Task Force on Innovation

Task Force on Innovation

This agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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.

Moderator:

Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois

Presenter:

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

Moderator:       

Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois

Presenters:

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 

Moderator:

Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois

Presenters:

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

Moderator:       

Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois

Presenters:

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.