Agenda

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Compiled Agenda

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Saturday, July 15:

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom A
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Closed Session - State Staff

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Panel I:  911 Multi-state I/P Outages - Where To From Here?

The implementation of I/P Broadband networks has created opportunities for new telecom services, public safety 911 capabilities and 911 network diversity.  But at the same time, the additional complexities and expanded number of network failure points have proved challenging in assuring the reliability of the networks and the ability for consumers to reach 911. There have been numerous widespread 911 outages, causing federal and state entities to re-examine how best to address the challenges. This panel will explore some of the recent outages and discuss how all stakeholders can best come together to assure a reliable 911 public safety network.

Moderator: Daryl Branson, Colorado

Panelists:

Budge Currier, 911 Branch Manager Public Safety Communications, California Office of Emergency Services

Mary Boyd, VP:Govt & External Affairs, West Safety Services., Inc

Walt Magnussen, Chief Information Technology Consultant for Vendor & Agency Relations, Texas A&M University

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

Lunch (On Own)

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

Current Issues:  Reports from NARUC

*Litigation Report – Brad Ramsay

*Legislative Report – Brian O’Hara

Joint Board & NRRI Reports

*Separations – George Young, Vermont

*Universal Service – Labros Pilalis, Pennsylvania

*706 Joint Conference - TBD

*NANC –Carolee Hall, Idaho

*NRRI – Sherry Lichtenberg, NRRI

 Subgroup Reports

*Consumer Issues – TBD

*Cyber Security –John McClain, US Department of Homeland Security

*Federal Regulation & Legislation – Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania

*Numbering – Bonnie Johnson, Minnesota

*State Regulation – Robin Ancona, Michigan

*Technology & Service Quality – Teresa Ferguson, Colorado  

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Panel I:  FCC vs. FTC - Privacy NOW!

The FCC under former Chairman Wheeler imposed detailed privacy mandates on telecom carriers and providers.  However, on March 28, 2017 Congress took a final step and passed a resolution of disapproval of the FCC’s privacy regulations, which was later signed by the President.  Current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has stated that, “the FCC will work with the FTC to ensure that consumers’ online privacy is protected through a consistent and comprehensive framework.”  The panel will examine the legal structure guiding FCC-FTC regulation, recent case law on that topic, and the FCC’s possible use of the FTC practices as a way of ensuring internet privacy.

Moderator: Brad Ramsay, General Counsel, NARUC

Panelists:

Barbara Cherry, Professor, Indiana University

Lynn Follansbee, Vice President Law & Policy, US Telecom

Eric Null, Policy Counsel, New America Open Technology Institute

Michael Santorelli, Director, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, New York Law School

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Break

3:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m.

(Location:  Marina 4)

Presentation:  NRRI Colloquium - Broadband Adoption:  A State Perspective  

Presenter:  

Sherry Lichtenberg, Principal Researcher - Telecommunications, NRRI

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resolution Introduction - Industry Input

 

Subcommittee on Education and Research

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Seabreeze

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Closed Executive Session

 

 

2:15 p.m. Open Session
2:15 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Hon. Butch Howard - Subcommittee Chair - South Carolina

2:20 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Approval of Minutes
2:25 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

NRRI Updates

Rajnish Barua, Executive Director

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Annual Reports (10 minutes each)

  • Jan Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, MSU
  • Cindy Blume - Program Manager, Center for Public Utilities, NMSU
  • Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait - Director, WI Public Utility Institute
  • Stephen Ferris - Executive Director, Financial Research Institute, MU
  • Mark Jamison - Director, Public Utility Research Center, UFL
3:20 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE) Update

Jan Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, MSU

3:25 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs

Jan Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, MSU

 

3:35 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Update on Subcommittee Projects

  • 2017 Summer Internships (NARUC)
  • New Commissioner Regulatory Orientation

 Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC

3:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Review of Applications for Support

Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC 

3:45 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Scholarship Report and Awardee Selection

Sue Daly - Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Education and Research

3:50 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

ICER

Hon. Jack Betkoski, III - Chair, ICER

3:55 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. New Business

National Regulatory Research Institute

Location: Marina 4
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Kathryn Kline, Senior Research Associate  

Distribution System Investment Charges: A Retrospective

Distribution System Investment Charges were first implemented in Pennsylvania over two decades ago to allow for non-revenue producing investments to replace aging infrastructure. Benefits of implementing these charges include: enhanced quality of service, fewer leaks, avoidance of rate shock, and significant progress in replacing aging infrastructure. Currently more than 17 States allow for some form of DSIC for water, wastewater, and even sometimes natural gas utilities. This presentation will present an overview of which States currently use some form of DSIC, which utilities are eligible to use DSIC charges, and what types of systems most frequently utilize this regulatory tool. It will also review arguments for and against the use of DSICs, and present brief case studies presenting different utility experiences with DSICs.

 

Sherry Lichtenberg, Principal Researcher - Telecommunications

Broadband Adoption:  A State Perspective

The National Broadband Plan envisioned extending broadband availability throughout the country by modifying the focus of existing universal service initiatives to include the ability for all U.S. citizens to access both voice and high speed data services regardless of their location - urban, rural, or insular, including tribal lands. Since the Plan's release, the FCC has used the federal Universal Service High Cost Fund, rechristened the Connect America Fund (CAF), to extend broadband availability, redefine broadband speed requirements, and create initiatives to make broadband services available to all. The States have met this challenge by creating or refocusing State funds to support broadband build out and by creating new programs to increase the adoption and use of broadband by their citizens, including establishing State broadband funds. This paper will review State efforts to increase broadband availability and adoption through the development of State broadband programs, the funding of broadband initiatives as an adjunct to federal programs, including broadband in State universal service programs, and including broadband in State-funded Lifeline programs. The paper will also examine the impact of the technology transition and the reduction of State oversight of IP and wireless services on the States' ability to encourage universal broadband deployment.

 

Ken Costello, Principal Researcher - Energy & Environment

Natural Gas Under Siege

The U.S. natural gas industry has enjoyed a great run over the past eight years. It has contributed to the economy by creating new jobs and significantly reducing households’ and businesses’ energy bills, and to the environment by accelerating the retirement of coals plants. Up until the last two or so years, most environmental groups viewed natural gas favorably in facilitating the transition to a low-carbon environment. Today, these groups as well as others have changed their perspective of natural gas. They see natural gas as a barrier to achieving climate change targets that, in their minds, will help assure against catastrophes. They propose to phase out, as quickly as possible, the use of natural gas in electricity generation and to include in the dialogue the idea of residential and business customers switching their consumption of natural gas and other fossil fuels for space heating, water heating, and other end uses to electricity (labeled “electrification”). This presentation will examine these proposals in terms of their merits and how State Utility Commissions can address them. 

 

Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher - Energy & Environment

Updating State Utility Interconnection Rules for Improved Distribution System Modeling and Advanced Inverter Functions

Distributed generation interconnection rules have been adopted by at least 32 states and the District of Columbia. DG interconnection rules describe the procedures used by applicants and utilities to ensure that applications are processed expeditiously and the interconnected systems will not harm the utility system or any other utility customer’s equipment.This research paper, co-authored by Michael Coddington, Principal Engineer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, briefly summarizes the current status of interconnection rules and reviews the many changes now being developed within the IEEE and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) standards working groups, as well as the various screening methods used for evaluating interconnection applications that states and utilities have recently updated. Updated standards, along with rapid progress in modeling software used to evaluate proposed DG interconnections, offer the triple promises of: 
(1)    higher levels of grid hosting capacity for DG; 
(2)    improved processing timelines for both applicants and utilities; and, 
(3)    reduced risks of negatively impacting electric reliability and overall safety. 

The paper also reviews several practices for facilitating safe and reliable interconnections that are already working well in some jurisdictions, and that could be readily adopted by other states and utilities.

 

Sunday, July 16:

Task Force on Innovation

Location: Harbor Island 2
 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Innovation and Cybersecurity — Exploring the Relationship between New Technology and New Risks

(Joint Meeting with Committee on Critical Infrastructure)

New technologies bring the potential of increased operational efficiency, cost reductions, and reduction in human error when technology is able to perform certain routine functions.  The designers and manufacturers of these potential solutions are striving for products and services that deliver those efficiencies and cost savings.  However, new technologies also introduce new risks.  Utilities and their customers increasingly demand assurances that these operational efficiencies are not offset by an unacceptably greater risk of cyber-attack or due to vulnerabilities that have not been properly addressed throughout the supply chain—in the design, manufacturing, or distribution of such new technologies.

As utilities increase vigilance against multiple forms of cyber threat, have advanced technology business strategies fully integrated cyber threat considerations?  During this session, industry experts will discuss how these complex considerations are being addressed by product developers, manufacturers, and services providers, and suggest approaches to the strategic decision making required to maximize critical infrastructure reliability and resilience.

Topics will include:

  • Cyber supply chain security approaches and best practices;
  • Emerging technologies and hardware and firmware security considerations;
  • Predictive software capabilities for analytics related to Internet of Things (IoT);
  • Cost benefit considerations of introducing new solutions with a cybersecurity backdrop.

Moderator: Hon. Tim Echols, Georgia

Panelists:

Joe Doetzl, Cyber Security Practice Leader, Grid Automation, ABB

Kurt Lee, Vice President, Strategic Accounts, Pwnie Express 

Steven Martin, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, GE Energy Connections

Kyle Seymour, President & CEO, S&C Electric

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Harbor Island 3

9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.   

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards-SWD Chairwoman and Commissioner, Illinois

9:05 a.m - 9:35 a.m.

UPDATE: Supplier Diversity in Financial Services

A follow up to the 2011 NARUC summer meeting resolutions that addressed supporting supplier diversity in financial services within investor-owned utilities, sponsored by SWD (also formerly known as Utility Marketplace Access Subcommittee or “UMA”).

Hon. Nikki Hall, South Carolina

Timothy Alan Simon, Founder, TAS Strategies

9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

PANEL: State Diversity Councils: Challenges, Opportunities, and Where We Go From Here

As diversity and inclusion initiatives grow nationwide, utilities are increasingly expected to hire more diverse suppliers and have a more diverse workforce. As a result, diversity councils have emerged in some States to further focus on advancing the growth and utilization of diverse businesses. This panel will discuss how these councils assist utilities with best practices, existing challenges, and areas of economic growth. Additionally, this panel will discuss how other States can establish their own diversity councils.

Moderator: Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards- SWD Chairwoman and Commissioner, Illinois

Panelists:

Hon. Maida J. Coleman, Missouri 

Joe Chow, Supplier Programs Excellence Manager, Sempra Energy Utilities

Byron J. Witherspoon, Managing Executive, Supplier Diversity, Ameren

10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

FIRESIDE CHAT

Please join us as we discuss with Phyllis Currie her extensive personal and professional experiences as a utility industry leader, a dedicated public servant, and an African-American woman. Ms. Currie has been committed to public service for over 45 years, including 30 years with the City of Los Angeles. She is the former Chief Financial Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and General Manager of the Pasadena Water and Power. Ms. Currie joined the Board of Directors for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, the regional transmission organization for several Midwest and southern entities, in December 2015. She also serves on the Electricity Advisory Committee for the US Department of Energy.

Moderator: Hon. Angela Rapp Weber, Indiana

Speaker: Phyllis Currie, MISO Board of Directors

11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

SUBCOMMITTEE BUSINESS AND CLOSING REMARKS

Task Force on Military Workforce Development

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Seabreeze
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Helping Veterans, Helping Ourselves

At this meeting, the Task Force plans to hear industry, educational, and/or military personnel discuss, from their perspective:

  • The process of helping active service members transition out of the military into civilian career opportunities;
  • How military personnel may be an appropriate “fit” for positions within the utility sector; and
  • Ways that state commissions and/or utilities might provide value to the transition process.

Moderator: Hon. Judith W. Jagdmann, Virginia

Presenters:

  • Calvin Scheidt, Director of Military Contract Programs, Center for Military and Veterans Education at Tidewater Community College
  • Representative from Sunrun, who will be introduced by Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun
  • Spencer Wilcox, Director, Debt Capital Markets at Academy Securities
  • Military Representative

Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 6 / Grand Ballroom A
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Energy Efficiency Financing for Low- and Moderate-Income Households

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory co-author Greg Leventis will outline the findings of this recently-published paper, which discusses the challenges and potential solutions to providing effective financing opportunities for electric and natural gas efficiency improvements for LMI households. In response to his presentation, former Maine PUC Commissioner and former National Consumer Law Center attorney Nancy Brockway will provide a consumer perspective, and energy efficiency and evaluation, measurement, and verification consultant and facilitator Dr. Katherine Johnson will discuss alternatives to utility on-bill EE financing that have been developed collaboratively in Arkansas since 2014 and provide an experience-based analysis of utility and EE financing stakeholders’ points of view on the subject.

Moderator: Wally Nixon, Commissioner’s Legal Advisor, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Panelists:

Greg Leventis, Program Manager of Electricity Markets and Policy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Nancy Brockway, Commissioner Emeritus, New Hampshire

Katherine Johnson, President, Johnson Consulting Group

 

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Preparing for a Future Grid with Abundant DER

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is developing a comprehensive suite of tools, processes, and investment frameworks to enable utilities to fully integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) into their grid operations, and modernize their annual distribution planning processes.  The CPUC Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) proceeding will result in fundamental changes for the role DERs play in achieving the state’s ambitious energy and climate goals. California utilities, the CPUC, and diverse stakeholders are identifying “optimal” locations for DER deployment, that will help minimize overall system costs and maximize ratepayer benefit from the investments in DERs and related grid infrastructures. The DRP process aims to:

  • Modernize the distribution system to accommodate two-way flows of energy and customized energy services throughout the IOUs’  networks;
  • Enable more customer choices of new technologies and services that can cost-effectively reduce emissions and improve reliability;
  • Enable DERs to realize economic rewards by providing valuable grid services; and
  • Deploy “non-wires” alternatives to traditional transmission and distribution system investments.

This panel will share their visions of the future grid and lessons learned to date from the regulatory and policy making landscape that is shaping the distribution grid and the role DERs will play.

Moderator: Scott Murtishaw, Energy Advisor to CPUC President, California Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:

Dhaval Dagli, Principal Manager of Regulatory Policy, SCE

Mark Esguerra, Director of Integrated Grid Planning, PG&E

Brad Heavner, Policy Director, CALSEIA

Sahm White, Economics and Policy Analysis Director, Clean Coalition

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The joint meetings from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. will be held in Grand Ballroom A.

Distributed Solar: Which Code When?

(Joint with the Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)

3:15 - 3:35 p.m.

Status of IEEE 1547

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)

3:35 - 3:55 p.m.

How to Coordinate Smart Inverters with the Distribution Grid

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)

3:55 - 5:00 p.m.

Do Your Utilities Need Grid Modernization to Integrate Distributed Generation?

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity)

Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Grand A / Harbor Island 1

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

A World Without LIHEAP?

Winter’s chill is eased with a cup of hot cocoa, a good book and a heated home. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic picture for many households that choose between paying high utility bills or buying groceries or keeping cars running. Adequate utility service is a necessity—a key to the health and safety of U.S. households. Fortunately, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)—a targeted block grant program that provides vital heating and cooling assistance—has been the foundation for many programs authorized by state PUCs to assist tens of millions of Americans through cold winters and hot summers. For years, NARUC has supported increased LIHEAP funding, especially considering state budget constraints and a constant strain on the nation’s nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations. But, funding is dwindling. What happens if LIHEAP funding ends up on the chopping block? When the temperatures drop, how can we ensure adequate assistance is available for those consumers—the working poor, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities—who desperately need their heat, not for hot cocoa, but for survival?

Moderator: Phil Boyle, Consumer Service Manager, Oregon Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:

Barbara A. Smith, Manager, Integrated Service Center, Dominion East Ohio Gas

Mark W. Toney, Ph.D., Executive Director, TURN—The Utility Reform Network

Nat Treadway, Managing Partner, Distributed Energy Financial Group, LLC

Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association

Susan R. Corbin, Director, Customer Assistance Division, Michigan Agency for Energy

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Panel IV:  Copper Retirement and the Transition to Broadband

(Joint panel with the Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications in Harbor Island 1)

The FCC's Copper Retirement NPRM seeks comment on a path to replace copper infrastructure with fiber or wireless to encourage the transition to broadband. This panel will examine the replacement of the copper telecommunications network with fiber and wireless broadband solutions.  It will focus on how industry plans to phase out copper and the impact of that change on consumers, small business, and wholesale customers.  The panel will also address the question of whether companies are purposefully failing to maintain the copper infrastructure, causing consumers to lose service or be forced to other solutions.  Finally, the panel will review the problems and challenges of extending fiber to rural areas. The panel will include the views of consumer advocacy groups and competitive and incumbent telecom providers.

Moderator: Sherry Lichtenberg, Ph.D, Principal for Telecommunications, NRRI

Panelists:

Regina Costa, Telecommunications Director, TURN —The Utility Reform Network

Sarah DeYoung, Executive Director, California Association of Competitive Telecommunications Companies (CALTEL)

Coralette M. Hannon, Sr. Legislative Representative, Financial Security & Consumer Affairs, AARP

Paul Vasington, Director, State Public Policy, Verizon

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 1
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Panel III:  Back to the Future... or the Past: The Effect of a Broadband Reclassification

Broadband's legal classification as a telecommunications service in February, 2015 was recently called into question when the FCC majority voted on May 18, 2017 to eliminate the current net neutrality rules and open a rulemaking proposing to redefine broadband as a Title I information service.  However, what that means and how it may be implemented under the FCC transformation is uncertain.  The panel will examine potential issues created by a reclassification.  These issues and areas include, among others, Chairman Pai’s recent decision to recall the Broadband Lifeline appeal in the federal courts back to the FCC and the future of FCC USF support for voice service and broadband in light of  the FCC’s proposal to phase out support for voice only service. 

Moderator: Geoff Why, Counsel, Verrill, Dana, Massachusetts 

Panelists:

Barbara Cherry, Professor, University of Indiana

Rick Cimerman, ‎VP External & State Affairs, NCTA

Lynn Follansbee, VP Law & Policy, US Telecom 

Brad Ramsay, General Counsel, NARUC

Catherine Sandoval, Professor, Santa Clara Law School

 

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.

Panel IV:  Copper Retirement and the Transition to Broadband

(Joint panel with the Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs)

The FCC's Copper Retirement NPRM seeks comment on a path to replace copper infrastructure with fiber or wireless to encourage the transition to broadband. This panel will examine the replacement of the copper telecommunications network with fiber and wireless broadband solutions.  It will focus on how industry plans to phase out copper and the impact of that change on consumers, small business, and wholesale customers.  The panel will also address the question of whether companies are purposefully failing to maintain the copper infrastructure, causing consumers to lose service or be forced to other solutions.  Finally, the panel will review the problems and challenges of extending fiber to rural areas. The panel will include the views of consumer advocacy groups and competitive and incumbent telecom providers.

Moderator: Sherry Lichtenberg, Ph.D., Principal for Telecommunications, NRRI

Panelists:

Allison Ellis, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Frontier Communications

Sarah DeYoung, Executive Director, California Association of Competitive Telecommunications Companies (CALTEL)

Coralette M. Hannon, Sr. Legislative Representative, Financial Security & Consumer Affairs, AARP

Christine Mailloux, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

Paul Vasington, Director, State Public Policy, Verizon

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (On Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Panel V: FirstNet - We Have a Winner!  What Does it Mean for States and Consumers?

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), created  by congressional decree to build a nation wide broadband network for use by police, firefighters and emergency medical services among others, has selected AT&T to provide the network valued at $6.5 billion over the next five years.  It is expected that over the life of the 25 year contract, AT&T will invest $40 billion in the network.  The schedule for planning, deployment, test and turn-up begins with AT&T creating a detailed plan to provide to each State and US Territory.   Each governor will then have 90 days to choose to opt in to or otherwise develop and deploy its own comparable plan and network.  The panel will highlight the key milestones from both the FirstNet and State perspectives.  They will also  address questions regarding the plans and other aspects, impacts and opportunities of the broadband network beyond that provided to first responders.

Moderator:  Lynn Notarianni, Colorado

Panelists:

Brian Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer - Colorado Broadband Office, State of Colorado-Governor's Office of Information Technology

Adam Geisler, Regional Tribal Government Liaison, First Responder Network Authority

Patrick Mallon, Assistant Director, Public Safety Communications, California Office of Emergency Services

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Panel V:  Mobility Fund II - What's Mobilizing? 

 

In 2011, the FCC issued the seminal Connect America Fund Order (CAF Order).  The CAF Order substantially reformed intercarrier compensation and federal universal service fund (USF) support.  A major focus was on transitioning from voice to broadband USF support for telecom providers who serve in high-cost rural and tribal parts of the nation.  Separate paths and phases for wireline (CAF I & II & ACAM) & wireless (Mobility Fund I and II) funding were created by the FCC to accomplish the transformation.The FCC just released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) setting out ways to support the Mobility Fund II (MF II) going forward.   Several Petitions for Reconsideration have been filed in the MF II NPRM.  There is support for, and opposition to, the MF II NPRM and the Petitions for Reconsideration.  An expert panel representing the providers and consumers  will address what issues, if any, they believe exist with the MF II NPRM and how best to resolve them.

 

Moderator:  Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania

 

Panelists:

Catherine Sandoval, Professor, Santa Clara Law School 

Ben Aaron, Director, State Regulatory & External Affairs, CTIA

David LaFuria, Partner, Lukas, LaFuria, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP

Mary Sisak, Partner, Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resolutions - Final Discussion

 

Telecommunications Act Modernization

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Location: Marina 4
 

This is a closed meeting.  

 

Networking Break (10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

 

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 2
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Innovation and Cybersecurity — Exploring the Relationship between New Technology and New Risks

(Joint Meeting with Task Force on Innovation)

New technologies bring the potential of increased operational efficiency, cost reductions, and reduction in human error when technology is able to perform certain routine functions.  The designers and manufacturers of these potential solutions are striving for products and services that deliver those efficiencies and cost savings.  However, new technologies also introduce new risks.  Utilities and their customers increasingly demand assurances that these operational efficiencies are not offset by an unacceptably greater risk of cyber-attack or due to vulnerabilities that have not been properly addressed throughout the supply chain—in the design, manufacturing, or distribution of such new technologies.

As utilities increase vigilance against multiple forms of cyber threat, have advanced technology business strategies fully integrated cyber threat considerations?  During this session, industry experts will discuss how these complex considerations are being addressed by product developers, manufacturers, and services providers, and suggest approaches to the strategic decision making required to maximize critical infrastructure reliability and resilience.

Topics will include:

  • Cyber supply chain security approaches and best practices;
  • Emerging technologies and hardware and firmware security considerations;
  • Predictive software capabilities for analytics related to Internet of Things (IoT);
  • Cost benefit considerations of introducing new solutions with a cybersecurity backdrop.

Moderator: Hon. Tim Echols, Georgia

Panelists:

Joe Doetzl, Cyber Security Practice Leader, Grid Automation, ABB

Kurt Lee, Vice President, Strategic Accounts, Pwnie Express

Steven Martin, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, GE Energy Connections

Kyle Seymour, President & CEO, S&C Electric

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m

Critical Infrastructure Resource Center

Presenter:

Hon. Richard P. Mroz, New Jersey, Chair, Critical Infrastructure Committee

1:45p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Partner Updates

Presenters:

Puesh Kumar, Director, Preparedness and Exercises, U.S. Department of Energy

Joseph H. McClelland, Director, Office of Energy Infrastructure Security, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Cyber Workforce: Strategies to Fill the Gap

The nation’s cybersecurity workforce is at the forefront of protecting critical infrastructure from attack by a wide array of threat actors including nation-states, criminal gangs, and political hacktivists. The demand for skilled personnel is growing but experts suggest that the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs will reach 1.8 million by 2020. Panelists will discuss how utilities are contending with the workforce shortage and its potential effects on reliability and security. The focus will be on utilities’ strategies to recruit, train, and retain cybersecurity professionals.

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Gary Hayes, SVP/CIO, CenterPoint Energy

Scott King, Director, Information Security, Sempra Utilities

Rick Suttie, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School

3:15p.m. – 4:15p.m.

Innovations in Infrastructure Security:  UAS

Since the FAA’s new rules for unmanned aerial systems – commonly referred to as drones – went into effect last year, utilities have been investigating ways to leverage this new technology to improve performance and lower costs.  Although benefits may be indisputable, implementation challenges exist.  This session explores how utilities are solving those challenges amid an evolving regulatory landscape.

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Thomas Camp, Technology Business Development Manager, Verizon

Tom Guntrip, Director, Transportation Services, Southern California Edison

Chris Hickling, Director, Government Relations, Edison Electric Institute

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tackling Infrastructure Interdependencies – Priorities, Strategies, and Tactics

(Joint Session with Gas Committee)

Cyber security continues to be a high-profile risk to electric and gas sector operations. Another high-profile risk is the growing interdependency between these sectors as electric generation becomes more and more reliant on natural gas to fuel its generation fleet. During this session, sector-specific as well as collaborative approaches and priorities to mitigating shared risks will be examined. New initiatives aimed at developing a robust information exchange between the sectors will be highlighted.

Moderator: Hon. Dianne Solomon, New Jersey

Panelists:

Kimberly Denbow, Security, Operations & Engineering Services Director, American Gas Association

Paul Roberti, Executive Director, Advisory Services - Strategy, Ernst & Young

Marcus Sachs, SVP/CSO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Washington Action

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Marina 4
 

This is a closed session.  Discussion will include what is happening at the FERC, FCC, and in Congress.

Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure

New Commissioners Forum

10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Executive Conference Room #3
 

New Commissioners only.  Agenda will be distributed at the meeting. 

Staff Subcommittees on Electricity & Electric Reliability

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom A
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Distributed Solar: Which Code When? 

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

When it comes to distributed solar generation, ownership can cause confusion as to which safety code applies to a given facility, and there are overlaps and gray areas between the two codes: the National Electrical Safety Code and the National Electric Code. Learn what's being done to clarify the scope of these important safety codes as more and more solar installations are owned by non-utilities.

Moderator: Patricia Poli, Michigan

Panelists:

Nelson Bingel, National Electrical Safety Code

Sue Vogel, IEEE

Michael Coddington, Principal Electrical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Lab

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Chinese Clean Coal Technology

(Joint with Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration)

China is not only home to the world’s largest population, it is also the world’s largest energy consumer. Although all forms of generation have seen growth, coal has long remained the main fuel source. While coal fired generation in the United States has decreased in recent years, China has developed the most and largest capacity of ultra-supercritical generating units in the world. Dr. Peter Chen, President of Forest Power & Energy Holdings, will inform attendees of China’s most efficient and lowest emitting ultra-supercritical generation unit, the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Power Plant No.3, one segment of the 5000MW Shanghai Waigaoqiao Power Station. Through advanced and innovative engineering, this award-winning unit is not only leading the nation’s coal fleet, technology from the generating unit has also been applied to others under development and construction.

Moderator: Blake Kinney, Alabama

Speaker:

Dr. Peter Chen, President, Forest Power & Energy Holdings

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Status of IEEE 1547

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

This updated standard will drive changes in state jurisdictional interconnection agreements with distributed energy resources

Moderator: Kim Jones, North Carolina

Speaker: Michael Coddington, Principal Electrical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Lab

3:35 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

How to Coordinate Smart Inverters with the Distribution Grid —

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

Moderator: Kim Jones, North Carolina

Speaker: Paul DeMartini, Newport Consulting Group

3:55 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Do Your Utilities Need Grid Modernization to Integrate Distributed Generation?

(Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

Moderator: Kim Jones, North Carolina

Panelists:

Anda Ray, SR VP, External Relations & Chief Sustainability Officer, Electric Power Research Institute

Barbara Tyran, Executive Dir., Goverment and External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute

Joe Paladino, Technical Advisor, US DOE

Paul DeMartini, Newport Consulting Group

 

 

Committee on International Relations

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 3

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

 

Business Meeting

Welcome and introductions

Hon. David Danner - Chair, IRC- Washington

Hon. Kenneth Hill  – Co-Vice Chair, IRC – Tennessee

Hon. Murray Doehler – Co-Vice Chair, IRC – Nova Scotia

Committee Business

Approval of winter meeting minutes

Resolutions

Call for nominations - Terry Barnich Award

International Updates

NARUC International Department report - Ms. Erin Hammel, director

World Energy Regulatory Forum - Hon. David Danner, Washington

World Gas Forum - Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Energy on the Border

Even as the electric transmission systems of the United States and Mexico become more closely connected, the relationship between the two nations is changing. This panel will review the status of the border energy economy, look at plans for stronger cross-border ties and examine the possible impacts of potential political and economic shifts, such as a reopening of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Moderator: Paul Roberti, Ernst & Young, Mexico City

Panelists:

Emilio Camacho, Advisor, California Energy Commission

Rick Van Schoik, Transborder Energy Portfolio Director, North American Research Partnership

Roberto Bayetti, Director of QA, Architecture and Model Management, Cal ISO

Herman Tribukait Vasconcelos, Mexico Energy R&D Funds, Ambassador to North America

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Changing Climate on Climate Change: The Role of China After the US Exit From the Paris Accords

President Trump’s announcement that the United States would exit the Paris climate accord has been widely perceived as creating an opening for China to take a larger role on the global stage. This panel will examine the current state of Chinese efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and discuss the ways in which China may respond both diplomatically and economically from the changing U.S. policy on climate.

Moderator: Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana

Panelists:

Christopher James, Principal, China Programs, Regulatory Assistance Project

Susan Shirk, Research Professor; Chair, 21st Century China Center, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego

David Victor, Professor; Co-director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego

 

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 6
 

Closed Meeting.  Agenda to be distributed at meeting. 

Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 6
 

This is a closed meeting. Agenda to be distributed at meeting.

Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Marina 4
 

This meeting is for Commission Staff Only. 

  1. Welcoming Remarks/Participant Introductions (Staff Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Jan Freeman/PA and Stephanie Mullen/NV)

  1. Discussion items
    1. Public Outreach (Stephanie Mullen)
    2. Electric Wholesale and Retail Market Issues and the Potential for Generation Subsidies (Jan Freeman)
    3. State Regulatory Commission Funding (Stephanie Mullen)
    4. Grid Security and Resiliency (Jan Freeman and Hayley Williamson/NV)
    5. Aging Utility Infrastructure Issues (Jan Freeman and Hayley Williamson)
    6. State Legislative Updates (All Attendees)
    7. Roundtable
  2. Future Meetings

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 2
1:30 - 5:00

Joint Meeting with Committee on Critical Infrastructure

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Seabreeze
1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

CHP Interconnection Practices, Technologies & Issues

A discussion on the barriers to the expanded deployment of CHP based on a recent Gas Technology Institute study in  New York, Ontario, California and Minnesota. Additionally, the presentation will cover new CHP systems being developed by a variety of manufacturers.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Daniel LeFevers, Gas Technology Institute

2:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Utility Financing: The Role of Minority Owned Financing Organizations

This presentation will provide an introduction to the Tuesday Committee on Gas discussion titled “Understanding the Role of Diversity in Utilities' Financing Teams.”  This presentation will start the discussion on the economic and social benefits associated with the emergence of minority-owned financial services institutions.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Timothy Alan Simon, Comm. Emeritus, President TAS Strategies

David Finkelstein, CFA, Principal Williams Capital Group, L.P

Larry Goldman, Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets, Ramirez & Company

Michael A. Turner, Partner, Executive Vice President & Head of Investment Banking, CastleOak Securities, L.P.

Mari Kryder Becker, Assistant Treasurer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Ramifications of Gas Use and Alternatives in the Northeastern United States

The Gas Technology Institute recently conducted a study in New York State that examined the potential implications of future pathways for natural gas and electricity use in that state's homes. The study looked at the consequences of aggressive electrification, and quantified the economic, energy use, and environmental trade-offs. The presentation will discuss how the use of advanced technology and renewable gas will improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions not only in New York State but the Northeast United States.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations Gas Technology Institute

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Natural Gas as a Bridge Fuel

The U.S. natural gas industry has enjoyed a great run over the past 8 years by contributing to the economy, creating new jobs and significantly reducing households' and businesses' energy bills, and affecting the generation mix. However, the environmental groups that used to view natural gas favorably in facilitating the transition to a low-carbon environment are now calling for a quick phase-out of natural gas in generation and a shift to electricity-based space and water heating. Ken Costello will present a summary of his most recent paper on the topic.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas 

Presenter: Ken Costello, Principal researcher, NRRI

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

This meeting will be held in Harbor Island 2.

Tackling Infrastructure Interdependencies – Priorities, Strategies, and Tactics (Joint Gas and Critical Infrastructure Committees) — Staff Subcommittee will participate in the joint meeting

Cyber security continues to be a high-profile risk to electric and gas sector operations. Another high-profile risk is the growing interdependency between these sectors as electric generation becomes more and more reliant on natural gas to fuel its generation fleet. During this session, sector-specific as well as collaborative approaches and priorities to mitigating shared risks will be examined. New initiatives aimed at developing robust information exchange between the sectors will be highlighted.

Moderator: Hon. Dianne Solomon, New Jersey

Panelists:   

Paul Roberti, Executive Director, Advisory Services — Strategy, Ernst & Young

Marcus Sachs, SVP/CSO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Kimberly Denbow, American Gas Association, Security, Operations & Engineering Services Director

 

 

Networking Break (2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

 

Networking Break (3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

 

Committee on Gas

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This session will be held in Harbor Island 2.

Tackling Infrastructure Interdependencies – Priorities, Strategies, and Tactics

(Joint Session with Committee on Critical Infrastructure)

Cyber security continues to be a high-profile risk to electric and gas sector operations. Another high-profile risk is the growing interdependency between these sectors as electric generation becomes more and more reliant on natural gas to fuel its generation fleet. During this session, sector-specific as well as collaborative approaches and priorities to mitigating shared risks will be examined. New initiatives aimed at developing a robust information exchange between the sectors will be highlighted.

Moderator: Hon. Dianne Solomon, New Jersey

Panelists:

Paul Roberti, Executive Director, Advisory Services — Strategy, Ernst & Young

Kimberly Denbow, Security, Operations & Engineering Services Director, American Gas Association

Marcus Sachs, SVP/CSO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

 

Welcome Reception (5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bayview Lawn 

Bayview Lawn, located outside the Grand Ballroom, in the location for our Welcome Reception. Join us in this beautiful area situated between the harbor and the bay.  Since it will be on the grass, we recommend flat shoes and comfortable clothing.  Be sure to bring your entry ticket to redeem for beverage tickets. We look forward to seeing you there as we kick off our 2017 Summer Policy Summit.

 

Monday, July 17:

General Session

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom B/C
 

Military Workforce Development

Featuring Hon. Judy Jagdmann, VA  and Tom Farrell, CEO, Dominion Energy. 

 

Innovative Technologies Across Utility Sectors

Utilities are leveraging innovative technologies to achieve better customer service, greater resiliency, and efficiency. This panel will discuss innovative approaches from the nuclear, water, solar, and energy angles.

Safety is a major concern for every energy provider. Although we often hear today about how innovation is driving advances in clean energy, it also enables dramatic new ways to approach safety. Attendees will learn about cutting-edge collaborations, such as how Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has adapted and tested laser-based technology—originally designed to find methane on Mars—to locate natural gas leaks on Earth more effectively than traditional methods and how LiDAR technology is used to capture tree heights to better manage vegetation to secure the integrity of power lines. Attendees will also learn how vehicle-mounted, leak-detection technology is 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional equipment, how drones can enable companies to inspect hard to access areas, and how PG&E is using a new earthquake damage-modeling system to generate rapid, facility-specific damage estimates.

In the nuclear arena, attendees will learn how the United States will deploy a variety of innovative reactor types that will be more versatile and adaptable than existing reactors and how they are designed to integrate with renewables. The nuclear industry’s emphasis on innovation extends to research and development on more durable reactor fuels and identifying mechanisms to advance safety and efficiency at existing nuclear plants.

In the solar arena, attendees will learn about the evolution of solar + storage, collaborative partnerships between utilities, and rooftop solar. How innovation is being embraced to build a cleaner, leaner grid of the future will also be discussed.

In the water arena, usage monitoring, leak detection, water quality monitoring, and consumer-communications technology are just some of the benefits that result from the innovative thinking and deployment. Attendees will learn how companies are fortifying water infrastructure with intelligent infrastructure and cloud computing; how innovation and technology are a means to unlocking greater efficiencies, and enhanced safety for employees as well as innovation in the regulatory area.

Moderator: Hon. Robert Powelson, NARUC President

Participants:

Lynn Jurich, CEO and Co-Founder, Sunrun

Maria Korsnick, President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute

Susan Story, President and CEO, American Water

Geisha Williams, CEO and President, PG&E Corporation

 

Networking Break (10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

 

Committee on Electricity

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom A
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Commissioners’ Roundtable

Moderator: Hon. Edward S. Finley, North Carolina

Presenters: 

Hon. John Coleman, Pennsylvania

Hon. Asim Haque, Ohio

Hon. Judith Jagdmann, Virginia

Hon. Michael Picker, California

Hon. Kristine Raper, Idaho

Hon. Joseph Reynolds, Nevada

 

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

Nuclear Power Updates

(Joint With Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues–Waste Disposal)

 

Moderator: Hon. Anthony O'Donnell, Maryland

Status of NuScale's Small Modular Reactor

Speaker:  Dr. Jose Reyes, Chief Technology Officer, NuScale Power

Federal Legislation / Budget Update

Speaker: Katrina McMurian, Ex. Dir., Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition

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

Break

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

CAISO’s Efforts to Integrate Distributed Energy Resources into its Wholesale Markets

(Joint With Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

In November of 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow the aggregation of distributed energy resources for purposes of participating in the wholesale electricity markets. This proposal raises many issues, both practical and jurisdictional. While FERC considers the many diverse comments that it received, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is moving ahead, having received FERC approval for a similar proposal. This panel will discuss the challenges that CAISO faces, and the solutions it is crafting, as it moves ahead to accommodate participation in its energy and ancillary services markets by groups of generators that are located on the distribution grid.

Moderator: Hon. Hon. Martha Guzman Aceves, California 

Panelists:

Jill Powers, Smart Grid Solutions Manager, CAISO

Manal Yamout, VP Policy and Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Mark Esguerra, Director of Integrated Grid Planning, PG&E

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

5G Small Cell — Coming to a Pole Near You! 

(Joint with Committee on Telecommunications)

Talk of "smart cities" is ubiquitous these days. Communities face increasing pressure to prepare for a connected future that promises autonomous vehicles and a fully connected infrastructure. 5G small cell is crucial to the successful implementaiton of these technology innovations. Participate in this session to better understand the 5G small cell infrastructure and learn how communities can plan for a smart infrastructure. Hear a 5G deployment success story from a local government representative; how the deployment of 5G will effect electric companies; and where the public policy debate is headed at the local, state and national level.

Moderator: Hon. John R. Rosales, Illinois

Panelists:

David P. Young, Fiber Network & R.O.W. Manager, City of Lincoln, Nebraska

Nelson G. Bingel lll, Chair, National Electrical Safety Code

Hon. Karen Charles Peterson, Mass. Department of Telecommunications & Cable

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 3
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

What do water reuse, wastewater treatment, and clean energy have in common?  Brewing beer of course. 

(Joint Meeting with Committee on Water)

A desire to conserve water and utilize sustainable energy sources has paired with technological innovation to allow for unique approaches to water reuse, wastewater treatment, and clean energy recovery in the beer brewing industry. Local San Diego brewer Stone Brewing will discuss its conservation efforts, including its limited run beer made from recycled water and the City of San Diego will discuss the city's role in supporting Stone Brewing's objectives, and in turn its own sustainability efforts.

Moderator: Hon. John. E. "Butch" Howard, South Carolina

Panelists:

Brent Eidson, Deputy Director of External Affairs, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

David Schneider, Vice President Business Development Municipal & Commercial Business, Veolia North America

Tim Suydam, Senior Water Operations Manager, Stone Brewing

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

Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers

(Joint Meeting with Committee on Consumer Affairs)

New technologies enable new value-added services for consumers. Changes in technology also raise questions about the role of electric utilities and third-party providers in a modern grid. Among them:

  • What new value-added services does grid modernization enable, and what are the appropriate roles for utilities and third-party service providers?Should utilities directly compete with competitive providers of new value-added services, or provide new platforms and procurement mechanisms to enable third-party services?
  • What policy and regulatory changes may be needed in the face of increasing competition for electricity services from third-party providers?
  • How should regulators address utility costs for new value-added services, considering customers who do not participate in these offerings?
  • What policy and regulatory approaches best balance promoting innovation with consumer protection?

Panelists include authors of a new report for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The series taps leading thinkers to grapple with complex regulatory issues for electricity to inform ongoing discussion and debate.

Moderator: Lisa Schwartz, Energy Efficiency Team Leader, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Panelists:

Jon Blansfield, Senior Manager, Strategic Alliances, Institute for Electric Innovation

Scott Crider, VP Customer Services, San Diego Gas & Electric

Ryan Katofsky, Senior Director of Industry Analysis, Advanced Energy Economy

Bob Nelson, Consumer Counsel, Montana Consumer Counsel

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

This meeting is in Grand Ballroom A.

Cal ISO’s Efforts to Integrate Distributed Energy Resources into its Wholesale Markets

(Joint with Committee on Electricity)

In November of 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow the aggregation of distributed energy resources for purposes of participating in the wholesale electricity markets. This proposal raises many issues, both practical and jurisdictional. While FERC considers the many diverse comments that it received, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is moving ahead, having received FERC approval for a similar proposal. This panel will discuss the challenges that CAISO faces, and the solutions it is crafting, as it moves ahead to accommodate participation in its energy and ancillary services markets by groups of generators that are located on the distribution grid.

Moderator: Hon. Michael Picker, California

Panelists:

Mark Esguerra, Director, Integrated Grid Planning, Grid Integration and Innovation, Pacific Gas and Electric

Jill Powers, Infrastructure & Regulatory Policy Manager, CAISO

Manal Yamout, Vice President of Policy, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

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

This meeting is in Harbor Island 2.

How Clear is the Crystal Ball? Planning for the Future of Natural Gas

(Joint with Committee on Gas)

The role of natural gas in our nation’s energy future is finding itself at the heart of energy discussions. Natural gas is a fuel used for multiple end uses — electricity, industry, heating and transportation — and its robust growth is predicted to continue in the coming years. As generation assets are procured that commit some states to a future much more dependent on natural gas, what other considerations may come into play for regulators? In an interactive approach, the moderators will use challenges and “food for thought” comments gleaned from surveying state regulators done in advance of the meeting to ensure the panel discussion addresses areas of most relevance to state regulators.  This panel discussion will explore the wide range of economic, environmental and other questions that regulators are grappling with about a future that could include decades of reliance on natural gas.

Co-Moderators: Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota and Hon. Norm Saari, Michigan

Panelists: 

Suzanne Lemieux, Manager, Midstream and Industry Operations, API

Andrew Weissman, senior counsel at Pillsbury Law and founder of EBW Analytics

Steve Weissman, Lecturer, UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Sustainable Energy

Committee on Gas

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 2
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Perspective on the Natural Gas Path Forward  The Environmental, Economic, and Political Benefits of Natural Gas 

In the late 1970s, several acts were passed by Congress and signed into law which affected America's immediate and long term energy future. President Carter said that in a few short years America would simply run out of natural gas. The "gas crisis" set off a cascading series of actions. For example, laws were enacted restricting new distribution line extensions and the "Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act" declared that new electricity generation must be from sources other than natural gas. The doomsday predictions for natural gas did not materialize. In fact over the next forty years, there was overall increased domestic production such that natural gas was seen as an affordable energy option. Now America is again at a crossroads trying to determine the path forward to improve the delivery of natural gas to various regions of our country. This will be an engaging and edgy discussion with high level thought leaders to help discuss the opportunities and challenges policy makers are facing as they look to make decisions in the coming years.

Moderators: 

Hon. Kimberly O’Guinn, Arkansas

Hon. Stan Wise, Georgia

Panelists:

Scott Doyle, Senior Vice President – Natural Gas Distribution, CenterPoint Energy

Paul Greenwood, Vice President – Americas, Africa, and Asia Pacific Business Development, ExxonMobil

Scott Moore, Senior Vice President – Permian Operations and E&P Marketing, Anadarko Petroleum

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

Rural and Underserved Areas – Natural Gas Access and Expansion Initiatives

(Joint with the Committee on Consumer Affairs)

In April 2017, NARUC established a new Presidential Natural Gas Access and Expansion Task Force. The taskforce leadership team will lead a roundtable discussion that will help foster information gathering for the task force’s charge to create an analytical report on natural gas in these communities that will address, among other things, analysis of current access, relevant policies, and the need for access and expansion and barriers to providing natural gas service to these areas. This roundtable will help to showcase the work that lies ahead for the taskforce.

Moderators:

Hon. John Coleman, Pennsylvania

Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Panelists:

Hon. Stephen Bloom, Oregon

Fred Hanna, Pipeline Business Line Leader (Southeast Group) and Senior Project Manager, AECOM

Kyle Rogers, Vice President – Government Relations, American Gas Association

Don Stanczak, Vice President – Regulatory Affairs, DTE Energy

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

Electric Gas Coordination – "What the RUC?"

The natural gas and electricity industries provide critical services. The interdependencies of both natural gas and electricity warrant careful evaluation. In fact, natural gas is being used much more heavily in electricity generation and this trend is expected to continue. In addition, the nature of the electric grid is changing, with net load increasingly becoming more volatile while states are setting goals to reach 100% renewable generation in the near future.

This panel will focus on how the industry addresses reliability. For instance, how do regions insure generating capacity will be available when there is no access to gas or oil because of environmental or physical restrictions? How do regions plan for periods of low renewable generation? Do regions coordinate during the challenging (high demand) periods throughout the year and if so, how? Is there enough capacity – both natural gas for generation and electric transmission – to meet demand? Finally, the panel will discuss the current role and future evolution of ancillary services.

Moderators:

Hon. Angela O’Connor, Massachusetts

Panelists:

Dean Ellis, Senior Vice President – Regulatory & Government Affairs, Dynegy Gas Generation

Dennis Gee, Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric

Michael Kline, Senior Associate, The Brattle Group

Laura Manz, Director, Energy Practice, Navigant

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

How Clear is the Crystal Ball? Planning for the Future of Natural Gas

(Joint with Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

The role of natural gas in our nation’s energy future is finding itself at the heart of energy discussions. Natural gas is a fuel used for multiple end uses – electricity, industry, heating and transportation – and its robust growth is predicted to continue in the coming years. As generation assets are procured that commit some states to a future much more dependent on natural gas, what other considerations may come into play for regulators? In an interactive approach, the moderators will use challenges and “food for thought” comments gleaned from surveying state regulators done in advance of the meeting to ensure the panel discussion addresses areas of most relevance to state regulators. This panel discussion will explore the wide range of economic, environmental and other questions that regulators are grappling with about a future that could include decades of reliance on natural gas.

Moderators:

Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota

Hon. Norm Saari, Michigan

Panelists:

Suzanne Lemieux, Manager – Midstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute

Andrew Weissman, Senior Counsel, Pillsbury Law and founder of EBW Analytics

Steve Weissman, Lecturer, University of California Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Sustainable Energy

Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 1
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Staff and Industry – What Commissioners Need to Hear

Moderator:  Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho

Panelists:    

Robin Anacona, Director, Michigan Commission

Pamela H. Hollick, Senior Counsel State Public Policy, Level 3 Communications, LLC

Megan Kueck, Manager of State and Local Affairs, Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA)

Susan Lipper, Director, State Government Affairs, T-Mobile

Lynn Notarianni, Telecom Section Chief, Colorado Commission

Joe Witmer, Counsel to Chairman Brown, Pennsylvania Commission

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

State USF Funds — Broadband and VoIP: Contributors or Receivers

As the need for universal service funds increases to build broadband capability into underserved areas, States are wrestling with how to adequately resource their universal service funds. This tension is exacerbated by questions regarding the accessibility of broadband and VoIP services for contributions into State funds. Our panelists will discuss this issue from the perspective of how their States are working on the issue and how it will affect the industry providing broadband and VoIP services. 

Moderator: Hon. Chris Nelson, South Dakota 

Panelists: 

Hon. David Clark, Utah

Hon. David Danner, Washington

Hon. Wendy Moser, Colorado

Michael Santorelli, Director, New York Law School Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute

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

The Wooden Pole - Your Most High-Tech Infrastructure

Poles play an integral role across utility infrastructure, regardless of whether they are owned solely or jointly by the utility or communications provider, a municipal government, or another entity.  Demand for access to poles continues to increase from all the utility sectors:  electric; communications (wireline and wireless); and even gas and water.  This increased demand has raised concern about safety.  For example, in California overloaded poles, poorly maintained and sometimes illegal attachments, have contributed to fires that destroyed property, burned millions of acres, and resulted in deaths.  Across America these issues have led to reduced service reliability, outages, slowed storm recovery, and increased recovery costs.  Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission recently opened proceedings regarding barriers to broadband deployment (wireline and wireless) that raise questions about whether state and local authority over pole attachments should be curtailed.  What tools do states currently have to ensure safety while providing equitable access?  Are their additional tools that states need to better ensure service reliability and protect public safety?  A panel of experts will discuss the current state of pole attachment oversight, best practices and how to improve regulation of this vital network infrastructure.

Moderator:  Hon. Michael Picker, California

Panelists:

Russell Frisby, EEI

Marvin Glidewell, Construction Director, Cox Communications

Elin Katz, Consumer Counsel, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

Gail Karish, Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Jeffrey Kent, Oregon Joint Use Association

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

This meeting will be held in the Grand Ballroom A. 

5G Small Cell - Coming to a Pole Near You!

(Joint Session with Committee on Electricity)

Talk of “smart cities” is ubiquitous these days. Communities face increasing pressure to prepare for a connected future that promises autonomous vehicles and a fully connected infrastructure. 5G small cell is crucial to the successful implementation of these technology innovations. Participate in this session to better understand the 5G small cell infrastructure and learn how communities can plan for a smart infrastructure. Hear a 5G deployment success story from a local government representative; how the deployment of 5G will affect electric companies; and where the public policy debate is headed at the local, state and national level.

Moderator: Hon. John Rosales, Illinois

Panelists: 

David P. Young, Fiber Network & R.O.W. Manager, City of Lincoln, Nebraska

Nelson G. Bingel III, Chairman, National Electrical Safety Code

Hon. Karen Charles-Peterson, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable

Committee on Water

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

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

This meeting held in Harbor Island 3.

What do water reuse, wastewater treatment, and clean energy have in common?  Brewing beer of course.

(Joint Meeting with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

A desire to conserve water and utilize sustainable energy sources has paired with technological innovation to allow for unique approaches to water reuse, wastewater treatment, and clean energy recovery in the beer brewing industry. Local San Diego brewer Stone Brewing will discuss its conservation efforts, including its limited run beer made from recycled water and the City of San Diego will discuss the city's role in supporting Stone Brewing's objectives, and in turn its own sustainability efforts.

Moderator: Hon. John E. “Butch” Howard, South Carolina

Panelists:

Brent Eidson, Deputy Director of External Affairs, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

David Schneider, Vice President Business Development Municipal & Commercial Business, Veolia North America

Tim Suydam, Senior Water Operations Manager, Stone Brewing

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

Advancing Water Technology

Water and wastewater infrastructure repair and upgrades is an urgent and common need across the US. The funds to address these needs may be fall quite short leaving a funding gap. Smart technology however can provide an opportunity to close the gap where smart infrastructure can pinpoint and prioritize capital improvement processes yielding lower potential outlays and targeted use of capital. WaterStart, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit water technology incubator will discuss its efforts to assist in bringing technology to market and match innovative technology with unique utility needs.  SmartCover Systems, a San Diego-based company will discuss its products, which use technology to assess water and wastewater system conditions in real-time in order to prioritize capital improvement projects.

Moderator:  Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey

Panelists:

Jay Boyd, Senior Vice President, SmartCover Systems

Rebecca Shanahan, Program Manager, WaterStart

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

Desalination as a Water Source

(Joint Session with the Task Force on Innovation)

Is desalination part of the solution for water shortages? The panel will discuss the technology behind desalination as well as the ongoing operation and cost recovery aspects of desalination. California American Water will provide an update on the progress of its Monterey Peninsula desalination project. The San Diego County Water Authority, which purchases the entire output of the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, located in Carlsbad, California, will discuss the technology of the Carlsbad plant and the public-private partnership aspects of the plant including the purchase agreement.

Moderator: Hon. Comer H. “Randy” Randall, South Carolina

Panelists:

Richard Svindland, President, California American Water

Bob Yamada, Director of Water Resources, San Diego County Water Authority

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

Business Meeting

Items of Business of the Water Committee will be covered including discussion and action on Resolutions and approval of the minutes from the Winter Meetings. Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, and NARUC's Rate School. Members of the Committee will also have time to brief the Committee on activities of interest in their State.

Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 5
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions

Roundtable discussion of projects, plans, challenges and experiences

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

Cyber Security Landscape 2017: An FBI Perspective

Parker Scott, Supervisory Special Agent, San Diego Office Cyber Security Branch

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

Amazon Web Services Overview

A review of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, security model and services including a discussion on how Public Sector organizations are using the Amazon Web Services cloud and how it can benefit Public Service Commissions.

Jamie Butler, Manager, Public Sector Solution Architect Team, Amazon Web Services, World Wide Public Sector

Lisa Swanson, Account Executive, State & Local Governments, Amazon Web Services, World Wide Public Sector

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

The Progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions (continued)

Roundtable discussion of projects, plans, challenges and experiences

 

Lunch Break - On Own (11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

 

Task Force on Innovation

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

Joint Session with the Committee on Water

Desalination as a Water Source

Is desalination part of the solution for water shortages? The panel will discuss the technology behind desalination as well as the ongoing operation and cost recovery aspects of desalination. California American Water will provide an update on the progress of its Monterey Peninsula desalination project. The San Diego County Water Authority, which purchases the entire output of the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, located in Carlsbad, California, will discuss the technology of the Carlsbad plant and the public-private partnership aspects of the plant including the purchase agreement.

Moderator: Hon. Comer H. “Randy” Randall, South Carolina

Panelists:

Richard Svindland, President, California American Water

Bob Yamada, Director of Water Resources, San Diego County Water Authority

 

Networking Break (2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

 

Networking Break (3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

 

Committee on Consumer Affairs

Location: Harbor Island 1

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

This meeting will be held in Harbor Island 1.

Combating Robocalling

(Joint Session with Committee on Telecommunications)

Moderator:

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Panelists:

Lynn Butler, Executive Director — Regulatory, AT&T

Dave Conn, Vice President, T-Mobile

Richard Shockey, Chairman of the Board, SIP Forum

Brent Struthers, Senior Policy Advisor, Neustar

 

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

This meeting will be held in Harbor Island 3.

What’s the Charge to Charge? Rate Design Principles to Facilitate EV Charging

(Joint with Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

Managed correctly, EV charging could facilitate cost-effective grid-management services, produce significant emissions benefits, and provide an emerging source of new business opportunity for utilities. Managed incorrectly, EV charging could be more expensive and far more polluting than necessary. This panel will discuss which rate mechanism is better for commercial customers offering EV charging to their tenants or even to the general public—Time of Use rates or Demand Charges.

Moderator: Hon. Meg Curran, Rhode Island

Panelists:

Russell Garwacki, Director, Pricing Design and Research, Southern California Edison

Jim Lazar, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project

 

MACRUC - Invitees Only

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 6

This meeting is for invitees only. 

MARC - Invitees Only

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Executive Conference Room 1

This meeting is for invitees only. 

Western - Invitees Only

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 4

SEARUC - Invitees Only

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Executive Conference Room 3

This meeting for invitees only. 

NECPUC - Invitees Only

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 1

This meeting is for invitees only.

Commission Staff Power Hour

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Bayview Lawn
 

For Commission Staff Only

Tuesday, July 18:

Task Force on Natural Gas Access and Expansion

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Location: Harbor Island 2
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Closed Meeting

General Session

Location: Grand Ballroom B/C
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Innovation: The Catalyst for Integration

There has been talk about the need to integrate central and distributed energy resources to enable customers to use, produce, and store electricity. Integration will require wireless connected technologies; including, but not limited to, information services, sensors, data analysis, and modeling. This session will be a series of ‘turbo talks’ by cutting-edge innovators. Attendees will learn about these new technologies and the value to regulators; connect these interrelated technology schemes to Big Data, and understand practical applications.

 

Moderator: Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois

Participants:

  • Boris von Bormann, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
  • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (USN, RET.), Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations, and Environment)
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, Commonwealth Edison
  • Russell Stokes, President and CEO, GE Power

 

 

Networking Break (10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

 

Committee on Electricity

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom A
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Data Centers: Beneficial Load or Energy Hogs?

U.S. data centers use a lot of energy. A 2007 report to Congress estimated that this sector used 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, or 1.5% of all electricity used in the U.S., at a cost of about $4.5 billion (in 2006 dollars). This is similar to the amount of power used by about 5.8 million U.S. households. In 2014, U.S. data centers used about 70 billion kWh, or about 1.8% of total U.S. electricity consumption, a 4% increase. Energy use by data centers is expected to continue to grow, with U.S. data centers projected to use about 73 billion kWh in 2020. This panel will explore the future growth of data center electric and water consumption along with energy efficiency measures and emerging technologies to reduce this usage.

Moderator: Hon. John Rosales, Illinois

Panelists:

Sheila Owens, VP of Economic & Business Development, ComEd

Eduardo Balbis, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

Anne Kaiser, VP Community & Economic Development, Georgia Power Company

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Report on Meeting with National Energy Technology Laboratory -- Joint With Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management

Moderator: Hon. Jeremy H. Oden, Alabama

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Coal Ash Issues: Making Sense of a Messy Topic 

(Joint With Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management)

For decades, electric utilities have disposed of coal ash under the regulation and approval of health and environmental agencies and/or public utility commissions — either in ash ponds or in dry landfills. Many utilities have also managed the ash in beneficial-use programs, where the coal ash is turned into wallboard or concrete for sale into the marketplace.

Following EPA’s 2015 decision to not regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste, stakeholders are focusing on implementation of the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule and issues associated with the closure of ash disposal facilities containing decades of accumulated coal ash, many located at plant sites.

What does a utility do with ash at operating plant sites? At closed sites? Cap in place? Excavation and removal to a landfill? Removal for beneficial use? For utilities with retired plants, what are the options for indemnification from future liabilities and developing post closure re-development plans focusing on job creation? Can this be done while protecting the environment?

This panel will address these issues from several perspectives, provide updates on what is currently being done or is driving the issue today, and discuss options for the future.

Moderator: Hon. Jeremy Oden, Alabama

Panelists:

Frank Holleman, Sr. Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center

Jimmy Knowles, VP of Research and Development, The SEFA Group

Ann Loomis, Director of Federal Public Policy, Dominion Resources

Cindy Menhorn, Vice President, MCR Performance Solutions

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

Business Meeting

Update on the Westinghouse Bankruptcy and the Status of Vogtle Units 3 & 4 and VC Sumner Units 2 & 3 

Jim Spearman, Executive Assistant & Sr. Technical Advisor, South Carolina Public Service Commission

Sheree Kernizan, Director of Electric Unit, Georgia Public Service Commission

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Break

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

This meeting will be held in Grand Ballroom B/C

Innovation Spotlight: New Transmission Technologies

(Joint  with Task Force on Innovation)

NARUC and other organizations have adopted resolutions encouraging the consideration of advanced technologies to solve unique transmission siting and operations problems – problems that can slow progress toward State policy goals. Join the Electricity Committee and the Task Force on Innovation for a fast-paced review of four specific advanced transmission technologies. These speakers and video demonstrations will prepare you to push for modern solutions to age-old transmission conundrums such as how to move more power in limited space, how to prevent power injections from following the path of least resistance to the wrong customers, and how to improve wide-area grid situational awareness.

Moderator: Hon. Brad Johnson, Montana

Panelists:

Ken Blair, VP of Business Development, Ampjack Industries Ltd. 

David Rupert, Business Development Manager, BOLD (Breakthrough Overhead Line Design), LLC 

Todd Ryan, Director of Regulatory Affairs, SmartWires

Alison Silverstein, Project Manager, North American Synchrophasor Initiative

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 3
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

Introductions:

Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota, Chair

Hon. Carla Peterman, California, Vice Chair

Presentation: Key Findings from Utility Dive's 2017 State of the Electric Utility Survey, which polled more than 600 utility professionals on the critical issues facing the sector today.

Gavin Bade, Editor, Utility Dive

Resolutions

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

Smart Grid Innovation Around the Country

(Joint with the Task Force on Innovation)

Learn about various ideas and functionality happening as part of the grid modernization actions across the country from dynamic “TURBO TED” talk speakers. The panel will discuss trends being researched and technology tools being implemented in many states and cities to move generation, intelligence and control to the grid edge as part of the larger strategy for smart cities and sustainability.

Researchers from some of the largest, best-known grid modernization testing facilities are investigating technologies to modernize our grid.  Progressive utilities are partnering with technology innovation companies to demonstrate and integrate the new technology tools to provide services to support the grid at both the transmission and distribution level and to partner with customers to use behind the meter resources for the grid.

Hear from promising cutting-edge projects that try to answer questions like: Will drivers follow signals from power providers who are trying to charge electric vehicles without stressing the grid? Can a device like the Energy Switch provide a homeowner total control over their energy systems to maximize their energy management cost effectively in an easy way? How can utilities explore their security measures and design more resilient approaches from generation all the way to the customer meter?

Moderator:  Hon. Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii

Panelists:

Stuart Laval, Technology Director, Emerging Technology, Duke Energy

Anda Ray, SVP, Energy, Environment and External Relations, EPRI

Shishir Saraiya, Head of Data Science, Bidgely

Aaron Smallwood, Senior Director, Technical Services, SEPA

Raiford Smith, Vice President Analytics, Smart Grid and Corporate Strategy, Entergy

Martha Symko-Davies, Director of Partnerships, NREL

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

ERE Strategic Planning Session (Closed Session)

This session will engage ERE members, ERE staff subcommittee members, and ERE alumni in a facilitator-led discussion of ERE priorities to inform future panels, resolutions, and monthly calls. Key topics will include: current and upcoming issues of interest to ERE members and how ERE can support NARUC’s consideration of upcoming energy and resource issues.

Session attendance is limited to ERE members, ERE staff subcommittee members, and ERE alumni.

Facilitator: Rich Sedano, Principal Director, Regulatory Assistance Project

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

What’s the Charge to Charge? Rate Design Principles to Facilitate EV Charging

(Joint with Committee on Consumer Affairs)

Managed correctly, EV charging could facilitate cost-effective grid-management services, produce significant emissions benefits, and provide an emerging source of new business opportunity for utilities. Managed incorrectly, EV charging could be more expensive and far more polluting than necessary. This panel will discuss which rate mechanism is better for commercial customers offering EV charging to their tenants or even to the general public—Time of Use rates or Demand Charges.

Moderator: Hon. Meg Curran, Rhode Island

Panelists:

Jim Lazar, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project

Russell Garwacki, Director, Pricing Design and Research, Southern California Edison

Committee on Gas

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 2
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Technologies Driving Innovation in the Natural Gas Arena – Cruising Forward

(Joint with Taskforce on Innovation)

The natural gas industry is making major investments for the purpose of integrating new resources, technologies and services into the energy system. The gas sector through new gas fueled technologies is contributing to greater economic productivity, higher levels of customer satisfaction and lower levels of air emissions. This level of innovation is taking place at the distribution and customer level in particular through the utilization of cutting edge technologies including distributed generation and microgrids, new HVAC technologies and other small and large scale innovations. This session will discuss the latest technological and policy advances, how new technologies can be used to become part of the "smart energy grid."

Moderators:

Hon. Carla Peterman, California

Hon. Angela Weber, Indiana

Panelists:

Lisa Alexander, VP of Customer Solutions, SoCal Gas 

Josh Chaise, Director, Product Management, Water & Gas, Aclara

Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations, Gas Technology Institute  

William Hederman, Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania

Dan Simmons, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

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

Committee on Gas Business Meeting

  • Update from FERC
  • Update from Washington Action Committee
  • Update from Pipeline Safety Subcommittee and Staff Pipeline Safety Subcommittee which includes update on PHMSA/NAPSR/NARUC Collaborative
  • Update on Staff Gas Subcommittee
  • World Gas Conference Update (Barry Worthington, Executive Director, United States Energy Association)
  • Resolutions
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Understanding the Role of Diversity in Utilities' Financing Teams

(Joint Panel with Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity)

The presentations offer private sector investment firms and utility perspectives on the importance of increasing the participation of diverse and emerging financial services institutions for investor-owned utilities to achieve economic potential, spur job growth in underserved communities, utilize unique talents and resources to broaden the number of investors, and provide opportunities for lower financial costs resulting in direct cost benefits to ratepayers. Regulators will gain knowledge of the value proposition that diverse finance teams can offer ratepayers and learn their options on how to approach this topic with the utilities they regulate.

Moderator: Hon. Rachael Eubanks, Michigan

Panelists:  

Sidney Dillard, Partner - Investment Banking Division - Corporate Loop Capital Markets

Gary Hall, Head of Investment Banking, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC

Elizabeth (Beth) W. Reese, Executive Vice President and CFO, Southern Company Gas

Arion K. Williams, Director, Drexel Hamilton LLC

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

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Natural Gas and Coal Generators

(Joint Panel with Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management)

The energy challenges facing the nation are enormous and the possible solutions are multifaceted. Energy decision makers must consider several energy supply sources, including coal, nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar, biomass, and others. Each energy fuel source has distinct advantages and disadvantages to help states meet their respective energy, economic and environmental interests. This moderated discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities of baseload generation, primarily facing the natural gas and coal generators. In April 2017, the United States Department of Energy announced a comprehensive 60-day review of the energy grid with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies. This review will be an important tool to understand the implications of how to move forward in addressing our energy issues. Thus, this timely panel discussion will be an opportunity to share the current status of that DOE review and its findings as well as looking at the challenges and opportunities for the relevant baseload generation to appropriately integrate into the fuel of the future and ensure the continued reliability and resiliency of our nation's grid.

Moderators: 

Hon. Kara Brighton Fornstrom, Wyoming

Hon. Thomas Johnson, Ohio

Panelists:

Michelle Bloodworth, COO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

Dean Ellis, Senior Vice President – Regulatory & Government Affairs, Dynegy Gas Generation 

Doug Matheney, Special Advisor to the Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Steve Nelson, COO, Longview Power

Tom Wilson, Principal Technical Executive for Strategic Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute

 

   

Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 1
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Back to the Future: Net Neutrality – Where we’re going, we don’t need . . . regulations (or do we?)

Moderator: Hon. Ron Brise, Florida

Panelists:

Rick Cimerman, VP of External Affairs, NCTA

Dr. Mark Jamison, Director, Public Utility Research Center, Univ. of Florida

Dr. Nicol E. Turner-Lee, Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation, Gov. Studies, Brookings Institute

Professor Christopher Yoo, Dir., Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, Univ. Pennsylvania

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Business Meeting
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Innovation in the Telecommunications Space

Joint Session with the Task Force on Innovation

The momentum behind the ongoing digital journey is informed by hyper connectivity, programmable network, and digital value platforms.  The consequences are contextualized experiences, privacy and trust, and everything connected.  With 17 billion currently connected devices globally, some of the latest estimates suggesting more than 50 billion connected devices in the future, and greater than 50% of the worlds’ population estimated to live in cities by 2050, are utilities, telecommunications companies and cities the family of the future?  Network is not just the center of this transformation, but often it is at the forefront.  And the future of the network impacts the way we live, work, learn and play.  This Panel will explore the evolution of technology and some of the ways human-technology interactivity are being reimagined.  

Moderator: Hon. Gregg Sayre, New York

Panelists: 

TJ Costello, Americas Smart Cities & IoT Director, Cisco

Hans Raj Nahata, Director – Technology Architecture, Verizon Communications

Tom Funk, Senior Lead Architect, CenturyLink

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

Combating Robocalling

(Joint Session with Committee on Consumer Affairs)

Moderator: Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Panelists: 

Brenda Clark, Director Regulatory, AT&T State Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

Brent Struthers, Senior Policy Advisor, Neustar

Dave Conn, VP Regulatory, T-Mobile

Richard Shockey, Chairman of the Board, SIP Forum

 

 

Committee on Water

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Seabreeze
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Beyond Lead: Emerging Contaminants and Meeting Customer Expectations

In the United States, a multi-barrier approach, consisting of source water protection, risk management through drinking water treatment and compliance based monitoring of the 90 plus regulated compounds in engineered storage and distribution systems, is used to protect public health from consumption of drinking water. Effectiveness can be enhanced by coupling the physical barriers with public education/communications. Despite this, recent events (e.g. Flint) were a stark reminder that changes in any one or more of the components in the multi-barrier approach can result in significant political, social, or public health impacts of acute (e.g. Legionella) or chronic (lead) nature. A holistic approach, leveraging enhanced monitoring, implementation of novel treatment strategies and/or infrastructure modernization, is needed to manage the public health impacts associated with drinking water associated exposure to existing and emerging contaminants derived from disparate sources of pollution. In water scarce regions where increased reliance on reclaimed water is necessary, this situation may be exacerbated further. Technologically, modernizing drinking water systems to address water quality issues is feasible, but deployment can be costly and often requires supportive regulatory and legislative mechanisms. This panel will examine the health risks of microbial and chemical contamination and explore possible regulatory and technological solutions.

Moderator: Hon. Daniel Y. Hall, Missouri

Panelists:

Zia Bukhari, Senior Scientist, American Water

Rob Renner, Chief Executive Officer, Water Research Foundation

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

Ratemaking and Cloud Computing

As water utilities adopt various cloud computing services, regulators will have to determine how the costs of those services will be accounted for and treated in the ratemaking process. The panelists will discuss the issues regulators will face when determining the proper rate treatment of cloud computing costs.

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois

Panelists:

John Farnkopf, Senior Vice President, HF&H Consultants, LLC

Jim Jenkins, Vice President, Regulatory and Public Policy, American Water

Danny Kermode, Assistant Director of Water and Transportation, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

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

Water Trading and Other Unique Approaches to Addressing Water Shortages and Shifts in Demand.

Can water trading and other unique approaches such as water banking serve as effective tools to address short-term water shortage situations and longer-term geographic shifts in demand? The panelists will discuss their experiences in trading, banking, and other unique mechanisms as well as discussing the potential for these mechanisms to expand in use and become more refined to address the many issues water providers are challenged with.

Moderator: Hon. Martha Guzman Aceves, California

Panelists:

Chuck Cullom, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Project

Joseph Vanderhorst, Assistant General Counsel (retired), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Scott Slater, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

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

Commissioners’ Roundtable

The Commissioners’ Roundtable is an opportunity for commissioners to have an open discussion regarding current issues, water utility trends, and ideas for the future of water utility regulation.

Staff Subcommittee on Information Services

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Marina 5
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft will be presenting on the collaboration technologies available in Office 365.

Nathan Beckham

Director, Cloud Solutions and Justice & Public Safety Lead

 

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

The Progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions (continued)

Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences

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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft will discuss the growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and I.T. professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through Microsoft's global network of datacenters.

Brant Jones

Cloud Solutions Architect

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

The Progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions (continued)

Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences.

Task Force on Innovation

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday General Session 

Innovation: The Catalyst for Integration

There has been talk about the need to integrate central and distributed energy resources to enable customers to use, produce, and store electricity. Integration will require wireless connected technologies; including, but not limited to, information services, sensors, data analysis, and modeling. This session will be a series of ‘turbo talks’ by cutting-edge innovators. Attendees will learn about these new technologies and the value to regulators; connect these interrelated technology schemes to Big Data, and understand practical applications.

Moderator: Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois

Participants:

  • Boris von Bormann, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
  • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (USN, RET.), Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations, and Environment)
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, Commonwealth Edison
  • Russell Stokes, President and CEO, GE Power
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint session with Committee on Gas

 

Technologies Driving Innovation in the Natural Gas Arena – Cruising Forward

The natural gas industry is making major investments for the purpose of integrating new resources, technologies and services into the energy system. The gas sector through new gas fueled technologies is contributing to greater economic productivity, higher levels of customer satisfaction and lower levels of air emissions. This level of innovation is taking place at the distribution and customer level in particular through the utilization of cutting edge technologies including distributed generation and microgrids, new HVAC technologies and other small and large scale innovations. This session will discuss the latest technological and policy advances, how new technologies can be used to become part of the "smart energy grid."

Moderators:

Hon. Carla Peterman, California

Hon. Angela Weber, Indiana

Panelists:

Lisa Alexander, VP of Customer Solutions, SoCal Gas 

Josh Chaise, Director, Product Management, Water & Gas, Aclara

Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations, Gas Technology Institute  

Josh Jorgensen, Manager of Development Engineering, Honeywell Gas Metering Solutions

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

Joint session with Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Smart Grid Innovation Around the Country

Learn about various ideas and functionality happening as part of the grid modernization actions across the country from dynamic “TURBO TED” talk speakers. The panel will discuss trends being researched and technology tools being implemented in many states and cities to move generation, intelligence and control to the grid edge as part of the larger strategy for smart cities and sustainability.

Researchers from some of the largest, best-known grid modernization testing facilities are investigating technologies to modernize our grid.  Progressive utilities are partnering with technology innovation companies to demonstrate and integrate the new technology tools to provide services to support the grid at both the transmission and distribution level and to partner with customers to use behind the meter resources for the grid.

Hear from promising cutting-edge projects that try to answer questions like: Will drivers follow signals from power providers who are trying to charge electric vehicles without stressing the grid? Can a device like the Energy Switch provide a homeowner total control over their energy systems to maximize their energy management cost effectively in an easy way? How can utilities explore their security measures and design more resilient approaches from generation all the way to the customer meter?

Moderator:  Hon. Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii

Panelists:

Stuart Laval, Technology Director Duke Technology Center, Duke Energy

Anda Ray, SVP, Energy, Environment and External Relations, EPRI

Shishir Saraiya, Head of Data Science, Bidgely

Aaron Smallwood, Senior Director, Technical Services, SEPA

Raiford Smith, Vice President Analytics, Smart Grid and Corporate Strategy, Entergy

Martha Symko-Davies, Director of Partnerships, NREL

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

Innovation in the Telecommunications Space

(Joint Session with the Committee on Telecommunications)

The momentum behind the ongoing digital journey is informed by hyper connectivity, programmable network, and digital value platforms. The consequences are contextualized experiences, privacy and trust, and everything connected. With 17 billion currently connected devices globally, some of the latest estimates suggesting more than 50 billion connected devices in the future, and greater than 50% of the worlds’ population estimated to live in cities by 2050, are utilities, telecommunications companies and cities the family of the future? Network is not just the center of this transformation, but often it is at the forefront. And the future of the network impacts the way we live, work, learn and play. This Panel will explore the evolution of technology and some of the ways human-technology interactivity are being reimagined.

Moderator: Hon. Upendra Chivukula, New Jersey

Panelists: 

TJ Costello, Americas Smart Cities & IoT Director, Cisco

Hans Raj Nahata, Director – Technology Architecture, Verizon Communications

Stephen Opferman, Senior Director of Innovation Technologies, CenturyLink

Christian Pape, VP Innovation, CableLabs

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

Joint session with Committee on Electricity

Innovation Spotlight: New Transmission Technologies

NARUC and other organizations have adopted resolutions encouraging the consideration of advanced technologies to solve unique transmission siting and operations problems – problems that can slow progress toward State policy goals. Join the Electricity Committee and the Task Force on Innovation for a fast-paced review of four specific advanced transmission technologies. These speakers and video demonstrations will prepare you to push for modern solutions to age-old transmission conundrums such as how to move more power in limited space, how to prevent power injections from following the path of least resistance to the wrong customers, and how to improve wide-area grid situational awareness.

Moderator: Hon. Brad Johnson, Montana

Panelists:

Ken Blair, VP of Business Development, Ampjack Industries Ltd. 

David Rupert, Business Development Manager, BOLD (Breakthrough Overhead Line Design), LLC 

Todd Ryan, Director of Regulatory Affairs, SmartWires

Alison Silverstein, Project Manager, North American Synchrophasor Initiative

 

Commissioner Only Luncheon (11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.) Bayview Lawn

 

Commissioner Emeritus Luncheon (11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.) Water's Edge Private Dining Room

 

Networking Break (2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

 

Networking Break (3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 19:

General Session

 
Location: Grand Ballroom B/C
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Infrastructure: It's all about the Benjamin$

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers issues a report card on the condition of the nation’s Infrastructure. Letter grades are assigned based on physical condition and needed investments for improvement. The Nation’s 2017 report card is in—and it is not one to be posted proudly on the refrigerator! The overall grade for our infrastructure is a D+. Grades for our specific utility sectors were no better: Energy = D+; Drinking water = D; Wastewater = D+. The telecommunications sector does not get a grade, but we know there are millions of Americans that lack access to broadband service, many that only have access to speeds below the FCC definition of broadband, and many with access but who can't afford the cost. Our deteriorating infrastructure impedes the ability of our nation to compete in the global economy. ASCE will explain their report card, followed by a panel of utility executives. Attendees will learn how the infrastructure grades were assigned, the economic impact of our failure to invest in infrastructure, and the cost of failing to invest in our infrastructure now. Also, attendees will learn what utilities can and are willing to do to increase investment and bring our infrastructure up to a passing grade.

Moderator: Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington

Participants:

Greg DiLoreto, Chair, ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure, ASCE Past President

Mark A. Jamison, Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida

Marty Kropelnicki, President and CEO, California Water Service Group

Lawrence Makovich, Chief Power Strategist, IHS Markit

Philip Moeller, Senior Vice President, Ediison Electric Institute

 

 

Networking Break (9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

 

General Session

Location: Grand Ballroom B/C
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Are Markets Sending the Right Price Signal for Clean Energy Resources?

When competitive wholesale electricity markets were established approximately 20 years ago, many of the factors now affecting these markets were not anticipated.  The generation fleet is significantly cleaner due to renewable resources and abundant natural gas.  Yet the intermittent nature of some renewables and the just-in-time nature of natural gas provide modern challenges to managing the markets.  Participants will discuss the state of the markets and whether they are meeting the needs of regulators, consumers and industry in terms of reliability, affordability, profitability and environmental goals. 

 

Moderator: Hon. Carla Peterman, California

Participants

Thad Hill, CEO, Calpine

Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association

Mark C. McCullough, Executive Vice President - Generation, American Electric Power

Robert Nelson, Montana Consumer Counsel, NASUCA President

Andy Ott, President and CEO, PJM

 

Board of Directors

11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: TBD