Daily Agenda - Monday, July 16

This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, July 16

 

OPSI Breakfast

6:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Location: Princess Salon C

 

Registration

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

General Session

Monday, July 16
8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Location: Princess Ballroom
8:30 a.m. -  10:15 a.m.

Welcome to the NARUC Summer Policy Summit in Scottsdale

Hon. Jack Betkoski, NARUC President

 

Advancing Reliability and Resiliency in the Electric Power System

Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity; Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy

 

How to Create and Implement an Innovative Ecosystem in the Water and Energy Nexus

The unprecedented pace of change within the electric, gas, and water utilities requires new ideas, technologies, and software to integrate renewable energy, accommodate distributed generation, and create innovations that solve problems across the electric, gas, and water systems. Adapting to these challenges and opportunities requires innovations to successfully manage the shifting world that regulators, utility executives, and entrepreneurs face. This panel will share experiences and ideas for creating an “ecosystem of innovation” that is pioneering the solutions to realize the 21st Century utility. Commissioners will develop an understanding of how Israel has become the “Start Up Nation” that has produced more patents and companies listed on the NASDAQ than any country other than the United States and China. Similarly, the panel will examine the unique role the National Laboratories have provided to initiate and commercialize the products that are fostering the revolution in the water and energy nexus. Commissioners will also learn the benefits and cautionary experiences from a utility adopting new technologies.

Moderator: Hon. Jack Betkoski III, NARUC President, Connecticut

Panelists: 

Oded Distel, Founder and Director, Israel NewTech

David Stanton, President, SUEZ 

Dr. Dan Arvizu, Senior Advisor, Emerson Elemental practice of Emerson Collective

Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

 

Networking Break

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

Location: Foyer

 

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Monday, July 16
10:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Palomino 4&5 / Palomino 1 & 2

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

Palomino 4 & 5

Dialogue with the members of the Committees on Consumers for Public Interest, Electricity, and Gas     

Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy

10:45 a.m. -  11:45 a.m.

Palomino 4 & 5

Joint Session with Committee on Gas and Committee on Electricity

Another Outlet for Discussion:  the Effects of Electrification on the Electric and Natural Gas Industries, the Environment, and Consumers 

Based on its recent National Electrification Assessment, EPRI believes economy-wide electrification, across a range of assumptions, would result in a significant reduction in energy consumption, spur electric load growth, increase grid efficiency and flexibility, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For the natural gas industry, increased electrification may present continuing opportunities for growth as a fuel supply to generators, but also increased competition for end-use consumption.  This panel – which includes representatives of EPRI, the natural gas and electric vehicle industries, and a consumer advocate – will explore their respective visions of the future for the electric and natural gas industries and any tension that increased electrification presents between the two.  Panelists will also discuss, among other things, the potential system changes that increased electrification would require, any potential changes in regulatory constructs, and the cost implications for retail consumers of electricity and natural gas.   

Moderator:

Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia 

Panelists: 

Anda Ray, Senior Vice President External Relations and Technical Resources, EPRI

Tom Wilson, Principal Technical Executive, EPRI

Phil Jones, President, Alliance for Transportation Electrification

Chris McGill, VP, Energy Analysis & Standards, American Gas Association

Elin Katz, Connecticut Consumer Counsel

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

Palomino 1 & 2

Joint Session with Committee on Telecommunications

Panel III: New Broadband Technologies, TV Whitespace, 5G, Low Orbit Satellite…And Others

New communications technologies and products seem to be announced nearly every day – software/products to use TV whitespaces, satellites that will provide high speed broadband to rural residents, and, of course, the magical 5G wireless service.  This panel will address these new offers and examine their impact on consumers.  It will focus on the plans for deploying this new technology, barriers to entry, and both the upside and the downside for consumers. 

Moderator:

Hon. Crystal Rhoades, Nebraska

Panelists:

Claude Aiken, President & CEO, WISPA

Ryan Harkin, Microsoft (Invited)

Patrick McFadden, Associate General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters

Jon Pederson, Chief Technology Officer, Midco

 

Committee on Electricity

Monday, July 16
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Palomino 4 & 5
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Remarks by

Hon. Bruce J. Walker - Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity and Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy

 

 

 

 

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Joint Session with Committee on Gas and Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Another Outlet for Discussion:  The Effects of Electrification on the Electric and Natural Gas Industries, the Environment, and Consumers

Based on its recent National Electrification Assessment, EPRI believes economy-wide electrification, across a range of assumptions, would result in a significant reduction in energy consumption, spur electric load growth, increase grid efficiency and flexibility, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   For the natural gas industry, increased electrification may present continuing opportunities for growth as a fuel supply to generators, but also increased competition for end-use consumption.  This panel – which includes representatives of EPRI, the natural gas and electric vehicle industries, and a consumer advocate – will explore their respective visions of the future for the electric and natural gas industries and any tension that increased electrification presents between the two.  Panelists will also discuss, among other things, the potential system changes that increased electrification would require, any potential changes in regulatory constructs, and the cost implications for retail consumers of electricity and natural gas.   

Moderator:

Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia 

Panelists:

Tom Wilson, Principal Technical Executive, EPRI

Phil Jones, President, Alliance for Transportation Electrification

Chris McGill, Vice President of Energy Analysis & Standards, American Gas Association

Elin Katz, Connecticut Consumer Counsel

 

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Joint Session with Innovation Task Force 

Maximizing the Benefits of Technology through Customer Engagement  

Technology has expanded customers’ interactions with their electric utility far beyond service calls and bills for services rendered.  To maximize the benefits of technology, including smart meters, utilities are increasingly looking to customers to take a more proactive role in managing their energy usage.  The concept of a customer engagement platform offering more personalized products and services has also emerged.  Through dynamic rate structures, leveraging new technologies such as programable communicating thermostats, or through other investments or initiatives, many utilities and States are considering whether changes to the utility-ratepayer relationship can bring both customer and system benefits.  This session explores innovative new approaches the electric industry is taking to engage with customers and the lessons learned from initiatives that have already been undertaken.  A separate panel will address ways to assess whether such investments are delivering value to customers.

Moderator: 

Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington

Panelists:

Latanza Adjei, VP Sales and Marketing, Georgia Power Company

Rick Counihan, Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, NEST

Tim Stojka, Founder, Agentis Energy

Juliet Shavit, President/CEO, SmartMark Communications

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

Smart Money:  Assessing the Value and Performance of Investments in the Modern Grid

Advocates for grid transformation tout, among other things, the potential to engage customers in different ways and through different product offerings. Will this require different approaches for regulators to determine whether proposed investments will be cost-beneficial or can traditional approaches be used? How will regulators assess whether grid transformation investments are delivering value to customers?

Moderator: 

Hon. John Rosales, Illinois

Panelists:

Erin Erben, Senior Program Manager, Energy Utilization, EPRI

Paul Alvarez, President, Wired Group

Tim Woolf, Vice President, Synapse Energy Economics

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Joint Session with Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

The Promise and Challenges of Energy Storage: Order 841 and the States’ Role 

n February, FERC issued Order 841, which aims to remove barriers for participation of electric energy storage in the wholesale markets.  In Order 841, FERC requires that each RTO and ISO revise its tariff to establish a participation model for electric storage resources that consist of market rules that properly recognize the physical and operational characteristics of these resources in the capacity, energy and ancillary services markets.  A Brattle Study indicates that the storage market has the potential to grow to 50 GW, but only with state regulatory policies that build on Order 841, including traditionally regulated states. Further, Order 841 faces uncertainty in that several industry groups, such as Edison Electric Institute, American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and NARUC, have asked FERC for a rehearing of its decision over concerns that the agency overstepped its jurisdiction. This panel provides an update on the status of Order 841 and the status of energy storage in traditionally regulated states and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Moderator:

Hon. Edward S. Finley, Jr., North Carolina

Panelists:

Jeff Burleson, Vice President of Environmental and System Planning, Southern Company

Judy Chang, Principal, Brattle Group

Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association

Charlie Bayless, Associate General Counsel, North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. 

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Monday, July 16
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Palomino 8-10 / Palomino 4&5
10:45 a.m. -  11:45 a.m.

Joint with the Task Force on Innovation

Blockchain & Transactive Energy

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that is built on peer to peer transactions without the need for a central market. While it is most widely known as the infrastructure on which Bitcoin runs, potential use cases are emerging in a number of industries, particularly energy.  It has the potential to become the catalyst for the transactive energy revolution. Transactive energy is the idea that distributed energy resources (DERs) can be compensated for the services they offer to the grid in real time – a difficult task to do at scale without the utilization of a trusted and secure peer to peer network, as centralization inevitably adds delay and costs that make real time transactions difficult.  This panel will explore  how can public utility regulators advance this revolution, what are the pros and cons of using blockchain as the underlying technology for transactive energy and how does transactive energy help renewable and DER growth?

Moderator:

Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois

Hon. Robin Cooley, Wyoming

Panelists: 

Claire Henly, Managing Director DevHub, Energy Web Foundation

Pawan Jain, Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Wyoming

Claudio Lima, Co-Founder, Blockchain Engineering Council

Joshua Wong, CEO & Founder, Opus One Solutions Energy Corporation

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Joint with the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Moving the Needle: Strategies for Improving Supplier and Workforce Inclusion and Diversity in the Renewable Energy Sector

During this period of growth in clean energy technologies, it is critical to ensure that all demographic groups have access to the economic benefits of employment in the industry.  In addition, an aging workforce and workforce shortages are forcing commissions and utilities alike to reevaluate how it is connecting with a new generation of potential employees.  The modernization of the grid has put the energy industry in a position where it must compete with high tech firms for top talent.  Although these issues and goals have been discussed, questions remain regarding how to best recruit and retain diverse talent.  This session will explore best practices used in the renewable energy sector to “move the needle” on inclusion and diversity.  Examples include mentorship and apprenticeship programs, state legislative policies, commission activity related to utility procurement requirements, and educational programs. 

Moderator:

Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois

Panelists: 

Noemi Gallardo, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Sunrun

Fidel Marquez, Jr., Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs and Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer, ComEd

Nelson Reyneri, Senior Vice President, Sales and External Affairs, Liberty Power Corp.

Becky Stanfield, Senior Director, Western States, Vote Solar

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

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

Business Meeting

Introductions

Resolutions

Commissioner Roundtable: a discussion on ERE's priorities and focus areas

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

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

Palomino 4 &5

Joint with the Committee on Electricity

The Promise and Challenges of Energy Storage: Order 841 and the States’ Role

In February, FERC issued Order 841, which aims to remove barriers for participation of electric energy storage in the wholesale markets.  In Order 841, FERC requires that each RTO and ISO revise its tariff to establish a participation model for electric storage resources that consist of market rules that properly recognize the physical and operational characteristics of these resources in the capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets.  A Brattle Study indicates that the storage market has the potential to grow to 50 GW, but only with state regulatory policies that build on Order 841, including traditionally regulated states. Further, Order 841 faces uncertainty in that several industry groups, such as Edison Electric Institute, American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and NARUC, have asked FERC for a rehearing of its decision over concerns that the agency overstepped its jurisdiction. This panel provides an update on the status of Order 841 and the status of energy storage in traditionally regulated states and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Moderator:

Hon. Edward S. Finley, Jr., North Carolina

Panelists: 

Charlie Bayless, Associate General Counsel, North Carolina Electric Membership Corp.

Jeff Burleson, Vice President of Environmental and System Planning, Southern Company

Judy Chang, Principal, Brattle Group

Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association

Task Force on Innovation

Monday, July 16
10:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Palomino 8-10/Palomino 4 & 5
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint with Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment  

Blockchain & Transactive Energy

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that is built on peer to peer transactions without the need for a central market. While it is most widely known as the infrastructure on which Bitcoin runs, potential use cases are emerging in a number of industries, particularly energy.  It has the potential to become the catalyst for the transactive energy revolution. Transactive energy is the idea that distributed energy resources (DERs) can be compensated for the services they offer to the grid in real time – a difficult task to do at scale without the utilization of a trusted and secure peer to peer network, as centralization inevitably adds delay and costs that make real time transactions difficult.  This panel will explore  how can public utility regulators advance this revolution, what are the pros and cons of using blockchain as the underlying technology for transactive energy and how does transactive energy help renewable and DER growth?

Moderator:

Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois

Hon. Robin Cooley, Wyoming

Panelists: 

Claire Henly, Managing Director DevHub, Energy Web Foundation

Pawan Jain, Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Wyoming

Claudio Lima, Co-Founder, Blockchain Engineering Council

Joshua Wong, CEO & Founder, Opus One Solutions

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

Palomino 4 & 5

Joint with Committee on Electricity

Maximizing the Benefits of Technology through Customer Engagement  

Technology has expanded customers’ interactions with their electric utility far beyond service calls and bills for services rendered.  To maximize the benefits of technology, including smart meters, utilities are increasingly looking to customers to take a more proactive role in managing their energy usage.  The concept of a customer engagement platform offering more personalized products and services has also emerged.  Through dynamic rate structures, leveraging new technologies such as programable communicating thermostats, or through other investments or initiatives, many utilities and States are considering whether changes to the utility-ratepayer relationship can bring both customer and system benefits.  This session explores innovative new approaches the electric industry is taking to engage with customers and the lessons learned from initiatives that have already been undertaken.  A separate panel will address ways to assess whether such investments are delivering value to customers.

Moderator: 

Hon. Anne Rendahl, Washington

Panelists:

Latana Adjei, VP Sales and Marketing, Georgia Power Company

Rick Counihan, Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, NEST

Tim Stojka, Founder, Agentis Energy

Juliet Shavit, President/CEO, SmartMark Communications

Committee on Gas

Monday, July 16
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Palomino 6&7
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Dialogue with the members of the Committees on Consumers for Public Interest, Electricity, and Gas     

Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy

10:45 a.m. -  11:45 a.m.

Joint with the Committee on Electricity and the Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest. 

Another Outlet for Discussion:  the Effects of Electrification on the Electric and Natural Gas Industries, the Environment, and Consumers

Based on its recent National Electrification Assessment, EPRI believes economy-wide electrification, across a range of assumptions, would result in a significant reduction in energy consumption, spur electric load growth, increase grid efficiency and flexibility, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   For the natural gas industry, increased electrification may present continuing opportunities for growth as a fuel supply to generators, but also increased competition for end-use consumption.  This panel – which includes representatives of EPRI, the natural gas and electric vehicle industries, and a consumer advocate – will explore their respective visions of the future for the electric and natural gas industries and any tension that increased electrification presents between the two.  Panelists will also discuss, among other things, the potential system changes that increased electrification would require, any potential changes in regulatory constructs, and the cost implications for retail consumers of electricity and natural gas.

Moderator:

Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia

Panelists: 

Anda Ray, Senior Vice President of External Relations and Technical Resources and Chief Sustainability Officer, EPRI

Tom Wilson, Principal Technical Executive, EPRI

Phil Jones, President, Alliance for Transportation Electrification

Chris McGill, Vice President of Energy Analysis & Standards, American Gas Association

Elin Katz, Connecticut Consumer Counsel  

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

Joint with the Committee on Critical Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

Handling and Preparing for attacks on the natural gas network from rising cyberthreats. 

The basis for the discussion is the recent energy natural gas network cyber incident that interrupted electronic data transfers between ESG and utilities and utilities across critical infrastructure sectors.  Panelists will discuss, among other things, how they work to identify and mitigate supply chain threats, how they handle and prepare for incidents and NERC's CIP-013 in response to FERC Order 829.

Moderator:

Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

Panelists:

Rebecca Massello, Director of Security, Reliability and Resilience, INGAA

Kimberly Denbow, Director, Security, Operations, & Engineering, AGA

Fritz Hirst, Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, NERC

Paul Stockton, Managing Director of Sonecon, LLC

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

Joint with the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Inclusion and Diversity in the Natural Gas Sector

During this period of increased utility investment in natural gas pipeline replacement and expansion, it is critical to ensure that all demographic groups have access to the economic benefits of employment in the industry.  In addition, an aging workforce and workforce shortages are forcing commissions and utilities alike to reevaluate how it is connecting with a new generation of potential employees.  Although these issues and goals have been discussed, questions remain regarding how to best recruit and retain diverse talent.  This session will explore best practices used in the natural gas sector to “move the needle” on inclusion and diversity.  Examples include mentorship and apprenticeship programs, commission activity related to utility procurement requirements and educational programs. 

Moderator: 

Hon. Sadzi Martha Oliva, Illinois

Panelists:

Victoria Person, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Southern California Gas Company

Lewis Binswanger, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Nicor

Jerrold Hill, Vice President Human Resources, Southern Company Gas

Wilbur Milhouse, President and CEO, Milhouse Engineering & Construction

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

Business Meeting

Gas Leadership Team:

Hon, Diane X. Burman, New York

Hon. Julie Fedorchack, N. Dakota

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

 

Committee on Telecommunications

Monday, July 16
10:45 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.
Location: Palomino 1 & 2
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Labs of Democracy

While many states have seen a reduction in telecommunications regulation over the past two decades, it doesn't mean that nothing is happening.  In fact, the state's still serve as the "laboratories of democracy."  In this panel, you will hear what state regulators are tackling on the telecommunications home front.

Moderator:

Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho

Panelists: 

Hon. Daniel Conway, Ohio

Hon. Thad LaVar, Utah

Hon. Chris Nelson, South Dakota

Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington

Hon. Greg Sayre, New York

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

TV Whitespace - What It Means From A Spectrum Perspective

With the emergence of new wireless technologies, the FCC is in the process of implementing, several repacking or repurposing of spectrum, including a more creative use of TV White Spaces to address the growing demand for mobile voice and broadband.  This repacking and repurposing will be particularly important for 5G and to facilitate rural broadband services.  The panelists will discuss what spectrum issues are important, what TV White Spaces are, what role new technologies can play, and the TV White Space proposal of Microsoft in particular.  The panelists will discuss the technologies, their views on TV White Spaces, and why it may or may not be a viable solution to the rural broadband challenge.

Moderator:  Hon. Sarah Hofmann, Vermont

Panelists:  

Claude Aiken, CEO of WISPA, The Assoc. of WISPAs

Michael Calebrese, Director, Open Technology Institute at New America

Richard Cullen, Executive Director, Connect Americans Now (CAN)

Keith Walker, CEO/CTO, Aer Wireless

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

Joint Session with Consumers and the Public Interest

NEW BROADBAND TECHNOLIOGIES, TV WHITESPACE, 5G, LOW ORBIT SATELLITE.....AND OTHERS.

New communications technologies and products seem to be announced nearly every day – software/products to use TV whitespaces, satellites that will provide high speed broadband to rural residents, and, of course, the magical 5G wireless service.  This panel will address these new offers and examine their impact on consumers.  It will focus on the plans for deploying this new technology, barriers to entry, and both the upside and the downside for consumers. 

Moderator: 

Hon. Crystal Rhoades, Nebraska

Panelists: 

Claude Aiken, CEOof WISPA, The Association of WISPAs 

Brian K. Daly, Director and Member of the Technical Staff, AT&T

Patrick McFadden, Associate General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, National Broadcaster Association (Invited)

Jon Pederson, Chief Technology Officer, Midco

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

The Need For Speed:  How Forward-Thinking Policies For Infrastructure And Pole Attachments Can Drive Broadband Deployment

Our efforts to speed up broadband deployment and 5G deployment are pushing historic pole attachment regulations and policies toward reform.  In this panel, you’ll hear from regulators and industry stakeholders about efforts at the federal and state levels to eliminate roadblocks, improve access to poles, streamline applications and timelines, and coordinate work with an eye toward expediting deployment.  You’ll also gain an appreciation of the tension between the various regulators of these essential assets, from the federal agencies, FCC, states, local governments and municipalities, cooperatives and railroads.

Moderator:

Hon. Upendra Chivukula, New Jersey

Panelists: 

Benjamin J. Aron, Director, State Regulatory Affairs, CTIA

David Don, Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Comcast

Tom Freeberg, Director, Regulatory Compliance, CenturyLink

Mark Trinchero, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLC

Committee on Water

Monday, July 16
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Palomino 3
10:45 a.m. -  11:45 a.m.

Advancements in Water Reuse

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) recently awarded contracts for three water reuse projects.  The projects will respectively quantify the non-monetized costs and benefits of water reuse relative to alternative supplies, examine water reuse in agricultural applications, and provide a proof of concept evaluation of real-time wastewater collection monitoring systems.  WRF will discuss these projects and advancements in water reuse on the horizon.   WRF will also discuss the recent integration of the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation into the WRF and the opportunities that the integration presents. 

Speaker: 

John Albert, Chief Research Officer, Water Research Foundation

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

Business Meeting

Items of business of the Water Committee will be covered including discussion and action on resolutions and approval of the minutes from the Winter Policy Summit.  Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, and NARUC's Rate School.  Members of the Committee will also have time to brief the Committee on activities of inetrest in their States.  

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

The Potential Impacts of a Federal Infrastructure Package on the Water Sector

As Congress and the Trump Administration pursue a sizeable infrastructure package, questions regarding the impact of this effort on the water sector remain. Will performance incentive grants, as proposed by the Administration, be the “new normal” in infrastructure investment decisions? What might the role of private water be in any new infrastructure program? This panel will explore the many issues that are bound to arise in the water sector as a result of the significant legislative actions.

Moderator:

Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey 

Panelists: 

Shawn Bradford, Vice President, Corporate Services, EPCOR Water

Tommy Holmes, Legislative Director, American Water Works Association

Chris Rule, Principal/Partner, PwC 

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

Em-Powering Regulated Water Utilities Through Statute: The Policy and Politics of the Water-Energy Nexus

The recognition and potential of harnessing the water-energy nexus is not a new concept to policy makers at federal, state, or local levels. However some jurisdictions have been more successful in enacting policies that promote greater optimization of the water-energy nexus. This session will highlight the success and progress that has been made, and where programs have been implemented. It will also seek to determine why programs have not worked in others. Key take-aways from this panel should be best practices for implementing successful programs in the water-energy nexus and how regulators can encourage progressive policies in this arena.

Moderator:

Hon. John E. "Butch" Howard, South Carolina

Panelists: 

John Albert, Chief Research Officer, Water Research Foundation

Peter Keenan, Director Engineering - Technical Services, American Water Engineering

Raffael Stein, Division Director, U.S. EPA Wastewater Division

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Monday, July 16
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Palomino 8-10 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Joint with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Moving the Needle: Strategies for Improving Supplier and Workforce Inclusion and Diversity in the Renewable Energy Sector

During this period of growth in clean energy technologies, it is critical to ensure that all demographic groups have access to the economic benefits of employment in the industry.  In addition, an aging workforce and workforce shortages are forcing commissions and utilities alike to reevaluate how it is connecting with a new generation of potential employees.  The modernization of the grid has put the energy industry in a position where it must compete with high tech firms for top talent.  Although these issues and goals have been discussed, questions remain regarding how to best recruit and retain diverse talent.  This session will explore best practices used in the renewable energy sector to “move the needle” on inclusion and diversity.  Examples include mentorship and apprenticeship programs, state legislative policies, commission activity related to utility procurement requirements, and educational programs. 

Moderator:

Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois

Panelists: 

Noemi Gallardo, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Sunrun

Fidel Marquez, Jr., Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs and Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer, ComEd

Nelson Reyneri, Senior Vice President, Sales and External Affairs, Liberty Power Corp.

Becky Stanfield, Senior Director, Western States, Vote Solar

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

Monday, July 16
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Palomino 6 & 7
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Joint with the Committee on Gas and the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

Handling and Preparing for attacks on the natural gas network from rising cyberthreats. 

The basis for the discussion is the recent energy natural gas network cyber incident that interrupted electronic data transfers between ESG and utilities and utilities across critical infrastructure sectors.  Panelists will discuss, among other things, how they work to identify and mitigate supply chain threats, how they handle and prepare for incidents and NERC's CIP-013 in response to FERC Order 829.

Moderator:

Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

Panelists:

Rebecca Massello, Director of Security, Reliability and Resilience, INGAA

Kimberly Denbow, Director, Security, Operations, & Engineering, AGA

Fritz Hirst, Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, NERC

Paul Stockton, Managing Director of Sonecon, LLC

Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

Monday, July 16
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Palomino 6 & 7
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Joint with Committees on Gas and Critical Infrastructure 

Handling and Preparing for Attacks on the Natural Gas Network from Rising Cyberthreats

The basis for the discussion is the recent energy natural gas network cyber incident that interrupted electronic data transfers between ESG and utilities across critical infrastructure sectors.

Panelists will discuss, among other things, how they work to identify and mitigate supply chain threats, how they handle and prepare for incidents and NERC's CIP-013 in response to FERC Order 829.

Moderator:

Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

Panelists:

Rebecca Massello, Director of Security, Reliability and Resilience, INGAA

Kimberly Denbow, Director, Security, Operations, & Engineering, AGA

Fritz Hirst, Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, NERC

Paul Stockton, Managing Director of Sonecon, LLC
   

 

Lunch Networking Break: ON OWN

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

 

Networking Break

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Location: Foyer

 

Networking Break

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Foyer

 

Commission Staff Power Hour

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Location: Princess Salon A - C

Commission Staff Only

 

Regional Meetings

MACRUC

Monday, July 16
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Moor 2

(Invitees Only)

5:15 p.m. -  

Session Title

Session description

Moderator:

To Come. 

Panelists: 

To Come. 

 

 

MARC

Monday, July 16
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Arabian

Invitees Only

5:15 p.m. -  

Session Title

Session description

Moderator:

To Come. 

Panelists: 

To Come. 

 

 

SEARUC

Monday, July 16
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Golden

Invitees Only

5:15 p.m. -  

Session Title

Session description

Moderator:

To Come. 

Panelists: 

To Come. 

 

 

Western

Sunday, July 16
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Moor 3

Invitees Only

5:15 p.m. -  

Session Title

Session description

Moderator:

To Come. 

Panelists: 

To Come.