Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Final Program  (Using agenda content available as of June 25, 2016) 

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Monday, July 25

Location: Broadway G/H                                     

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment                  

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

Business Meeting

Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota

Hon. Donna Nelson, Texas

Hon. Jeanette Mills, Maryland

Research Updates:
Ron Edelstein, Gas Technology Institute

Tom Stanton, National Regulatory Research Institute

Barbara Tyran, Electric Power Research Institute


Molly Cripps, TN Department of Environment & Conservation, Office of Energy Programs

Six U.S. States, The Climate Registry and NASEO have secured a DOE award to develop a national energy efficiency registry (NEER). The registry will allow States to track initiatives within their own programs as well as demonstrate compliance with existing State and federal regulations.

Katrina McMurrian, Executive Director, Critical Consumer Issues Forum

CCIF will share information from its new report on “Consumer Solutions: Meeting Consumer Needs at All Levels,” a collaborative effort of state commissioners, consumer advocates, electric utility representatives, and large commercial customers.  The next CCIF Kickoff Forum in November will also be announced.

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

Community Solar- Where Do We Go From Here?

Community solar is an increasingly popular option for deploying solar technology.  This panel continues the discussion we started at our Winter Meeting on this topic to discuss different ownership models, program design, best practices and lessons learned, including how to tailor programs to include low and mid-income customers.

Moderator: Hon. Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin

Jennifer Szaro, Senior Director, Programs, SEPA

Lynn E. Thompson, President & CEO, Eau Claire Energy Co-op

First Solar Representative

Utility Representative

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

Big Data and Energy Efficiency

Big data, analytics and cloud software are modernizing energy efficiency programs and providing new ways to measure and monitor energy savings. These changes have significant ramifications for regulators: the measurement of energy efficiency is how regulators determine the costs, benefits and value of demand-side management programs. Analytics tools are beginning to enable "Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) 2.0" using large volumes of energy consumption data. EM&V 2.0 provides near real-time performance feedback and helps modernize and improve energy efficiency programs. Come hear from practitioners, thought leaders, and researchers to learn about recent experiences from across the country.

Moderator: Hon. Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii

Jordana Cammarata, Regulatory Affairs Manager, First Fuel

Jessica Granderson, Deputy Director of Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, LBNL

Julie Michals, Director, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership's Regional EM&V Forum

Taren O’Connor, Rate Specialist, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel  

Jake Oster, Sr. Director of Regulatory Affairs, EnergySavvy,

4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Who’s on First: the Clean Power Plan and Market Forces

As RTOs and others analyze the impacts of the Clean Power Plan, new modeling shows that sustained lower natural gas prices, dropping costs for renewable energy resources, and low growth in electricity consumption are driving utility carbon emissions down.  This panel will discuss the key drivers behind decarbonization of the electric sector, including regulation and market forces.  The panel will also tackle the challenging question: What is the role for the Clean Power Plan in an industry that is being reshaped by powerful market forces?

Moderator: Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota

Pam Kiely, Senior Director of Regulatory Strategy, Environmental Defense Fund

Jennifer Macedonia, Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

Cathy Woollums, Senior VP Environmental & Chief Environmental Counsel, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Tuesday, July 26

Location: Broadway G/H                                       
10:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

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

NEM PART I Brown/Cichetti Debate

Joint session with the Committee on Electricity - Broadway E

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

NEM PART II - Broadway G/H

ERE continues the net metering conversation with a moderated panel discussion, led by Rich Sedano of the Regulatory Assistance Project.  This panel of innovative thought leaders will reflect on what they heard in the NEM Part I panel, and then engage in a robust discussion about the form, function and future for net metering and alternative policies.

Moderator: Rich Sedano, RAP

Lena Hansen, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Barbara Lockwood, Vice President of Regulation, APS

Bill Malcolm, Senior Legislative Representative, State Advocacy and Strategy, AARP

Tom Starrs, Vice President for Global Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower

Lisa Wood, Executive Director, Institute for Electric Innovation, Vice President, The Edison Foundation

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

Going Green and Doing More for Le$$: Energy Efficiency Financing Models

While improving energy efficiency or adding renewable energy technology in buildings can save consumers money, a significant barrier is financing the upfront capital costs.  Upgrading a chiller, installing a solar PV system, or improving the efficiency of an entire building, requires upfront investments, followed by multi-year payback through savings in energy bills. This panel will explore options for overcoming those barriers,  exchange lessons learned from private financing that might be translated to utility programs, and discuss the role of utility commissioners in helping consumers save money through energy efficiency.

Moderator: Jim Gardner, Commissioner Emeritus

Cisco DeVries, CEO, Renew Financial

Jeff Eckel, President and CEO, Hannon Armstrong

Deborah Lebl, Program Strategy, Policy & Evaluation MA Department, National Grid

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Who’s TED and why is he talking about an all electric world?

Welcome to ERE’s version of TED Talks, a panel devoted to sharing ideas on Technology, Electrification, and Distributed energy and exploring the implications of a fully electrified economy.  Leah Parks will outline the vision for an electric transportation sector as consumer demand for electric vehicles accelerates.  Britta Gross will explain the regulatory and commercial hurdles faced by electric vehicle manufacturers. Anda Ray will discuss electrification in the transportation, industrial, commercial, and residential sectors.  Robert Bryce will explore the continuing need for traditional fuels such as oil and gas to maintain reliability, a diverse portfolio, and baseload generation.

Moderator: Hon. Donna L. Nelson, Texas

Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Britta Gross, Director GM Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy

Leah Parks, co-author of All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future

Anda Ray, Senior Vice President, Energy, Environment and External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute