Staff Subcommittee on Gas

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

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Sunday, July 24

Location: Broadway C/D
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Vertical Arrangements for Natural Gas Procurement by Utilities.

Over the past few years, utilities and gas producers have given increased attention to long-term commercial commitments under a vertical arrangement to complement their current hedging initiatives that, today, are mostly short term in nature.

This interest in long-term transactions hinges on a variety of factors affecting the U.S. gas market.  Changing conditions in the natural gas market have, again, made long-term commitments appear more palatable and potentially mutually beneficial for both gas producers and utilities.

Presenter: Ken Costello, Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI)

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

State/FERC Updates

A discussion of current issues that are addressed in the various States and a presentation of FERC-related matters.

10:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

DOE Updates 

Presentation on the major gas-related topics trending at the DOE.

Aliso Canyon Gas Storage National Lab Task Force and CA PUC Regulatory Response

Fossil Energy Methane Emissions Mitigation Research Program and Methane Emissions Quantification Program Solicitation Topic Areas

DOE 2015 LNG Export Study evaluated exports in the range of 12 to 20 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year

Energy Water Nexus Crosscut and Induced Seismicity from the disposal of produced water  (Post script to the 60 minutes segment)

PresenterChristopher J. Freitas, Program Manager, Natural Gas Infrastructure Research & Development, United States Department of Energy Office of Oil and Natural Gas

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

North American Midstream Infrastructure Through 2035

Presentation on the recently released ICF study reviewing trends (exploration, production, supply) in natural gas and assessing the infrastructure needs through 2035. 

PresenterRichard. R. Hoffmann, Executive Director, The INGAA Foundation Inc.

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

How to Heat a Home?

Joint session with the Staff Subcommittees on Gas, Electric Reliability, and Energy Resources and the Environment - Broadway E

Today's new homes are built to meet more stringent building codes. And today we have new technologies for heating homes as well as new concerns about environmental and safety issues. This panel will explore how homes have changed and the best fuel and technology options for heating them. Panelists will explain what heating technologies are being installed in both single-family and multi-family residences and why, as well as the impact of the 2015 International Energy Code. Finally, speakers will discuss new technologies that are on the horizon for heating our homes in the future.

Moderator: Kim Jones, Chair, NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

Ron Edelstein, VP of Government Affairs, Gas Technology Institute

Mark Schuling, Consumer Advocate for the State of Iowa

Rafi Sohail, Director of Technical Sales, CenterPoint Energy

Robert Stoyko, VP Marketing and Customer Relations, UGI Utilities, Inc.

Jeremy Susac, Dir. of Government Affairs, Lennar Ventures

Barbara Tyran, Ex. Dir. Government & External Relations, EPRI