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Sunday, July 16:

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.  

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

 

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

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Clean Coal

Location: TBD

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

 

Chinese Clean Coal Technology

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

Panelist:

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

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

 

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 Pipeline Safety

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

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.)

 

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

Location: TBD