Committee on Gas

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

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Sunday, July 24

Location: Broadway F                        
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

United States Natural Gas Exports (specifically Liquefied Natural Gas) –The Implications for the Economy, Trade and Geopolitics

Joint Panel with the International and Gas Committees 

The United States shale gas boom has provided new prospects for the energy future. With the shale gas “revolution,” natural gas prices have reached historic lows in recent years due to a surge in production. Low prices have sparked a debate within the United States about what to do with this glut of supply. Moreover, high prices for LNG in Europe and Asia create an opportunity for the United States. In fact while traditionally the United States was seen as a net energy importer the United States is poised to be in the foreseeable future to net energy exporter.  Prudent and responsible processes and policies with regards to natural gas exports must consider the impact of exports on the national and regional economy, job creation, international trade flows, and the environment. This panel will take a critical look at the export debate, the domestic policies surrounding this debate and the geopolitical implications of global shale gas development.

Moderator: Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York

Panelists:
Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

William Hederman, Senior Advisor, DOE 

Hon. Jolette Westbrook, Massachusetts

Hon. Robert Pickett, Alaska 

Charlie Riedl, executive Director, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas

 

Monday, July 25

Location: Broadway E                                     

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Hedging and Long Term Contracting -- What does it all mean?

Joint with the Committee on Electricity

Price spikes can trigger howls of protests from customers.  Long term contracting for fuel supplies used to be the norm but have fallen out of favor in the last few decades. Hedging has become synonymous with the use of short-term market instruments to hedge short-term risk. Utilities have available a wide range of hedging instruments and strategies to keep price surprises at a minimum.  Evolving supply-demand dynamics of the natural gas markets and its impact on the electric market are driving folks to look more at these options.  Ongoing efforts to enhance hedging options reflect the need to understand the long term supply contract structures.  Education is needed on the differences between short-term hedging of market risk, long-term commodity supply contracts, and the reserves investments where the utility actually owns the resource-in-the-ground. This panel will explore what state commissions may want to consider when evaluating prudent hedging and contracting standards that protect customers.

Moderator: Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York and Hon. Lamar Davis, Arkansas

Panelists:
Hon. Eric Skrmetta, Louisiana

Dr. Craig Pirrong, University of Houston

Orlando Alvarez, BP Energy President and CEO

Tim Sherwood, Vice President Gas Supply Operations for AGL

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

Presentation to the Gas Committee 

PresenterHon. Colette D. Honorable, FERC

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

PHMSA Nuts and Bolts Part One - Broadway F

Increases in U.S. natural gas production, usage and commercialization of natural gas are changing the regulatory landscape for the U.S. natural gas industry and its customers.  The safe, reliable and cost effective operation of the natural gas pipeline infrastructure in critical to our economy and security.   The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline Hazardous Material and Safety Administration’s mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives. To do this, PHMSA’s stated mission is to establish national policy, set and enforce standards, educate, and conduct research to prevent incidents. PHMSA also prepares the public and first responders to reduce consequences if an incident does occur.  In this two part Nashville moderated series we will explore all that is happening at PHMSA specifically as it concerns the proposed regulations and rules surrounding the safety of natural gas distribution and transmission pipelines.  Attendees will be provided with the framework and tools necessary to explore and understand their respective roles and responsibilities in ensuring the delivery of natural gas to our communities safely, reliably, responsibly and affordably.  Part One will tee up the issues and lay the ground work for a deeper dive into the specific stakeholder viewpoints in Part Two on Tuesday July 26 2:45pm to 3:45 pm.

Facilitated Discussion with: 
Gas Committee Members PHMSA Working Group

Panelists:
Mr. Talmadge R. Centers, Jr. Vice President, Safety and Gas System Integrity, CenterPoint Energy

Lindsay Sander, Sander Resources

PHMSA Senior Staff Leadership Member

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2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Gas Crystal Ball

Natural gas prices are at an all-time low in the midst of unprecedented technological innovation and modernization, which, in turn, has led to increased customer engagement with respect to managing and participating in energy consumption.  While the “utility of the future” gets a lot of attention on the electric side of the industry, this panel will discuss the future of the natural gas industry.  Issues such as the recovery of gas prices, natural gas expansion global climate change issues, and regulatory uncertainty around the natural gas sector. We will look at forecasts and implications for the electricity, industrial and transportation sectors.  Also, what are the real positive implications of increasing the natural gas industries footprint for carbon emissions and providing the backstop to increase renewable power? Focus will be on looking forward and planning for the uncertain future.

Moderators:
Hon. Dianne Solomon, New Jersey and Hon. Stan Wise, Georgia

Panelists:
Pam Witmer, Vice President of Government Affairs, UGI Energy Services

Julian Dumoulin-Smith, Executive Director, US Electric Utilities, Alt Energy and IPPs Group, UBS Investment Research

Paul DeCotis, Senior Director, Energy and Utilities Practice, WestMonroe Partners, LLC

Andy Weissman, CEO of EBW AnalyticsGroup

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4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

State Regulation of Physical and Cybersecurity of Utility Distribution Systems (Joint session with the Electricity,Critical Infrastructure and Water Committees.)

Hear about the actions that two States have taken to address the increasing threats against utility distribution systems. FERC Commissioner LaFleur will then provide a federal perspective on these State actions. The discussion will include how all parties may coordinate efforts and provide information sharing using, among things, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

Moderator: Hon. Philip Jones, Washington

Panelists:
Hon. Cheryl LaFleur, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Hon. Richard Mroz, New Jersey

Hon. Arthur House, Connecticut

Tuesday, July 26

Location: Broadway F                                      
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Natural Gas Pipeline Locators -- Safety and Damage Prevention Power in Cooperation

This TED talk panel will feature recent cutting edge happenings/technologies to ensure the quality, efficient, safe, and innovative locator solutions are in place to protect our natural gas infrastructure and critical assets. Audience members will get to see up close and personal the actual cooperative partnership efforts to ensure that we are doing all we can to increase safety and damage prevention. 

Moderators:
Hon. Julie Fedorchak North Dakota

Hon. Kara Brighton, Wyoming

Panelists
Rob Tullman,  CEO of USIC

David Chislea, Pipeline Safety Program Manager, Michigan for National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives

Bob Demarinis, VP of NY Gas Maintenance & Construction and COO for NY Gas Operations, National Grid

Kevin Hopper, Executive Director, Dig Safely NY

N. Jonathan Peress, Air Policy Director -- Natural Gas, Environmental Defense Fund

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1:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. 

Business Meeting

Approval of Minutes from Winter Meeting

Resolutions Presented by Gas Resolutions Working Group Team

  • Kara Brighton, WY
  • Diane Burman, NY
  • Sherina Maye Edwards, IL
  • Dianne Solomon, NJ
  • Swain Whitfield, SC

New Business

Moderators
Hon. Stan Wise, Georgia

Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota

Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York

1:40 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

DOE Update

Update from DOE and Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership.

PresenterJames Bradberry, DOE

1:50 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

One Potato, Two Potatoes 

Round table fast paced discussion where we will have an interactive session with the Commissioners and audience on hot topics.  We will have invited speakers making quick presentations on topics of interest and we will have a discussion of hot topics that people are interested in but didn’t make it on to a panel but people want to discuss and perhaps engage on future panels.  Discussion among participants is encouraged but the hot potato holder will be focused on getting rid of it quickly so another participant can talk. 

Sample of Some of the Topics to be discussed:
Pipeline Safety Reauthorization Update, ISO Gas Related Issues, 27th World Gas Conference 2018, State of the Industry Happenings, Electric-Gas Coordination, Workforce Development Initiatives, Gas Storage and other Hot Topics.

ModeratorHon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

2:30p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

PHMSA Nuts and Bolts Part Two-Stakeholder Engagement Discussion

Increases in U.S. natural gas production, usage and commercialization of natural gas are changing the regulatory landscape for the U.S. natural gas industry and its customers.  The safe, reliable and cost effective operation of the natural gas pipeline infrastructure in critical to our economy and security.   The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline Hazardous Material and Safety Administration’s mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives. To do this, PHMSA’s stated mission is to establish national policy, set and enforce standards, educate, and conduct research to prevent incidents. PHMSA also prepares the public and first responders to reduce consequences if an incident does occur.  In this two part Nashville moderated series we will explore all that is happening at PHMSA specifically as it concerns the proposed regulations and rules surrounding the safety of natural gas distribution and transmission pipelines.  This two part series is very timely as stakeholder comments will have just been submitted in accordance with the July 7th comment period.  Attendees will be provided with the framework and tools necessary to explore and understand their respective roles and responsibilities in ensuring the delivery of natural gas to our communities safely, reliably, responsibly and affordably.  Part Two complements the Part One discussion held Monday July 25th 1:30 pm – 2:15pm laying the groundwork for this moderated discussion.  Attendance at Part One is not mandatory to understand Part Two.

Facilitated Discussion with:
Committee on Gas Members PHMSA Working Group

Panelists
Marc Huestis, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Lindsay Sander, Sander Resources

Joel Kanvik, Esq., Director, U.S. Law, Enbridge Energy

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

Transform the Energy Industry with New Gas-fueled Technologies

In a TED type talk this group of dynamic speakers will explore new gas technologies from concept to marketplace helping to transform the energy industry.  Over the past few decades the natural gas industry has transformed into one of the most technologically advanced industries in the United States. New innovations have reshaped the industry into a formidable technology leader. This TED talk will discuss the role of technology in the evolution of the natural gas industry, focusing on technologies that can have a profound effect on the potential for natural gas and what some of the challenges have been in Research and Development and in manufacturing.  The natural gas industry works with government agencies and laboratories, private research and development firms, environmental technology groups and manufacturers to ensure new technologies emerge in the natural gas space.  This collaboration helps to improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental soundness of the natural gas industry.

Moderators:
Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois

Swain Whitfield, South Carolina

Panelists:
Mark Bishoff, President & CEO, Lorax Systems Inc.

J. Scott Kleppe, President and CEO, SENSIT Technologies, LLC

Daphne D'Zurko,Vice President of Research, Development and Demonstration, Northeast Gas Association

James Marean, Senior Program Manager, Gas Technology Institute

Nate Gorence, Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

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