Committee on Gas
9:00–11:45 a.m. • Texas EF (4th Floor)
At times, we tend to present regulatory panels on a topic-by-topic basis. Rates, safety, supply, demand, innovation & research, integration between gas and renewables, energy efficiency, employment, costs and infrastructure, are often looked at in “silo mode.”
However, as we discuss the individual pieces or topics, we must not overlook the fact that many of them are interrelated and at times they should be looked at "holistically."
This Committee on Gas meeting will be a dedicated discussion seeking to properly engage in as many of these topics as practically possible and look at how actions in one area may affect another. To that end, representatives from state and federal agencies, the natural gas industry, former and current commissioners, will gather to discuss with the committee membership and audience a variety of timely topics that we all encounter as regulators and practitioners.
Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York
Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi
Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota
Hon. Jay Balasbas, Washington
Hon. Tricia Pridemore, Georgia
Emeritus Committee on Gas Chairs
Gas Technology Institute Leadership Team
PHMSA Leadership Team
Erin Hutson, Laborers' International Union of North America
Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity Leadership Team
Jim Jerozal, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency at Nicor Gas
Jeff Loiter, Principal Researcher, NRRI
Jeff Petrash, VP & General Counsel, National Propane Gas Association
*** DO NOT MISS CONCURRENT SESSION A2 ON TUESDAY ***
The Future of Natural Gas in Decarbonization Focused States
Dr. Roger Aines, Energy Program Chief Scientist, LLNL Global Security E Program
Dawn Constantin, SVP, Marketing & Regulatory Affairs, BP Energy Company
Richard Meyer, Managing Director, Energy Analysis, American Gas Association
Dena E. Wiggins, President, Natural Gas Supply Association
Thomas P. Meissner, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, Unitil
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