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.

Tuesday

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.-4:00 p.m. • Foyer

General Session

9:00-10:15 a.m. • Ballroom Central

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Winter Welcome by Hon. Jason Stanek, Maryland

 

A Session with Stuart Rothenberg -

Senior Editor, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales
Former Editor and Publisher, Rothenberg Political Report
Political Analyst/Contributor, Roll Call

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Resilience and Investment in the Grid: Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy

Networking Break

10:15-10:45 a.m. • Foyer

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

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

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Environmental, Social, Governance and Sustainability Reporting (joint with the Committee on Gas & the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity)

This is a timely cutting-edge topic. Environmental, social, governance, and sustainability (ESG/sustainability) factors are becoming important attributes to consider in investments. ESG/sustainability assessment and reporting are now of growing interest in the energy market investment community.  This panel will look at the joint partnership between Edison Electric Institute and American Gas Association on a voluntary initiative and how it may affect the regulatory framework and long-term investment strategies.

Moderators: Hon. Dwight D. Keen, Kansas

                      Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri

Panelists:

Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kimberly Harris, CEO, Puget Sound Energy

Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer, DTE Energy

 

   

Committee on Electricity

10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom North

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

Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management 

The Future of Carbon-Free Fossil Energy

Deputy Assistant Secretary Lou Hrkman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy - Clean Coal & Carbon Management

State Commissions and ACE

This panel will discuss issues that State Commissions should be aware of regarding the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. Panelists will touch on the authority of State Commissions and what types of decisions they will need to make under the new rule. 

Moderator: Hon. Jeremy Oden, Alabama

Panelists: 

Paul Bailey, Chief Policy Officer, America's Power

Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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

Not Done Yet: Regulatory Considerations for a Retiring Baseload Facility

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

Across the country, changes in resource pricing and policies have resulted in the construction of significant new renewable and gas generation and the retirement of many fossil fuel and nuclear units.  Although the reasons behind the decision to retire a base load unit run the gamut, and Commissions have evaluated  these retirements in different types of proceedings and contexts, many of the questions the Commissions must answer after the retirement decision has been made are the same.  In this panel, Commissioners from States that have experienced recent base load generation retirements will share insights from their experience to help guide similar evaluations in the future.  Since every State has its own energy policies and unique considerations, a single retirement strategy for all States does not exist, but panelists will identify and create a list of factors and issues that are important for States to consider, including facility cost recovery, reliability, public perception, and local considerations associated with generation retirements.

Co-Moderators:

Hon. Talina Mathews, Kentucky

Panelists: 

Hon. Edward Finley, Jr., North Carolina

Hon. Megan Decker, Oregon

Hon. Judith Jagdmann, Virginia

Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois

2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Conversation with the Newest FERC Commissioner 

Hon. Bernard McNamee, FERC

Hon. Judith Jagdmann, Virginia 

3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

Business Meeting with remarks by:

James Robb, CEO, NERC, Remarks about NERC/Electric Industry

Mike Howard, President and CEO, EPRI – Update on EPRI’s EMP research program

Greg White, Executive Director, NARUC –NARUC’s Research  

Mark James, Assistant Professor of Vermont Law School - Survey on utility commission decisions to authorize recovery of costs for protective measures for cybersecurity and other threats

Steve Hauser, CEO, GridWise Alliance –Grid Modernization Index (GMI)

 

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

Electric Vehicles: Getting a Move On!

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

Increasingly, state policy makers are embracing vehicle electrification in order to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions.  Electric utilities are working to manage the timing of electric vehicle (EV) charging on their grids while welcoming the increased electricity sales that result from EV adoption. This panel will showcase some recent state EV policy efforts while considering the customer impacts of transitioning more and more vehicles to electricity. 

Moderator:

Hon. Willie Phillips, District of Columbia

Panelists:   

Elin Katz, President, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates                     

Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland   

Todd Rath, Market Services Director, Alabama Power Company

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

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

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

Ballroom South

Coffee and Discussion with FERC Commissioner Glick

Moderator:

Hon. Jeff Ackermann, Colorado

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

Ballroom North

Not Done Yet: Regulatory Considerations for a Retiring Baseload Facility

(Joint Session with the Committee on Electricity)

Across the country, changes in resource pricing and policies have resulted in the construction of significant new renewable and gas generation and the retirement of many fossil fuel and nuclear units.  Although the reasons behind the decision to retire a base load unit run the gamut, and Commissions have evaluated  these retirements in different types of proceedings and contexts, many of the questions the Commissions must answer after the retirement decision has been made are the same.  In this panel, Commissioners from States that have experienced recent base load generation retirements will share insights from their experience to help guide similar evaluations in the future.  Since every State has its own energy policies and unique considerations, a single retirement strategy for all States does not exist, but panelists will identify and create a list of factors and issues that are important for States to consider, including facility cost recovery, reliability, public perception, and local considerations associated with generation retirements.

Co-Moderators:

Hon. Talina Mathews, Kentucky

Panelists:

Hon. Megan Decker, Oregon

Hon. Ed Finley, North Carolina

Hon. Judith Jagdmann, Virginia

Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois

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

Ballroom South

Miles to Go with AMI – Are We Getting the Innovation and Services That Were Promised?  If Not, Why?

Regulators are approving billions of dollars for AMI deployments, in part to stimulate innovation, animate markets, and offer customers convenience, comfort, safety, and savings.  Utilities serving 90 million accounts will reportedly have AMI metering by 2021.  Utilities serving 32 million customers have committed to provide Green Button Connect My Data or similar access for third parties to use to provide such innovative services. This panel will look at whether the AMI data programs are keeping up with the evolving market and producing the benefits that customers and regulators were promised by addressing:

  • What kinds of digital engagement tools do consumers want from their utilities?  What online marketplaces and energy usage data tools are currently available, and what are the future trends industry experts see in this area? What are the challenges faced with wider adoption of digital customer engagement tools?
  • Is Data Access Still a Barrier? Why are states moving beyond Green Button to address market barriers through more advanced designs? Why is Green Button portal traffic relatively low?
  • Have the expected AMI consumer benefits materialized, and do those benefits outweigh the cost of the meters and infrastructure? How do regulators determine the right investments for a customer-centric grid?

Moderator:

Hon. Ted Thomas, Arkansas

Panelists:

Jeffrey Genzer, Duncan Weinberg Genzer Pembroke, General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials

Robert King, Vice President, Policy, Smart Energy Water

Matthew McCaffree, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Itron

Ram Sastry, Corporate Vice President for Technology and Enterprise Innovation, American Electric Power (AEP)

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

Ballroom North

Electric Vehicles: Getting a Move On!

(Joint with Commitee on Electricity)

Increasingly, state policy makers are embracing vehicle electrification in order to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions.  Electric utilities are working to manage the timing of electric vehicle (EV) charging on their grids while welcoming the increased electricity sales that result from EV adoption. This panel will showcase some recent state EV policy efforts while considering the customer impacts of transitioning more and more vehicles to electricity.

Moderator:

Hon. Willie Phillips, District of Columbia

Panelists:

Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland   

Elin Katz, President, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates                      

Todd Rath, Market Services Director, Alabama Power Company, Alabama Power Companies 

Committee on Gas

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

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

Environmental, Social, Governance and Sustainability Reporting (Joint Session with the Committee on Consumers and Public Interest and Subcommittee for Supplier and Workforce Diversity) 

 This is a timely cutting-edge topic. Environmental, social, governance, and sustainability (ESG/sustainability) factors are becoming important attributes to consider in investments. ESG/sustainability assessment and reporting are now of growing interest in the energy market investment community.  This panel will look at the joint partnership between Edison Electric Institute and American Gas Association on a voluntary initiative and how it may affect the regulatory framework and long-term investment strategies.

Moderators: Hon. Dwight D. Keen, Kansas, Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri

Panelists

  1. Hon. Willie Phillips, DC
  2. Paula Ciprich, Senior VP/General Counsel, National Fuel
  3. Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer – DTE Energy
  4. Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  5. Lisa Schroeer, Senior Director and Sector Lead, S&P Global
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Natural Gas in the 21st Century -- Innovations, Technology and Trade. 

Safe, Reliable and Least Cost delivery of utility services is the goal and obligation of every regulator.  In order to achieve this goal we must not only understand how the market functions, what influences the ability of LDCs to deliver services, but we must embrace and support innovation.  The discussion will revolve around developments in the natural gas industry, the options available to the industry to improve communication and collaboration, as well as efforts of regulators and the industry in general to ensure the safe, reliable and least cost delivery of natural gas.  A robust discussion on how the new gas-related technologies can be part of the solution to increasing natural gas end-use efficiency and ensuring the availability of natural gas for the domestic as well as international markets.

Moderators: Hon. Jay Balasbas, Washington &  Hon.  Ethan Kimbrel, Illinois

Panelists:

  1. Meade H. Lewis, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, mIQroTech 
  2.  Robert Cattell, Advanced Energy Research Center at Stony Brook University
  3. Kristine Wiley, R&D Director, Energy Delivery and Utilization, Gas Technology Institute 
  4. Andreas Thanos, NARUC Staff Subcommittee Chair for Gas
  5. Paul Cicio, President, Industrial Energy Consumers of America 
2:45 p.m. 3:45 pm

Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership: Site Visit (closed to commissioners and staff -- limited participation)

Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy/NARUC Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership, chaired by Commissioner Diane X. Burman, several commissioners and staff will be touring Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland in February 2019. Cove Point is only the second American LNG export terminal to begin operations, which occurred in March 2018. This tour is an ideal opportunity for those NARUC member tour attendees to observe a critical component of the U.S. transition from energy importer to energy exporter. 

Due to security requirements, pre-registration is mandatory.  To preregister and receive additional information, please contact Kiera Zitelman at NARUC.

2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Committee on Gas Working Group Planning Session. 
Closed Meeting limited to commissioners and staff.

Closed Session for the various Committee on Gas Working Groups to continue the Committee's educational efforts. 

Facilitators: Relevant Committee on Gas Working Group Chairs

Committee on Telecommunications

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

10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

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

FCC AND CONGRESSIONAL UPDATES FROM A JOURNALIST’S PERSPECTIVE

 

Moderator:  Jonathan Make, Executive Director, Warren Communications News

Panelists:

Adam Bender, Associated Editor, Communications Daily

Carrie DeLeon, Senior Editor, Telecommunications Reports Daily

Kelcee Griffis, Senior Telecom Reporter, Law 360

Jon Reid Reporter – Tech & Telecom, Bloomberg Law, BNA

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

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

Broadband is the key to our nation’s economic future.  It is the difference maker for businesses all across the U.S., but finding effective and efficient means of deploying broadband throughout rural parts of America has proven to be a challenge.  The costs and complexities encountered in serving these communities has given rise to new and creative solutions to help bridge the broadband gap.  In some communities rural cooperative telecommunications and utility providers, along with public-power and municipal entities, started deploying their own fiber optic networks and high-capacity broadband services to their customers and beyond.  And in 2018, at the behest of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, an investor-owned utility partnered with a broadband provider to deploy fiber-optic assets in portions of rural Mississippi- an essential step toward enabling high-capacity broadband services in these communities.  This panel will explore the kinds of out of the box partnerships and policies that are helping to bridge the digital divide.  What programs and policies are working or showing signs of success, and what other new ways of thinking may be needed to ensure all Americans have access to reliable, quality broadband.

Moderator:  Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Panelists:

Mike Keyser,CEO, BARC Electric Cooperative

Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel, Office of Consumer Counsel

Mike Romano, Senior VP Policy, NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association 

Brett Kilbourne, General Counsel & VP Policy, Utilities Technology Council

3:45 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Update From USAC

As the FCC's USF Administrator, USAC plays a critical role in the successful implementation of several USF programs.  USAC will address key milestones and activities for both the Lifeline and High Cost programs. Updates on the National Eligibility Verifier State and federal agency roll out and a discussion of the Lifeline program’s 2019 strategy for getting the remaining states in the National Verifier by the end of the year will be provided as well as ongoing engagements with stakeholders to increase program integrity and successful enrollment among rural and urban eligible consumers. USAC will also provide an update on the development and deployment of the Connect America Fund (CAF) map and how it can be used to illustrate the impact of Universal Service support to facilitate broadband expansion in rural America. This new map, which went live in late 2018, displays the locations where carriers that receive CAF funding have built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service.

Moderator:  Jessica Zufolo, USAC

Presenters:

Michelle Garber, Vice President - Lifeline, USAC

Edward Bliss, Director of Strategic Project Management, Enterprise Portfolion Management Office, USAC

Joelle Tessler, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement & User Support - High Cost Program, USAC

Committee on Water

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

Committee on Water - Business Meeting

                       

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Fair Market Acquisitions Debate

When municipally-owed water utilities face increasingly stringent water standards, depreciated systems requiring significant capital investment, and financial distress, they have the choice of raising rates or selling.  Original cost is often insufficient to fairly compensate the municipality for the value of its system.  Fully depreciated assets and contributions may be far less than the fair market value which makes the sale by the municipality unattractive to an investor owned utility; a higher price is needed to close the deal.  What is the value of the system and how is it determined? What if the system is suddenly abandoned?  

 

Moderator:    Hon. Norman Kennard, Pennsylvania

Panelists:     

Michael E. Cherepko, Mayor, City of McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Christine Hoover, Consumer advocate

Kimberly Joyce, Vice President, Regulatory, Government & External Affairs- Aqua America

Kathryn Kline, Senior Research Associate, NRRI

Harold Walker, IIIManager - Financial Studies, Gannett Fleming Valuation and Rate Consultants, LLC

1:30 - 2:30 p.m

Water Efficiency & Conservation

Moderator:   Hon. John W. Betkoski, III, Connecticut             

Panelists:     

Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency           

Jack Hawks, Executive Director, California Water Association

Robert Kuta, VP Engineering, Cal Water Service

Maureen Westbrook, VP, Customer and Regulatory Affairs, Connecticut Water Service, Inc.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Secondary Water Standards

National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs) are non-enforceable guidelines regulating contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor or color) in drinking water.  Several states at the 2018 NARUC annual meeting were considering updates to how their Commissions oversee Secondary Water Standards.  What are Commissions facing and next possible steps?

Moderator:       Hon. Donald Polmann, Florida

Panelists:         Charles Junis, NC Public Utility Commission

 Lauren Weinrich, American Water

                          Beate Wright, Water Research Foundation Executive Director

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

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

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Environmental, Social, Governance and Sustainability Reporting (Joint Session with the Committee on Consumers and Public Interest and Subcommittee for Supplier and Workforce Diversity) 

 This is a timely cutting-edge topic. Environmental, social, governance, and sustainability (ESG/sustainability) factors are becoming important attributes to consider in investments. ESG/sustainability assessment and reporting are now of growing interest in the energy market investment community.  This panel will look at the joint partnership between Edison Electric Institute and American Gas Association on a voluntary initiative and how it may affect the regulatory framework and long-term investment strategies.

Moderators: Hon. Dwight D. Keen, Kansas, Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri

Panelists

  1. Hon. Willie Phillips, DC
  2. Paula Ciprich, Senior VP/General Counsel, National Fuel
  3. Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer – DTE Energy
  4. Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  5. Lisa Schroeer, Senior Director and Sector Lead, S&P Global

Commissioner Emeritus Lunch

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. • Penn Quarter (off lobby)

Commissioner Business Lunch

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

Networking Break

2:30-2:45 p.m. • Foyer

Networking Break

3:45-4:00 p.m. • Foyer