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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.



Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30 -3:30 p.m. • Meeting Room 5


Closed Meeting

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Meeting Room 5

1:30-5:00 p.m

Closed Meeting

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom Central

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Retail Gas Market Overview 

Over 20 years ago, competition was introduced in the retail natural gas market.  With the exception of 2, retail competition is part of "standard operations" for all states.  Most regulators are familiar with electricity marketing.  Just Energy will provide a detailed description of how natural gas is marketed from commodity acquisition to forecasting, nominating and delivering the commodity.

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Mark Reese, U.S. Natural Gas Supply, Just Energy

2:20 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Energy Information Administration -- The New England Toolbox

On January 23, 2019, the US Energy Information Administration released a new product to provide information on natural gas, electricity and petroleum consumption in the Northeast.  
Although at this time, EIA does not have firm plans to develop other regional dashboards, this is a topic likely to be considered seriously in the future. 
The presentation will highlight the benefits of the tool and how it can be used to assist regulators and market participants better understand the markets. 

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Barbara Mariner-Volpe, U.S. Energy Information Administration

2:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

The Value of Natural Gas Infrastructure

The presentation will focus on the value of natural gas infrastructure and its ability to provide unparalleled amounts of energy storage and delivery as well as reliability for homes, businesses and critical infrastructure.

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Daniel LeFevers, Director, State & Consumer Programs, Gas Technology Institute

3:15 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

Natural Gas LDCs: Impediments to Infrastructure Expansion or Repair 

Accelerated Infrastructure programs are in place to help utilities become more efficient in the delivery of natural gas and consumers to benefit from this efficient delivery.  When municipalities face revenue shortages, there is concern that they may use their power to extract additional benefits from the LDCs.  The presentation will discuss the experience of one gas utility that operates in several states and how the utility ensures that its customers are not burdened with unnecessary costs.  

Facilitator: Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Mike Cassel, Director, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs at Florida Public Utilities Company

4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.


Representatives from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy will offer a preliminary look of the  BCSE-BNEF 2019 edition of the "Sustainable Energy in America Factbook."  The Factbook, produced annually, for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

Facilitator: Lisa Gorsuch, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Public Utility Commission of Oregon

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




General Session

9:00-10:15 a.m. • Ballroom Central


Welcome Remarks: Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

EPA Update: Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

Data and Analysis Initiatives: Dr. Linda Capuano, Administrator, US Energy Information Administration

The Journey to Self-Reliance and the Challenges of the Twenty First Century:  Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, US Agency for International Development

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


General Session

9:00-10:15 a.m. • Ballroom Central

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Winter Welcome by Hon. Jason Stanek, Maryland


A Session with Stuart Rothenberg -

Senior Editor, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales
Former Editor and Publisher, Rothenberg Political Report
Political Analyst/Contributor, Roll Call

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Resilience and Investment in the Grid: Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy

Committee on Gas

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


General Session

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Ballroom Central

9:00 a.m.

The Hon. Lisa Murkowski, Senator, Alaska

    9:30 a.m.

    Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies:

    Sectors Intertwined Part 2

    Spurred by rapid digitalization and the extensive adoption of new technologies, our nation’s critical infrastructures are becoming increasingly interdependent. Electric utilities depend on water, gas, and telecommunications, and vice versa. A threat to one is a threat to all. Yet consumers’ expectations for uninterrupted service remains high. This session continues the dialogue we had last November in Orlando. Experts will dig deeper into the risks that interdependencies pose to resilient operations. They will also examine efforts underway to identify and implement collaborative solutions across critical infrastructure sectors. The role of regulation in utilities’ pursuit of innovative, cost-effective risk mitigation strategies will be highlighted.

    Facilitator: Hon. Gladys Brown, Pennsylvania


    • Colleen M. Arnold, Vice President/Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Aqua America, Inc.
    • Scott Carter, President, Spire Energy
    • Kathryn Condello, Senior Director, National Security / Emergency Preparedness, CenturyLink
    • Joy Ditto,  President & CEO, Utilities Technology Council
    • Suzanne Lemieux, Manager, Midstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute
    • Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon, LLC

    10:45 a.m.

    Remarks by FERC Chair, The Hon. Neil Chatterjee 

    11:15 a.m.

    Remarks by DOE Under Secretary of Energy, The Hon. Mark Menezes