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Sunday, February 12

Registration

Ballroom Foyer
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Ballroom Central
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Subcommittee Chair, Illinois

9:10 a.m.
Flash from the Past: A Dialogue with Former Commissioners in the Private Sector

Several former Commissioners who were heavily involved in the development and evolution of the Supplier and Workforce Diversity Subcommittee (formerly known as the Utility Marketplace Access Subcommittee) are currently excelling in the private sector. This panel will focus on how this Subcommittee has affected or otherwise influenced their current roles. Panelists will also highlight initiatives they have pursued and implemented as a result of their participation in this Subcommittee.

Moderator:

Lamar Davis, Executive Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Midcontinent Independent System Operator 

Panelists: 

Robert Kenney, VP, CPUC Regulatory Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Lori Murphy Lee, Manager, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, PJM Interconnection

Greg White, Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Timothy Alan Simon, Founder, TAS Strategies

10:10 a.m.
Hiring and Diversity: Utility Apathy or Enthusiasm?

As the country becomes more diverse, employers' hiring practices are expected to reflect that diversity. State Commissions increasingly expect utilities to hire a more diverse workforce and diverse suppliers. This panel will explore the sometimes-overlooked utility perspective on diversity in hiring. Panelists will discuss company approaches and programs used, as well as successes and obstacles experienced in hiring diverse suppliers and employees. 

Moderator: 

Hon. Angela R. Weber, Indiana

Panelists:

LaTonya King, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Duke Energy

Marianne Taylor, Director, Recruitment & Talent Acquisition, American Water

Chris Smith, VP, Human Resources, NiSource

11:10 a.m.
Commissioner Discussion: Supplier and Workforce Diversity Toolkit

The status of the Supplier and Workforce Diversity Toolkit was last discussed at the NARUC Annual Meeting in La Quinta, Calif. The members of the Committee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity will continue this discussion and determine a plan of action for data retrieval completion from each State represented by NARUC in the toolkit. 

Moderator:

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Chair, Committee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity, Illinois

11:30 a.m.
Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs

Renaissance Ballroom East
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m.
Socializing the Cost of Solar

Solar energy is popular with customers and utilities. But, the debate on how to pay for residential solar is far from over. Some states have experienced a solar cost-shift to non-solar customers and, as a result, new demand rates for solar customers. Some utilities are implementing community solar projects that supposedly benefit all customers in a neighborhood. How are low-income customers being affected in this solar revolution? Join us as this panel examines the “cost” of residential solar.

Moderator:

Cynthia L. Muir, Director, Office of Consumer Assistance, Florida PSC

Panelists:

William H. Malcolm, Sr. Legislative Representative/State Advocacy, AARP

Galen Barbose, Electricity Markets & Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Tony Sanchez, NV Energy

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Fighting Utility Customer Scams

Over the last several years, the volume and complexity of scams aimed at utility consumers have been growing, costing customers millions of dollars annually. Scammers are becoming more aggressive and have added deceptive technologies such as caller ID spoofing and convincing but fake utility IVR menus. What is being done to address this problem and what can state commissions do to educate consumers and help stop these scams? Join this presentation to learn about Utilities United Against Scams, an industry collaborative across North America to share data and best practices and implement initiatives to inform and protect customers.

Panelist:

Jared Lawrence, Vice President of Revenue Services, Duke Energy, LLC

10:15 – 10:30 a.m
Networking Break
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Disability Access Communications — The Digital Migration
(Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications)

While providers manage the transition of network structures to digital and IP configurations, the equipment and services themselves and how they are being used by people with disabilities have also been undergoing radical changes. Hint: It’s not the TTY anymore, and hasn’t been for years. This panel will provide an overview of how the consumer and specialized equipment markets, equipment distribution and telecom relay programs, and state and federal policies are evolving. We’ll delve into the status and future of disabled access in the digital/IP world and how people with disabilities themselves are managing and driving change to continue

Moderator:

Jeff Richter, USF Director, Wisconsin

Panelists:

Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator, National 911 Program, USDOT

Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

Gregg Vanderheiden, Professor, iSchool, and Director of Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland

Christian Vogler, Director of Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University NASRA/TEDPA, Invited

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

Location: TBD
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Panel III – Wireless Expansion: Distributed Antenna Systems & Small Cell Deployment

Over the past decade, the wireless industry has experienced an astounding 1,000-fold data traffic increase. As telecom providers densify their networks to meet consumer demand, is the answer small cell and distributed antenna systems (DAS) deployment? This panel will explore emerging wireless technologies, potential benefits and the public policy issues telecom providers and communities face.

Moderator:

Catlin M. Shields, Associate, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Panelists:

Benjamin Aron, Director State Regulatory and External Affairs, CTIA

Jason Caliento, Mobilitie, Sr. Vice President

Angelina Panaterri, Principal Associate, Technology & Communications, Federal Advocacy, NLC

ExteNet Representative - TBD

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Panel IV: Disability Access Communications — The Digital Migration

(Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs)

While providers manage the transition of network structures to digital and IP configurations, the equipment and services themselves and how they are being used by people with disabilities have also been undergoing radical changes. Hint: It’s not the TTY anymore, and hasn’t been for years. This panel will provide an overview of how the consumer and specialized equipment markets, equipment distribution, telecom relay programs, and state and federal policies, are evolving. We will delve into the status and future of disability communications access in the digital/IP world and how people with disabilities themselves are managing and driving change.

Moderator:

Jeff Richter, Wisconsin

Panelists:

Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator, National 911 Program, USDOT

Greg Vanderheiden, Professor, iSchool, & Director of TRACE R&D Center, University of Maryland

Christian Vogler, Director of Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University

Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affaris Bureau, FCC

NASRA/TEDPA. Invited

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panel V: Telecomm Infrastructure and the USF: New Administration, New Policies, and the Current Fund

A stated focus of the new administration and the current NARUC leadership is infrastructure. The FCC has been relying on the federal universal service fund for some time now to support, among other things, rural broadband infrastructure and the ability of low-income consumers in rural and urban areas to buy broadband service. The new administration is focused on infrastructure. Is this a time to re-think the approach to financing broadband deployment and the consumers’ ability to buy broadband? The panel will examine the issues of infrastructure and service, financing it, the current USF, the adequacy of the fund to do it all, and what new approaches are out there to address the perennial contradictions between public need and private service.

Moderator:

Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania

Panelists:

Hon. John Clendenin, United States Virgin Islands

Rick Cimerman, NCTA

John Jones, Vice President, Policy & Congressional Relations, CenturyLink

Robert Loube, Principal, Rolka-Loube Associates

Labros Pilalis, State Staff, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service

Catherine Sandoval, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law, California

USTA, TBD

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Networking Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presentation: Critical Infrastructure Threat Information Sharing Framework

The Office of Infrastructure Protection recently released an information sharing framework guide for the Critical Infrastructure Community. The Framework is a resource for critical infrastructure owners and operators, as well as other private sector, Federal, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial government partners that share threat information. The purpose of the Framework is to describe current processes used to facilitate the flow of threat information between and among all entities involved in the critical infrastructure security and resilience mission, and provide an overview of the key threat information-sharing entities which facilitate this process. The intention is to help critical infrastructure owners and operators and other entities better understand where and how to participate in receiving and sharing threat information with information-sharing hubs. Please join us as we learn more about the threat information sharing framework and the many organizations that make up the information sharing community.

Moderator: John McLean, DHS

Presenter: Kathryn Condello, Director National Security – Qwest Corporation Corporate Security, CenturyLink

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Resolutions Final Discussion

Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure

Meeting Room 16
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design

Ballroom South
9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Blockchain!: An Introduction

Blockchain is being heralded as the next generation of the Internet for its abilities to record business transactions securely, reliably, rapidly, and transparently. Many see Blockchain as an enabler of the distributed energy system for these breakthrough abilities. Companies both using Blockchain in their industries and those that envision Blockchain fitting into a distributed energy future. This session will feature an introduction to Blockchain and how it can be and is being used today for energy transactions.

Moderator:
Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
Lawrence Orsini, LO3 Energy
Ravi Pradhan, Siemens
Lynne Kiesling, Northwestern University

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Break
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
We Are Underused: How DER Compensation and Value Identification Affects the Utilization of DER

Technologies such as water heaters and electric vehicles sit largely underutilized absent clearer compensation measures and price signals from both retail and wholesale markets. Many technologies are capable of providing additional services, such as demand response or can act as a storage resource, yet are not valued or compensated accordingly. This session will hear from providers of technology on how the lack of appropriate accounting and valuation of new services affects the adoption and use of everyday resources.  These providers will discuss real-world capabilities of their solutions and how opening new market opportunities can enable greater savings from these technologies.

Moderator:
Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
John Diem, Steffes
Benjamin Stafford, Advanced Energy Economy

11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Update on Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Projects

Update from the Department of Energy on two of the GMLC projects currently underway: 1) the Metrics Analysis project, which establishes a methodology of developing and using multiple metrics for assessing the evolving state of the U.S. electricity system and monitoring progress in modernizing the system, and 2) the development of a valuation framework project—a comprehensive and transparent framework to value the services and impacts of grid-related technologies.

Moderator:
Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Panelist:
Chuck Goldman, Department of Energy

Washington Action (Commissioners and Staff)

Meeting Room 4
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
   

International Interactive Exercise (Commissioners and Staff)

Congressional Ballroom
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

TEAM (Commissioners and Staff)

Meeting Room 5
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

New Commissioner Forum (New Commissioners only)

Renaissance Ballroom West A
10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

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

Committee on International Relations

Congressional Ballroom
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 1:40 pm
Welcome and Introductions

Hon. David Danner, Washington

Approval of minutes

Hon. David Danner, Washington

1:40 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
EEI in the World

The Edison Electric Institute is engaged in a variety of international activities. Lawrence Jones, EEI’s vice president for international programs, will describe those efforts.

Moderator:

Hon. David Danner, Washington

Panelist:

Lawrence Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute

2:05 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ICER Explained

The International Confederation of Energy Regulators is a voluntary framework for cooperation between energy regulators from around the globe. But what exactly does it do? Members of the ICER editorial board will explain it all.

Moderator:

Hon. Murray Doehler, Nova Scotia

Panelist:

Hon. John Betkoski, Connecticut

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
NARUC’s International Activities: The View from USAID and DOS

Much of the international work done by NARUC is funded by the US Agency for International Development or the Department of State. Representatives of both agencies will provide an overview of their goals for the programs.

Moderator:

Hon. David Danner, Washington

Panelists:

Anna Shpitsberg, Global Power Sector Program Manager, Office of Energy Programs, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

Dorian Mead, Energy Reform & Reconstruction

Advisor, Office of Energy & Infrastructure/Energy Division, U.S. Agency for International Development

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Report on NARUC International Programs

Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Strategic Role of Natural Gas in Transatlantic International Relations

(Joint session with the Committee on Gas)

Natural gas plays an increasingly important role in the transatlantic trade market. For many policy makers, natural gas offers important strategic, commercial, security, economic and environmental opportunities for Europe and the United States, such as providing electric generation, home heating, and industrial and transportation services. This panel assesses the promises of natural gas in transatlantic trade and international security, and examines policies and potential obstacles to realizing these promises for both the United States and Europe.

Moderators:

Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York

Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland

Panelists:

Barry Smitherman, Commissioner Emeritus, Texas

David Goldwyn, Goldwyn Global Strategies

Pat Outtrim, Tellurian Investments

Thomas Cunningham, Deputy Director, Global Energy Center, The Atlantic Council

Mark Brownstein, Vice President, Oil and Gas Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

Central Ballroom
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:30
Critical Infrastructure Catalog Update
1:50
Partner Updates:

Devon Streit, Deputy Assistant Secretary, ISER, DOE

Eric Goldstein, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

Dr. Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, EPRI

Joe McClelland, Director, Office of Energy Infrastructure Security, FERC

3:45
How Safe is Safe Enough: Cybersecurity: Cost Recovery in a New Era of Risk

In the age of evolving cyber threats, ensuring absolute cybersecurity while maintaining cost-effective utility rates is impossible. To carry out their mandate of ensuring affordable, safe, and reliable service, state regulators are faced with the difficult task of weighing cost versus benefit in evaluating the prudency of cybersecurity expenditures. This panel will explore economics-based analytical frameworks for assessing cost recovery for cybersecurity investments, and the impact of regulations designed to simultaneously encourage cybersecurity investment

Moderator: Caitlin Shields, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Panelists:

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois

Carol Bartucci, Vice President, IT, ComEd

Ron Darnell, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, PNM

4:30
Cyber Workforce: Addressing the Gap

The nation’s cybersecurity workforce is at the forefront of protecting critical infrastructure and computer networks from attack by a wide array of threat actors including nation-states, criminal gangs, and political hacktivists. Demand for trained personnel is growing in both the public and private sectors. This panel will discuss the strategies for building a robust and sustainable pipeline of cybersecurity skills to meet workforce demands.

Panelists:

Jim Newfrock, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry

Bill Newhouse, Program Lead, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, NIST

Dr. Mark Troutman, Director, Center for Infrastructure Protection, George Mason University

Committee on Consumer Affairs

Renaissance Ballroom East
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Inclusive Financing for Distributed Energy Solutions

Low- and moderate-income communities have proven to be hard to reach with efficiency programs that offer an incentive for participation yet require a balance of payment in the form of either cash or credit with collateral. To overcome persistent barriers, utility commissions and oversight boards in multiple states have approved the use of an opt-in tariff for cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades. By tying investments to a meter rather than a person, utilities are able to finance efficiency projects regardless of the income, credit score, or renter status of a customer. With collective experience spanning more than 10 years, utilities offering tariffed on-bill investment programs have reported zero disconnections for non-payment, low risk to cost recovery, and elevated levels of customer satisfaction. Is their experience illuminating a bridge across the great divide that strands so many low- and moderate-income customers that commissioners, utilities, and consumer advocates are striving to reach?

Moderator: 

Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi

Panelists:

Jim Gardner, Commissioner Emeritus, Kentucky

Geoff Marke, Economist, Missouri Office of Public Counsel

Wally Nixon, Legal Counsel, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Curtis Wynn, CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative (North Carolina)

2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Give the People What They Want?: Polling in the Wake of 2016 Election and What it Means for Congress, the New Administration and State Decision Makers

In this panel, Mr. Ashford and staff of The Hawthorn Group will discuss numerous topics on public opinion and polling. First, the polling during the presidential election and if the polls were wrong and if so why. Because climate change and clean energy were big election discussions, panelists will look at public opinion on these issues to try to determine what they really think. Finally, this panel will examine polling on the apparent public mistrust of our federal institutions and explore if this distrust is limited to federal agencies or if it also extends to State agencies as well.

Panelists:

John Ashford, Chairman, The Hawthorn Group

Michael Meyers, Managing Partner & President, TargetPoint

Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (Open to All Commissioners and Staff Only)

Meeting Room 15
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Agenda TBA

 
(Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety)

Task Force on Innovation

Renaissance West B
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Integrated Energy Networks and Battery Storage

A series of Turbo Talks that will capture the essence and salient points of innovate projects, concepts or products and what their ‘Big Picture’ is to regulators.

Moderator: Hon. Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois

Michael Howard, CEO and President, EPRI
Introduction of the Integrated Energy Network

Kiran Kumaraswamy, Director, Market Development, AES Energy Storage
Large Scale Energy Storage Status: Addressing Peaking Capacity Needs

Sarah Van Cleve, Policy Advisor, Tesla
Distributed Energy Storage Status and Benefits

Jack Griffin, Vice President & General Manager Boston, SourceOne
Commercial Customer Perspective

Roger Flanagan, Managing Director, Lockheed Martin Energy
Long Duration Energy Storage

Don Wingate, VP of Utilities, Schneider Electric
Storage - Fitting into the New Energy Landscape

Caroline Choi, SVP Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Project Experience and Policy Needs

Michelle Blaise, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Commonwealth Edison
Energy Storage - a Utility Perspective

Roundtable Discussion on Policy Roadmap
What policies could help accelerate storage deployment?

Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Meeting Room 5 (1:30-2:30), Mount Vernon A (2:30-5:00)
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Reimagining State Interconnection Rules for Distributed Generation Plug-and-Play Procedures

Interconnection rules have been adopted by at least 32 States and the District of Columbia. Those rules describe the procedures that applicants and utilities use to ensure that distributed generation (DG) interconnection requests are processed expeditiously and will cause no harm to the utility system or any other utility customers’ equipment. This presentation reviews the many changes that are presently being developed in IEEE and UL standards working groups. These include updated standards for advanced inverter capabilities and advanced grid communications protocols. In addition, there has been rapid progress in the modeling software used for evaluating the effects from proposed DG on utility distribution systems and identifying mitigation techniques for many of the most common obstacles. Together, such changes offer the combined promises of: (a) decreased application processing timelines and costs; (b) more, better, and less expensive mitigation tools for ensuring the reliable and safe operations of interconnected DG; and, (c) higher levels of distribution system grid hosting capacity for DG. The presenters review emerging best practices that are already working in some jurisdictions and could be adopted by other States and utilities in the future.

Moderator:
Jon Kucskar, Senior Commission Advisor, Maryland Public Service Commission

Panelists:
Sarah Baldwin Auck, Director, Regulatory Program, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Michael Coddington, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher, National Regulatory Research Institute

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Natural Gas Fracking and Water Quality – Fact vs. Fiction

(Joint session with Gas and Water Staff Subcommittees)

In recent years, the use, storage, and disposal of produced water, the byproduct of natural gas fracturing, has been presenting challenges to communities, producers, and government officials. A variety of studies and anecdotal evidence have contributed to some level of confusion in regards to health, safety and environmental impacts. The panelists will address some of the studies and their impact on the public and the industry.

Moderators:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Donald Lomoljo, Utilities Hearing Officer, Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Karen Olesky, Economist, Nevada Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
John A. Connor, President, GSI Environmental
Nancy Johnson, Senior Advisor, Environmental Science and Policy Analysis, U.S. DoE
David McBride, VP, Global Health Safety and Environment, Anadarko
Scott Anderson, Senior Policy Director, U.S. Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund (Invited)
Carol Montoya, Executive and Board Member, Marcellus Shale Coalition (Invited)

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Unknown Fugitive — Why We Care About Unexpected Methane Emissions and the Efforts to Capture Them

(Joint Session with Gas Staff Subcommittee)

The debate over top-down or bottom-up methane emissions measuring has slowly been eclipsed by the question of how to quantify methane emissions from unexpected leaks, malfunctions and other unpredictable problems associated with the production, delivery, and consumption of natural gas. This panel will look at the level at which methane emissions have been over/under-estimated, the research that is being done to obtain more accurate leak identification and emission measurement, and what exactly the utility industry and regulators are doing to curb these emissions.

Moderators:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Karen Olesky, Economist, Nevada Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
James Bradbury, Senior Advisor, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, DoE
Talmadge Center, VP of Safety and Gas System Integrity, CenterPoint Energy
N. Jonathan Peress, Director, Energy Market Policy, Environmental Defense Fund

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (Open to All Commissioners and Staff Only)

Meeting Room 15
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Agenda TBA

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)

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

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)

Moderator:

Sheree Kernizan, Director, Electric Unit, Georgia PSC

Panelists:

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.

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Mount Vernon A
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)—Who Are We? What We Do

A presentation (re)introducing NAESB to the Subcommittee:  What NAESB does and how it works.

Moderator:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Presenter:
Jonathan Booe, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer North American Energy Standards Board

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Know All There is About Conversion from Coal to Natural Gas?

New regulations regarding gas pipeline, compressor station and natural gas storage safety or maintenance could cause unscheduled natural gas infrastructure downtimes ranging between a day, a week, or even a month. These interruptions may have an adverse effect on the ability of gas-fired power generators to come online when needed. Theresa Pugh will discuss the impact of these regulations on distribution companies, power generators and regulatory officials.

Moderator: 
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Presenter: 
Theresa Pugh, Theresa Pugh Consulting  

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Natural Gas Fracking and Water Quality – Fact vs. Fiction

(Joint session with ERE and Water Staff Subcommittees)

In recent years, the use, storage, and disposal of produced water, the byproduct of natural gas fracturing, has been presenting challenges to communities, producers, and government officials. A variety of studies and anecdotal evidence have contributed to some level of confusion in regards to health, safety and environmental impacts. The panelists will address some of the studies and their impact on the public and the industry.

Moderators:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Donald Lomoljo, Utilities Hearing Officer, Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Karen Olesky, Economist, Nevada Public Utilities Commission                                        

Panelists:
Curtis S. Stanley, Principal Hydrogeologist, GSI Environmental, Inc.
David McBride, VP Global Health Safety and Environment, Anadarko
Nancy Johnson, Senior Advisor, Environmental Science and Policy Analysis, U.S. DoE (FE-30)

3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
GTI Updates

An update on the GTI activities

Moderator:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Presenter:
Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations, Gas Technology Institute. 

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Unknown Fugitive—Why We Care About Unexpected Methane Emissions and the Efforts to Capture Them

(Joint session with ERE Staff Subcommittee)

The debate over top-down or bottom-up methane emissions measuring has slowly been eclipsed by the question of how to quantify methane emissions from unexpected leaks, malfunctions and other unpredictable problems associated with the production, delivery, and consumption of natural gas. This panel will look at the level at which methane emissions have been over-/underestimated, the research that is being done to obtain more accurate leak identification and emission measurement, and what exactly the utility industry and regulators are doing to curb these emissions.

Moderators:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Karen Olesky, Economist, Nevada Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
James Bradbury, Senior Advisor, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, DOE
Talmadge Center, VP of Safety and Gas System Integrity, CenterPoint Energy
N. Jonathan Peress, Director, Energy Market Policy, Environmental Defense Fund

Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

South Ballroom
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 Electricity)

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

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 Electricity)

Moderator:

Sheree Kernizan, Director, Electric Unit, Georgia PSC

Panelists:

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.

Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management (Commissioners and Staff)

Meeting Room 16
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

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

Welcome Reception

Renaissance Ballroom
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.