November 11-14, 2018

Loews Royal Pacific Orlando

Orlando, Florida



November 11-14, 2018

Loews Royal Pacific Orlando

Orlando, Florida

General Sessions


Opening General Session

Location: Pacifica Ballroom 6 & 7 

2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.


Featuring Officer Elections and Special Awards

Welcome to the NARUC 130th Annual Meeting and Education Conference

Opening by the Hon. Jack Betkoski, NARUC President, Connecticut

National Anthem, Hon. Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Georgia

Commissioner McDonald has performed his beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at games for the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and NASCAR events.


Election of 2018-2019 Officers and Confirmation of Board Members

Elections facilitated by the Hon. Jack Betkoski, Connecticut

Nomination of NARUC President

Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota

Second Nomination of NARUC President

Hon. Daniel Hall, Missouri

Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President

Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia

Second Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President

Hon. Dallas Winslow, Delaware

Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President

Hon. Kristine Raper, Idaho

Second Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President

Hon. David Danner, Washington

Presentation of Terry Barnich Award

The Terry Barnich Award recognizes state commissioners and staff who promote international cooperation among utility regulators and the development of professional regulation. The award is named in honor of former Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (1989 to 1992) Terrence "Terry" Barnich. He was killed on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, while working as the deputy director of the State Department office overseeing U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq. The Terry Barnich Award is the highest honor bestowed by NARUC’s Committee on International Relations.

Information on Recipients

Presentation of Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards reflect NARUC’s commitment to promoting the exchange of knowledge and information that will benefit innovation in regulatory issues. The Awards recognize innovators in the various utility sectors.

General Session

Pacifica Ballroom 6 & 7

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Powered Together – Tapping the Water/Energy Nexus

Respected CEOs from the water and energy sectors will share their experiences and examples from within their companies. Attendees will learn how their respective companies address the water/energy issue while providing safe, reliable, and affordable service to customers.

Facilitator: Hon. Jack Betkoski, Connecticut, NARUC President


Calvin G. Butler Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

Susan Story, Chief Executive Officer, American Water Company


General Session

Pacifica Ballroom 6 & 7

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies: Sectors Intertwined

Because the national critical infrastructure is intricately interdependent, threats against and regulatory activity associated with critical infrastructure in one sector in one part of the country may have an affect on other sectors—not only in that part of the country but nationwide. This session will cover the interdependencies across critical infrastructure sectors, focused on the roles regulatory bodies play in ensuring awareness and oversight of potential adversarial access to critical infrastructure. For example, as natural disasters and cybersecurity concerns increase, the need for commissioners to consider Black Sky events and ensure that all regulated utilities will be able to maintain some scale of operations and communication during these scenarios is of utmost importance. The session will examine what needs to happen to break down silos across water, wastewater, electric, gas, and telecommunications industries to ensure that regulators and their stakeholders can be prepared for these types of events.

Facilitator: Hon. Gladys Brown, Pennsylvania


Colleen Arnold, Vice President/Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Aqua America

Kathryn Condello, Senior Director, National Security/Emergency Preparedness, CenturyLink

Joy Ditto, President & CEO, Utilities Technology Council

Mr. Bob Kolasky, Director of the National Risk Management Center at the Department of Homeland Security

Dave McCurdy, President and CEO, AGA

Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon, LLC




Closing General Session

Pacifica Ballroom 6 & 7

(Joint with Committees on Consumers and the Public Interest, Electricity, Energy Resources and the

Environment, Gas, Telecommunications, and Water)

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

CLEAN POWER PLAN II – The Sequel: State Options and the Anticipated Appeal

Commissioners will receive information and advice on the revised options available to States under the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a.k.a. the CPP II. Panelists will also discuss the policy pros and cons of the revised approach and discuss the possible grounds for the inevitable legal challenges to the rule.

Facilitator: Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana


Tomás Carbonell, Director of Regulatory Policy and Lead Attorney
U.S. Clean Air Program, Environmental Defense Fund

T. Ted Cromwell, Executive Director, Environment, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Julien Dumoulin-Smith, Head of US Power, Utilities and Alt Energy Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

Allison Wood, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth