Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest
1:30–5:00 p.m. • Texas EF (4th Floor)
Business Meeting (closed)
Following a disaster, how can government agencies and utilities work together to make recovery less stressful and more efficient for customers?
When a disaster strikes, those affected are often left without power for days or weeks. Or worse, their home is destroyed and they are left living in temporary housing indefinitely – often times on their own property. How is power supplied to this temporary housing when the infrastructure is destroyed? Federal, state, and local agencies, as well as utilities, have emergency disaster plans in place that work well. But, how can these entities work better together to ease the burden on residents who are already dealing with many, many challenges?
Hon. Odogwu Obi Linton, Maryland
Christine Knepper, Manager of State Governmental Affairs, Florida Power & Light Company
Kate Murphy, Requirements Manager, Logistics Operations Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Jewel Smith, Principal, i3029 Liron Consulting, LLC
Kevin Wisely, Director Office of Resilience and Emergency Preparedness, New York State Department of Public Service
Data Collection Deep Dive Highlights (Joint with NASUCA)
During this session, members from NASUCA, NARUC, and panelists from this year’s NRRI webinar series on data collection related to disconnections and delinquencies will:
Hon. Marion S. Gold, Rhode Island
2:00–3:00 p.m. • Lone Star DEF (2nd Floor)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
NARUC 132nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference
Welcome by NARUC President Nick Wagner of Iowa
Presentation of the Colors by Marine Corps Support Battalion Company H.
Singing of our National Anthem by Andrea Howard, Contract Specialist for Dept of Air Force, 502 Contracting Squadron.
Election of Officers for 2019 - 2020
Nomination for President: Hon. ToNola Brown-Bland
Second for President: Hon. Jack Betkoski
Nomination for First Vice President: Hon. Butch Howard
Second for First Vice President: Hon. Kristine Raper
Nomination for Second Vice President: Hon. Willie Phillips
Second for Second Vice President: Hon Ann Rendahl
In Memoriam 2018-2019
3:15–4:15 p.m. • Lone Star DEF
The Great Debate: Energy Resource Options
Every electricity resource has various attributes that can or do support a well-functioning grid. However, how those resources and their benefits are defined, valued, and compensated is a subject of some controversy. Join representatives of coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, battery storage, and demand-side management industries as they take center stage to debate the attributes they think should be valued and compensated at the state and regional levels.
Facilitator: Hon. Nick Wagner, NARUC President
Michelle Bloodworth, CEO, America's Power
Katherine Hamilton, Executive Director, Advanced Energy Management Alliance
Karen Harbert, CEO, American Gas Association
Maria Korsnick, President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute
Nat Kreamer, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy and AEE Institute
Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association
9:00–10:15 a.m. • Lone Star DEF (2nd Floor)
9:00 - 9:40 a.m.
Who wants to be a Regulator?
9:40 - 10:15 a.m.
Commissioners Nick & Glick
Hot Topic Talk
Who wants to be a Regulator?
It’s much more than a game!
This interactive general session will kick off with NARUC representatives squaring off against FERC staff in an adaptation of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Participants will answer questions about the history, members, and work of the other organization.
Hon. Talina Mathews, Kentucky
Hon. Jordan White, Utah
Christy Walsh, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation
Anna Cochrane, Director of the Office of Energy Market Regulation
Elizabeth Salerno, Advisor to Commissioner Glick
Commissioners Nick and Glick: Hot Topic Talk
NARUC President Nick Wagner and FERC Commissioner Richard Glick will discuss current issues and challenges of state and federal commissions.
Closing General Session
10:15–11:30 a.m. • Lone Star DEF (2nd Floor)
AI....It's a Thing!
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) are cutting-edge technologies that are quickly transforming industries around the world. These technologies present several opportunities for utilities to achieve efficient operations and cost savings. However, the proliferation of these technologies raises concerns about the viability of the human workforce, safety, privacy & ethics, among other considerations.
Facilitator: Hon. Willie Phillips, District of Columbia
Mark Holtermann, Vice President, Technology, American Water
Suzanne Russo, CEO, PecanStreet
Jordana Temlock, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Bidgely
Harshal Upadhye, Program Manager for Artificial Intelligence, EPRI