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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 Gas


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

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

Pipeline Safety –Emerging Issues for 2019 and beyond (Joint Session with Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest, Subcommittee for Pipeline Safety 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)


  1. Corey Capasso, CEO, Urbint 
  2. Lori Traweek, COO, American Gas Association 
  3. Susan A. Olenchuk, Partner, Van Ness Feldman 
  4. PHMSA Leadership (invited)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Renewable Natural Gas--A Straight “Trash” Talk that helps regulators and stakeholders “Digest” this expanding market (Joint session with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

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.

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


  1. Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, M-RETS
  2. Ryan Childress, Manager, New Business Development Dominion Energy
  3. Sheri Givens, Vice President, US Regulatory & Customer Strategy, National Grid
  4. Paul Niznik, Senior Consultant at Argus Consulting Services
  5. Harrison Clay, President of Clean Energy Renewables 
2:40 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

CEO Deep Dive Panel--From Rhetoric to Grid Reliability, Resilience and Market Infrastructure Realities (Joint Session with the Committee on International Relations) 

A deep dive with key leaders in the energy markets discussing how they and their entities are responding to the current market realities and planning for future transformations.  It will be an engaging and interactive dialogue to help inform regulators and other stakeholders.

Introductory Remarks by Asia Edge Senior Official Representative on its Gas Initiatives to enhance development and growth

Moderators: Hon. Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin, Hon. Lawrence Friedeman, Ohio


  1. Paula Gant, Principal, Curiosus Energy
  2. Scott Prochazka, President and CEO, CenterPoint Energy 
  3. David Velasquez, President & CEO for Pepco Holdings 
  4. Alan Armstrong, President & CEO of Williams Companies, Inc. and Transportation Infrastructure Study Chair of National Petroleum Council 
  5. Orlando Alvarez, President and CEO, BP Energy Company 
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Session: Ballroom Central


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

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

Environmental, Social, Governance and Sustainability Reporting (Joint Session with the Committee on Consumers and Public Interest and Subcommittee for 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


  1. Hon. Willie Phillips, DC
  2. Paula Ciprich, Senior VP/General Counsel, National Fuel
  3. Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer – DTE Energy
  4. Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  5. Lisa Schroeer, Senior Director and Sector Lead, S&P Global
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Natural Gas in the 21st Century -- Innovations, Technology and Trade. 

Safe, Reliable and Least Cost delivery of utility services is the goal and obligation of every regulator.  In order to achieve this goal we must not only understand how the market functions, what influences the ability of LDCs to deliver services, but we must embrace and support innovation.  The discussion will revolve around developments in the natural gas industry, the options available to the industry to improve communication and collaboration, as well as efforts of regulators and the industry in general to ensure the safe, reliable and least cost delivery of natural gas.  A robust discussion on how the new gas-related technologies can be part of the solution to increasing natural gas end-use efficiency and ensuring the availability of natural gas for the domestic as well as international markets.

Moderators: Hon. Jay Balasbas, Washington &  Hon.  Ethan Kimbrel, Illinois


  1. Meade H. Lewis, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, mIQroTech 
  2.  Robert Cattell, Advanced Energy Research Center at Stony Brook University
  3. Kristine Wiley, R&D Director, Energy Delivery and Utilization, Gas Technology Institute 
  4. Andreas Thanos, NARUC Staff Subcommittee Chair for Gas
  5. Paul Cicio, President, Industrial Energy Consumers of America 
2:45 p.m. 3:45 pm

Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership: Site Visit (closed to commissioners and staff -- limited participation)

Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy/NARUC Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership, chaired by Commissioner Diane X. Burman, several commissioners and staff will be touring Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland in February 2019. Cove Point is only the second American LNG export terminal to begin operations, which occurred in March 2018. This tour is an ideal opportunity for those NARUC member tour attendees to observe a critical component of the U.S. transition from energy importer to energy exporter. 

Due to security requirements, pre-registration is mandatory.  To preregister and receive additional information, please contact Kiera Zitelman at NARUC.

2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Committee on Gas Working Group Planning Session. 
Closed Meeting limited to commissioners and staff.

Closed Session for the various Committee on Gas Working Groups to continue the Committee's educational efforts. 

Facilitators: Relevant Committee on Gas Working Group Chairs