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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


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


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