Staff Subcommittee on Gas

2:00–4:45 p.m. • Republic (4th Floor)

2:00-2:20 p.m.

Staff and Other Regulatory Updates

Subcommittee members and audience provide relevant regulatory updates

2:20-2:35 p.m.

NRRI Introduction/Discussion

NRRI is in the process of developing a new Regulatory Training Initiative.  Jeff Loiter will introduce the project to attendees, direct  attendees to relevant resources and answer any questions that may arise.   

Presenter:  Jeff Loiter, Principal Researcher, NRRI

2:40-3:15 p.m.

Renewable Natural Gas

A presentation by NW Natural on the company's efforts in regards to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and Oregon's new RNG legislation.

Presenter: Zach Kravitz, Director, Rates & Regulatory Affairs, NW Natural

3:20-3:55 p.m.

Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Effective communications between pipeline safety officials and operators is of critical importance.  The presenters will discuss the importance and implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS).

Presenter: TBD

4:00-4:35 p.m.

Natural Gas Bans & their Impacts

Certain parts of the country are seeing increasing demand for natural gas at a time when pipeline capacity additions are limited by state actions.  The presenter will address how this situation has led to moratoria on new customer additions and their impacts -- economic and otherwise.   

Presenter: Daniel Lapato, Senior Director, State Affairs, AGA



Committee on Gas

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Texas EF (4th Floor)

9:00-11:45 a.m.

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

Tuesday 11/19

10:45-11:45 a.m.


 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