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July 21-24, 2019
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

General Sessions


9:00-10:15 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 5


Delivering More than Electrons!

A One-On-One Chat with Lynn Good, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy and Edison Electric Institute Chairman 2018-2019


News You Can Use: The President’s Press Conference

How is NARUC helping to make utility regulation great? What are the priorities and key issues facing regulators today? What are the stories and sound bites that didn’t make the news? Find out during President Wagner’s ‘press conference,’ which will highlight NARUC’s advocacy agenda, clarify positions, and take questions from the audience. So, raise your hand and learn how NARUC is raising the bar to advance state utility regulation.


9:00-10:15 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 5


Exploring Opportunities: What is in the Realm of the Possible?

Utility regulation is all about balance. Are current models of utility regulation in need of fine tuning—or even a complete overhaul? This multi-staged panel begins with experts in the gas, water, electricity, and telecommunications sectors who’ll give Ted-talk style updates on innovation and the future of each sector. The second part is a moderated candid conversation on ratemaking, exploring key issues raised by speaker with probing analysis and examples of successful and unsuccessful attempts at transformation.

This session will cover important questions such as:

  • Is current rate making in step with the evolving utility sector?
  • How can we determine which rate mechanisms work best?
  • What is the current status of carbon capture and sequestration?
  • How significant is the implementation of 5G in telecom?
  • What are the first steps in shifting the regulatory model?
  • How can we assess success?
  • How can new approaches to rate making affect issues such as grid modernization and cybersecurity?

Moderator: Hon. Sarah Hofmann, Vermont


Warner Baxter, Chairman, President and CEO, Ameren Corporation

Senator Brandt Hershman, Indiana. Currently Of Counsel at Barnes & Thornburg

Frank Macchiarola, Vice President, American Petroleum Institute

David Stanton, CEO, SUEZ North America's Utility Holdings


Panel Discussion:

Paula M. Carmody, People's Counsel, Maryland Office of People's Counsel
Travis Kavulla, Director, Energy, R Street Institute

Jim Richardson, Chief Energy Policy Advisor, Landis+Gyr



9:00-11:45 a.m. • Grand Ballroom 5


Taking Turns in the Driver’s Seat:
Who Should Push Toward the Finish Line?

This interactive session will focus on recent diversity trends within the utility industry, discuss how organizations are managing challenges and opportunities for supplier and workforce diversity, and identify best practices and lessons learned from organizations nationwide that have effectively “achieved” diversity among their suppliers and workforce. Panelists will discuss their experience with implementing policies. They will explore what more can be done. Participants will suggest who should take the lead — ‘get out of the pit, into the driver’s seat and onto the track’ — to achieve the inclusive and diverse future that we all see ahead of us.

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois


Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

Hon. Willie Phillips, District of Columbia

Paula Glover, CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy

Anne Pramaggiore, CEO, Exelon Utilities

Susan Story, CEO, American Water


Family Feud is Coming to NARUC

We are putting a NARUC twist on this all-time favorite game show. You won’t want to miss our ‘family of commissioners’ and our ‘family of stakeholders’ compete to win absolutely nothing but bragging rights. Our ‘families’ will be guessing the most popular responses to survey questions related to utility regulation, based on responses provided by NARUC attendees.

Host: Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

Commissioner Family:

Hon. Sarah Hoffman, Vermont

Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia

Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho

Hon. Kim O'Guinn, Arkansas

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi


Stakeholder Family:

Kevin Gunn, Principal, Paladin Energy Strategies

Asim Z. Haque, Executive Director of Strategic Policy and External Affairs, PJM Interconnection 

Phil Moeller, Executive Vice President Regulatory Affairs, EEI

Robert Powelson, Executive Director, NAWC