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.||
Joint with Staff Subcommittees on Electicity and Energy Resources and the Environment - Key 8
Next Level Demand Response
|10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.||
Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity - Key 2
Believers and Skeptics: A Debate About Distributed Energy Integration on the Distribution Grid
|1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Joint with Committee on Critical Infrastructure - Key 6|
|8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.||
Mother Nature – The Ultimate Disrupter!
The utilities industry has been facing disruptors coming from within the industry for many years now. We have talked about new business models and ways to increase demand and create new customers/revenue streams, but are we prepared for the disruptions to the industry from a force indifferent to the very existence of the industry? Recently, three major hurricanes have had severe impacts on the energy, water, gas, and telecommunications sectors. Some areas with total destruction are looking at starting from scratch. This session will feature a Regulator, Consumer Advocate and high level representatives from the electricity, gas, water, and telecommunications industries.
During this timely session, attendees will:
Moderator: Hon. Ron Brise, Florida
Hon. Jeremy Oden, Alabama
Stephanie Brand, Director, NJ Division of Rate Counsel
Calvin Butler,Jr., CEO, Baltimore Gas & Electric
Joy Ditto, President and CEO, Utilities Technology Council
Christopher Franklin, President and CEO, Aqua America and NAWC Chairman
Pierce Norton, CEO of OneGas and AGA Board chairman
M. Granger Morgan, the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds appointments in three academic units: the Department of Engineering and Public Policy; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and the H. John Heinz III College.
He currently chairs the Committee on Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electric Power Transmission and Distribution System.
|9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.||Networking Break : Holiday Foyer|
|9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.||
Mother Nature – The Ultimate Disrupter! Continued
(See the description above.)
|11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||A3||
Weathering the Storm: Communications Network Resilience
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Superstorm Sandy, and the Derecho taught us many lessons. Changes in response time, resilience measures to the network, and mutual assistance procedures were just a few measures examined in some regions. During this session, regulators will discuss how measures implemented from previous experiences impacted recent restoration efforts and timelines and what lessons were learned this time around.
Moderator: Hon. Julie Brown, Florida
Hon. John Clendenin, Virgin Islands
Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey
Hon. Gregg Sayre, New York
Hon. DeAnn Walker, Texas
Hon. Stan Wise, Georgia
|11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||A5||
From the Joneses to the Jetsons! Smart Communities and Infrastructure
If communities are getting “smarter,” regulators must stay ahead of the curve. Utilities are investing in a smarter electric grid that benefits customers and are working on projects in ‘smart communities’ to establish programs to bring more resilient and sustainable options to customers. As the smart technologies advance, industry, stakeholders, regulators, and policymakers should be on the same page.
Attendees will participate in a dynamic discussion that will address:
Moderator: Hon. Odogwu Linton, Maryland
Donna Cooper, President, Pepco Region for PHI
Brigham A. McCown, Nouveau, Inc
Michael Murray, President, Mission:data
David Owens, Retired Executive Vice President, Edison Electric Institute
Russ Vanos, VP Global Software, Services & Smart Cities, ITRON
|1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||B1||
Power to the Market
The need for traditional sources of baseload electricity has taken the spotlight recently, particularly with the Department of Energy’s filing of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking directing FERC to "accurately price generation resources necessary to maintain reliability and resiliency." Because coal and nuclear generate half of the nation’s electricity, some believe that these sources are necessary to ensure grid reliability, resilience and fuel diversity. Others believe the concept of baseload is outmoded and challenge the need to modify the rules or market. What is not in dispute is the large amount of traditional baseload generating capacity that has retired with more on the horizon. This panel will discuss: the future role of coal and nuclear; whether reliability and resiliency are being valued now and if not, whether they should be; what attributes should be valued; and what changes, if any, are needed to ensure just and reasonable rates?
Moderator: Hon. Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin
Hon. Kara Brighton, Wyoming
Paul Bailey, CEO, ACCCE
Kathleen Barron, Senior Vice President, Competitive Market Policy, Exelon
Martin (Marty) J. Durbin, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, API
Steve Herling, Vice President - Planning, PJM
|1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||B5||
Myth Busters... Family Feud Style
Reliability for wind and microgrids have been put to the test! Wind has earned a reputation for beating to its own drum – but does that make it unreliable from an operator’s perspective? Is a low or no carbon grid possible? Are microgrids a reliability silver bullet? This session will explore some of the research and experiences people in the industry have to share about familiar antidotes to today’s grid issues. Some say that wind is intermittent and therefore unreliable, while an operator may know something different. Some say that a low or no carbon grid is absolutely possible and that we should get a move on it already. Is that reality and what do others have to say about it? Microgrids might be a perfect fit for one campus, but should they be adopted everywhere? This session will break down some of the common, general questions and themes we are hearing.
Welcome to Family Feud. Our goal is to make this educational and entertaining. See our panelists go head to head to guess the top answer from a survey question. The winner gets to pass or play, stake their claim first, or wait and rebut the others' claim. We'll then closeout the board by panelists guessing the rest of the survey answers. Three strikes and the other team can steal the board with a correct guess! Plan to join us for a fun and informative discussion. The winners won't get to play fast money, but they'll have NARUC bragging rights.
Moderator: Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa
Hon. Michael Huebsch, Wisconsin
Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies, LLC
Bruce Rew, Vice President, Operations, Southwest Power Pool, Inc.
Susan L. Satter, Public Utilities Counsel, Office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois
Matthew Wald, Senior Communications Advisor, Nuclear Energy Institute
Don Wingate, Vice President – Utility Sales, Strategic Customers and Microgrid Solutions, Schneider Electric
|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.