Committee on Gas

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Monday, July 17

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

Tuesday, July 18

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