Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Committee on Energy Resources and Environment

Renaissance East
10:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Community Solar— Stories from the Trenches

Community solar has been discussed favorably in many states, and at many NARUC meetings, but implementation rates remain relatively low, with perhaps a handful of States leading the charge. What is the story nationwide and why is community solar a strategy you want to get behind? How can states go about creating and enabling an environment for community solar and establishing a framework for success? How can these programs be modeled to ensure accessibility for low- and moderate-income consumers? Join policy and regulatory experts as they explore the breadth of the issue and discuss recommendations, hurdles, and best practices for establishing community solar.

Moderator:

Hon. Andrew Place, Pennsylvania

Panelists:

Hon. Jeffrey Ackermann, Colorado

Jeff Cramer, Executive Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access

Jack Hoskins, Graduate Student, Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Stephen Lassiter, Graduate Student, Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Why Are We Talking About LED Street Lighting?

This panel will explore how we, as regulators, can move forward the adoption of LEDs for street lighting and create a win/win/win for the environment/States-municipalities/utilities. We will look at the challenges to the adoption of LED street lighting in the States. How has street lighting evolved, both technology and regulatory wise? What mechanisms have been employed to date to overcome these challenges (i.e., incentive, tariff changes, and smart grid application)? Where do we go from here?

Moderator:

Hon. Betty Ann Kane, Washington, D.C.

Panelists:

Crystal McDonald, Program Manager, US DOE's Outdoor Lighting Accelerator

Peter Curley, Technologist, Climate Group

Robert Kramer, Director of the Energy Efficiency and Utilization Center, Purdue University Calumet

Theodore Sommer, CPA, London Witte Group

Vince Maione, Region President, Atlantic City Electric

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Who Wore it Better—Utility Scale Solar or Rooftop Solar?

The growth in solar installations around the country is not limited to only rooftop or utility scale. As total solar production costs have come down, so have the costs of utility scale and rooftop. However, utility scale and rooftop come with different perspectives on value; utility scale is considered more cost effective due to its scale compared to rooftop, yet the focus on solar remains with rooftop, which provides a different set of values. How do these two technologies compare with each other; contrast; and how do regulators, utilities, developers, and the customer determine the value of each solar type?

Moderator:

Hon. Beth Trombold, Ohio

Panelists:

John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy, Institute for Local Self Reliance

Brian Potts, Partner, Perkins Coie

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Commissioner Roundtable

Curious if you’re the only State pushing a boulder up a hill?  Come join the ERE Roundtable to hear Commissioners discuss their States’ current issues, share the experiences of your state, and talk through thorny policy issues with your fellow Commissioners. All Commissioners are welcome and encouraged to participate in this important dialogue.

Facilitator:

Hon. Donna Nelson, Texas

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Committee on Energy Resources and Environment

Renaissance East
10:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Business Meeting

Introduction and Welcome:
Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota, Chair
Hon. Donna Nelson, Texas Co-Vice Chair
Hon. Jeannette Mills, Maryland, Co-Vice Chair

Resolutions

Briefings:
Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations, GTI
Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher for Energy and Environment, NRRI
Barbara Tyran, Executive Director, Governmental & External Relations, EPRI 

Presentations:
A New Approach to Energy Efficiency in the Retail Sector
Peter Banwell, Director, Energy Star Product Marketing, EPA

Recent Trends and Emerging Developments in Utility-sector Energy-efficiency Programs and Policies
Steve Nadel, Executive Director, ACEEE

2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook
Ruth McCormick, Director, Federal and State Affairs, BCSE

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Regulatory Reform: Updating the Regulatory Toolkit to Deploy Renewables

Regulatory commissions, as well as electric utilities, must evolve to take on new generation opportunities and challenges such as the need for greater decarbonization, the growth of distributed generation, and more customer choice. This panel will focus on how regulatory commissions can evolve and innovate their regulatory toolkit to facilitate deployment and cost recovery of renewables. We will use an interactive game to get panelists’ insights on whether we should keep, toss, or reform specific regulatory tools currently in use.

Moderator:
Hon. Carla Peterman, California

Panelists:
Ryan Wiser, Senior Scientist and Group Leader, Electricity Markets and Policy, LBNL
Michael Champley, Commissioner Emeritus, Hawaii
Jeanne Fox, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Commissioner Emeritus, New Jersey
Bob Rowe, President and CEO, Northwestern Energy, Commissioner Emeritus, Montana, Former NARUC President

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Carbon: A Risk or An Opportunity?

The Trump Administration is signaling big changes ahead for federal climate policies.  In this shifting landscape, how do the electric utilities evaluate the risks posed by carbon as it plans for the long term?  What signals are investors, markets, and customers sending the utilities about carbon emissions? This panel will explore how the investment community, customers, and a utility are navigating the choppy waters.

Moderator:
Sue Tierney, Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

Panelists:
Steve Skarda, Global Climate & Energy Leader, Procter and Gamble
Swami Venkataraman, Sr. Vice President, Global Project and Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s Investors Service
Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
(Joint Session with Electricity)
What is Next for the EPA’s Carbon Regulations for Existing Power Plants?

How is the Trump Administration likely to change certain policies and rules affecting utilities, including the Clean Power Plan? Which ones are likely to continue to be implemented, and what do states and NGOs do in response?

Moderators:
Hon. Ed Finley, North Carolina
Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota

Panelists:
Paul Cicio, President, Industrial Consumers of America
Dave Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Roger Martella, Attorney, Sidley Austin