Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs

This agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.




How the Sun is Shining in Low Income Communities
In the past few years, solar has become more affordable for even the average electric customer. But, how is access to solar options faring for low income customers and communities? This panel will explore some interesting programs and alternatives that are helping the sun shine in low income communities.
Moderator: Charlene Ketchum, Policy Advisor & Legal Counsel to Commissioner Maida Coleman, Missouri PSC
Sandra Mattavous Frye, Esq., People’s Counsel, DC Office of the People’s Counsel
Alison Kling, Project Specialist, Demonstration & Pilot Projects, Con Edison   
Taresa Lawrence, Deputy Director, Energy Administration, Department of Energy & Environment
Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Program Director, Low-income Solar Access, Vote Solar
Ingrid Schwingler, Policy & Regulatory Coordinator, GRID Alternatives
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break


10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Is Net Metering Dead?

Utilities and some regulators say that current net metering of rooftop solar customers results in a subsidy paid by all other utility customers to the solar customer. Some states have never allowed net metering while others are beginning to move away from it. The solar industry and environmental groups say there is no subsidy and that the system attributes of rooftop solar are not being recognized by the utilities. This panel will explore these opposing viewpoints and seek to find common ground. 

Moderator: Phil Boyle, Consumer Services Manager, Oregon Public Utility Commission


Sean Gallagher, VP of State Affairs, SEIA

Ted Kelly, Assistant Counsel, New York Department of Public Service

Bill Malcolm, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP

Nathan Phelps, Program Manager DG Regulatory Policy, Vote Solar

Joelle Steward, Director of Rates & Regulatory Affairs, Rocky Mountain Power