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Monday, February 13

Registration

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

General Session

Ballroom South
8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
Remarks from The Honorable Greg Walden, Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives.
9:00 a.m.
21st Century Utilities: The Role of Infrastructure, Innovation, and Investment

America relies on an aging utility infrastructure, much of which is in dire need of replacement. A large portion of our pipeline distribution system, drinking water infrastructure, and electrical grid is well over 100 years old and is now nearing the end of its useful life. Although thousands of miles of additional high-voltage electric transmission lines and significant oil and gas pipelines are planned over the next several years, permitting and siting issues threaten their completion. This, combined with the impact of severe weather events on a deteriorating distribution system highlight that now more than ever is a critical time to upgrade our nation’s utility infrastructure.

The investment needed to upgrade this infrastructure is immense. On the water side, the cost over the coming decades to replace aging pipes could reach more than $1  trillion. Yet, this work to upgrade our utility infrastructure needs to be done to ensure not only safe and reliable utility service, but also long-term economic growth for our nation.  Private investment in broadband providers has been very robust, but more will be necessary to bring 21st century services to these utility segments and consumers throughout the country, especially in less dense and rural parts of the country.

There is a silver lining to this story. As we upgrade and invest in our nation’s utility infrastructure, there are endless opportunities for innovation, from smart meters and battery storage to alternative ratemaking. If harnessed correctly, innovation in the utility industry could not only improve the customer experience by making a safer and more reliable system, but also save energy and result in utility service that is more productive and efficient. The panelists will discuss their ideas for how to tackle this monumental issue of upgrading our nation’s aging utility infrastructure in ways that optimize new technology and innovation.

Moderator:
Hon. Robert Powelson, NARUC President, Pennsylvania

Panelists:
Chris Crane, EEI Vice Chairman, President and CEO, Exelon
Chris Franklin, CEO & President, Aqua America
Jack Gerard, President & CEO, API
Pierce Norton, AGA Board Chairman, ONEGAS
Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer
10:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.

Staff Subcommittee on Law

Meeting Room 15
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
   

Committee on Water

Renaissance West A
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Joint Meeting with Staff Subcommittee on Water
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Resiliency Before, During, and After Disruptive Events

(Joint Session with Committee on Critical Infrastructure)

Disruptive events—from short-term service interruptions caused by weather to prolonged "Black Sky" outages caused by a bad actor—have the potential to unleash widespread failures, affecting millions of Americans and unsettling the broader economy. These challenges are compounded by increased interdependence of once-distinct utility sectors and broader use of advanced technologies in an attempt to offer smarter, more interactive real-time services. As such, the possibility of greater frequency and severity of disruptive events highlight the need for more robust systemic resiliency of the physical and digital infrastructures that underlie today’s water systems. This panel will examine these emerging challenges and evaluate the roles that regulators and service providers might play in addressing them.

Moderator: Hon. Randy Randall, South Carolina

Panelists:

Laurent Carrot, Vice President and General Manager, SUEZ Water New Jersey

Kevin Kirwan, Vice President of Operations, New Jersey American Water

Michael J. Santorelli, Director of the Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute at New York Law School

Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Water Infrastructure Replacement: How Does it Get Paid For?

(Joint Session with Staff Subcommittee on Water)

Replacement of aging water infrastructure is critical to maintain the integrity of water systems and to continue the provision of safe and reliable water service to customers, but how does it get paid for? Infrastructure replacement can be daunting when faced with rate impact concerns. This panel will discuss various experiences with infrastructure replacement efforts and the rate structures and mechanisms used to accomplish replacement efforts. The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of the various structures and mechanisms as well as provide their opinions on how improvements can be made going forward.

Moderators:

Don Lomoljo, Utilities Hearing Officer, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

Patricia Lucarelli, Chief of Legal Services, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:

Sue Daly, Senior Utility Specialist, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Christine Maloni Hoover, Senior Assistant Consumer Advocate, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate

Cathy Pedemonti, Utilities Examiner, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

John Tomac, Senior Manager of Rates and Regulatory, West Virginia American Water

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative

Composed of 23 national public health, environmental, water utility, labor, consumer, and state and local governmental organizations, the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative recently released an online toolkit to help communities voluntarily develop and implement lead service line removal programs. Nationwide, old lead service lines connect an estimated 6.1 million or more homes and businesses to community drinking water mains. The toolkit includes a roadmap for getting started; suggested practices to identify and remove lead service lines in a safe, equitable, and cost-effective manner; policies that federal and state leaders could adopt to support local efforts; and links to additional resources that may be helpful when developing local programs. The toolkit is intended to be a living resource and the Collaborative is seeking communities to pilot and provide feedback on the materials. This interactive dialogue of the Collaborative’s Steering Committee will discuss what brought the Collaborative together, how to use the toolkit, and efforts to engage key stakeholders in communities.

Moderator: Hon. Joann T. Conaway, Delaware

Panelists:

Scott Biernat, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies

Gail Bingham, President Emeritus, RESOLVE

Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies

John Marciszewski, Director Business Development, Echologics LLC

Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund

Steve Via, Director of Federal Relations, AWWA

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network

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 Annual Meeting. Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, and NARUC Rate School. Members of the Committee will also have time to brief the Committee on activities of interest in their States.

Committee on Telecommunications

Ballroom North
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Congressional Staff Panel

Moderator:

Hon. Elliott Elam, South Carolina

Panelists:

TBA

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Broadband and Privacy Issues—Who Best Protects the Consumer?

The Federal Communications Commission proposed and adopted a final rule for the privacy issues and protection of critical consumer information, based on its finding that BIAS (broadband Internet access services) are classified as common carriers under Title II. The rule addresses how carriers should be required to protect a broad range of sensitive consumer information, building on the CPNI regime. However, the Federal Trade Commission also addresses the issues of consumer privacy issues based on the premise that most communication services are competitive, and therefore are addressed best under the FTC regulatory framework that States Attorneys General also follow. The final rule has been opposed by the carriers and industry associations, by members of Congress, and others. Questions to be addressed include: How would the FTC and FCC best coordinate on oversight and enforcement issues? Which agency traditionally is best positioned to oversee this? Should the competitive market handle these issues, since consumers can easily switch carriers if unhappy with their privacy practices?

Moderator:

Hon. Phil Jones, Washington

Panelists:

Neil Chilson, Attorney Advisor, Acting Chair Ohlhausen, FTC

Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Freedom Forum

Rick Chessen, Senior VP of Legal & Regulatory, NCTA

Jonathan Banks, Senior VP, Law & Policy, US Telecom

Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow, Public Knowledge

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Update on the Transition to a New Local Number Portability Administrator

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission approved the North American Portabillity Management LLC’s (NAPM) Transition Oversight Plan (TOP) to ensure that the migration from Neustar, Inc., the current Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA), to the incoming LNPA, iconectiv, is a success for all stakeholders. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was selected in 2016 by the NAPM as the independent third-party Transition Oversight Manager (TOM) to assist the NAPM in overseeing the transition from the current LNPA to the new LNPA. In this session, PwC and iconnectiv will provide an overview on the TOP and their progress to ensure a seamless transition in such critical areas as risk management, implementation timelines, performance benchmarks and incentives, dispute resolution, regional testing, stakeholder outreach, education and onboarding, and performance reliability and security.

Moderator:

Hon. Betty Ann Kane, District of Columbia

Panelists:

Bill Reilly, Director, Advisory – PwC Services, LLC

Kathy Timko, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Number Portability Services, iconectiv

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Telecommunications Resiliency and Critical Infrastructure 

This panel will explore regulatory, technical, and policy issues and initiatives to ensure that advanced telecommunications services are resilient and serve the needs of the nation including critical infrastructure. As telecommunications networks evolve they introduce new features but may also introduce new vulnerabilities. Are software-driven networks more vulnerable to cybersecurity issues or to software-driven outages that affect several states and how to we increase their resiliency? We will explore the characteristics of resilient networks including cybersecurity, route and network diversity, software-designed diversity, and other technical features. We will discuss the levels of resiliency necessary for energy and water resources that increasingly depend on data for maintenance and operations. Federal and many state laws require electric generators to be visible to the network operators and able to receive control signals. Are current outage reporting standards consistent with the level of response and reliability needed for controllable energy resources and energy markets? Should regulatory policies encourage resilience through outage reporting including reporting of the impact of data transport failures (OC3 minute outages) on downstream users including voice and data users?

Moderator:

Hon. Gregg Sayre, New York

Panelists:

Catherine J. K. Sandoval, Commissioner Emeritus, California; Associate Professor, Santa Clara School of Law

Karen A. Geduldig, Director, Office of Telecommunications, NY PSC

CTIA - to be named

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.

Moderator:

Hon. Libby Jacobs, Iowa

Panelists:

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. 

Moderators:

Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland

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

Panelists:

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

Moderator:

Hon. Asim Haque, Ohio

Panelists:

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.

Moderator:

Hon. Jeremy Oden, Alabama

Panelists:

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

Committee on Gas

Congressional Ballroom
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Gas CEO Panel—Reflections on the Business of Natural Gas

A dynamic and lively discussion with natural gas company CEOs delving into the important and challenging issues that are facing the natural gas industry and the issues that CEOs are confronted with.

Moderators:
Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York
Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota

Panelists:
Jeff Bruner, President, Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company
Pierce Norton, President and CEO, ONEGAS and AGA Board Chairman
Eddie Johnston, Senior V.P., GTI Research & Technology Development
Dena Wiggins, President and CEO, Natural Gas Supply Association
Producer representative (Invited)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Natural Gas and the Advanced Persistent Threat of Cyber Attacks—The Awakening of Natural Gas Cyber Analysis and Policy

(Joint Panel with Critical Infrastructure)

Cybersecurity is critical to the infrastructure of the natural gas industry. The energy industry, including natural gas, is ranked as one of the top sectors most likely to be targeted for a cyberattack. This panel of thought leaders and experts will provide an opportunity to candidly discuss challenges, share ongoing initiatives, best practices, and possible solutions. Reasonable and effective cybersecurity policies for the natural gas sector are important to ensure the continued safe and reliable delivery of natural gas.  This panel will help us understand the evolution of the cybersecurity framework for the natural gas sector and what the current analysis and policy mindset is to address advanced persistent cyber-attacks.

Moderator:
Hon. Richard S.  Mroz, New Jersey

Panelists:
Hon. Robert R. Scott, New Hampshire
Kimberly Denbow, Director of Operations, American Gas Association
Representative of Federal Law Enforcement (cybersecurity focus,invited)
Kathy E. Kountze, Senior Vice President and CIO, Information and Technology, Eversource Joe McClelland, Director, Office of Energy Infrastructure Security, FERC

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Federal Tax Plan Landscape Issues—Expert Perspective on Potential Federal Tax Plans

(Joint Panel with Washington Action)

Federal tax plans are being proposed that will impact the United States’ energy future. Sound energy policies that are focused on natural gas infrastructure and development can be dramatically affected by the tax policies that are put into place. Thus, this will be an opportunity for an expert overview of what may be viable plans this legislative session and how they specifically impact the industry, states, and taxpayers.

Moderators:
Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa
Hon. ToNola D. Brown-Bland, North Carolina

Panelists:
William Davis, Tax Policy Counsel — U.S. House of Representatives
Richard McMahon, Jr., Vice President, Edison Electric Institute
Jennifer Stewart, Senior Vice President Tax and Treasury, Southwestern Energy
Joe Mikrut, Partner, Capitol Tax Partners

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pipeline Safety—Roundtable Discussion on Pipeline Safety

This interactive roundtable is intended to provide a forum for key stakeholders to update the gas committee on key issues that are pending. We will hear an update on the status of PHMSA’s pending regulations and activities; a discussion of the “mega rule,” and a dialogue of issues affecting state commissions.

Moderators:
Hon. Sherina Edwards, Illinois
Hon. John Coleman, Pennsylvania

Panelists:
Alan K. Mayberry, Associate Administrator, Pipeline Safety, DOT/PHMSA
David Murk, Manager of Pipelines, Midstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute
Christina Sames, VP Operations, American Gas Association
Randy Knepper, Director, Safety Division, New Hampshire PUC; Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

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

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (Commissioners and Staff)

Meeting Room 16
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
   

Lunch Break

On Your Own
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Committee/Subcommittee/Staff Chairs Meeting and Luncheon (Invitees Only)

Renaissance West B
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
   

Staff Subcommittee on Water (Joint Meeting with Committee)

Renaissance West A
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
   

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MACRUC Region Meeting (Invitees only)

Meeting Room 4
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

NECPUC Region Meeting (Invitees only)

Meeting Room 5
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

MARC Region Meeting (Invitees only)

Meeting Room 6
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Western Region Meeting (Invitees only)

Meeting Room 3
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SEARUC Regional Meeting (Invitees only)

Meeting Rooms 12 - 14
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Commission Staff Power Hour (Commission Staff only)

Renaissance West B
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.