Committee on Electricity

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Monday, July 17

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


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.


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 


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


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

Tuesday, July 18

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


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


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.


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


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