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 Supplier and Workforce Diversity
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 Executive Management
Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Staff Subcommittee on Law
Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Task Force on Innovation
Task Force on Military Workforce Development
Task Force on Natural Gas Access and Expansion
Education and Research
Energy Resources and the Environment
Military Workforce Development
Natural Gas Access and Expansion
Supplier and Workforce Diversity
This agenda is subject to change.
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
How the Sun is Shining in Low Income Communities
In the past few years, solar has become more affordable for even the average electric customer. But, how is access to solar options faring for low income customers and communities? This panel will explore some interesting programs and alternatives that are helping the sun shine in low income communities.
Moderator: Charlene Ketchum, Policy Advisor & Legal Counsel to Commissioner Maida Coleman, Missouri PSC
Sandra Mattavous Frye, Esq., People’s Counsel, DC Office of the People’s Counsel
Alison Kling, Project Specialist, Demonstration & Pilot Projects, Con Edison
Taresa Lawrence, Deputy Director, Energy Administration, Department of Energy & Environment
Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Program Director, Low-income Solar Access, Vote Solar
Ingrid Schwingler, Policy & Regulatory Coordinator, GRID Alternatives
|10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||
|10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.||
Is Net Metering Dead?
Utilities and some regulators say that current net metering of rooftop solar customers results in a subsidy paid by all other utility customers to the solar customer. Some states have never allowed net metering while others are beginning to move away from it. The solar industry and environmental groups say there is no subsidy and that the system attributes of rooftop solar are not being recognized by the utilities. This panel will explore these opposing viewpoints and seek to find common ground.
Moderator: Phil Boyle, Consumer Services Manager, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Sean Gallagher, VP of State Affairs, SEIA
Ted Kelly, Assistant Counsel, New York Department of Public Service
Bill Malcolm, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP
Nathan Phelps, Program Manager DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar
Joelle Steward, Director of Rates & Regulatory Affairs, Rocky Mountain Power
|1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.||
Business Meeting (closed session)
|2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.||
Not in My Backyard
A dynamic discussion exploring the complex issues surrounding utility and merchant transmission line projects including: federal versus State jurisdiction; federal, State, and utility eminent domain authority; utility easement rights; and the potential environmental impacts associated with high voltage transmission lines.
Hon. Colette Honorable, former FERC Commissioner, Partner with Reed Smith LLP Global Energy and Natural Resources
Ted Thomas, Chairman, Arkansas PSC
Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies, LLC
Arturo Hernandez, Gibbs Pool and Turner, P.C.
|3:10 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.||
Utilities United Against Scams
A brief update on the work of over 100 electric, water, and gas utilities' consumer education efforts on imposter scam awareness and its 2017 Utility Scam Awareness Week Campaign (Nov. 13-17).
Sheri Givens, Executive Director, Utilities United Against Scams and President, Givens Energy
|9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.||
Joint session with Task Force on Natural Gas Access and Expansion and Committee on Gas
Uncovering the Opportunities for Natural Gas Access and Expansion Initiatives
|9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.||C1||
To Know or Not to Know: That is the Ethical Question
Scenario: A State Right-to-Know (RTK) requester was the Appellant in ongoing litigation he filed against a State utility in a court proceeding. The RTK requester asked the State public utility commission (PUC) for e-mail exchanges between counsel for the PUC and counsel for the utility regarding the PUC’s strategy and participation as amicus curie in that court proceeding, as well as disclose the exchange of draft legal arguments. Because these communications were an attorney-client work product between the Commission’s attorneys and the utility’s counsel and were PUC counsel’s legal strategies and consultations in furtherance of representation of the PUC’s legal interest, those communications were withheld as confidential attorney-client and attorney work product.
The RTK requester appealed and the State Office of Open Records (OOR) ordered the disclosure of the communications. The OOR determined that because no confidentiality agreement existed between the PUC attorneys and the utility’s counsel, and the Commission was only an amicus party, the Commission waived the privilege. OOR created a new separate standard for government attorneys when only the State Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the practice of law. No such requirement of an agreement exists when attorneys share the same litigation position. The OOR also ignored the ethical dilemma placed upon the attorneys by granting the RTK requester and his attorney access to privileged documents that could never be obtained under the Canons of Ethics. The ethical question was also raised for attorneys acting as solicitors for municipal governments, which are subject to the RTK Law in that State.
Hon. David Sweet, Pennsylvania
Rosemary Chiavetta, Secretary, Pennsylvania
|9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.||C2||
Water and Electric Cybersecurity: Stakeholder Perspectives and Partnerships
During this panel we will explore cybersecurity approaches that are being used in the water sector as well as how coordination is conducted with the electric sector, which has common control systems. Speakers will discuss the controls and programs that water companies use to avoid being hacked, including how recent cyber incidents were prevented such as WannaCry, Petya, and more. We will also hear the regulatory perspective on the potential adverse impacts caused by cyber incidents in water and electric systems, including health threats, as well as how these threats are managed at the state level. Lessons from Indiana's recent cross-sector exercise, CritEx, will be shared. Additionally, we will learn about the role that partnerships can play in resiliency and cybersecurity, including lessons learned from Indiana’s strategic approach in developing cross-sector partnerships through the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity.
Moderator: Hon. Sarah Freeman, Indiana
Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey
John Lucas, Vice President, Citizens Energy Group
Michael Luu, CIO & VP, Customer Service, California Water Service
Chetrice Mosley, State of Indiana Cybersecurity Program Director
Nick Santillo, VP Internal Audit & CSO, American Water
|9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.||C3||
Oh, What a Beautiful ‘Site’? New Realities in Siting
Multiple State and federal agencies are involved in transmission planning and siting. States are being asked to evaluate non-traditional projects, and economic and reliability projects are being proposed by a number of parties through integrated resource planning and other planning processes. New ways of thinking about electricity resources are affecting traditional transmission planning and siting, cost allocation, and the roles of State officials, utilities, and consumer advocates in these decisions. Siting discussions now include independent transmission owners and multiple local, State, and federal organizations, in addition to traditional utilities.
Moderator: Hon. Betty Ann Kane, District of Columbia
Hon. Ted Thomas, Arkansas
Patrick Donlon, Executive Director, Ohio Power Siting Board and Director, Rates and Analysis, PUCO
Marissa Gillett, Senior Advisor to Chairman Obi Linton, Maryland
Fred Hoover, Senior Program Director, NASEO
Tanya McCloskey, Acting Consumer Advocate for Pennsylvania and Executive Committee Member of NCEP.
Location: Holiday Foyer
|10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.||
Happy First Anniversary! and NARUC Business Meeting
The General Session will begin with the NARUC Annual Business Meeting. Commissioners are requested to take seats in the front of the meeting room.
The U.S. House of Representatives has designated the third Wednesday in November as Utility Scam Awareness Day. This year, we recognize it on November 15. Today, or on any given day, utility customers are receiving calls from people falsely asserting they represent a utility company. Callers are threatening to disconnect electric, water, or gas service, if immediate payment isn’t made. These villains target vulnerable populations, including senior citizens and non-native English speakers. They use sophisticated tactics, including caller identification spoofing technology and recordings of the utility company’s telephone menu messages. Utilities United against Scams (UUAS) is comprised of more than 100 (and growing) electric, water, and gas utilities, along with their respective trade associations in North America. The aim of UUAS is to educate customers about scam tactics in the hopes of ultimately putting an end to these types of crimes.
Moderator: Hon. Jack Betkoski, NARUC President, Connecticut
Bryan Batson, SVP, Southern Operations, Southern Company Gas
Sheri Givens, Author, Consumer Scam Awareness Guide & Executive Director, Utilities United Against Scams
Kristin Keckeisen, Director, AARP Campaigns
Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut
Maureen Westbrook, VP Customer & Regulatory, Connecticut Water Company