Agenda

This agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, February 11

 

Registration Open (8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

Location:

 

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance East
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Authenticated Caller ID, Call Blocking & Data Analytics: How to Shut Down Illegal Caller ID Spoofing & Fraud

It's tax season again and you know what that means.  Thousands of consumers will soon receive "scam" calls from the "IRS" claiming delinquent taxes are owed.  The only ones who like illegal caller ID spoofing are the "fraudsters".  The rest of us want to shut it down, but how are we going to do that?  From data analytics, to call blocking, what methods are we using and how do we assure legitimate calls are unaffected?  Finally, how long will it take to get to the point where we can all trust our caller ID displays again and what can regulators do to help?

Moderator:  Brent  Stuthers, Senior Strategist, Neustar

Panelists:

Beth Choroser, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Comcast

Chris Oatway, Associate General Counsel, Verizon

Glenn Richards, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Deidre Menard, Director of Product for TNS Call Guardian, TNS

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Spectrum, White Spaces, & Technology:  What's New & Can it Work for Rural Broadband?

 In recognition of the emergence of new wireless technologies, the FCC is proposing, or is in the process of implementing, several repacking or repurposing of spectrum, including a more creative use of TV White Spaces to address the growing demand for mobile voice and broadband.  This repacking and repurposing will be particularly important for 5G and to facilitate rural broadband service.  The panelists will discuss what spectrum issues are important, what TV White Spaces are, what role new technologies can play, and the TV White Space proposal of Microsoft in particular.  The panelists will discuss the technologies, their views on TV White Spaces, and why it may or may not be a viable solution to the rural broadband challenge. 

Moderator:  Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania

Panelists:    

Harold Feld, Senior VP, Public Knowledge

Patrick McFadden, Associate General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters

Keith Walker, CEO/CTO,  Aer Wireless

Malena Barzilai, VP Government Affairs, Windstream Communications, Inc. (Invited)

Vickie Robinson, Director, Microsoft Airband Initiative, Microsoft             

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation 911: Federal Grants - What You Need to Know

In 2009 the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversaw more than $40 million in grants through the ENHANCE-911 (E911) Grant Program. The Next Generation 911 Advancement Act of 2012 is providing $110 million in funds for the program and broadened the eligible uses of those funds. These new uses include adoption and operation of NG911 services and applications; the implementation of IP-enabled emergency services and applications enabled by NG911 services; the establishment of IP backbone networks; and training of public safety personnel in 911 services.  NHTSA's National 911 Program Coordinator will provide critical updates and information that State's need to know regarding this opportunity.

Presenter:  Laurie Flaherty, RN, MS, Coordinator, National 911 Program, USDOT

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

From the Eye of the Storm - 2017 Hurricane Season & Impacts to Telecommunications:  How the Nation Reacts When Disaster Strikes

When disasters happen a host of federal agencies, other government organizations and the private sector all come together and have a role to play in helping our nation and communities address the challenges and return to normalcy. Hear from DHS, FCC, industry and our own Commissioner, Honorable Johann Clendenin, as they recount the impacts to infrastructure from the two CAT 5 hurricanes, focusing on communications and how government, industry, the private sector and other organizations all work together to deal with these crisis’s.  From impacts, to response and recovery, panelists will relate their stories, sharing personal perspectives of the challenges, successes, work arounds, important lessons learned and recommendations for states to shorten recovery and increase infrastructure resiliency in the future.

Moderator:  Lynn Notarianni, Colorado

Panelists:

Honorable Johann Clendenin, U.S. Virgin Islands

John O'Connor, Director, NCC, NCCIC, Dep't of Homeland Security

John McClain, Communications Liaison, NCC, NCCIC, Dep't of Homeland Security

Robert Desiato, Director, AT&T Technology Operations

Chris Anderson, Division Chief - Operations & Emergency Management, FCC

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Final Resolutions & Disposition

Staff Subcommittee on Consumers and the Public Interest

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
Location: Mount Vernon A
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Closed Session to discuss current topics of interest 

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Scam Alert! Protecting Customers from Utility Imposters

Whether by email, phone, or a knock on the door, scammers posing as utility representatives are robbing utility customers across the country.  Recent utility-supported customer awareness campaigns are helping protect consumers. Is this enough?  What else can be done?  This panel will go undercover and delve into all types of utility-related scams and how regulators, utilities, and customers can fight back. 

Moderator: Bill Edge, Public Information Officer, Georgia Public Service Commission

Panelists:

Joel Bernstein, Vice President, Regulatory and Public Policy, Somos, Inc.

Barbara Bossart, Chief, Reliability and Service Analysis, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Sheri Givens, Executive Director, Utilities United Against Scams

Lisa Peek, Building and Security Asset Analyst, Corporate Security, Georgia Power Company

 

Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
Location: Ballroom Central / Congressional Ballroom
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Building Electrification: When It Makes Sense and How To Do It

Implemented properly, the electrification of end-uses that would otherwise be powered by fossil fuels can provide significant benefits: lowering consumer energy bills, helping utilities better manage the grid, and promoting climate and other environmental goals. Implemented in a policy vacuum, electrification could simply increase energy usage, and add costs and environmental impacts.  This panel will explore the conditions under which electrification can be implemented to produce benefits for consumers, utilities, and society, as well as policy considerations to help regulators evaluate and strengthen programs to improve the delivery of electrification in their states.  Panelists will discuss specific examples of electrification efforts including opportunities associated with controlled water heating, the use of data to optimize program efficiency, as well as other specific initiatives, principles and strategies, and metrics for regulators to consider.

Moderator:

Jon Kucskar, Senior Commission Advisor, Maryland Public Service Commission

Panelists:

Gary Connett, Director of Member Services and Marketing, Great River Energy  

David Farnsworth, Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project  

Gilbert Nunez, Manager Business Support and Development, Alliant Energy

Jonathan Schrag, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities 

Austin Whitman, Vice President of Energy Markets, FirstFuel Software 

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

New Utility Business Models for the Purpose of Optimizing DER

In a world of rapid technological change, more distributed and interconnected systems and markets, more insourcing/outsourcing/partnering for the delivery of utility services, what should be the role of the regulated utility when working to optimize distributed energy resources (DER)?  These panelists will present utility business models for the future, share strategic roadmaps forward towards those futures, and discuss what that means for the natural monopoly function(s) and the regulatory compact.

Moderator:

Wally Nixon, Commissioner’s Legal Advisor, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Panelists:

Bruce Edelston, Vice President, Energy Policy, Southern Company

Rachel Gold, Manager, Electricity and Buildings Practices, Rocky Mountain Institute

David J. O'Brien, Director, Strategy & Operations, Global Energy Practice, Navigant

3:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint Session with the Committee on International Relations

Rooftop Solar: Is It Really That Difficult?

(Congressional Ballroom)

Although rooftop solar has been expanding rapidly, the United States is sometimes perceived as lagging behind other developed countries in enabling the growth of solar power. This panel will examine whether that perception matches reality.

Moderator:

Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota

Panelists:

Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun

Varun Sivaram, Council on Foreign Relations

Jens Acker, Counselor, Energy and Climate Policy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Representative from Australian Embassy (invited)

Staff Subcommittee on Water

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

(Closed meeting from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

Location: Meeting Room 15 /Meeting Room 16

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Federal Tax Reform – What State Commissions Should Know and Consider

The panel will discuss the recently passed tax reform package.  The panelists will discuss what regulators should know and what options regulators may have in terms of the economic regulation of water and wastewater utilities given the significant tax reform.  

Moderator:

Patricia S. Lucarelli, Administrative and Legal Support Services Administrator, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:

Jim Gould, Jim Gould Strategies LLC

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

Cathy A. Pedemonti, Utilities Examiner, Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Mike Reno, Executive Director, National Tax Department - Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittees on Electricity and Electric Reliability

Closed Meeting (Meeting Room 16)

Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Ballroom South
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

Community Solar:  How the Program Design Can Impact Customer Participation

Community solar is one of the fastest growing areas of renewable energy with at least 26 States having at least one community solar project online and growth expected to continue over the next several years. Many utilities have begun offering community solar programs to their customers who may choose to support renewable development and clean energy but who for various reasons do not have their own solar rooftop system. This panel will provide examples of successful community solar programs in Georgia and the District of Columbia, explore how different utilities are structuring these programs, how the specific rate and program structures used can impact the success of the program, and how community solar programs can be designed for different regulatory markets and lower income communities.  

Moderator:  Jamie Barber, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Manager, Georgia Public Service Commission

Panelists:

Jim Bottone, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Walton EMC

Caroline Golin, Regulatory Director, Vote Solar

Sean Gallagher, VP of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association

Michelle Moore, CEO, Groundswell

Daniel Cleverdon, Policy Advisor, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Adoption of Electric Vehicles:  How the Utility Can Play a Role

As the sale of electric vehicles is projected to continue to rise due to falling prices, increased ranges and tax incentives, there is a growing need by utilities to help support this growth. This utility support may be through innovative rate offerings, rebates for home or business chargers, or consumer education on the benefits of driving an electric vehicle. This panel will explore utility rate offerings and programs that are currently being offered across the country. We will hear from the Alliance for Transportation Electrification, a national non-profit organization, which was launched last November to help accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and support grid transformation. 

Moderator: Hon. Tim Echols, Georgia

Panelists:       

Seth Blocker, Pricing Design Manager, Georgia Power

Philip Jones, Past NARUC President, Executive Director, The Alliance for Transportation Electrification

John Shipman, Department Manager of Electric Vehicle Programs, Con Edison

Jeanette Shaw, Director of Goverment Relations. Forth              

Washington Action

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Meeting Room 4
8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Washington Action

(closed meeting) No Agenda

Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Meeting Room 2
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Closed Meeting

 

Networking Break (10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

 

New Commissioners Forum

10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
(New Commissioners Only) 
Location: Meeting Room 12 - 14
10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

New Commissioners Forum and Luncheon

New members please join NARUC 2nd Vice President, the Hon. Ed Finley, to learn more about the Association, ways to get involved and how to navigate the NARUC meetings. 

 

Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(Closed Meeting from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

Location: Rooms vary - see locations below

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint session with Staff Subcommittee on Water

Closed Meeting (Meeting Room 16)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Advancing Electrification: How to Ensure it is Efficient and Beneficial (Ballroom South)

Accelerating the adoption of electric technologies has the potential to boost efficiency, increase productivity, reduce costs, reduce emissions, and improve grid operations.  Efficient electrification is central to what the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) calls the Integrated Energy Network (integratedenergynetwork.com) — a vision for a pathway to the future energy system. The benefits of efficient electrification can be summarized as three E’s: economics, efficiency, and environment. The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) frames the opportunity similarly, characterizing as beneficial electrification implementations that embrace these multiple benefits explicitly.  In this session, two leaders in electrification will discuss the benefits and costs of electrification; enabling technologies, policies, and rate structures to enable it; implementation issues; future opportunities, drivers, and challenges for electrification; and some early results from EPRI’s National Electrification Assessment.

Moderator:

Michael Marchand, Arkansas Staff  

Panelists:

Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President of Research & Development, EPRI

Ken Colburn, Principal and Director of U.S. Programs, RAP

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Distribution Poles and Lines -  How Strong is Strong Enough?  

(Ballroom South)

Across the country much of our electric infrastructure exists above ground supported by wood poles and cross arms.  These assets serve as the backbone to the electric distribution system and understanding their design standards as well as their failure modes is key to understanding the overall resiliency of any distribution system.   This panel will explore the work of the NESC, which develops the standards for utility pole strength and loadings, and how utilities are testing the limits of these assets in the field through experiments such as the Tappan Lake test. 

Moderator:

Ryan Laruwe, Engineering Specialist, Michigan Public Service Commission

Presenters:

Nelson Bingel, Chairman, National Electrical Safety Code

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 pm

Fossil Energy R&D Benefits Analysis

(Ballroom South)

The National Energy Technology Lab's Systems Engineering and Analysis office uses state-of-the-art integrated economic models to optimize the lab's R&D activities. This presentation will outline how NETL uses energy market modeling to prioritize research activities and forecast how technology deployment will impact economic outcomes such as employment, income, GDP, and electricity costs. 

Presenter: 

Chris Nichols, Analyst, Systems Engineering and Analysis, NETL

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint with Committee on Critical Infrastructure

EMP- What Regulators Need to Know (Ballroom North)

EPRI initiated a three-year research project in April 2016 to assess the potential impacts of high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) on the bulk power system and to develop cost-effective mitigation options.  As a part of this research effort, EPRI is collaborating with DOE, the national labs and DoD.  EPRI has released two reports that, together, provide a scientifically-based understanding of what the E3 component of a high-altitude EMP attack could do to the power grid. The first report focused on the potential risk of thermal damage to bulk power transformers.  The most recent report, released in December 2017, assessed the potential for voltage collapse.  Ongoing research is investigating the impacts of E1, E2, and E3 from a HEMP event as well as identifying appropriate, cost-effective mitigation options.  Panelists will discuss EPRI’s work to date, next research steps, and the implications for Federal and State regulators.

Moderator:

TBD

Panelists: 

Hon. Cheryl LaFleur
Commissioner, FERC

Randy Horton
EMP Program Manager, EPRI

Mike Howard
President and CEO, EPRI

Devon Streit
Deputy Assistant Secretary - ISER, DOE

Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

(Closed Meeting from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

Location: Rooms vary - see locations below

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint session with Staff Subcommittee on Water

Closed Meeting (Meeting Room 15)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Electrification (Ballroom South)

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Distribution Poles and Lines -  How Strong is Strong Enough?  

(Ballroom South)

Across the country much of our electric infrastructure exists above ground supported by wood poles and cross arms.  These assets serve as the backbone to the electric distribution system and understanding their design standards as well as their failure modes is key to understanding the overall resiliency of any distribution system.   This panel will explore the work of the NESC, which develops the standards for utility pole strength and loadings, and how utilities are testing the limits of these assets in the field through experiments such as the Tappan Lake test. 

Moderator:

Ryan Laruwe, Engineering Specialist, Michigan Public Service Commission

Presenters:

Nelson Bingel, Chairman, National Electrical Safety Code

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

Fossil Energy R&D Benefits Analysis

The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Systems Engineering and Analysis office uses state-of-the-art integrated economic models to optimize the lab's R&D activities. This presentation will outline how NETL uses energy market modeling to prioritize research activities and forecast how technology deployment will impact economic outcomes such as employment, income, GDP, and electricity costs. 

Presenter: 

Chris Nichols, Analyst, Systems Engineering and Analysis, NETL

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint with Committee on Critical Infrastructure

EMP- What Regulators Need to Know (Grand North)

EPRI initiated a three-year research project in April 2016 to assess the potential impacts of high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) on the bulk power system and to develop cost-effective mitigation options.  As a part of this research effort, EPRI is collaborating with DOE, the national labs and DoD.  EPRI has released two reports that, together, provide a scientifically-based understanding of what the E3 component of a high-altitude EMP attack could do to the power grid. The first report focused on the potential risk of thermal damage to bulk power transformers.  The most recent report, released in December 2017, assessed the potential for voltage collapse.  Ongoing research is investigating the impacts of E1, E2, and E3 from a HEMP event as well as identifying appropriate, cost-effective mitigation options.  Panelists will discuss EPRI’s work to date, next research steps, and the implications for Federal and State regulators.

Moderator:

TBD

Panelists: 

Hon. Cheryl LaFleur
Commissioner, FERC

Randy Horton
EMP Program Manager, EPRI

Mike Howard
President and CEO, EPRI

Devon Streit
Deputy Assistant Secretary - ISER, DOE

 

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

 

Committee on International Relations

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Congressional Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Chair, Washington IRC

1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

The Energy Sector in India: Balancing Growth and Sustainability

Economic development in India has created enormous new demand for electricity. This panel will examine how India is working to meet that demand while it struggles with well-publicized environmental problems, principally air pollution in its major cities. The panel also will include an update on NARUC’s work with Indian energy regulators.

Moderator: Hon. Upendra Chivukula, New Jersey

Panelists: 

NARUC staff member TBD

Johannes Urpelainen, School of International Studies

Johns Hopkins University

Gardiner Harris, State Department Correspondent,

former New Delhi Bureau Chief, the New York Times

2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Power Africa Update

When the Trump administration took office with the stated intention of reducing foreign assistance, there was concern over the fate of the Power Africa program. One year on, how has the program been affected? This panel will address the status of NARUC programs in Africa and the overall situation with respect to US involvement in the African energy sector.

Moderator: Bradley Cebulko, Energy Policy Advisor, Washington UTC - Vice chair, Staff Subcommittee on International Relations

Panelist:

NARUC staffer TBD

Witney Schneidman, Covington & Burling

Worku Gachou, Covington & Burling

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

NARUC’s International Activities: The View from Our Funders

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, Chair, Washington IRC

Panelists:  TBD

Report on NARUC International Programs

Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, NARUC

3:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint session with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Rooftop Solar: Is It Really That Difficult?

Although rooftop solar has been expanding rapidly, the United States is sometimes perceived as lagging behind other developed countries in enabling the growth of solar power. This panel will examine whether that perception matches reality.

Moderator: Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota

Panelists:

Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun

Varun Sivaram, Council on Foreign Relations

Jens Acker, Counselor, Energy and Climate Policy

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Representative from Australian Embassy (invited)

Committee on Critical Infrastructure

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom North
1:30 p.m. -  1:45 p.m.

Welcome and Committee Update

Hon. Richard Mroz, New Jersey

 

 

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Cyber Workforce Development:  Revisting the NICE Framework

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. Demand for trained personnel is growing in both the public and private sectors. This session will focus on application of the NICE framework to identify necessary skills and to recruit appropriate talent. 

Presenters: 

Dennis Gilbert, VP and CISO, Exelon

Bill Newhouse, Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, NIST

 

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

GridEx IV:  Lessons Learned

NERC conducted its biennial grid security exercise —known as GridEx— in November 2017.  More than 6500 participants took part in the two-day exercise, which was designed to test the electricity sector’s ability to respond to grid security emergencies, improve communications among partners, identify lessons learned, and engage senior leadership.  E-ISAC Director Bill Lawrence will highlight some lessons learned from GridEx and describe future activities planned to enhance preparedness to current and evolving threats to the grid. 

Presenter:  Bill Lawrence, Director, E-ISAC
 

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

After Ukraine – Assessing Risk from C-Suites to Wall Street 

Cyber attacks that brought down parts of Ukraine's power grid have been well publicized.  Less well-known is the growing sophistication of cyber threats against industrial control systems and their potential effects on critical infrastructure sectors like electricity, natural gas, and water.  Three experts will address the increasing and dynamic threats to ICS, lessons learned from the Ukranian attacks, and how mitigation efforts in the power industry are viewed by the regulatory and financial communities.

Moderator:  Phil Jones, Phil Jones Consulting LLC

Panelists:

Jim Hempstead, Managing Director - Global Infrastructure Finance Group, Moody’s

Robert Lee, CEO, Dragos 

Tim Roxey, CSO, NERC

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

EMP:  What Regulators Need to Know 

Joint with Staff Subcommittees on Electricity and Electric Reliability

EPRI initiated a three-year research project in April 2016 to assess the potential impacts of high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) on the bulk power system and to develop cost-effective mitigation options.  As a part of this research effort, EPRI is collaborating with DOE, the national labs and DoD.  EPRI has released two reports that, together, provide a scientifically-based understanding of what the E3 component of a high-altitude EMP attack could do to the power grid. The first report focused on the potential risk of thermal damage to bulk power transformers.  The most recent report, released in December 2017, assessed the potential for voltage collapse.  Ongoing research is investigating the impacts of E1, E2 and E3 from a HEMP event as well as identifying appropriate, cost-effective mitigation options.  Panelists will discuss EPRI’s work to date, next research steps, and the implications for federal and state regulators.

Moderator: Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon

Panelists:

Hon. Cheryl LaFleur, Commissioner, FERC

Devon Streit, Deputy Assistant Secretary - ISER, DOE

Mike Howard, President and CEO, EPRI

Randy Horton, EMP Program Manager, EPRI

Task Force on Innovation

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom Central
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

How to Leverage Technology to Improve Your Commission's Operations

Rapid change and the public sector are often viewed as incompatible. The implementation of modern, scalable technology solutions offered by large cloud service providers presents an opportunity to change that perception. Join the CIO of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a Regional VP of Salesforce, the former CIO of NYSERDA, and the former CTO of Delaware, as we explore the digital dilemma facing the public sector today. Consider how many times we face physical paper documents that get lost on desks, opaque processes that require manual follow ups and cause delays, and reporting challenges created by data in multiple systems that don’t integrate with one another. Learn how executive level public sector technology professionals have been able to address these challenges in an agile and comprehensive manner.

Moderator:

Hon. Tim Echols, Georgia

Panelists:

Edward Carr, CIO of Ohio Public Utilities Commission 

Todd Kyle, Regional Vice President of Salesforce

Saul Morse, Former CIO of NYSERDA

Bob Rhodes, Former CTO of Delaware

3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.             Networking Break
3:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Energy Storage: Plug and Play in IRP’s and DRP’s.

Rapid cost declines and accelerating deployment of energy storage provide a tremendous opportunity to innovate in the traditionally staid areas of Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) and Grid Planning at both the transmission and distribution levels. Storage could be a game changer for planning a modern grid that is reliable and resilient and maximizes benefits from large generation and wires investments. This panel will explore the ways regulators are starting to include storage in these planning processes and how we can move towards nationally consistent methods for valuing and incorporating energy storage in all its potential uses.

Moderator:   

Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois

Panelists:

Ted Ko, Director of Policy at Stem

Ray Hohenstein, Market Applications Director at Fluence

Susan Mora-Schrader, Director of Utility Initiatives at Exelon

Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington

Lon Huber, Strategen Consulting

Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Closed Meeting)
Location: Meeting Room 15
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (Closed Meeting) Agenda TBA at meeting 

Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Closed Meeting)

Location: Meeting Room 15

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Joint with Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (Closed Meeting)

Agenda TBA at meeting

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Mount Vernon
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

State/Regional/Federal Regulatory Updates

This session will provide the opportunity for the membership and audience to share relevant nattural gas-related updates 

Moderator:

Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Panelists:

Membership & Audience Participation

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

LNG Exports

According to the Energy Information Administration, December 2017 saw the largest number of tankers leave Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG export terminal.  At the same time, Dominion's Cove Point facility is continuing commissioning work with commercial operations anticipated early this year.  However, this increase in exports is not without controversy. The participants will discuss their concerns regarding and the expected benefits of natural gas exports.

Moderator:

Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Panelists:

Paul Cicio, President, Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Charlie Riedl, Executive Director, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas

US DOE Representative (invited)

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Gas Technology Institute -- Looking Forward

An update of GTI's programs and future goals.

Moderator:

Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Panelist:

Dan LeFevers, Director, State and Consumer Programs, Gas Technology Institute

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Natural Gas Production and Water Use

Natural Gas production and water use are two things that go hand-in-hand.   Over the years a lot has been said and written about the impact of natural gas production on the environment – from well contamination to seismicity.  A representative from Anadarko will talk about the current practices and trends in regards to water use and gas production.

Moderator:

Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Panelist:

Erik Anglund, P.E. Water Management Supervisor, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Federal Tax Rate Reduction

The discussion will focus on the FERC process for applying the Federal Corporate Tax Rate Reduction to natural gas pipeline tariff rates and how that process may be impacted by black box settlements and rate moratoriums.

Moderator:

Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Panelist: 

Gary Kruse, Director, Pipeline Markets, Law IQ

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

BCSE-BNEF Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

A presentation of "Sustainable Energy in America Factbook" -- a joint effort of The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Moderator:

Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Panelist:

Ruth McCormick, Director, Federal and State Affairs, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Dan LeFevers, Director, State and Consumer Programs, Gas Technology Institute

Kyle Rogers, Vice President, Government Relations, American Gas Association

 

Networking Break (2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)

 

Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

(Closed Meeting)

Location: Meeting Room #16

1:30 - 3:30

 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Agenda Overview
  • Discussion items
    • Legislative Updates from the States – Looking Ahead in 2018
    • Employee Engagement – Performance, Productivity and Morale
    • Consumer Advocacy – Differences in Roles and Responsibilities Among the States
    • Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) – Preparing for the Unexpected
    • Continuing Education and Training – You Can Never Know Enough About Your Job
    • Roundtable
  • Future Meetings
  • Adjournment

 

   

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom South
3:30 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hon. Angela Weber, SWD Chairman and Commissioner, Indiana

3:35 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Joint with Task Force on Military Workforce Development

Honoring Those Who Serve: Hiring Military Veterans for Utility Positions

Judy Jagdmann chaired NARUC's Task Force on Veterans' Workforce Development in 2017. The Task Force acknowledged the attrition of trained utility employees and veterans as a capable workforce for the utility sector. Commissioner Jagdmann will present the Task Force's final report and highlight best practices and lessons learned in the utility and government sectors for helping veterans transition from military service to utility-related work. Brian McAdoo will explain how Duquesne Light Company created a program to hire veterans, established a dedicated team and plan, and grew the program into the success it is today. Brian will describe Duquesne's real-world experience in diversifying its workforce by hiring veterans. 

Speakers: 

Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia

Brian McAdoo, Senior Manager - Operations Services, Duquesne Light Company

4:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Subcommittee Business and Closing Remarks

Task Force on Military Workforce Development

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom South
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint with Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Honoring Those Who Serve: Hiring Military Veterans for Utility Positions

Judy Jagdmann chaired NARUC's Task Force on Veterans' Workforce Development in 2017. The Task Force acknowledged the attrition of trained utility employees and veterans as a capable workforce for the utility sector. Commissioner Jagdmann will present the Task Force's final report and highlight best practices and lessons learned in the utility and government sectors for helping veterans transition from military service to utility-related work. Brian McAdoo will explain how Duquesne Light Company created a program to hire veterans, established a dedicated team and plan, and grew the program into the success it is today. Brian will describe Duquesne's real-world experience in diversifying its workforce by hiring veterans. 

Speakers: 

Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia

Brian McAdoo, Senior Manager - Operations Services, Duquesne Light Company

 

Networking Break (3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

 

Welcome Reception

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

Welcome Reception

Welcome to the 2018 Winter Policy Summit. The Welcome Reception is a great place to see old friends and meet new ones. Be sure to have your badge on and ticket available.  Entry tickets will be redeemed for two beverage tickets at the door.