This agenda is subject to change.


Sunday, November 12

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Key 8
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Importance of Innovation in the Energy Sector; Setting the Stage for the Future of Digital Utility Transformation

There is a technical foundation for innovation support: complex “networks” are evolving that potentially connect electricity, gas, heat, water, telecommunications, and transportation/mobility, i.e., the “Integrated Energy Network.” Electric utilities are deploying sensors and smart communications technologies to provide greater intelligence on cost-effective, real-time performance across multiple infrastructures. State regulatory models may not provide support for these combined services in which utilities are an integral component.


Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois


Anda Ray, Senior Vice President, External Relations and Technical Resources, EPRI

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Perspectives from Regulators and Consumer Advocates


Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois


Hon. Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii

Hon. Kara Brighton, Wyoming

David Kolata, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Break & Networking
2:50 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Perspectives from Innovators 


Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois


Dawn Lippert, Co-Founder, CEO, Elemental Excelorator

Jiong Ma, Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures

Michael Polsky, Founder, President & CEO, Invenergy LLC

Elena Vasconi, Acting Managing Director, Itron Idea Labs

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion & Roadmap


Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois


All speakers from Innovation Session

During this roundtable discussion, all of the presenters from the Innovation Session will gather on stage and open up a dialogue with the audience. The participants will answer questions from the moderator, the Task Force Members, State commissioners, and other audience members. Participants will also take questions from NARUC members using the NARUC app. This will be an interactive session using multimedia tools to create a roadmap for the future.

Tuesday, November 14

Location: Key 9
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A1

The Bold and the Dutiful

Changing economics, ratepayer needs and expectations, renewable resource strategies, and distributed generation are just a few of the hot topics regulators and the utility industry are navigating today. As the pace of innovation and change in the energy landscape accelerates, regulators and utilities are being asked to think more strategically – and more short term.  Attendees will hear how regulators and utilities balance their core tenants: reliable service to consumers, affordable rates, sound risk management plans, and transparent processes in this new environment. Participants will answer the following: how do regulators see the balance of innovation vs the level of risk and ratepayer impact? How is innovation utilized without exposing companies to regulatory turbulence? How can innovation be effected without a substantial rate increase? Are these changes needed and cost-effective to the ratepayer?

Moderator: Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois


Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota

Paul Bonney, Sr. VP, Legal & Regulatory Strategy, Pepco Holdings

Tiffany Menhorn, EnerNOC, Inc., Wholesale Procurement

Lisa Wood, Executive Director, Institute for Electric Innovation