Committee on Consumer Affairs
Committee on Critical Infrastructure
Committee on Electricity
Committee on Energy Resources and Environment
Committee on Gas
Committee on International Relations
Committee on Telecommunications
Committee on Water
Subcommittee on Education and Research
Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access
Task Force on Transportation
Telecommunications Act Modernization (TeAM)
Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure
Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability
Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Staff Subcommittee on Law
Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design
Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Staff Subcommittee on Gas
This agenda is subject to change.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Location: Flores 1 & 2
|9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||
Presenter: Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations, Gas Technology Institute
|9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.||
NRRI Update & Regional Regulatory Updates
Presentation of the latest research activitiesat NRRI, to be followed by an "open mike" discuscussion of relevant natural gas related news
Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair Staff Subcommitte on Gas
Presenter: Ken Costello, NRRI
|9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.||
Managing Price Volatility in the Competitive Retail Natural Gas Market
Gas retail competition has become a reality in most of the country. Over the past 100 years or so, natural gas customers became accustomed to the “regulated price” provided to them by the gas utility.
Although gas commodity prices are at the lowest they have been in decades, the potential for an uptick, whether seasonal or otherwise, is always likely. Any price fluctuation, particularly an upward move, will affect the consumer, the supplier and ultimately the regulatory commission. It is therefore important , that we all have a good understanding of “what is available out there.”
The panelists will discuss the near-term outlook and expectations for natural gas based on production trends and regional transportation and storage capabilities. It will review the tools used by the respective companies to ensure that their customers are protected, to the extent possible, from the unpredictability of the market.
Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Ron Cerniglia, Director Government & Regulatory Affairs, Direct Energy
Mark Reese, Vice President, U.S. Gas Supply, Just Energy
Bob Anderson, Executive Director, Committee of Chief Risk Officers
|10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.||
U.S. DOE: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces
(Joint session with the Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment)
On September 23, 2016 the US Department of Energy issued a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR) on the Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces.
According to the DOE, the SNOPR responds to comments received on the (9/14/15) NOPR and Notice of Data Availability (NODA) and is making a modified proposal regarding amended energy conservation standards for residential furnaces. The notice, further, requests comment on the SNOPR's proposed standards and associated analyses and results. The DOE will accept comments through November 22, 2016.
This SNOPR has already raised some controversy, and a robust discussion on the merits of the DOE proposal.
The panel will address the availability of technologies, and discuss the level of benefits that can accrue the environment in general and consumers in particular.
Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Elizabeth Noll, Legislative Director, Energy & Transportation, Natural Resources Defense Council
David Weaver, Vice President - Enterprise External Affairs, Southern Company Gas