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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

Ballroom South
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2:45 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
The National Cost of Power Interruptions to Customers, and Early Findings from State PUC Staff Reviews of Utility Reliability/Resilience Investment Requests
(Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability)


Kimberly Duffley, Vice Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Electricity, and Attorney, North Carolina Utilities Commission


Joseph H. Eto and Peter H. Larsen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cloud Services for Electric Utilities
(Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability)


Sheree Kernizan, Director, Electric Unit, Georgia PSC


Felek Abbas, Senior CIP Auditor, NERC

Joe Joyce, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft Azure

Dr. Arshad Mansoor, Senior VP, Research & Development, EPRI

Jianhui Wang, PhD, Section Manager, Argonne National Labs

Utilities have been slow to adopt cloud-based computing technologies for a variety of reasons such as lack of trust, uncertainty and financial concerns. Is now the time for electric utilities to deploy their mission-critical applications on a cloud IT architecture? This session will provide a basic understanding of cloud technology and explain how it affects a utility’s IT architecture decisions.  Our panelists will also discuss how an electric utility can best manage the financial aspects of migrating to cloud-based solutions.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Committee on Electricity

Central Ballroom
10:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
PURPA: How Much Implementation Flexibility Do State Commissions Have?

After years of relative stability, the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) is back in the spotlight. FERC's July technical conference highlighted the differing opinions on the proper rates and terms that qualifying facilities (QFs) should be paid and the size of QFs for standard contracts. This panel will investigate how much flexibility states may have in the implementation of PURPA's mandatory requirements and recent trends in state implementation.


Hon. Libby Jacobs, Iowa


Lawrence R. Greenfield, Senior Attorney, FERC

Ari Peskoe, Sr. Fellow in Electricity Law, Harvard Law School

Irene Kowalczyk, Director of Global Energy, Westrock

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Political Prognostications About Nuclear Issues

Three speakers will discuss the prospects of nuclear issues moving forward under the new Congress and Administration.  Attendees will hear perspectives of the House of Representative's Energy and Commerce Committee staff, as well as from the Heritage Foundation and MWR Strategies. Why action on disposal of spent nuclear fuel is necessary and the potential for issue movement in 2017 and beyond will be discussed. 


Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland

James Spearman, Executive Assistant & Sr. Technical Advisor, Public Service Commission of South Carolina


Michael McKenna, President, MWR Strategies

Jack Spencer, Heritage Foundation, and VP, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity

Andy Zach, Professional Staff, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Energy Storage: Three Views

Three experts will update us on recent happenings with energy storage:

  1. How Energy Storage Will ‘Feed the Duck’ and Keep the Grid Stable 
  2. How and Why Massachusetts is Encouraging Distribution Utilities to Build Storage
  3. FERC’s Rulemaking Regarding Storage and Aggregation


Hon. Asim Haque, Ohio


Hon. Cheryl LaFleur, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Ned Bartlett, Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts

Kenneth Collison, Vice President, ICF International

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management Meeting

The presidential transition has upended many of the previous administration’s energy policy priorities. With new leadership entering the Department of Energy, Joseph Giove will provide an update of where coal stands under the new administration and which programs and technologies may receive a higher or lower level of interest during the next four years. Dr. Carey King and Dr. Josh Rhodes, along with additional University of Texas colleagues, authored a whitepaper titled, “New U.S. Power Costs: By County, with Environmental Externalities,” part of the Full Cost of Electricity comprehensive study. The authors calculate the levelized cost of electricity of new power plants fueled by coal (bituminous and sub-bituminous, with partial and full carbon capture and sequestration) and other generation sources for each U.S. county under a number of economic scenarios. The authors will discuss how these scenarios affect the geography and economics of coal-fired electricity.


Hon. Jeremy Oden, Alabama


Joseph Giove III, Director of Coal Business Operations, U.S. Department of Energy

Carey King, PhD, Assistant Director and Research Scientist, Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin

Josh Rhodes, PhD, Webber Energy Group Postdoctoral Fellow, Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin

Following these two discussions, subcommittee members will hold a brief open forum.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Joint Meeting with Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Joint Meeting with Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Committee on Electricity

Ballroom Central
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m
Commissioners’ Roundtable


Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina


Hon. Doug Little, Arizona

Hon. Richard Mroz, New Jersey

Hon. Kristine Raper, Idaho

Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington

Hon. John Rosales, Illinois

Hon. Ted Thomas, Arkansas

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cyber Risks and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever-growing network of physical devices that connect to each other via the Internet. Examples include self-driving cars, security cameras, thermostats, and heart monitors. Gartner forecasts that by 2020, the number of Internet-connected things will exceed 20 billion. Security practitioners warn, however, that the proliferation of Internet-connected devices presents new attack vectors for hackers. Recent attacks launched using compromised IoT devices have highlighted the potential consequences. Panelists will discuss IoT security threats and innovative approaches to assessing and mitigating associated risk.


Hon. Richard Mroz, New Jersey


Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa

Karen R. Lefkowitz, Vice President, Smart Grid & Technology, Pepco Holdings, Technical Services

Jeff Voas, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Science and Technology

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Business Meeting


Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina


John Moura, Director of Reliability Assessment and System Analysis, NERC

The reliability implications of accelerated deployment of distributed energy resources on the bulk power system.


4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
What Is Next for the EPA’s Carbon Regulations for Existing Power Plants?

(Joint session with ERE)

What options does the new Administration have for evolving the carbon regulations for existing power plants that are pending before the courts?


Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina

Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota


Paul Cicio, President, Industrial Energy Consumers of America

David Doniger, Dir., Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Roger Martella, Partner, Sidley Austin

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Joint Meeting: Electricity, ERE, Gas, Water, Consumer Affairs, Critical Infrastructure

South/Central Ballroom
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
A National Focus on Resiliency

This joint session is focused on the Department of Defense’s increasing priority on energy resiliency measures. The DoD wants to ensure that, even if a catastrophic storm hits or adversaries target the power grid, critical DoD installations can still carry out their mission-essential functions. 

Representatives from the Air Force, Army, and Navy will discuss issues related to funding for energy resiliency projects, private-sector partnerships and opportunities, and barriers to success such as the regulatory and/or the DoD contracting process.  Specific relevant case studies, such as the Hawaiian Electric-Army energy resiliency project and the APS-USMC micro grid, will be explained.

Moderator: Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia

Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, United States Air Force

Michael McGhee, P.E., Executive Director, US Army Office of Energy Initiatives

John Kliem, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment)