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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 p.m.)

 

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

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

Subcommittee on Nuclear Waste

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
 

 

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

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

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.

 

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

 

Committee on Consumer Affairs

Location: Harbor Island 3

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 Energy Resources and Environment)

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

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

Bob Nelson, Consumer Counsel, Montana Consumer Counsel

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Rural and Underserved Areas – Natural Gas Access and Expansion Initiatives

(Joint with the Committee on Gas)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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