Water

Return to the Compiled Agenda

Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

Staff Subcommittee on Water (Joint Meeting with Committee)

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

Moderator:

Hon. Daniel Hall, Missouri

Panelists:

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.

Moderator:

Hon. Kenneth Hill, Tennessee

Panelists:

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

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.

Moderator:

Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey

Panelists:

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.

Speaker:

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

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

Panelists:
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)