Committee on Gas

This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, November 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 6
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Joint session with Task Force on Natural Gas Access and Expansion and Committee on Consumer Affairs

Uncovering the Opportunities for Natural Gas Access and Expansion Initiatives

The energy challenges facing the nation are enormous and the possible solutions are multifaceted. Many State energy regulators are actively looking at ways to smartly modernize and expand their natural gas infrastructure. In recognition of these regulatory efforts, in April 2017, NARUC established a Natural Gas Access and Expansion Taskforce with the goal of examining, during its eight-month tenure, the development of best practices and recommendations regarding natural gas service for underserved and unserved areas of the country, including, but not limited to rural communities. These regulatory decisions are generally centered on ensuring safety and reliability at just and reasonable rates for consumers. Such natural gas expansion opportunities, if successful, can help leverage necessary benefits such as energy security; economic growth; community development and sustainability; increased energy efficiency; environmental goals; and lower costs for consumers. This moderated discussion will explore the real-life examples from several successful ongoing initiatives and share the status of the Taskforce review. As such, it is an important discussion for State regulators who may be interested in spearheading their own natural gas expansion efforts.


Hon. John Coleman, Pennsylvania

Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi


Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa 

Robert Beard, President and Chief Executive Officer, UGI Utilities Inc.

Michael German, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corning Natural Gas Corporation

Bill Senter, Division VP Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Atmos Energy

David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)


 10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Business Meeting, Committee on Gas

Gas Leadership Team:
Hon. Stan WiseGeorgia

Hon. Diane X. BurmanNew York

Hon. Julie Fedorchak, N. Dakota



Hon. Robert F. Powelson, FERC Commissioner 

Vince Parisi, VP Finance and Regulatory Affairs, Columbia Gas of Ohio

Travis Fisher, Senior Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, US DOE

Gas Committee Updates Discussion

Other business as may come before the committee

 10: 55 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Methane Emissions Management and the Natural Gas System

Low-cost, abundant supplies of natural gas, along with highly-efficient NGCC plants, have enabled natural gas to become the largest U.S. fuel source for electricity generation in 2016.  While natural gas offers environmental benefits relative to other traditional sources of electricity generation, it is composed primarily of methane, a greenhouse gas; thus, these environmental benefits are predicated upon responsible management practices across the natural gas value chain.  This panel will consider methane emissions management practices undertaken by the oil and natural gas industry and will explore related environmental considerations.


Hon. Stan Wise, Georgia

Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York


Susan Blevins, Climate Policy Planning Senior Advisor, ExxonMobil

Deanna Haines, Director, Gas Engineering, Southern California Gas Co

Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations, Gas Technology Institute

Mark Brownstein, Vice President, Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund