emission credit (ZEC) program, the NY Federal District Court decision dismissing all claims against the State’s ZEC program, and a D.C. Federal Circuit Court decision regarding State conditions giving native-load priority to certain wholesale customers and not others. Tony Clark will discuss his recent white paper addressing issues in the nation’s electricity markets. The speakers will also be invited to comment on the DOE's proposed Grid Resiliency rule, which is pending before the FERC.

Moderator: Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina


Tony Clark, former FERC Commissioner, Sr. Adviser with Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Ari Peskoe, Harvard Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative

Marc Spitzer, former FERC Commissioner, Partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP