Energy Resources and the Environment

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Sunday, July 16:

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


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


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)

Monday, July 17:

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


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


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


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


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

Tuesday, July 18:

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.

Business Meeting


Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota, Chair

Hon. Carla Peterman, California, Vice Chair

Presentation: Key Findings from Utility Dive's 2017 State of the Electric Utility Survey, which polled more than 600 utility professionals on the critical issues facing the sector today.

Gavin Bade, Editor, Utility Dive


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Smart Grid Innovation Around the Country

(Joint with the Task Force on Innovation)

Learn about various ideas and functionality happening as part of the grid modernization actions across the country from dynamic “TURBO TED” talk speakers. The panel will discuss trends being researched and technology tools being implemented in many states and cities to move generation, intelligence and control to the grid edge as part of the larger strategy for smart cities and sustainability.

Researchers from some of the largest, best-known grid modernization testing facilities are investigating technologies to modernize our grid.  Progressive utilities are partnering with technology innovation companies to demonstrate and integrate the new technology tools to provide services to support the grid at both the transmission and distribution level and to partner with customers to use behind the meter resources for the grid.

Hear from promising cutting-edge projects that try to answer questions like: Will drivers follow signals from power providers who are trying to charge electric vehicles without stressing the grid? Can a device like the Energy Switch provide a homeowner total control over their energy systems to maximize their energy management cost effectively in an easy way? How can utilities explore their security measures and design more resilient approaches from generation all the way to the customer meter?

Moderator:  Hon. Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii


Stuart Laval, Technology Director, Emerging Technology, Duke Energy

Anda Ray, SVP, Energy, Environment and External Relations, EPRI

Shishir Saraiya, Head of Data Science, Bidgely

Aaron Smallwood, Senior Director, Technical Services, SEPA

Raiford Smith, Vice President Analytics, Smart Grid and Corporate Strategy, Entergy

Martha Symko-Davies, Director of Partnerships, NREL

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

ERE Strategic Planning Session (Closed Session)

This session will engage ERE members, ERE staff subcommittee members, and ERE alumni in a facilitator-led discussion of ERE priorities to inform future panels, resolutions, and monthly calls. Key topics will include: current and upcoming issues of interest to ERE members and how ERE can support NARUC’s consideration of upcoming energy and resource issues.

Session attendance is limited to ERE members, ERE staff subcommittee members, and ERE alumni.

Facilitator: Rich Sedano, Principal Director, Regulatory Assistance Project

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What’s the Charge to Charge? Rate Design Principles to Facilitate EV Charging

(Joint with Committee on Consumer Affairs)

Managed correctly, EV charging could facilitate cost-effective grid-management services, produce significant emissions benefits, and provide an emerging source of new business opportunity for utilities. Managed incorrectly, EV charging could be more expensive and far more polluting than necessary. This panel will discuss which rate mechanism is better for commercial customers offering EV charging to their tenants or even to the general public—Time of Use rates or Demand Charges.

Moderator: Hon. Meg Curran, Rhode Island


Jim Lazar, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project

Russell Garwacki, Director, Pricing Design and Research, Southern California Edison