Agenda

This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, November 13

 

OPSI Breakfast Meeting (invitees only) (7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.)

Location: Latrobe

 

Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.)

Location: Johnson

 

Registration Open (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Location: Key Foyer

 

Committee on Telecommunications

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Holiday 2
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Universally Affordable Broadband – What are the Barriers and How to Define Success

This panel explores options to bring the “next generation” of wired and wireless broadband solutions to disadvantaged areas and high cost areas. Areas that will be covered include the role of USF, infrastructure investment (private, federal, and State), opportunities for partnerships, the reasonableness of a gigabit for everyone regardless of price, and the potential benefit of the FCC pending auction process.

Moderator: Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho 

Panelists:     

Benjamin Aron, Director, State Regulatory and External Affairs, CTIA-the Wireless Association

Joe Gillan, President, Gillan and Associates

Roy Lathrop, Senior Director, State Government Affairs, NCTA-The Internet and Television Association

Arthur Martinez, Vice President of State Govt. Relations, CenturyLink

Responders:        

Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana 

Hon. Sarah Freeman, Indiana 

10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m.

On the Ground & On the Horizon: How to Bring Broadband to Remote America

Millions of Americans still lack access to broadband service, and millions more only have access to speeds that are below the FCC definition of broadband and doesn’t meet their needs. New and innovative technologies and methods are needed to bring these essential broadband services to rural communities. This panel will hear from experts who are doing just that—finding new ways to meet the needs of rural communitiesfrom harnessing TV whitespaces for wireless connectivity to innovative programs to connect unserved communities with carriers willing to deploy robust networks.

 

Moderator: Hon. Crystal Rhoades, Nebraska

Panelists: 

Ryan Harkin, Microsoft

Christopher Murphy, Viasat

Mike Romano, Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Business Development, NTCA

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

 

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 12
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Is it Time for TOU rates?

There has long been tension around time of use (TOU) rates. On one hand TOU is a rate structure that may help reduce peak loads, lower electricity bills, enable emissions reductions, and encourage renewable energy deployment. On the other hand, TOU rates may harm customers who lack flexibility to shift energy use times, cannot afford home technologies that facilitate load-shifting, or cannot afford unpredictability on a bill, and may reduce the amount of offset credits for rooftop solar customers that utilize net metering. This panel will explore the new potential for broader consideration of this rate design, as well as a process for doing so that can ease longstanding tensions between utilities and customers. This year, a group of electricity rate experts representing consumer, low-income, and clean energy advocacy perspectives collaborated on a joint paper detailing common ground on TOU rates to guide utilities commissions on the matter and explored the timely question: if done carefully, should the implementation of TOU rates be on the rise?

Moderator: Hon. Andrew Place, Pennsylvania

Panelists:

Ashley Brown, Executive Director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group

Rick Gilliam, Program Director, DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar

Marcel Hawiger, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network

Douglas Jester, Principal, 5 Lakes Energy

Ellen Zuckerman, Senior Consultant, Schlegel & Associates 

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

Introductions: Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota and Hon: Carla Peterman, California

Commissioner Roundtable: This roundtable will continue the TOU discussion started in ERE's morning session.  Committee Members will share the rate design changes being considering in their states, and their response to the TOU panel discussion.

Resolutions

Research Updates:  Ron Edelstein, GTI; Barbara Tyran, EPRI; and Tom Stanton, NRRI.

Mary Kilmarx Award

 

Committee on Electricity

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

Panelists: 

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

Panelists:

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

 

Committee on Gas

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.

Moderators: 

Hon. John Coleman, Pennsylvania

Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Panelists:

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

 

Agenda:

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.

Moderators: 

Hon. Stan Wise, Georgia

Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York

Panelists:

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

 

 

 

Committee on Consumer Affairs

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 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 Gas

Uncovering the Opportunities for Natural Gas Access and Expansion Initiatives

 

Task Force on Natural Gas Access and Expansion

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

                                                     

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Joint session with Committee on Gas and Committee on Consumer Affairs   

Uncovering the Opportunities for Natural Gas Access and Expansion Initiatives

 

Committee on Water

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 9
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Getting to Unleaded: Challenges and Solutions in Facilitating the Removal of Lead Service Lines

The identification, removal and replacement of lead service lines is among the most pressing public health priorities. The nature of who constructs, owns, and controls different portions of a service line pose challenging operational, legal, and ratemaking policy obstacles to line removal and replacement. Adding to the challenge is that many service lines have a bifurcated ownership between the water purveyor and the customer. In this circumstance the water utility and customer are often responsible for ownership and maintenance of portions of the same pipes that may contain the lead causing health concerns. This panel of experienced practitioners will share their perspectives on the nature and scope of the operational, legal, and ratemaking obstacles to efficient removal and replacement of lead service lines. Attendees will learn about potential solutions to these legal, operational, and regulatory policy problems. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s March 2017 decision in Petition of York Water Company, the first time a State public utility commission attempted to address and overcome obstacles to facilitate an accelerated lead service line replacement program, will be discussed. Attendees will learn if the PA PUC succeeded and if this approach will work for other States regulating or overseeing water purveyors.

Moderator:  Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey

Panelists:

Stephen Genzer, Partner, Saul Ewing, LLP

Jay L. Kooper, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Middlesex Water Company

Howard J. Woods, Jr., General Manager, Howard J. Woods & Associates, LLC

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

Items of Business of the Water Committee will be covered including discussion and action on Resolutions and approval of the minutes from the Summer Policy Summit. Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, and NARUC's Rate School. Members of the Committee will also have time to brief the Committee on activities of interest in their State.

 

Staff Subcommittee on Law

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Chase
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Agenda to be distributed at meeting.

 

Regulators Luncheon (Commissioners, Commission Staff and Commissioners Emeritus) (11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

Location: Key 8

Commissioners, Commission Staff and Commissioners Emeritus are invited to participate in the Annual Regulators Luncheon (pre-registration required). 

Attendees will assemble hygiene packages for The Baltimore Station (TBS). The Baltimore Station is an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. Over the course of their 28-year history, TBS has maintained a positive reputation for providing high quality services to homeless veterans. 

Jim Kibler, President, Virginia Natural Gas, will explain programs they have implemented to hire U.S. military personnel.

 

Opening General Sessions featuring Officer Elections and Terry Barnich Award

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Holiday Ballroom
1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Welcome to the NARUC 129th Annual Meeting and Education Conference

Opening by the Hon. Jack Betkoski, NARUC President, Connecticut

National Anthem, Nico Sarbanes

Welcome Remarks by The Hon. Catherine Pugh, Mayor, Baltimore

Deputy Secretary of Energy, The Hon. Dan Brouillette, will discuss the Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability and the NOPR for the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.

Election of 2017-2018 Officers and Confirmation of Board Members

Elections facilitated by the Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana

Nomination of NARUC President

Hon. Katie Dykes, Connecticut

Second Nomination of NARUC President

Hon. Thomas Forese, Arizona

Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President

Hon. Mike Huebsch, Wisconsin

Second Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President

Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri

Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President

Hon. Lib Fleming, South Carolina

Second Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President

Hon. Dallas Winslow, Delaware

 

Presentation of Terry Barnich Award

The Terry Barnich Award recognizes the ongoing commitment of NARUC members to futhering regulatory best practices around the globe. 

 

Networking Break (3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

 

General Session

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Holiday Ballroom

 

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Shooting the Bull… What Regulators Need to Know to Understand Wall Street

This general session will be an engaging and edgy discussion with ‘Wall Street Insiders.’ Participants will share their insights and thoughts on what Wall Street really looks for when they are reviewing commission decisions and actions in the regulatory landscape. Attendees will learn valuable information on how commissioner and commission staff actions (and statements) may affect the financial health of the industry. Attendees also will learn how industry performance, financial trends, and regulatory initiatives are used in rating utilities. Discussion will also touch upon Wall Street assessments post recent hurricanes and tropical storms.

Moderator: Hon. Diane Burman, New York

Panelists: 

  • Joyolin Brown, Managing Director - Sr. Global, Duff & Phelps Investment Management
  • Heike Doerr, Principal Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Anthony Ianno, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Greg Gordon, Senior Managing Director, ISI Group LLC
  • Leslie Rich, Managing Director, Equity Analyst, JP Morgan Asset Management

 

 

MACRUC Regional Meeting (invitees only) (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Poe

 

NECPUC Regional Meeting (invitees only) (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Johnson

 

MARC Regional Meeting (invitees only) (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Ruth

 

SEARUC Regional Meeting (invitees only) (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Paca

 

Western Regional Meeting (invitees only) (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Latrobe

 

Board of Directors Dinner (Board Members Only) (7:00 – 9:30 p.m.)

Location: Designated Hitters Room at Camden Yards