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.

Sunday

Registration Open

8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. • Foyer

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.

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. • Renaissance East

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

The 1996 Telecom Act is 23 Years Old – Is it Time for a New One?

23 years after the 1996 Telecom Act passed, where are we?  Has the Act outlived its usefulness?  Do we need a revision, an update, or something totally new?  This panel will discuss the legacy of the current Act and explore the key questions facing consumers, carriers, and commissions in 2019: How do we advance competition?  How can we advance broadband deployment and adoption?  Do we need a new universal service charter that will ensure that broadband deployment continues to be equitable across the country?  How do we make sure that consumers continue to receive the benefits of universal service, particularly in areas where federal funds have been used to advance or sustain deployment?

Moderator:  Sherry Lichtenberg, NRRI 

Panelists:

Hon. Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner & Chairperson Emeritus

Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy & Benton Senior Fellow

Rick Cimerman, Vice President, External & State Affairs, NCTA

Russ Hanser, Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lifeline Assistance: What Exactly does Modernization Mean?

For decades, the federal Lifeline Assistance program has offered a lifeline to qualifying low-income consumers to ensure they have basic phone service to connect to job opportunities, community emergency and health services, as well as family and friends.  As the program expanded to include wireless phones, public utility commissions across the country found renewed consumer interest in Lifeline.  Now, the program is being modernized to include broadband and streamline eligibility and recertification processes. Learn what modernization means for carriers, commissions, and most importantly, consumers.

Moderator: Phil Boyle, Consumer Services Manager, Oregon PUC

Panelists:

Michelle Garber, Vice President of Lifeline, USAC

Ryan B. Palmer, Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on Own

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

Telecom Service Quality & the Customer Experience

Over the decades new technologies, services, evolving markets and legislative and regulatory frameworks have influenced service quality and the customer experience in complicated ways. What channels do consumers have today to voice their telecom service concerns and is it working for them?  The panel participants will provide insight  and discuss various paths and approaches for identifying and addressing consumer concerns and share their ideas for how the states can help improve the customer experience.

Moderator:  Lynn Notarianni, Colorado 

Panelists: 

Cynthia Walker, Communications Division Director, California PUC

Micah Caldwell, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

Michael Saperstein, Vice President, USTelecom

Bruce Kusnick, New Networks Institute

 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Final Resolutions and Disposition

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Ballroom South

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Empowering Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in the Utility Industry

To Drive Awareness, Action & Accountability

The Utility Industry has a call-to-action to implement diversity initiatives that evolves the industry to a more inclusive and socially responsible sector among all segments including consumer engagement, supplier procurement, and corporate culture.  Studies prove that communities and businesses prosper when such values are incorporated. Therefore, for such change to take place, we must understand the available methods and tools available to connect with minority groups, define and track goals, and deliver measurable results.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Business Meeting

9:15 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Session 1: Learn How the Department of Energy Optimizes Opportunities for Diversity & Inclusion Throughout the Country.

 

In addition to ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy and environmental challenges through transformative solutions, the Department of Energy (DOE) is also charged with availing diverse communities throughout the United States with awareness and access to opportunities in the energy sector.  This session will highlight the solutions the DOE is implementing to ensure that minorities are represented and afforded participation in the critical aspects of the industry.

 

Moderator:

Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois

Panelist:

Hon. James E. Campos, Director of Economic Impact & Diversity, Department of Energy

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Session 2: A Deep Dive on Supplier & Workforce Diversity: How Diversity Councils and Supplier Diversity Directors Lead the Way.

 

This session will focus on diversity councils’ and energy companies’ commitment to increase knowledge of and access to energy sector opportunities across diverse communities throughout the United States. Speakers from Exelon, NUDC, and the IUBDC will discuss the impact that legislative energy policies, regulations, and programs have on minority communities, minority institutions, and specific segments of the US populations; and the need to ensure that minorities are represented and afforded opportunities to participate in the important aspects of the energy sector.  Speakers will discuss how they bring awareness to the important issue of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, what needs to be done to address this issue, and how to get it done.

 

Moderator:

Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois

Panelists:

Bruce Hauk, Chairman of IUBDC, President of IL American Water

Keisha Parker, Director of Supplier Diversity, Exelon

Laurie Dowling, Executive Director, NUDC

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3: From Military Force to Workforce: How America’s Finest are Fit for Professional Services

 

Leadership ability, strong communication and work ethic are among the several skills that veterans develop during their time serving in the military. What many don’t realize is how seamlessly veterans’ skills translate beyond the service industry to the professional services sector. This panel will discuss veteran recruitment in the energy industry and what we as an industry can do to foster professional service opportunities in the professional services sector.

 

Moderator:

Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois

Panelists:

Hon. Angela Weber, Executive Director, MISO

Mark Whitt, Managing Partner, Whitt Sturtevant

Kateri Riley, Associate, Drexel Hamilton

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session 4: What’s Next for Supplier & Workforce Diversity

 

To move the needle on diversity and inclusion in the Utility arena, leaders including Commissioners, Chief Officers, Community Advocates, and Legislators must take protective steps to develop a go-forward plan with the necessary factors and next steps to avail change now.  This session will brief attendance at a recent policy forum in Minnesota, hosted by Hispanics In Energy, that brought together Utility leaders to address the gap between minorities and policy, programs, and leadership in the State.

 

Moderator:

Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois

Panelist:

Jose Perez, Chairman & CEO, Hispanics in Energy 

Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Meeting Room 5/ Ballroom North

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Meeting Room 5

Sharpening Your 2020 Vision for Community-Based Clean Energy

Community solar is already expanding rapidly in dozens of states, with 19 states and the District of Columbia already taking legislative or regulatory actions, or both, to establish programing basics. Plus, there are an additional 23 states where one or more utility-sponsored programs is active. Surveys by the Smart Electric Power Alliance identified 171 active utility programs at the end of 2016 and 229 at the end of 2017. GTM Research shows community solar growing rapidly, and estimates the community solar market potential is as large as 60 to 80 gigawatts by 2030, with cumulative capitalization in the range of $100 billion. Plus, there is growing interest about how to extend the benefits of community solar to also apply to community storage or even more generally to any kinds of community clean energy. Come to this panel to share lessons learned to date and get visions of what is on the horizon. 

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Sean Gallagher, Vice President for State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association

Brandon Smithwood, Policy Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access

Medha Surampudy, Director of Community Solar Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Ballroom North

The Latest in Rate Design Innovations

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design)

This panel will discuss new developments and ideas in rate design such as demand centric time of use (TOU) rates and dynamic locational rates as well as designs analogous to Netflix and Amazon-like subscription rates. Hear from experts as they discuss customer preferences, lessons learned, and how new technology interfaces with different rate designs.

Moderator:

Robert Stump, Executive Director, Arizona Energy Policy Group

Panelists:

Lon Huber, Navigant, Director

Alana Lemarchand, Partner & Principal, Demand Side Analytics

Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company

Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Ballroom North

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Green Tariffs:  How to satisfy customer and utility needs?

Utilities across the country have begun offering renewable energy programs, often called green tariffs, to their larger commercial and industrial customers and even to universities and local governments. These programs allow customers to meet their sustainability and renewable energy goals—but some programs have worked better than others. This panel will share lessons learned and best practices, and discuss the extensive considerations of the utility when designing a program for commission approval as well the perspective of the customer in deciding whether to participate.

Moderator:   

Jamie Barber, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Manager, Georgia

Panelists:      

Caitlin Marquis, Manager, Federal and State Policy, Advanced Energy Buyer's Group

Greg Tillman, Senior Manager, Energy Regulatory Analysis, Walmart

Pete Neetles, Renewable Energy Manager, Georgia Power Company

Jon Piliaris, Director Regulatory Affairs, Puget Sound Energy

 

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Joint Panel with Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

The Latest in Rate Design Innovations

This panel will discuss new developments and ideas in rate design such as demand centric time of use (TOU) rates and dynamic locational rates as well as designs analogous to Netflix and Amazon-like subscription rates. Hear from experts as they discuss customer preferences, lessons learned, and how new technology interfaces with different rate designs. 

Moderator:

Robert Stump, Executive Director, Arizona Energy Policy Group

Panelists:

Lon Huber, Navigant, Director

Alana Lemarchand, Partner & Principal, Demand Side Analytics

Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company

 

Staff Subcommittee on Consumers and the Public Interest

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Renaissance West A / Renaissance East

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Renaissance West A

Closed Session

10:15-10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 - 12:00 p.m.

Renaissance East 

Lifeline Assistance: What Exactly does Modernization Mean?

For decades, the federal Lifeline Assistance program has offered a lifeline to qualifying low-income consumers to ensure they have basic phone service to connect to job opportunities, community emergency and health services, as well as family and friends.  As the program expanded to include wireless phones, public utility commissions across the country found renewed consumer interest in Lifeline.  Now, the program is being modernized to include broadband and streamline eligibility and recertification processes. Learn what modernization means for carriers, commissions, and most importantly, consumers.

Moderator: Phil Boyle, Consumer Services Manager, Oregon PUC

Panelists:

Michelle Garber, Vice President of Lifeline, USAC

Ryan B. Palmer, Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC

 

 

Washington Action

9:30-11:30 a.m. • Meeting Room 4

Closed Meeting

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Meeting Room 16

 

 

Networking Break

10:15-10:30 a.m. • Foyer

New Commissioner Forum and Luncheon

(New Commissioners Only)

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 12-14

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom South

1:30-2:00 p.m.

This session will provide committee members insight into the newly created Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response within DOE - its duties and responsibilities.

Speaker:

Hon. Karen Evans, Assistant Secretary

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Partner Update

Panelist:

Kate Marks, DOE

Joe McClellan and David Andrejcak, FERC

Mike Howard, CEO, EPRI

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Discussion on the Crisis Event Response and Recovery (CERRA) Framework

Speaker:

George Remteria, DHS,

3:00-3:10 PM

Networking Break

3:10-3:50 p.m.

Research on the survey of state commission works and regulatory issues on ensuring resiliance and cybersecurity inversments.

Speaker:

Mark James, Professor Vermont Law School

3:50-4:20 p.m.

Discussion on micro grids and resiliance with a look toward military facilities on nearby communities

Speaker:

Michael McGhee, Office of Army Energy Initative

4:20-5:00 p.m.

Business session:

Consideration of Resolution, Legislative Update and Critical Infrastructure Committee Update

Speakers:

David Alexander,

Lynn Costantini,

Matt Acho,

Brad Ramsay

Committee on International Relations

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Congressional Ballroom

1:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes

Hon. David Danner  – Chair, IRC – Washington UTC

Report on NARUC International Activities

Erin Hammel – Director, International Department, NARUC

1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

North American Energy Integration: A view from Capitol Hill

Last year, the Government Accountability Office – the investigative arm of Congress – was asked to review the role of US government agencies in supporting the integration of North American energy markets and their associated infrastructure. A report produced by the GAO in August examined how the United States, Canada and Mexico cooperate in the energy sector and how US agencies facilitate that cooperation, and compiled ideas for expanding energy integration. In this panel, the author of the report will present its findings. Energy regulators from Canada and Mexico will respond.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner  Chair, IRC – Washington UTC

Panelists:  Kimberly Gianopoulos - Director, International Affairs and Trade, US Government Accountability Office

Hon. David Morton - Chair, International Relations, CAMPUT; Chair, British Columbia UC

Mexico Commission on Energy Regulation representative (invited)

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

Power Markets in Central America

Dr. Belt and Ms. Alvarado de Córdoba will present the results of their work on Central American power markets, in which they studied power sector reforms in the region and measures to improve the functioning of the markets. They will discuss the applicability of their work to other developing regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Dr. Belt will also discuss his paper on power sector reforms in Haiti, which earned a the 2018 ICER Distinguished Scholar Award in the category of Impact on Development Countries from The International Confederation of Energy Regulators.

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi Oliva  – Illinois CC

Panelists: Juan A.B. Belt – Senior Associate (non-resident),           Center for   Strategic and International Studies

Silvia Alvarado de Córdoba – Independent consultant

USAID representative (invited)

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

US Energy Association Update

Much in the way that NARUC works with international energy regulators, the US Energy association focuses on assisting utilities, market operators and other energy sector entities in developing countries. In recent years, there has been increased interaction and cooperation NARUC and USEA. Two of USEA’s managers will present a brief overview of some of their organization’s recent work.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner Chair, IRC – Washington UTC

Panelists:  Elliot Roseman – USEA

Will Polen – USEA

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Energy Reform in Germany: Progress or Stagnation?   

Recent analyses of the energy sector reforms in Germany – the “Energiewende” – have taken vastly different views of its progress. One school of thought is that the reforms have essentially stalled and will need a major push to resume forward motion. Other analysts take a more positive view, pointing to steady progress. In this panel discussion, a scholar and a representative of the German government will offer their perspectives.

Moderator: Andrew MelnykovychChair, Staff Subcommittee on        International Relations – Kentucky PSC

Panelists: Jens Acker – Counselor, Energy and Climate Policy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Jonas Nahm – School of Advanced International Studies,    Johns Hopkins University

   

 

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

1:30- 5:00 p.m. • Renaissance West A / Ballroom North

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Renaissance West A

Business Meeting

2:30-4:00 p.m. Networking Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Ballroom North

Consumers and Catastrophes: A Guide on Preparation and Recovery

When disasters threaten, consumers need information on what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.  The CPI Committee, with support from NARUC’s Executive Board, is bridging the information gap that often occurs during disasters.  Their just released (hot off the website!), Consumers & Catastrophes Guide, is a consumer resource on how to prepare and recover from disasters!  This interactive, audience included, roundtable discussion will cover the Guide’s need and purpose. Hear how utilities, commissions, consumer advocates, and local governments are ensuring that--be it a volcano eruption or a hurricane--consumers will know how to work with their utilities in preparation and restoration. 

Moderators: Hon. Maida Colman, Missouri, and Hon. Odogwu Obi Linton, Maryland

Panelists:

Hon. Larry Friedeman, Ohio

J.R. Kelly, Public Council, Florida Office of Public Counsel

Northwest Natural Gas representative 

Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30 -3:30 p.m. • Meeting Room 5

 

Closed Meeting

Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

1:30- 3:45 p.m. • Ballroom North

1:30- 3:45 p.m

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

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

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Water

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 4

3:00 - 5:00 p.m

Agenda coming

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 5

1:30-5:00 p.m

Closed Meeting

Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

1:30-3:45 p.m. • Ballroom North

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

Public Purpose Microgrids

(Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability) 

Public purpose microgrids are often neglected from policy conversations.  Yet, if properly structured and planned, some microgrids can support critical services like fire and police stations, hospitals, and other essential infrastructure and businesses during emergency situations. Despite their benefits, public purpose microgrids face challenges associated with their costs and potential reliability and safety concerns associated with their interconnection.  Facilitating the use of public microgrids will require consideration of interconnection rules and standards and cost recovery, including the potential for using alternative cost recovery and regulatory models.

Moderator: 

Ryan Laruwe, Michigan Staff 

Panelists: 

Lon Huber, Director, Energy, Navigant

Shay Bahramirad, Vice President, Engineering and Smart Grid, ComEd

Jason Allnutt, Conformity Assessment Program Specialist, IEEE

 

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

FERC Order 841 Update

In February 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in the capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). FERC indicated that its order will enhance competition and promote greater efficiency in the nation’s electric wholesale markets, and will help support the resilience of the bulk power system.  On December 3, 2018, the ISOs and RTOs filed their compliance filings.  Responding parties have until February 7, 2019 to file comments.  This panel will provide an overview of each of the compliance filings, the commenter filings/reactions, as well as next steps.

Moderator: 

Kimberly Duffley, North Carolina Staff 

Panelists: 

Jason Burwen, Vice President, Policy, Energy Storage Association

Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advanced Energy Economy

Randolph Elliott, Senior Director, Regulatory Counsel, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Jennifer Murphy, Director of Energy Policy and Senior Counsel, NARUC

Denise Foster, Vice President, State and Member Services, PJM 

 

Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal

Closed Meeting

2:00-3:30 p.m. • Meeting Room 2

2:00-3:30 p.m

Closed Meeting

Staff Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal

Closed Meeting

2:00-3:30 p.m. • Meeting Room 2

2:00-3:30 p.m

Closed Meeting

Networking Break

2:30 p.m. • Foyer

Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management

3:00-5:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 16

(For Commission Staff Only)

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Closed Meeting-For Commission Staff Only

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

3:00-5:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 16

(For Commission Staff Only)

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management

Networking Break

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. • Foyer

Staff Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 2

3:45 - 5:00

Overview of Cost and Performance Estimates for Greenfield and retrofit Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy, through its National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), conducts and administers a broad research and development (R&D) program aimed at producing competitively-priced electric power with a focus on improving efficiency, increasing plant availability, reducing cooling water requirements, and achieving ultra-low emissions.  The Carbon Capture program aims to accomplish these goals while capturing carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants.  In order to ascertain the effectiveness of R&D and determine progress toward program goals, NETL has developed a series of baseline cases to enable accurate comparison of R&D technologies to state-of-the-art systems.  These baselines include carbon capture cost and performance estimates, in addition to estimates for the base power plant, using systems available from vendors for introductory commercial application in both greenfield and retrofit applications.  This presentation will provide an overview of NETL’s estimates for coal and natural gas power plants, both with and without carbon capture.  Additionally, information will be provided on analyses and tools developed to assess the costs for carbon capture retrofits.

Speaker: 

Timothy Fout, Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Energy Process Analysis Team

 

Expanding the U.S. Coal Value Chain: An Overview of the U.S. DOE Coal Beneficiation Program

Over 90% of the coal produced in the U.S. is used to generate electricity. However, this market has declined in recent years. To continue to extract the full economic value from our Nation’s coal resources, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), though its National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), initiated a Coal Beneficiation Program in April 2018.

The Coal Beneficiation Program is focused on developing new high-value products derived from coal, enhancing the value of coal as a feedstock and improving available coal property databases.  High-value carbon products such as carbon fiber, carbon nanomaterials and carbon additives for cements and structural composites represent new business opportunities in unconventional industries for coal. Enhancing the value of coal as a feedstock will increase traditional domestic and global markets for U.S. coal in power generation and steelmaking, while expanding existing coal property databases informs potential consumers in both domestic and global markets on the extraordinary value of U.S. coal resources.

This presentation will provide an overview of the DOE Coal Beneficiation Program, including a look at some of the initial projects that have been awarded.

Speaker: 

Anthony Zinn, Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Enabling Technologies & Partnerships Team

Welcome Reception

(Tickets Required)

5:00-6:30 p.m. • Renaissance Ballroom