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Committee on Consumer Affairs

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Location: Flores 4
1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Hot Topic: Industry Efforts to Stop Utility Consumer Bill Scams

Speaker: Becky Knox, Senior Director, Retail Energy Policy, EEI

1:05 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Rural Wireless and Consumers: New Proposals and Issues

The panel will examine recent proposals for a joint federal-state approach to ensuring that rural wireless consumers have access to broadband networks and services comparable to those in urban areas.  The panel will address broadband adoption in rural and, by extension, urban areas associated with rural broadband deployment.

Moderator: Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Hon. Catherine J.K. Sandoval, California

Grant Spellmeyer, Vice President, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, US Cellular

Mike Oldak, Vice President Strategic Initiatives & General Counsel, Utilities Technology Council

David LaFuria, Partner, Lukas Nace Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP

H. Russell Frisby, Jr., Partner, Stinson Leonard Street - representing EEI

2:15 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Committee Business Sesssion
2:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Price is Right?: Comparing Consumer Tariffs and Their Potential Bill Impacts

Over the last several years new pricing and rate plans have emerged in the electric market.   Whether it is prepay, time of use, budget billing, etc… many consumers have new options to choose from.  But how do these new options compare to a traditional rate.  This panel will explore the many new pricing plans offered to consumers and how consumers are reacting to them, and explore the impact on consumers, as well as the need to educate consumers about these new options.

Moderator: Hon. Tim Echols, Georgia

Alison Peters Brown, Director of Pricing & Rates, Georgia Power

James Lewis, President & Co-CEO,  Just Energy

Kelly Speakes-Backman, Senior VP Policy & Research, Alliance to Save Energy