Summer Policy Summit logo

July 21-24, 2019
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

Agenda

Saturday

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

(Closed 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

 

 

Subcommittee and Staff Subcommittee on Education and Research

12:00-2:50 p.m. • Room 314

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Closed Executive Session

1:00-1:05 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Hon. John (Butch) Howard, Chair, South Carolina

1:05-1:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

1:10-1:20 p.m.

NARUC Domestic Grants and Research Update

Danielle Byrnett, Director

1:20-1:30 p.m.

NRRI Update

Carl Pechman, Executive Director

1:30-1:35 p.m.

ICER and Other Matters

Jack Betkoski, III, Connecticut

1:35-1:55 p.m.

Annual Reports

  • Mark Jamison, Director, Public Utility Research Center, FL
  • Sarah Gott, Financial Research Institute, MU
  • Doug Gegax, Director, Center for Public Utilities, NMSU
  • Lori Sak, Director, WI Public Utility Institute, UW-Madison
1:55-2:10 p.m.

Update on Subcommittee Projects

Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC

  • 2019 Summer Internships (NARUC)
  • New Commissioner Regulatory Orientation
  • Other
2:10-2:20 p.m.

Review of Applications for Support

Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC

  • Applications for Consideration
2:20-2:30 p.m.

Update on Staff Subcommittee Projects

Patti Lucarelli, Chair, Staff Subcommittee, RI

  • Survey on Training Needs
  • Scholarship Report and Awardee Selection
2:30 p.m.

Rate School Report

Cathy Pedemonti, CT, Rate School Coordinator

2:40 p.m.

New Business

 

Executive Committee

(Closed Meeting)

3:00-5:00 p.m. • Room 313

Sunday

Registration Open

8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. • Foyer

Volunteer Training Breakfast

(Invitees Only)

8:00-9:45 a.m. • Room 309 & 310

New Commissioner Forum & Breakfast

(New Commissioners Only)

8:30-9:45 a.m. • Room 314

Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure

(Closed Meeting)

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 5

 

 

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest presents:

Poverty Simulation: What Roles Do and Can Regulators Play?

9:45-11:59 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

This unique event is an activity in which participants have the opportunity to experience some of the challenges facing low-income consumers and other vulnerable populations. Participants will be assigned the role of a "family member" and encounter obstacles as they go about their day trying to pay bills and deal with routine responsibilities. Participants must fully participate in the full two-hour simulation for results to be accurate.

Objectives of this poverty simulation include:

  • Exploring factors impacting consumer decisions related to utility payments
  • Increasing understanding about the numerous challenges and dueling priorities facing low-income consumers and vulnerable populations
  • Identifying specific ways Commissions, utilities, and consumer advocates can collaborate to address these challenges as they relate to the affordability of utilities

Participants must be registered for the Summer Policy Summit and must commit to the full 2-hour session.

Register for the Poverty Simulation

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Participating in the Poverty Simulation

9:45-11:59 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design

Participating in the Poverty Simulation

9:45-11:59 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

Staff Subcommittee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Participating in the Poverty Simulation

9:45-11:59 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

Participating in the Poverty Simulation

9:45-11:59 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

9:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. • Participating in the Poverty Simulation • Grand Ballroom 6

12:30-5:00 p.m. • Participating in the Black Sky Exercise • Grand Ballroom 5

Staff Subcommittee on Water

Participating in the Poverty Simulation

9:45-11:59 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

9:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

9:45-11:59 a.m. • Participating in the Poverty Simulation • Grand Ballroom 6

1:30-2:45 p.m. • Joint with Committee on International Relations • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

3:00-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

 

 

Networking Break

10:15-10:30 a.m. • Foyer

Committee on Critical Infrastructure presents:

Black Sky Exercise

12:30-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 5

Extreme, multi-regional “Black Sky” hazards—from severe weather to rapidly escalating cyber attacks—have the potential to disrupt essential lifeline services that put our Nation’s citizens in peril. Interdependencies of critical infrastructures and their supply chains magnify the disruptive effects. Exceptional levels of cross-sector collaboration are necessary to build resilience to these hazards.

This Black Sky Exercise is intended to introduce participants to the scale and scope of coordination and collaboration required across federal, state, and local governments, relief agencies, and private sector organizations to plan for and recover from large-scale, multi-sector, disruptions. The focus will be on the role of state public utility commissions before, during, and after a Black Sky event.

EIS Council, a world-recognized leader in Black Sky resilience planning, communications, and training, will facilitate discussion and interaction by participants to produce insights and lessons learned.

Participants must be registered for the Summer Policy Summit and must commit to the full 4.5-hour session.

Participants will be placed in teams and notified of pre-work assignments prior to arriving in Indianapolis.

Register for the Black Sky Workshop

 

 

Subcommittee on Clean Coal

1:30-3:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 9 & 10

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Clean Coal

1:30-3:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 9 & 10

 

 

Committee on International Relations

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

 

 

Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

(Closed Meeting)

1:30-3:30 p.m. • Room 313

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

(Closed Meeting)

1:30-3:30 p.m. • Room 313

 

 

NRRI Insights and Updates

1:30-2:45 p.m. • Room 309 & 310

 

 

Networking Break

2:45-3:45 p.m. • Foyer

Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal

(Invitees Only)

3:30-5:00 p.m. • Room 314

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal

(Invitees Only)

3:30-5:00 p.m. • Room 314

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management

(For Commission Staff Only)

3:00-5:00 p.m. • Room 312

 

 

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

3:00-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 9 & 10

 

 

Welcome Reception

(Tickets Required)

5:00-6:30 p.m. • TBD / Griffin / Foyer / Grand Ballroom 5

Monday

OPSI Breakfast Meeting

(Invitees Only)

7:00-8:45 a.m. • Room 309 & 310

Washington Action

(Members Only)

7:30-8:45 a.m. • Room 314

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Foyer

General Session

9:00-10:15 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 5

 

Delivering More than Electrons!

A One-On-One Chat with Lynn Good, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy and Edison Electric Institute Chairman 2018-2019

Networking Break

10:15-10:45 a.m. • Foyer

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

(Joint Meetings)

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. 

Finding Clean Energy Solutions for Low and Moderate Income Communities (Joint with the Committee on Gas, and Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity)

This panel will examine how to protect low and moderate  income (LMI) households from potential adverse consequences of new technologies. No one can benefit from energy savings more than LMI customers, who often pay a much higher portion of their income for energy.  LMI communities and consumers can encounter challenges when trying to access new technologies and examine their true economic benefits. Regulators grapple with the proper role of the regulated utility in serving the LMI community with new and emerging technologies.  In fact, regulators have a long history of striving to ensure underserved communities get fair access to, and are afforded the full benefits of, the energy grid -- regardless of economic wherewithal. This panel will explore best practices and lessons learned in these endeavors to lessen and alleviate the disproportionate impact on the LMI community from new and emerging technologies. The focus is on truly engaging in a dialogue on ways regulators can play a role in better serving this sector.

NOTE:  This is a two part panel discussion, with opportunities weaved throughout for the panelists to showcase/demo true technology case studies and help foster partnerships among all energy sectors engaging with the LMI community.

Moderators:  

Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois

Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri

Panelists:  

Joseph Dominguez, CEO, ComEd

Joe  Hampton, President, Spire

Sandra Mattavous-Frye, Office of the People’s Counsel, Washington, D.C.

Jerrold Oppenheim, President and Founder, Democracy and Regulation

Judith Schwartz, President and Founder, To the Point

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

(Joint Meetings)

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee on Electricity

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

(Trans)Mission Critical? Reconsidering FERC’s Electric Transmission Incentives   

Section 219 of the Federal Power Act requires FERC to establish, by rule, electric transmission rate incentives for the purpose of benefiting customers by ensuring reliability and reducing the cost of delivered power.  On March 21, 2019, FERC opened an inquiry into its existing incentives policy, which was promulgated in 2006 and refined in 2012.   Initial comments are due June 26 and reply comments are due July 25.  Our panelists will discuss FERC’s existing policy and potential improvements, and will address questions raised by FERC on a topic that Chairman Chaterjee has described as “critical to ensuring that the energy revolution we’re currently undergoing results in more reliable services and lower prices for customers.” 

Moderator:

TBD

Speakers:  

Phil Moeller, Executive VP, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affair, EPRI

Suedeen Kelly, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Delia Patterson, General Counsel and SVP of Policy Analysis, APPA

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. TBD
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. TBD
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Beyond Retirements: How Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Can Save Ratepayers Money
 

Among the most important responsibilities of state energy regulators is overseeing long-term energy planning. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) has emerged as a valuable tool to extend the lifespans of fossil fueled generators, cutting CO2 emissions while enabling the continued delivery of affordable and reliable baseload power. However, regulators need accurate information about the costs and benefits of various CCUS retrofits compared to other investments in order to make decisions in ratepayers’ best interest. Exciting developments in carbon capture for gas-fired power, CO2 utilization pathways, pre- and post-combustion applications, and advances in solvent and membrane design are part of a growing set of CCUS options for fossil generation. This panel will draw on the public and private sector experience of CCUS experts to improve state regulators’ familiarity with the growing range of options available for legacy fossil generation beyond retirement and replacement.

Moderator: 

TBD

Speakers: 

Chuck McConnell, Executive Director, Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability, University of Houston

Mike Nasi, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 7 & 8

 

 

Committee on Gas

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

 

 

Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

 

 

Committee on Water

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 9 & 10

 

 

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

1:30-3:45 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

 

 

Networking Break

2:30-2:45 p.m. • Foyer

Networking Break

3:45-4:00 p.m. • Foyer

Commission Staff Power Hour

(Commission Staff/Red Tags Only)

5:15-6:15 p.m. • Griffin Hall

MACRUC Regional Meeting

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Room 310

MARC Regional Meeting

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Room 306

SEARUC Regional Meeting

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Room 304

Western Regional Meeting

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Room 309

Tuesday

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. • Foyer

General Session

9:00-10:15 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 5

 

 

Networking Break

10:15-10:45 a.m. • Foyer

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

(Joint Meetings)

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Room TBD

 

 

Committee on Electricity

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 6

 

 

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 7 & 8

 

 

Committee on Gas

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

 

 

Renewable Natural Gas Working Lab

1:30 - 5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

Under the auspices of the NARUC/DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership (NGIMP), the Committee on Gas will be hosting a Renewable Natural Gas Workshop. The Workshop will explore Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), pipeline-quality gas that is fully interchangeable with conventional or fossil natural gas. This educational Workshop will include an introduction to RNG, how it is made, where it can be used, and the market outlook, case studies of RNG projects, and discussion on different regulatory, policy and technology considerations and approaches necessary when developing RNG projects and transporting RNG to end-use customers. 

This activity is open to all registered NARUC meeting attendees. Contact Kiera Zitelman, NARUC Senior Manager, at kzitelman@naruc.org for more information. 

 

Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

 

 

Committee on Water

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 9 & 10

 

 

Commissioner Emeritus Lunch

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. • Room 314

Commissioner Business Lunch

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 5

Networking Break

2:30-2:45 p.m. • Foyer

Networking Break

3:45-4:00 p.m. • Foyer

Wednesday

NRRI Board of Directors Meeting

(Closed Meeting)

7:30-8:45 a.m. • Room 314

Registration Open

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Foyer

General Session

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 5

 

Taking Turns in the Driver’s Seat:
Who Should Push Toward the Finish Line?

This interactive session will focus on recent diversity trends within the utility industry, discuss how organizations are managing challenges and opportunities for supplier and workforce diversity, and identify best practices and lessons learned from organizations nationwide that have effectively “achieved” diversity among their suppliers and workforce. Panelists will discuss their experience with implementing policies. They will explore what more can be done. Participants will suggest who should take the lead — ‘get out of the pit, into the driver’s seat and onto the track’ — to achieve the inclusive and diverse future that we all see ahead of us.

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi Olivia, Illinois

Participants:

Paula Glover, CEO, American Association of Blacks In Energy

Anne Pramaggiore, CEO, Exelon Utilities

Susan Story, CEO, American Water

 

 

Board of Directors Meeting

11:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 3 & 4