Agenda

Saturday

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Subcommittee on Education and Research

12:00–3:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Sunday

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Time TBD • Room TBD

(Closed 9:00–10:15 a.m.)

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

10:30–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design)

 

 

Washington Action

10:30–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

(Closed Meeting)

 

 

New Commissioner Forum

(New Commissioners Only)

11:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m. • Room TBD

Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:00–3:00 p.m. • Room TBD

(Closed Meeting)

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:00–5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

(Closed Meeting)

 

 

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

1:30–5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

1:30–5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee and Staff Subcommittee on International Relations

1:30–5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Subcommittee on Clean Coal

1:30–3:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

2:00–4:45 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Subcommittee and Staff Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal

3:30–5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

(Closed Meeting)

 

 

Welcome Reception

(Tickets Required)

5:00–6:30 p.m. • Room TBD

Monday

NARUC Board of Directors Meeting

7:30–8:45 a.m. • Room TBD

OPSI Breakfast Meeting

7:30–8:45 a.m. • Room TBD

Taste of Texas Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Committee on Electricity

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee on Gas

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee on Telecommunications

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee on Water

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Law

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

9:00–11:45 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Regulators Luncheon

(Tickets Required)

11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • Room TBD

Opening General Session

2:00–3:00 p.m. • Lone Star DEF (2nd Floor)

 

Opening of the NARUC 131st 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

Networking Break

3:00–3:15 p.m.

General Session

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

Participants:

Michelle Bloodworth, CEO, ACCCE

Katherine Hamilton, Executive Director, Advanced Energy Management Alliance

Karen Harbert, CEO, American Gas Association

Nat Kreamer, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy and AEE Institute

Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association

MACRUC

(Invitees Only)

4:30–5:30 p.m. • Room TBD

NECPUC

(Invitees Only)

4:30–5:30 p.m. • Room TBD

MARC

(Invitees Only)

4:30–5:30 p.m. • Room TBD

SEARUC

(Invitees Only)

4:30–5:30 p.m. • Room TBD

Western

(Invitees Only)

4:30–5:30 p.m. • Room TBD

NARUC Board of Directors Dinner

(Board Members Only)

7:00 p.m.

Tuesday

NRRI Board of Directors Breakfast

7:30–8:45 a.m. • Room TBD

Taste of Texas Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. • Room TBD

General Session

9:00–10:15 a.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Networking Break

10:15–10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions Section A

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Room TBD

A1 

Room TBD

A2 

Room TBD

A3 

 

 

 

 

Annual Officer Installation Ceremony and Celebration Luncheon

(Tickets Required)

12:00–1:15 p.m. • Room TBD

Concurrent Sessions Section B

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Room TBD

B1:  The Texas Way: Energy Innovation in the Lone Star State

Texas is home to vast fossil and renewable resources, coming in at #1 among all states in oil and gas production and wind capacity and #5 in solar capacity. Massive investments in transmission infrastructure deliver these resources to market. Texas also hosts a number of cutting-edge energy pilot projects that illustrate the future of low-emission, high-efficiency electric power generation. With ERCOT, Texas utilities operate in a uniquely competitive energy market that provides some of the lowest retail rates in the country. What is it about Texas that attracts innovation, and what can other states learn from the successes and shortcomings of Texas's approach?

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the challenges Texas regulators and utilities face
  • Understand the pros and cons of ERCOT's market design and how it differs from other markets
  • Discuss how Texas has capitalized on its natural resources to provide affordable, reliable, and clean energy


Moderator: Hon. DeAnn Walker, Texas

Participants

Russell Gold, Investigative Journalist, Wall Street Journal

Room TBD

B2:Leading the Way to Smarter Systems

Energy markets and systems are transforming. Energy companies are integrating more technologies on the grid to meet customer expectations. Distributed energy resources and electrification allows for the two-way flow of energy on the distribution grid, requiring additional sensors and controls to maintain a secure and reliable system. Communities are using technologies, such as advanced metering infrastructure and smart electric vehicle chargers, and data analysis to make their communities smarter.  Advanced communications networks can carry data from sensors and remote cameras that monitor the impacts of natural disasters; like storms and wildfires, on facilities, and take preventative measures to mitigate adverse impacts.

This session will:

  • Explain technologies that are rapidly and efficiently modernizing the grid;
  • Review possible investment incentives and targets;
  • Discuss how energy companies, customers, technology providers, and regulators are leading the way to a dynamic and secure energy future. 

Room TBD

B3 

 

 

 

 

NRRI Colloquium

Time TBD • Room TBD

Board of Directors Meeting

3:00–4:00 p.m. • Room TBD

Commissioner Bonus Session

(Commissioners Only)

3:00–4:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Wednesday

Taste of Texas Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

8:30–11:30 a.m. • Room TBD

Concurrent Sessions Section C

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Room TBD

C1 - Ex Parte Communications: the Rules of the Game and Pitfalls to Avoid

 

This session has been submitted for CLE Ethics credits. A separate sign-in form and certificate will be located inside the room if needed.

 

 This panel discussion will highlight various state ex parte statutes and rules, and compare state ex parte requirements or limitations to those at the federal level.  The presenters will provide anecdotal information as to how ex parte problems have arisen in various states.  Additionally, presenters will highlight pitfalls to avoid when practicing before or with a state PUC, including the potential hazards of inadvertent ex parte communications. 

Facilitators

Rosemary Chiavetta, Esq. Secretary, Pennsylvania

Debrea M. Terwilliger, Assistant General Counsel, Nevada

Room TBD

C2: The Dynamic Role of Commissions in Addressing Infrastructure Resilience

The role of state commissions in the discussion about resilience for energy, water, and communications infrastructure is often limited to the scope of their authority in defining, measuring, and regulating resilience. However, commissions play an important role as a convening entity, ensuring utilities and asset owners are working closely with state government partners to maximize their ability to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and rapidly recover from major disruptions. Given new technologies and services as well as evolving threats like cyberattacks, hurricanes and floods, wildfires, and extreme heat, the commission's role in aligning utility regulation and resource planning, energy assurance, and emergency operations is essential to ensuring grid resilience. This panel will explore how commissions can lead productive collaboration among multiple stakeholders to improve resilience at least cost to ratepayers.

 

 

Attendees will

  • Gain an understanding of how commissions approach energy and water resilience
  • Learn about the role of commissions, utilities, and other state entities in resilience planning.
  • Understand how changing technology, threats, and customer demands influence resilience.

Room TBD

C3 

 

 

 

 

Networking Break

10:00–10:15 a.m.

Closing General Session

10:15–11:30 a.m. • Room TBD

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.

Attendees will:

  • Learn what AI and AR are;
  • Learn how AI and AR are transforming the utility industry;
  • Hear about benefits, if any, to consumers;
  • Hear why commissions need to know about this technology as it relates usage by utility companies;
  • Learn about challenges with AI and AR: including workforce, safety, and privacy concerns.

Facilitator: Hon. Willie Phillips, DC

BONUS SESSION
NARUC/DOE Resilience Workshop

1:00–5:00 p.m. • Sequin

Regulating for Resilience

As states, utilities, and other stakeholders seek to reduce the consequences of disruptions to the electric power sector from threats such as severe weather, cyber-attacks, and accidents, the need for regulators to consider how resilience can be properly internalized is coming into sharp focus. States, utilities, municipalities, and customers are increasingly taking steps to improve our communities’ resilience, yet are doing so without the benefit of an established, clear and comprehensive set of planning considerations for grid resilience.

The goal for this facilitated workshop is twofold:

  1. To present and discuss work to date on overcoming critical barriers to development of a structured resilience framework, including:
    1. Developing a concise and accepted definition of resilience as it pertains to the grid
    2. Quantifying resilience in a way that works within various planning frameworks
    3. Balancing resilience benefits against other goals and requirements
    4. Threat-informed vs. threat-agnostic resilience frameworks
  2. To explore commission experience and needs related to important resilience topics, including:
    1. Setting grid resilience objectives
    2. Coordinating roles and responsibilities among policymakers, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders
    3. Understanding the line between resilience investment and “gold plating”
    4. Performance-focused versus technology or program-focused regulation (e.g. resilience performance vs. microgrids)
    5. Strategy implementation considerations

Insights captured during this workshop will inform the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity in addressing commission needs related to electric distribution system resilience.

NARUC Supercritical CO2 Tour at Southwest Research

12:15–3:00 p.m.

Limited to 25 commissioners and commission staff.

There is no fee to attend. Look for an email with details on how to sign up.

Supported through the DOE-NARUC Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Partnership