Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

This agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 8
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Joint with Staff Subcommittees on Electricity and Electric Reliability

Next Level Demand Response

Demand Response (DR) programs are now familiar offerings in electric utilities nationwide, with many programs offering to place load control technologies like smart thermostats in customers’ homes and businesses to control loads and reduce peak demands. Is there room for DR programs to also provide other grid support services by using energy storage? This panel will explore different types of Storage DR programs, such as the shared ownership model in Vermont, contracts for peak demand reductions in New York and California, and the "reverse DR" pilot in Arizona. Discussions will focus on how customers and utilities are sharing dispatch control of their storage systems, what kinds of customer-specific benefits are realized by these programs, and whether the greater distribution grid is indeed benefiting from this next-generation form of DR. Additionally, the panel will explore how these DR programs may be transferrable to other types of DER technologies, beyond energy storage.

Moderator: Wally Nixon, Commissioner’s Legal Advisor, Arkansas Public Service Commission


Robert Dostis, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and New Products, Green Mountain Power

Ted Ko, Director of Policy, Stem

Virginia Lacy, Principle, Rocky Mountain Institute

Damei Jack, Manager of Targeted Demand Management Programs, Con Edison

Kent Walter, Manager of Customer Technology, Arizona Public Service

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Water

Voluntary Climate Action Practices: Implications for Utilities and Commissions

With the recent hiatus in U.S. federal actions on climate change, more attention is focused on States; local governments; large corporate customers; markets affecting smaller customers; and the many actions they are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate future problems, and better adapt to climate instability and climate extremes. This panel summarizes several of the most impactful voluntary climate actions, and contemplates how those actions at each level might affect regulated utilities. Included are representatives from efforts that are focused on changes in energy and water use policies and practices.

Moderator: Jon Kucskar, Senior Advisor to the Maryland Public Service Commission


James Bradbury, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center

Adella Crozier, Director of Regulatory Affairs, DTE Energy

Sue Gander, Director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division,
National Governors Association

Alice Kennedy, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Green, Healthy and Sustainable Homes, City of Baltimore