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Tuesday, February 14


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

General Session

Ballroom South
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Federal Outlook for 2017

Insights from federal and legislative leaders policymakers for 2017


Cyber Issues

Moderator: Hon. Robert Powelson, Pennsylvania, NARUC President

Participants: Hon. Rick Mroz, New Jersey

Hon. Rick Santorum, Former Senator, Pennsylvania

Jonathon E. Monken , Senior director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination in the ITS Division of PJM Interconnection.


One on One with FERC

Hon. Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Insight from Capitol Hill

Remarks by Hon. Bill Shuster, Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

Networking Break

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

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

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


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 

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.

Hon. Carla Peterman, California

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.

Sue Tierney, Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

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?

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

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

Committee on Gas

Congressional Ballroom
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. -11:45 a.m.
Diverse Opportunities in Gas and Pipeline Safety

(Joint session with Supplier and Workforce Diversity Committee)

The gas industry is currently going through an unprecedented construction phase. Pipeline infrastructure work spans repair and replacement at the distribution level to new interstate pipeline projects. Such large-scale, high-priority tasks require specialized professional and technical services just as the industry is facing the retirement of many highly trained, experienced employees. Additionally, the “strategic procurement” of goods and services will also be required. Ideally, both pursuits provide opportunities for utilities to engage diverse-owned businesses and support the development of a diverse workforce. This panel will highlight the upcoming needs for these projects and discuss emerging opportunities for the development of a diverse workforce and engagement of diverse suppliers.


Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois


Hon. Judith Williams Jagdmann, Virginia

Jerrold Hill, Vice President, Human Resources, Southern Company Gas

Jennifer Morrison, Commodities Portfolio Manager, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

Tara Smith Anderson, Director, External Mobilization, American Petroleum Institute

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Business Meeting
  • Hon. Colette D. Honorable, FERC
  • Jay Copan, Executive Director World Gas Conference 2018
  • Resolutions
2:45 p.m. -3:45 p.m.
Natural Gas Opportunities—Roundtable Discussion Phase One Natural Gas-Fueling the Economic Engine

Recently, natural gas consumption, which is increasing in many sectors of the market including power generation, industrial, residential and even pipeline and LNG exports has bumped up against flattening supply as balance has been introduced in a market that has been supply long for years.  Where does this leave the natural gas industry and its ability to supply growing demand as it enters the winter of 2016/2017?  Is there enough pipe in the ground to get the available production to the areas and markets where it is needed the most?  We will review relevant natural gas studies and assess the economic benefits of natural gas use while taking into account the production and infrastructure needed for the use of natural gas to take place.  (Note: This panel is part of the Natural Gas Power afternoon done in conjunction with the Phase Two Panel held immediately after this)


Hon. Diane X. Burman, NY and Hon. Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota


Paul Geiger, Senior, VP Business Development, Southwestern Energy

Mark Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations – Eastern Operations, Crestwood LP

Scott Wright, MISO

Erica Bowman, Chief Economist, API

Karen Alderman Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Natural Gas Opportunites: Round Table Discussion Phase Two Gas–Electric Interdependencies—Accommodating an Increased Dependence on Natural Gas

The Bulk Power System (BPS) has experienced significant changes in the resource mix with a continuation of growth in natural gas-fired electric generation. With more natural gas-fired generation being added in power markets and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders aiding the convergence of the gas and electric power industries, continued coordination among the two industries is vitally important. Generators are reliant on upstream exploration and production, pipeline systems, and storage to fulfill the natural gas requirements for their generation. The Aliso Canyon storage outage in California affected almost 10,000 MW of natural gas fired generation, underscoring the reliance that the BPS has on natural gas infrastructure and the potential ramifications of a single point of disruption. This panel will present several perspectives around critical issues to address with reliance on natural gas, LNG, and the requisite infrastructure for reliable generation. The panel will also discuss fuel assurance issues, mitigating measures and other planning tools that are being employed to address potential single points of disruption. (Note: This panel is part of the Natural Gas Power afternoon, in conjunction with the Phase One Panel held immediately before this panel.)


Hon. Robert M. Pickett, Alaska

Hon. Swain E. Whitfield, South Carolina


Michael Nowak, National Fuel Gas

Peter Brandien, VP System Operations ISO NE

John Maura, Director Reliability Assessment, NERC

Stephan Folga, PhD, Energy Systems Engineer/ Manager, Argonne National Labs

Ryan Colley, Planning Manager, Southern Company Transmission

INGAA Representative (invited)

Committee on Telecommunications

Ballroom North
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. - Noon
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.


Hon. Johann Clendenin, Virgin Islands


Hon. Jack Betkoski, Connecticut

Mike Hill, National Director, External Relations — Infrastructure, ExteNet

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

Ken Schifman, Director of Government Affairs, Sprint

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Business Meeting
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Discussion with State Broadband Offices

Panelists representing state broadband offices will educate on the mission and function of their offices leading into a discussion on possible areas of synergy with public utility commission offices.


Hon. Crystal Rhodes, Nebraska


Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Minnesota Office of Broadband Development

 Jeffrey R. Sural, Acting General Counsel, Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office, North  Carolina Department of Information Technology

Tony Simental, West Virginia State GIS Coordinator, WV Office of GIS Coordination

NTIA Representative TBA

Committee on Water

Renaissance West A
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Industry Fragmentation and the Effect on Water Infrastructure and Investment

There are more than 53,000 water utilities in the United States, serving over 250 million Americans. However, only 7 percent of water systems serve more than 10,000 customers, and 1 percent serve populations greater than 100,000. Smaller water utilities face a number of challenges, including infrastructure deterioration, sourcing financial support, and compliance issues. Policymakers have long sought to address these issues by, for example, providing financing options for smaller systems and streamlining regulatory processes. Despite these efforts, though, many smaller water utilities still struggle. Recognizing these challenges and their effects on customers, some States are examining a range of potential solutions, including small-system acquisition and related policy reforms. Other stakeholders are exploring the value of forging public-private partnerships as an alternative model to support key infrastructure replacement. This panel will explore these myriad of issues and examine possible paths forward.


Hon. Daniel Hall, Missouri


Rich Anderson, Senior Advisor, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayors Water Council

Charles M. Davidson, Director of the Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute, New York Law School

Peter C. Grevatt, Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

David Stanton, President, SUEZ North America Utility Segment

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Permanent Water Conservation Efforts

Drought conditions across the United States have changed how we think about water shortages and water conservation efforts. Some regions have implemented permanent water conservation efforts to mitigate current water shortages as well as to better handle future water shortages. The panelists will discuss those efforts and innovative ideas borne out of water supply difficulties.


Hon. Kenneth Hill, Tennessee


Jack Hawks, Executive Director, California Water Association

Matthew Klein, President of North Carolina and Tennessee, Utilities Inc.

Marc Lucca, President of Aqua Pennsylvania, Aqua America

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Hydropower is currently the largest U.S. renewable power source, providing nearly half of all U.S. renewable power in 2015. It is essential to the operation and stability of the electric grid providing ancillary services such as frequency response, ramping and voltage support. Its fast-ramping ability allow it to quickly react to grid disturbances and pumped storage can provide peak shaving. Panelists will discuss the U.S. Dept. of Energy report, “Hydrovision,” and how hydropower works, purchase-power contracts are structured and new projects in development.


Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey


Hon. Brad Johnson, Montana

Timothy Welch, Hydropower Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Maria Zazzera, Aide to Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Cost of Compliance for Safe Drinking Water Act Regulations

This presentation by the Water Research Foundation will provide an overview of the Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory history, regulatory activity in the horizon, and the capital, operation and maintenance, and monitoring cost impact of complying with these regulations. The lead and copper rule, potential upcoming revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, and issues surrounding replacement and cost of lead service lines, and compliance with the rule will be discussed. Recent and proposed research on lead by the Water Research Foundation will be referenced.


Beate M. Wright, Executive Director, Washington D.C. Office, Water Research Foundation

Commissioner Emeritus Luncheon

Penn Quarter
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Commissioner Only Business Luncheon (Commissioners only)

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

Task Force on Military Workforce Development (closed meeting)

Meeting Room 2
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.