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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.

General Sessions


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

4:00-5:00 p.m. • Ballroom Central

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

General Session: Creating Smart Communities

Smart communities leverage shared infrastructure, data and new technology to help drive efficiencies, improve sustainability, spur economic development, and enhance the quality of life for their citizens. As the interest in smart connected communities continues to grow, the integration of advanced technologies and common communication platforms will create new opportunities for collaboration among utilities, state regulators, community leaders, technology companies, universities and the general public to achieve these goals. Funding and cost recovery for projects in multi-jurisdictional environments, mixing ratepayer funds and taxpayer funds, will not be without challenges for both regulated and commercial entities, but in the end the benefits of a smart community will be worth the effort. This session will explore the value of smart communities and the need for collaboration among multiple entities, regulated and unregulated. Attendees will learn how successful smart communities can achieve their goals, the role of regulation, explore ideas on how smart communities can structure financing, and how to collaborate to turn plans and technology into action.

Facilitator: Hon. Nick Wagner, NARUC President, Iowa


  • Dan Ford, Managing Director – North American Power and Utilities Equity Research
  • Susan N. Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association
  • Anne Pramaggiore, Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of Exelon Utilities, Exelon Corporation
  • Philip Mezey, President and Chief Executive Officer, ITRON



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


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