Committee on Electricity
9:00–11:45 a.m. • Texas BC (4th Floor)
Competitive Markets at a Crossroads?
Competitive energy markets have been operating in the US for over 20 years. Competitive markets were originally born out of customer frustration with the high cost of coal and nuclear generation and later reinvigorated by the cost savings potential of pooled resources. Markets have often been a vehicle for delivering new services and options to customers in the electric industry. Now, as we stand on the verge of the next generation revolution with utility scale renewables costs quickly approaching the levelized cost of natural gas, it is time to reflect on the cost and realized benefits of electricity restructuring and market development in the United States. This panel will focus on growing pains and lessons learned from the last two decades of electricity restructuring and how we can leverage these learnings to maximize customer benefits as we look to transition to a low-carbon future.
Hon. DeAnn Walker, Texas
Hon. Beth Trombold, Ohio
Alison Silverstein, Independent Consultant, Alison Silverstein Consulting
Mike Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Mason Emnett, Vice President of Competitive Markets, Exelon
The business meeting will include an update from Vermont Law. Richard Mroz will speak to the law school’s partnership with Protect Our Power, an organization conducting research on grid security and resilience. Mark James will also present the key findings of the Phase 2 report on State regulatory issues and cybersecurity
Energy and Regulatory Transitions: State Updates
States across the country are seeing changes in technology and the energy resource mix. This panel will provide a glimpse into the efforts of four States responding to these changes and transforming their states’ generation portfolios through regulatory initiatives that include both traditional and innovative tools. Commissioners from different regions will present their views on how these changes are occurring, regulatory policies that support them and impacts on ratepayers from an affordability and reliability perspective
Hon. Judith Williams Jagdmann, Virginia
Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland
Hon. Charlotte Mitchell, North Carolina
Hon. Richard Lozier, Jr., Iowa
Hon. Kara Fornstrom, Wyoming
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