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 Energy Resources and the Environment


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

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

Ballroom North

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

Comprehensive Electricity Planning (Joint with Committee on Electricity)

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-chair Jeffrey Ackermann and co-vice-chair Beth Trombold will announce the roster of states participating in the Task Force over the next two years


Hon. Jeff Ackermann, Colorado

Hon. Beth Trombold, Ohio


Hon. Sally Talberg, Michigan

Colton Ching, Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology, Hawaiian Electric

Anda Ray, Senior Vice President, External Relations & Technical Resources, Electric Power Research Institute

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

Congressional Ballroom

Renewable Natural Gas - A Straight "Trash" Talk That Helps Regulators and Stakeholders "Digest" This expanding Market (Joint with Committee on Gas)

This panel of experts involved in the renewable natural gas (RNG) markets will share exciting cutting edge RNG case studies and what is needed for successful biomethane development and how it may fit in the state regulatory space.  Issues examined will include the growing voluntary market for RNG purchases explored by utilities, interested businesses and other advocacy groups. The panel’s goal is to provide a thorough discussion on high-value end-use markets for renewable natural gas, and the role states and utilities can play in advancing RNG, including the latest renewable natural gas technologies, as well as regulatory and legislative solutions to developing more renewable natural gas projects.


Hon. Katie Sieben, Minnesota, Hon. Richard Lozier Jr., Iowa


Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, M-RETS

Ryan Childress, Manager, New Business Development Dominion Energy

Sheri Givens, Vice President, US Regulatory & Customer Strategy, National Grid

Paul Niznik, Senior Consultant at Argus Consulting Services

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

Ballroom South

ERE Business Meeting

Presentation: NASEO - NARUC's Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Initiative

In this brief session, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and NARUC staff will discuss the goals and engagement opportunities of the newly forming NASEO-NARUC Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Working Group. NASEO and NARUC are working with the U.S. Department of Energy to advance analysis, options, and pilots that address the role of buildings in delivering energy efficiency, demand reduction, and electricity supplies in ways that help to optimize grid performance and reliability


David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Danielle Sass Byrnett, Director, Center for Partnerships & Innovation, NARUC

Rodney Sobin, Senior Program Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Update: Sustainable Energy in America Factbook


Ruth McCormick, Director, Federal and State Affairs, Business Council for Sustainable Energy


Mary Kilmarx Award

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


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


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.


Hon. Talina Mathews, Kentucky


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?


Hon. Ted Thomas, Arkansas


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.


Hon. Willie Phillips, District of Columbia


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