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 Energy Resources and the Environment and Electric Reliability - Key 8
Next Level Demand Response
|10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability - Key 2
Believers and Skeptics: A Debate About Distributed Energy Integration on the Distribution Grid
We’ve heard about the need to modernize the distribution grid to accommodate more solar generation. Some say grid modernization would allow more value to be extracted from intermittent and variable renewable energy sources, and that it would allow the batteries on electric vehicles, as well as hot water heaters, to be accessed to support overall grid operations. The future could include distribution system operators (DSOs) – organizations that would facilitate transactions but would not themselves provide energy, capacity, or related services. This vision of the future grid raises some fundamental questions:
Two skeptics and two believers will share their views, then we will open up the mic for audience participation.
Kimberly Jones, Chair, NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Electricity and Director of Clerk and IT Services with the North Carolina Utilities Commission
John Farber, former staff with the Delaware Public Service Commission
Mike Hyland, American Public Power Association
Bob Schulte, Schulte Associates LLC, former utility executive
Chris Villarreal, Energy Consultant and former Chair of NARUC’s Rate Design Staff Subcommittee, former staff with the California and Minnesota Commissions
|1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Joint with Committee on Critical Infrastructure - Key 6|
|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
|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.||A4||
The Battle for Peak Capacity: Batteries vs. Gas
The United States electric grid is expected to need more peaking capacity resources, both to replace retiring units and to integrate higher levels of variable generation. Natural gas-fired power plants are the dominant technology providing peaking capacity. But for how long? Rapid and significant cost declines in battery energy storage have some proponents arguing that it can substitute for the gas peaking equipment. This session will debate whether battery storage can really compete with gas peakers.
Through an interactive Jeopardy-style experience, attendees will:
Moderator: Hon. Ted Thomas, Arkansas
Mikael Backman, Regional Director, North America, Energy Solutions, Wartsila Corporation
Praveen Kathpal, Vice President, AES Energy Storage
Chris Villarreal, President, Plugged-In Strategies
|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.||B2||
Frenemies and Free Riders
Who doesn’t want a free ride? Utility poles are in place but are they available to anyone? A recommendation from the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) on pole attachments is expected in early November. This report will likely include major changes to the rules governing pole attachments, conduits, and rights-of-way. The report may also suggest pre-emption of State and local authority.
Moderator: Hon. Michael Caron, Connecticut
Hon. Wendy Moser, Colorado
Hon. Karen Charles Peterson, Massachusetts
Allen Bell, Support Manager, Georgia Power
David Don, Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Comcast NBCUniversal
Mitsuko Herrera, Dept. of Technology Services, Montgomery County, Maryland
|1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||B3||
Charging Ahead: Part II
As sales of electric vehicles continue to rise, commissions are increasingly being presented with proposals from utilities to allow financial recovery for charging infrastructure investments. Building upon last year’s panel, where regulators learned about electric vehicles and rate design, this session will examine developments that have occurred over the last year. Specifically, regulators will learn about recent State commission decisions on whether to finance electric vehicle infrastructure through general customer rates or other means. The application of traditional rate setting concepts, such as fairness to consumers and distribution of benefits, will also be explored.
Moderator: Hon. Rachael Eubanks, Michigan
Hon. Daniel Hall, Missouri
Max Baumhefner, NRDC
Phil Dion, Vice-President, Technology Business Development, AEP
Sandra Mattavous-Frye, People's Counsel, Office of the People's Counsel, District of Columbia
|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.||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.
|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