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.
|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.
|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
|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.)
|9:45 a.m. - xx:xx a.m.||
|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