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.

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Sunday

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom Central

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Retail Gas Market Overview 

Over 20 years ago, competition was introduced in the retail natural gas market.  With the exception of 2, retail competition is part of "standard operations" for all states.  Most regulators are familiar with electricity marketing.  Just Energy will provide a detailed description of how natural gas is marketed from commodity acquisition to forecasting, nominating and delivering the commodity.

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Mark Reese, U.S. Natural Gas Supply, Just Energy

2:20 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Energy Information Administration -- The New England Toolbox

On January 23, 2019, the US Energy Information Administration released a new product to provide information on natural gas, electricity and petroleum consumption in the Northeast.  
Although at this time, EIA does not have firm plans to develop other regional dashboards, this is a topic likely to be considered seriously in the future. 
The presentation will highlight the benefits of the tool and how it can be used to assist regulators and market participants better understand the markets. 

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Barbara Mariner-Volpe, U.S. Energy Information Administration

2:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

The Value of Natural Gas Infrastructure

The presentation will focus on the value of natural gas infrastructure and its ability to provide unparalleled amounts of energy storage and delivery as well as reliability for homes, businesses and critical infrastructure.

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Daniel LeFevers, Director, State & Consumer Programs, Gas Technology Institute

3:15 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

Natural Gas LDCs: Impediments to Infrastructure Expansion or Repair 

Accelerated Infrastructure programs are in place to help utilities become more efficient in the delivery of natural gas and consumers to benefit from this efficient delivery.  When municipalities face revenue shortages, there is concern that they may use their power to extract additional benefits from the LDCs.  The presentation will discuss the experience of one gas utility that operates in several states and how the utility ensures that its customers are not burdened with unnecessary costs.  
 

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Mike Cassel, Director, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs at Florida Public Utilities Company

4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

 

Representatives from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy will offer a preliminary look of the  BCSE-BNEF 2019 edition of the "Sustainable Energy in America Factbook."  The Factbook, produced annually, for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

Facilitator: Lisa Gorsuch, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Public Utility Commission of Oregon

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