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 Electricity


10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom North

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

Real World, Real Progress, Real Challenges: Evolving to Align Electricity Planning Approaches

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

The NARUC-NASEO Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning will soon begin exploring opportunities for better alignment and integration of distribution and resource planning from a regulatory and policy perspective. To ensure this effort is as useful as possible, it will be grounded in newly emerging innovations in aligning planning practices across the country. This session will explore new ideas and initial approaches. Speakers will highlight their visions for more holistic planning and highlight concrete activities occurring in key states. Additionally, Task Force co-chairs Jeffrey Ackermann and Beth Trombold will announce the roster of states participating in the Task Force over the next two years.


Hon. Jeffrey Ackermann, Colorado

Hon. Beth Trombold, Ohio


Hon. Sally Talberg, Michigan

Colton Ching, Senior VP, Planning & Technology, Hawaiian Electric

Anda Ray, Senior VP, Energy, Environment, and External Relations, EPRI

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

Incrementalism is the Name of the Game: The Future of Power Markets in the West

State commissions in the West continue to grapple with understanding the costs, benefits, and other implications of regional grid integration in the Western Interconnection. To date, three RTOs have vied for a leading role in integrating the 38 utility balancing areas into one or more regional transmission systems. In the meantime, the Western Energy Imbalance Market (“EIM”) – a multi-state real-time market – continues to grow, realizing over $500 million in gross benefits since 2014. With the proven success of the EIM, utilities and stakeholders are now considering the potential for even greater benefits by adding day-ahead market services to the EIM footprint – the “EDAM”. This panel discussion will serve as a deep dive on EDAM, including what it is and what it isn’t, and how best to design a market that’s “not quite” an RTO. The panel will further discuss EDAM within the context of the unique features and needs of the Western Interconnection, including the range of different utility business models, the transmission topology (including existing transmission contracts), contrasting public policies, and diverse resource mixes.


Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington 


Hon. Kristine Raper, Idaho

David Mills, Senior VP, Policy and Energy Supply, Puget Sound Energy

Jennifer Gardner, Senior Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates

Travis Kavulla, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, R Street, and Member, Western EIM Governing Body 

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

The Missing Piece? A Discussion of the Role of Nuclear Energy in Climate Change Mitigation.

(Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal)

Carbon emissions are the factor that links energy policy and climate change policy together. Issues around existing generation, investments in new generation, and how to properly value carbon emissions in energy prices are playing into policy discussions both at state and national levels. This panel will examine how nuclear energy fits into the conversation on climate change, the potential roles nuclear energy can play in carbon emission mitigation, and some of the costs and benefits of supporting existing nuclear plants and investing in new nuclear generation for the purpose of producing zero carbon electricity.


Hon. Anthony O'Donnell, Maryland


John Parsons, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachussetts Institute of Technology

Steve Clemmer, Director of Energy Research & Analysis, Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists 

Doug Vine, Senior Energy Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions


4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. General Session: Ballroom Central


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


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.


Hon. Talina Mathews, Kentucky


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. 


Hon. Willie Phillips, District of Columbia


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

Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland   

Todd Rath, Market Services Director, Alabama Power Company