Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019 • Renaissance Washington Hotel • Washington, D.C.

Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019
Renaissance Washington Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Monday

OPSI Breakfast Meeting

(Invitees Only)

7:00-8:45 a.m • Congressional Ballroom

Winter Wake-Up Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m. • Foyer

Winter Wake-up Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal bar, seasonal sliced fruit, breakfast breads, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, decaf and tea.

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Foyer

General Session

9:00-10:15 a.m. • Ballroom Central

 

Welcome Remarks: Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

EPA Update: Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

Data and Analysis Initiatives: Dr. Linda Capuano, Administrator, US Energy Information Administration

The Journey to Self-Reliance and the Challenges of the Twenty First Century:  Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, US Agency for International Development

Networking Break

10:15-10:45 a.m. • Foyer

Committee on Electricity

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom North

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Real World, Real Progress, Real Challenges: Evolving to Align Electricity Planning Approaches

(Joint Session with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment) 

The NARUC-NASEO Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning will soon begin exploring opportunities for better alignment and integration of distribution and resource planning from a regulatory and policy perspective. To ensure this effort is as useful as possible, it will be grounded in newly emerging innovations in aligning planning practices across the country. This session will explore new ideas and initial approaches. Speakers will highlight their visions for more holistic planning and highlight concrete activities occurring in key states. Additionally, Task Force co-chairs Jeffrey Ackermann and Beth Trombold will announce the roster of states participating in the Task Force over the next two years.

Moderators:

Hon. Jeffrey Ackermann, Colorado

Hon. Beth Trombold, Ohio

Panelists:

Hon. Sally Talberg, Michigan

Colton Ching, Senior VP, Planning & Technology, Hawaiian Electric

Anda Ray, Senior VP, Energy, Environment, and External Relations, EPRI

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Incrementalism is the Name of the Game: The Future of Power Markets in the West

State commissions in the West continue to grapple with understanding the costs, benefits, and other implications of regional grid integration in the Western Interconnection. To date, three RTOs have vied for a leading role in integrating the 38 utility balancing areas into one or more regional transmission systems. In the meantime, the Western Energy Imbalance Market (“EIM”) – a multi-state real-time market – continues to grow, realizing over $500 million in gross benefits since 2014. With the proven success of the EIM, utilities and stakeholders are now considering the potential for even greater benefits by adding day-ahead market services to the EIM footprint – the “EDAM”. This panel discussion will serve as a deep dive on EDAM, including what it is and what it isn’t, and how best to design a market that’s “not quite” an RTO. The panel will further discuss EDAM within the context of the unique features and needs of the Western Interconnection, including the range of different utility business models, the transmission topology (including existing transmission contracts), contrasting public policies, and diverse resource mixes.

Moderator:

Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington 

Panelists:

Hon. Kristine Raper, Idaho

David Mills, Senior VP, Policy and Energy Supply, Puget Sound Energy

Jennifer Gardner, Senior Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates

Travis Kavulla, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, R Street, and Member, Western EIM Governing Body 

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The Missing Piece? A Discussion of the Role of Nuclear Energy in Climate Change Mitigation.

(Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal)

Carbon emissions are the factor that links energy policy and climate change policy together. Issues around existing generation, investments in new generation, and how to properly value carbon emissions in energy prices are playing into policy discussions both at state and national levels. This panel will examine how nuclear energy fits into the conversation on climate change, the potential roles nuclear energy can play in carbon emission mitigation, and some of the costs and benefits of supporting existing nuclear plants and investing in new nuclear generation for the purpose of producing zero carbon electricity.

Moderator:

Hon. Anthony O'Donnell, Maryland

Panelists:  

John Parsons, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachussetts Institute of Technology

Steve Clemmer, Director of Energy Research & Analysis, Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists 

Doug Vine, Senior Energy Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

 

4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. General Session: Ballroom Central

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom North/Congressional Ballroom/Ballroom South

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Ballroom North

Real World, Real Progress, Real Challenges: Evolving to Align Electricity Planning Approaches

Comprehensive Electricity Planning (Joint with Committee on Electricity)

The NARUC-NASEO Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning will soon begin exploring opportunities for better alignment and integration of distribution and resource planning from a regulatory and policy perspective. To ensure this effort is as useful as possible, it will be grounded in newly emerging innovations in aligning planning practices across the country. This session will explore new ideas and initial approaches. Speakers will highlight their visions for more holistic planning and highlight concrete activities occurring in key states. Additionally, Task Force co-chair Jeffrey Ackermann and co-vice-chair Beth Trombold will announce the roster of states participating in the Task Force over the next two years

Co-Moderators: 

Hon. Jeff Ackermann, Colorado

Hon. Beth Trombold, Ohio

Panelists: 

Hon. Sally Talberg, Michigan

Colton Ching, Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology, Hawaiian Electric

Anda Ray, Senior Vice President, External Relations & Technical Resources, Electric Power Research Institute

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Congressional Ballroom

Renewable Natural Gas - A Straight "Trash" Talk That Helps Regulators and Stakeholders "Digest" This expanding Market (Joint with Committee on Gas)

This panel of experts involved in the renewable natural gas (RNG) markets will share exciting cutting edge RNG case studies and what is needed for successful biomethane development and how it may fit in the state regulatory space.  Issues examined will include the growing voluntary market for RNG purchases explored by utilities, interested businesses and other advocacy groups. The panel’s goal is to provide a thorough discussion on high-value end-use markets for renewable natural gas, and the role states and utilities can play in advancing RNG, including the latest renewable natural gas technologies, as well as regulatory and legislative solutions to developing more renewable natural gas projects.

Co-Moderators:

Hon. Katie Sieben, Minnesota, Hon. Richard Lozier Jr., Iowa

Panelists: 

Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, M-RETS

Ryan Childress, Manager, New Business Development Dominion Energy

Sheri Givens, Vice President, US Regulatory & Customer Strategy, National Grid

Paul Niznik, Senior Consultant at Argus Consulting Services

2:45 p.m. - 3: 45 p.m.

Ballroom South

ERE Business Meeting

Presentation: NASEO - NARUC's Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Initiative

In this brief session, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and NARUC staff will discuss the goals and engagement opportunities of the newly forming NASEO-NARUC Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Working Group. NASEO and NARUC are working with the U.S. Department of Energy to advance analysis, options, and pilots that address the role of buildings in delivering energy efficiency, demand reduction, and electricity supplies in ways that help to optimize grid performance and reliability

Presenters:

David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Danielle Sass Byrnett, Director, Center for Partnerships & Innovation, NARUC

Rodney Sobin, Senior Program Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Update: Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

Presenter: 

Ruth McCormick, Director, Federal and State Affairs, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Resolutions

Mary Kilmarx Award

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Session: Ballroom Central

Committee on Gas

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

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Pipeline Safety –Emerging Issues for 2019 and beyond (Joint Session with Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest, Subcommittee for Pipeline Safety and Washington Action)

 

Engaging discussion on federal and state regulatory issues impacting and affecting pipeline safety. Such topics may include, among others, updates on Safety Management Systems, upcoming pipeline reauthorization planning, cybersecurity issues, operator qualifications, pending PHMSA regulations, workforce development, over pressurization and other timely issues.

Moderators: Hon. Norm Saari, Michigan, Hon. Kara Brighton Fornstrom (Wyoming)

Panelists:

  1. Corey Capasso, CEO, Urbint 
  2. Lori Traweek, COO, American Gas Association 
  3. Susan A. Olenchuk, Partner, Van Ness Feldman 
  4. PHMSA Leadership (invited)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Renewable Natural Gas--A Straight “Trash” Talk that helps regulators and stakeholders “Digest” this expanding market (Joint session with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

This panel of experts involved in the renewable natural gas (RNG) markets will share exciting cutting edge RNG case studies and what is needed for successful biomethane development and how it may fit in the state regulatory space.   Issues examined will include the growing voluntary market for RNG purchases explored by utilities, interested businesses and other advocacy groups. The panel’s goal is to provide a thorough discussion on high-value end-use markets for renewable natural gas, and the role states and utilities can play in advancing RNG, including the latest renewable natural gas technologies, as well as regulatory and legislative solutions to developing more renewable natural gas projects.

Moderators: Hon. Katie Sieben, Minnesota, Hon. Richard Lozier, Jr., Iowa

Panelists:

  1. Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, M-RETS
  2. Ryan Childress, Manager, New Business Development Dominion Energy
  3. Sheri Givens, Vice President, US Regulatory & Customer Strategy, National Grid
  4. Paul Niznik, Senior Consultant at Argus Consulting Services
  5. Harrison Clay, President of Clean Energy Renewables 
2:40 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

CEO Deep Dive Panel--From Rhetoric to Grid Reliability, Resilience and Market Infrastructure Realities (Joint Session with the Committee on International Relations) 

A deep dive with key leaders in the energy markets discussing how they and their entities are responding to the current market realities and planning for future transformations.  It will be an engaging and interactive dialogue to help inform regulators and other stakeholders.

Introductory Remarks by Asia Edge Senior Official Representative on its Gas Initiatives to enhance development and growth

Moderators: Hon. Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin, Hon. Lawrence Friedeman, Ohio

Panelists:

  1. Paula Gant, Principal, Curiosus Energy
  2. Scott Prochazka, President and CEO, CenterPoint Energy 
  3. David Velasquez, President & CEO for Pepco Holdings 
  4. Alan Armstrong, President & CEO of Williams Companies, Inc. and Transportation Infrastructure Study Chair of National Petroleum Council 
  5. Orlando Alvarez, President and CEO, BP Energy Company 
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Session: Ballroom Central

Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Renaissance East

10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. 

SOMOS – TRANSITION OF THE NANPA AND PA Role

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded Somos, Inc., the leading provider of neutral Toll-Free numbering and registry administration services for the telecommunications industry, the contracts to serve as the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) and Pooling Administrator (PA) including the Routing Number Administrator (RNA).   SOMOS leadership will provide an overview of the completed transition plan for the NANPA and PA, as well as identify key information sources and contacts for NARUC members regarding NANPA, PA, and Toll-Free numbering administration.

Moderator:  Catherine Palcic, Manager, Strategic Industry Relations & Public Policy, SOMOS

Panelists:

John Manning, Sr. Director, Number Administration, SOMOS

Kim Miller, Senior Corporate Counsel, SOMOS

Mary Retka, Vice President, Industry Relations & Public Policy, SOMOS

Beth Sprague, Director, NANPA

Florence Weber, Director of Pooling Administration, SOMOS

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. 

The Latest From Wall Street

Research and Investment experts share their insight on the Telecom Industry today, as seen by the markets.

Moderator:  Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho

Panelists:

Frank Louthan, Managing Director, Telecom Equity Research, Raymond James

Jennifer Fritzche, Managing Director (Equities), Wells Fargo

David Herbert, Managing Director (Fixed Income), Wells Fargo

2:30 p.m - 2:45 p.m Networking Break
2:45 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. 

Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) Effort

Joint with the Committee on Critical Infrastructure

The capability for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) authorities to safely, securely, and effectively control and coordinate the access of key response and recovery resources into an affected area during an emergency has been identified as a critical success factor in enabling overall community recovery. The management of access is particularly important during incidents that require significant population evacuations to ensure the coordination of public or private sector response and recovery assets, restoration of critical infrastructure and essential public services, and a safe and orderly return of community members to an affected area. To assist with the access and re-entry issue, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed the Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) Framework to support state and local efforts to enable the successful transit and access of critical response and recovery resources before, during, and after emergencies, regardless of incident size.

Moderator:  Hon. Johann Clendenin, USVI

Presenter: George Renteria, (Acting) Chief Emergency Services Section, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency,  US Dep't of Homeland Security

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Session - Ballroom Central

Committee on Water

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Renaissance West A

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 

Cybersecurity:  Compliant or Complacent?

This discussion will review and detail the new and resilient approaches to adding security, identity and more highly secure devices to currently installed water grid infrastructure such as  Supervisory and Control Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control (ICS) Systems for water grids while adding new more secure devices, to the network.   Due to our nation’s aging infrastructure and legacy systems, the best solution may be for firms to segment and segregate their monitoring, communication and control networks using an identity-based approach to control network communications.

Moderator:     Hon. Michael A. Caron, Connecticut    

Panelists:        Whitney Kellett, Aqua America

                        Michael Murray, BlackRidge Technology

                        Nick Santillo, American Water

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Consumption Tracking, Predictive Modeling, Trust in Digital Water Monitoring & Management Systems
 

Just what is blockchain?  Learn how utilization of its analytics can model water table depletion, changing aquifers and flood-predictive modeling.  Are you prepared for that worst case scenario?

Moderator:     Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois

Panelists:        Joe Fillingham, Science Lead, Wellntel         

             Chris Rezendes, Spherical Analytics

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:  What have you done to my CIAC?  (Contribution in Aid of Construction)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed on December 22, 2017, and took effect on January 1, 2018.  While a majority of the headlines focused on the decrease in corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, that wasn’t the entire story.  The passage of the TCJA had significant additional implications, notably the change in taxability of Contributions and Advances for the water and wastewater utilities.  Its impacts will be illustrated and discussed.

Moderator:     Hon. Brad Johnson, Montana

Panelists:       James Jenkins, American Water

                        Richard Sobolewski, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

                        David Spacht, Artesian Water

 

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

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

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Congressional Ballroom

Pipeline Safety –Emerging Issues for 2019 and Beyond

(joint with Committee on Gas, Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety [and Staff Subcommittee], and Washington Action)

Engaging discussion on federal and state regulatory issues impacting and affecting pipeline safety. Such topics may include, among others, updates on Safety Management Systems, upcoming pipeline reauthorization planning, cybersecurity issues, operator qualifications, pending PHMSA regulations, workforce development, over pressurization and other timely issues.

Moderators: Hon. Norm Saari, Michigan  

                      Hon. Kara Brighton Fornstrom, Wyoming

Panelists:

Susan A. Olenchuk, Partner, Van Ness Feldman 

Lori Traweek, COO, American Gas Association

PHMSA Representative TBA

Urbint Representative TBA

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

10:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. • Renaissance West A / Renaissance East

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Renaissance West A

Cybersecurity:  Compliant or Complacent?

Joint with Committee on Water

This discussion will review and detail the new and resilient approaches to adding security, identity and more highly secure devices to currently installed water grid infrastructure such as  Supervisory and Control Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control (ICS) Systems for water grids while adding new more secure devices, to the network.   Due to our nation’s aging infrastructure and legacy systems, the best solution may be for firms to segment and segregate their monitoring, communication and control networks using an identity-based approach to control network communications.

Moderator:     Hon. Michael A. Caron, Connecticut    

Panelists:        Whitney Kellett, Aqua America

                        Michael Murray, BlackRidge Technology

                        Nick Santillo, American Water

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Renaissance East

Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) Effort

Joint with the Committee on Telecommunications

The capability for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) authorities to safely, securely, and effectively control and coordinate the access of key response and recovery resources into an affected area during an emergency has been identified as a critical success factor in enabling overall community recovery. The management of access is particularly important during incidents that require significant population evacuations to ensure the coordination of public or private sector response and recovery assets, restoration of critical infrastructure and essential public services, and a safe and orderly return of community members to an affected area. To assist with the access and re-entry issue, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed the Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) Framework to support state and local efforts to enable the successful transit and access of critical response and recovery resources before, during, and after emergencies, regardless of incident size.

Moderator:  TBD

Presenter: George Renteria, (Acting) Chief Emergency Services Section, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency,  US Dep't of Homeland Security

Staff Subcommittee on Law

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 11

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Subcommittee on Law will conduct a working meeting regarding the National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys, as well as discuss other timely legal topics related to public utilities.

 

(For Government Attorneys or Subcommittee Alumni Only)

Chairs Meeting and Luncheon

(Invitees Only)

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. • Renaissance West B

Networking Break

2:30-2:45 p.m. • Foyer

Committee on International Relations

2:40-4:00 p.m. • Congressional

2:40-4:00 p.m

CEO Deep Dive Panel--From Rhetoric to Grid Reliability, Resilience and Market Infrastructure Realities (Joint Session with the Committee on Gas) 

A deep dive with key leaders in the energy markets discussing how they and their entities are responding to the current market realities and planning for future transformations.  It will be an engaging and interactive dialogue to help inform regulators and other stakeholders.

Introductory Remarks by Asia Edge Senior Official Representative on its Gas Initiatives to enhance development and growth

Moderators: Hon. Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin, Hon. Lawrence Friedeman, Ohio

Panelists:

  1. Paula Gant, Principal, Curiosus Energy
  2. Scott Prochazka, President and CEO, CenterPoint
  3. David Valesquez, President & CEO for Pepco Holdings 
  4. Alan Armstrong, President & CEO of Williams Companies, Inc. and Transportation Infrastructure Study Chair of National Petroleum Council 
  5. Orlando Alvarez, President and CEO, BP Energy Company 

 

Networking Break

3:45-4:00 p.m. • Foyer

General Session

4:00-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom Central

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

General Session: Creating Smart Communities

Smart communities leverage shared infrastructure, data and new technology to help drive efficiencies, improve sustainability, spur economic development, and enhance the quality of life for their citizens. As the interest in smart connected communities continues to grow, the integration of advanced technologies and common communication platforms will create new opportunities for collaboration among utilities, state regulators, community leaders, technology companies, universities and the general public to achieve these goals. Funding and cost recovery for projects in multi-jurisdictional environments, mixing ratepayer funds and taxpayer funds, will not be without challenges for both regulated and commercial entities, but in the end the benefits of a smart community will be worth the effort. This session will explore the value of smart communities and the need for collaboration among multiple entities, regulated and unregulated. Attendees will learn how successful smart communities can achieve their goals, the role of regulation, explore ideas on how smart communities can structure financing, and how to collaborate to turn plans and technology into action.

Facilitator: Hon. Nick Wagner, NARUC President, Iowa

Participants:

  • Dan Ford, Managing Director – North American Power and Utilities Equity Research
  • Susan N. Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association
  • Anne Pramaggiore, Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of Exelon Utilities, Exelon Corporation
  • Philip Mezey, President and Chief Executive Officer, ITRON

 

Commission Staff Power Hour

(Commission Staff Only)

5:15-6:15 p.m. • Renaissance West B

MACRUC

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 3

NECPUC

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 9

MARC

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 10

SEARUC

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 4

Western

(Invitees Only)

5:15-6:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 2