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.

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


Hon. Larry Friedeman, Ohio

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

Northwest Natural Gas representative 


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

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Congressional Ballroom

Pipeline Safety –Emerging Issues for 2019 and Beyond

(joint with Committee on Gas, Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety [and Staff Subcommittee], and Washington Action)

Engaging discussion on federal and state regulatory issues impacting and affecting pipeline safety. Such topics may include, among others, updates on Safety Management Systems, upcoming pipeline reauthorization planning, cybersecurity issues, operator qualifications, pending PHMSA regulations, workforce development, over pressurization and other timely issues.

Moderators: Hon. Norm Saari, Michigan  

                      Hon. Kara Brighton Fornstrom, Wyoming


Susan A. Olenchuk, Partner, Van Ness Feldman 

Lori Traweek, COO, American Gas Association

PHMSA Representative TBA

Urbint Representative TBA


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


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

Kimberly Harris, CEO, Puget Sound Energy

Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer, DTE Energy