Agenda

This agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, February 13

 

OMS Breakfast Meeting - Invitees Only (7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.) Meeting Rooms 8 & 9

 

Registration Open

Location: Ballroom Foyer
 

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Joint with Committees on Consumers and the Public Interest, Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, Gas, Telecom, and Water: General Session

Location: Ballroom Central
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

Welcome by NARUC President, Hon. Jack Betkoski.

Remarks by The Hon. Kevin J. McIntyre, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 

 

Implications and Complications of Tax Reform 

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois

Participants:

Hon. Tom Forese, Arizona

Ryan Wobbrock, Vice President - Senior Analyst, Moody's Investors Service

Danny Kermode, Assistant Director for Water and Transportation, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Marty Kropelnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Water Service Group

 

Reading Materials:

Regulated Utilities – U.S. Tax Reform is Credit Negative for Sector, but Impact Varies by Company (January 24, 2018)

Rating Action: Moody's Changes Outlooks on 25 U.S. Regulated Utilities Primarily Impacted by Tax Reform (January 19, 2018)

Tax Reform – U.S. Corporate Tax Cut is Credit Positive, while Effects of Other Provisions Vary by Sector (December 21, 2017)

Utilities – U.S. Tax Reform Likely to Increase Credit Risk, Impact Dependent Regulatory Response (March 15, 2017)

   

 

Networking Break (10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

 

Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rooms vary see below
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint with Committee on Electricity

Will Big Ideas and Innovation Benefit the Small Consumer?

Ballroom South

As technology increases the electric infrastructure, programs, and tariffs that are possible, identifying who would benefit from, and pay for, their implementation is often a threshold question for utilities and regulators alike.  But how many of the big ideas on the horizon can benefit customers with limited financial means?  What should regulators consider when deciding whether implementation or cost allocation should be broad or targeted?  Which ideas should be voluntary?  Panelists will answer these important questions, including any lessons learned from investments during the past decade in, among other things, “smart” meters, prepaid electric programs, net metering tariffs, and electric vehicle infrastructure. 

Moderator: Hon. Martha Guzman-Aceves, California

Panelists:

Bill Malcolm, Senior Legislative Representative-State Advocacy and Strategy, AARP

Tara Oglesby, Vice President, Customer Experience, Ameren Missouri

Nat Treadway, Managing Partner, Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Joint with Committee on Gas

Creating a Win/Win for Consumers on Natural Gas Distribution Energy Efficiency Programs, Conservation, and other Innovative Consumer Focused Strategies in Today’s World.

Congressional Ballroom

Energy efficiency and conservation programs are a key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping consumers manage their energy bills. Proper regulatory incentives for utilities to promote energy efficiency, conservation, demand response and innovation are important.  Imperative is delivering savings to consumers through programs that actively promote cost-effective and prudent approaches to such efficiencies and consumer focused innovations.  This dynamic discussion will showcase the current energy efficiencies, conservation, demand response and innovative gas consumer focused technologies that are helping to drive major advancements in the natural gas arena.  It will examine the regulatory policies that help support consumer choices, increased energy efficiency, conservation, demand response and these innovations.

Moderators: Hon. Dianne Solomon, New Jersey

                      Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi 

Panelists:

Steven Nadel, Executive Director, ACEEE

Carlos Nouel, Vice President, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Holly Pearen, Senior Attorney, EDF

Tanya J. McCloskey, Acting Consumer Advocate, Pennsylvania

Daniel Lefevers, Director, State and Consumer Programs, Gas Technology Institute

Committee on Electricity

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom South
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint with Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Will Big Ideas and Innovation Benefit the Small Consumer?

As technology increases the electric infrastructure, programs, and tariffs that are possible, identifying who would benefit from, and pay for, their implementation is often a threshold question for utilities and regulators alike.  But how many of the big ideas on the horizon can benefit customers with limited financial means?  What should regulators consider when deciding whether implementation or cost allocation should be broad or targeted?  Which ideas should be voluntary?  Panelists will answer these important questions, including any lessons learned from investments during the past decade in, among other things, “smart” meters, prepaid electric programs, net metering tariffs, and electric vehicle infrastructure.

Moderator:

Hon. Martha Guzman Aceves, California

Panelists:

Bill Malcolm, Senior Legislative Representative-State Advocacy and Strategy, AARP

Tara Oglesby, Vice President of Customer Experience, Ameren Missouri

Nat Treadway, Managing Partner, Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC

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

Resiliency Made Real What Worked, and What Didn't, When Severe Weather Events Hit the US in 2017

Over the past year, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico faced widespread outages following hurricane winds and heavy rains, California experienced devastating loss from wildfires, and much of the nation faced extreme colds.  As we move forward in the new year what lessons have we learned?  What does a resilient grid look like in relation to weather events?  Does this image change for a resilient island?  How have the industry’s mutual assistance agreements worked to ensure resiliency? 

Moderator: 

Hon. Jeremy Oden, Alabama

Panelists:

Hon. Angela O'Connor, Massachusetts

David Owens, Chair, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Transformation Advisory Council

 

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Business Meeting
3:45 p.m - 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break

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

PURPA in 2018 – At the Tipping Point or Still on Point?

With the introduction of the PURPA Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4476, Walberg - MI) and the recent appointment of four new FERC Commissioners, will 2018 bring changes to PURPA or its federal regulations?  Have FERC’s “one-mile rule” or its 20-megawatt presumption for market access run their course?  Have Congress and FERC struck the appropriate balance between State and federal responsibilities under PURPA?  Panelists will discuss experiences under PURPA while exploring these and other issues.    

Moderator:  Hon. Judith Williams Jagdmann, Virginia

Panelists

Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana

Todd Glass, Esquire, Partner, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

Kendal Bowman, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Policy - NC, Duke Energy 

Steve Thomas, Energy Contract Manager, Domtar Corporation

Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom North
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

Introductions:

Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota, Chair

Hon. Carla Peterman, California, Vice-Chair

Remarks:

Hon. Richard Glick, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Briefing:  Update on the Administration’s Decision on the Section 201 Solar Cells and Panels Trade Case

Jennifer Murphy, Director of Energy Policy and Senior Counsel, NARUC

Resolutions

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

Reducing Supply Peaks with Integrated and Targeted Energy Efficiency

Electric and gas utilities all over the world use comprehensive energy efficiency programs to reliably avoid energy supply costs and suppress prices, with some of the most advanced and successful programs being executed in the US.  Despite the accomplishment of these programs, there are few examples of large scale energy efficiency being deployed to solve supply constraints that are specific to a particular system.  Rather, those system-specific conservation efforts are typically reserved for active demand response programs, which can lack the sustained price and reliability advantages of energy efficiency.  To reach the next level of energy efficiency, program managers should work with traditional supply planning and procurement teams to include large-scale energy efficiency deployment as an option to solve these system-specific supply constraints.  This panel will focus on how to achieve such an integration. Discussion will include adapting  energy efficiency to address seasonal peak demand, enhancing the effectiveness of targeting peaks, bringing measurement of energy efficiency delivery on par with supply metering, and incentivizing utilities to deliver this next level of savings to customers.

Moderator:

Hon. Abigail Anthony, Rhode Island

Panelists:

Hon. Carla Peterman, California

Kate Desrochers, Senior Analyst, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Sam Krasnow, Vice President Customer Engagement, FirstFuel

Cory Scott, Director of Customer Solutions, Pacific Power

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

News You Should Know, part I

What Scientists Know About Climate Change in the US – The 2017 Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) from the U.S. Global Change Research Program

In November 2017 the Administration released a Special Report on Climate Change. This work was performed pursuant to a 1990 Congressional mandate directing 13 federal agencies to cooperate under a Global Change Research Program to develop “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.” Over fifty climate scientists were involved in producing the CSSR, and in this session two of them will provide an overview of its findings.

Moderator

Hon. Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii

Panelists:

Benjamin DeAngelo, Deputy Director, Climate Change Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Don Wuebbles, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois

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

News You Should Know, part II

NARUC Innovation Award Winner - A New Methodology to Value and  Compensate  Distributed  Energy  Resources (DER)

Through the Value of DER Proceeding, the New York State Public Service Commission has started the transition from Net Metering to a new compensation mechanism, the Value Stack. The Value Stack is designed to compensate distributed generation projects with bill credits calculated based on the actual benefits and costs the project and its generation create for the energy system, taking into account the specific project location and the time of generation. Elements of the Value Stack include energy, capacity, environmental, and distribution system impact values. The transition to the Value Stack encourages the development and deployment of DER, ensures that market participants are accurately charged and compensated based on actual impacts, and provides price signals to drive DER development in locations where they provide the most value.

Moderator:

Hon. Lorraine Akiba, Hawaii

Panelist:

Ted Kelly, Assistant Counsel, New York State Department of Public Service

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

The Corporate Quest for Renewables

A number of Fortune 500 companies have committed to investing in clean energy, citing the need for reducing both carbon pollution and energy costs, This panel looks at what large retailers are doing to meet their corporate goals. Panelists will discuss how large energy purchasers such as Walmart and other retailers seek to navigate state regulatory environments and what they want or need from state Commissions to meet their targets (for example, tariffs, better interconnection standards, or direct access). The panel will also discuss the potential impact of their purchasing decisions on utilities, consumers, and regulators.

Moderator:

Hon. Dave Danner, Washington

Panelists:

Stephen W. Chriss, Director, Energy and Strategy, Walmart

Frank Prager, Vice President, Policy and Federal Affairs, Xcel Energy

Ted Romaine, Director, Origination, Invenergy

Letha Tawney, Director, Utility Innovation, World Resources Institute

Committee on Gas

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Congressional Ballroom
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Joint with Washington Action

Commissioners’ Roundtable on Hot Legislative Issues Impacting Natural Gas

A Real Time View from the Hill which will help kickoff a Commissioner roundtable discussion on legislative issues facilitated by the NARUC Washington Action Co-Chairs the Honorable Brown-Bland, North Carolina and the Honorable Wagner, Iowa.

Presenter: 

Congressman, Bill Johnson, Ohio (invited)

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

Committee on Gas Business Meeting

  • Fireside Chat

Fire Side Chat with FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee (Introduced by the Honorable Talina Mathews, Kentucky) and Kimberly J. Harris, President and CEO of Puget Sound Energy, American Gas Association Chair of the Board of Directors (Introduced by the Honorable Jay Balasbas, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission).

Moderator: Hon. Diane X. Burman, N.Y. 

  • Resolutions
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Natural Gas Reliability: Understanding Fact from Fiction

Natural gas has been a long-term power generation fuel source and with technological advances combined with the low cost of natural gas has been considered a fuel of choice in many parts of the United States. However, natural gas has drawn its share of opponents.  The DOE NOPR brought renewed attention to natural gas’s reliability and resiliency as a generation source. Naysayers  asserted that gas is unreliable and doesn’t actually contribute to grid resilience in the same way as other fuels. Proponents of natural gas adamantly claim the evidence supports that natural gas has the most wide ranging reliability and resilience attributes of all the major fuel sources. Further adding to the complexities, FERC 1. terminated the DOE NOPR proceeding and initiated a new proceeding on grid resilience, and separately 2. is now reconsidering its 1999 Policy Statement on Pipeline Certification. This moderated discussion will seek to get through the noise and tease out a dynamic discussion separating out fact from fiction.

Moderators:

Hon. Kara Brighton Fornstrom, WY

Panelists:

Dave Souder, Director of Operations Planning, PJM

Sam Newell, Principal, The Brattle Group

Paul Bailey, President and CEO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity 

Michael Moses, Director, Gas Control & Planning West, TransCanada U.S. Pipelines

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

Joint with Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Creating a Win/Win for Consumers on Natural Gas Distribution Energy Efficiency Programs, Conservation and other Innovative Consumer Focused Oriented Strategies in Today’s World

Energy efficiency and conservation programs are a key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping consumers manage their energy bills. Proper regulatory incentives for utilities to promote energy efficiency, conservation, demand response and innovation are important.  Imperative is delivering savings to consumers through programs that actively promote cost-effective and prudent approaches to such efficiencies and consumer focused innovations.  This dynamic discussion will showcase the current energy efficiencies, conservation, demand response and innovative gas consumer focused technologies that are helping to drive major advancements in the natural gas arena.  It will examine the regulatory policies that help support consumer choices, increased energy efficiency, conservation, demand response and these innovations.

Moderators:

Hon. Dianne Solomon, NJ

Hon. Brandon Presley, MS

Panelists:

Steven Nadel, Executive Director, ACEEE

Carlos Nouel, Vice President, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Holly Pearen, Senior Attorney, EDF 

Tanya J. McCloskey, Acting Consumer Advocate, Pennsylvania

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

Washington Action

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Congressional Ballroom
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Joint with Committee on Gas

Commissioners’ Roundtable on Hot Legislative Issues Impacting Natural Gas

A Real Time View from the Hill Shared by Congressman Tom Reed ([invited) which will help kickoff a Commissioner roundtable discussion on legislative issues facilitated by the NARUC Washington Action Co-Chairs the Honorable Brown-Bland, North Carolina and the Honorable Wagner, Iowa.

Presenter: 

Congressman, Tom Reed, N.Y. (invited)

Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance East
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

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

“What am I bid for it?” The CAF II Auction – A Step Forward or Unmet Expectations

The FCC's 2011 Transformation Order provided multiple avenues for solving the dire need to expand broadband activity. One of those steps, the Connect America Fund II Auction, has yet to be held, which raises the obvious question: "Has broadband buildout been delayed over the past six years in anticipation of the auction?" We will explore this question, hear from the FCC on the current status of the auction plan, learn how current telecom providers and new entrants are viewing the auction, and their thoughts on participation.  

Moderator: Hon. Chris Nelson, South Dakota

Panelists:       

Steve Coran, DC Legal Counsel, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

Chelsea Fallon, Director of the FCC's Rural Broadband Auction Task Force (RBATF)

Bob Hance, President/CEO of Midwest Energy & Communications in Michigan

Carol Mattey, Mattey Consulting LLC

Mike Romano, Senior Vice President of Policy, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

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

Networking Break

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

FCC and Congressional Updates from a Journalist's Perspective

Current telecommunications events from a journalistic perspective. What is happening and what will the FCC/Legislation be going into 2018 and beyond?

Moderator: Jonathon Make, Exectutive Editor, Communications Daily 

Participants

Brian Fung,  Senior Editor, The Washington Post 

David Kaut, Senior Editor, Communications Daily

David Shepardson, Correspondent, Reuters

Lynn Stanton, Senior Editor for Wolters Kluwer's Telecommunications Reports and TR Daily                     

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spectrum – Why Do We Care?

Spectrum policy is not within the jurisdiction of State Commissions.  However, with 5G Technology rapidly becoming the focus there is a rush for spectrum and the number of players are expanding.  So while states don't control the allocation of spectrum space, the implications of how it is distributed can have huge impacts on the deployment of technologies that can positively impact consumers.  This panel will explore some of the impacts that we at the state level should be aware of as spectrum decisions occur.

Moderator:  Hon. Sarah Hofman, Vermont

Panelists:   

Jill Canfield, Vice President of Legal & Industry, Assistant General Counsel, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association

David Don, VP, Regulatory Policy Public Affairs, Comcast

Brian O'Hara, Senior Director Regulatory Issues, NRECA

Christopher Wieczorek, Director, Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile                     

Committee on Water

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance West A
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Challenge of Regulating Small Water Utilities

Many regulators are faced with a common challenge – the regulation of small water utilities. Ensuring safe and reliable water service at affordable rates is already difficult and complex.  Those complexities are often multiplied when the water service provider is a small, rural utility.  Small, rural utilities often face difficulty in navigating and complying with various regulatory requirements, replacing infrastructure, and maintaining a viable utility in general.  This panel will explore how regulators have responded to the challenges faced by small water utilities, including the pros and cons of consolidation and simplified rate processes.  The panelists will also discuss options for a regulator facing the abandonment of a water utility.     

Moderator:

Hon. Brad Johnson, Montana

Panelists:

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

Matthew Klein, President, Carolina Water Service, Inc. of North Carolina

Kathryn Kline, Senior Research Associate, National Regulatory Research Institute

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

Responding to Crisis:  Storm Response Efforts

This past year, the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean experienced catastrophic storm and hurricane damage, and most recently, the Eastern United States experienced the "bomb cyclone" and resultant damage. This panel will discuss the efforts undertaken in the wake of those storms to restore critical utility services and primarily what efforts were undertaken to restore water and wastewater service.  The panelists will give an update as to the status of those efforts, the challenges faced, and any lessons learned that could be applied generally in storm response efforts and water utility resilience and hardening.  

Moderator:

Hon. Raymond Williams, United States Virgin Islands

Panelists:

Hon. Johann (John) A. Clendenin, United States Virgin Islands

Hon. Joseph L. Fiordaliso, New Jersey

Anthony Hurley, Associate Managing Director, Utility Practice, Witt O'Brien’s

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

Lead Service Line Collaborative Update

Composed of 23 national public health, environmental, water utility, labor, consumer, and state and local governmental organizations, the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative released an online toolkit to help communities voluntarily develop and implement lead service line removal programs. 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 Water Committee hosted a presentation by the Lead Service Line Collaborative at the 2017 NARUC Winter Meetings.  The Lead Service Line Collaborative will provide an update of its activates since then and the continuing efforts to address lead service line issues.  

Moderator:

Grace D. Soderberg, Director of State Regulatory Relations, National Association of Water Companies 

Panelists:

Gail Bingham, President Emeritus, RESOLVE

Suzanne Chiavari, Engineering Practice Leader, American Water

Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Lynn Thorp, National Programs Director, Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund

Steve Via, Director of Federal Relations, American Water Works Association

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

Tax Reform and the Implications for Regulated Utilities

The recent federal tax package includes significant tax reform.  What does that tax reform mean for utilities, and in particular water utilities, which are often capitalized with substantial debt?  This panel will explore the aspects of tax reform applicable to regulated utilities and the issues regulators will face as a result.

Moderator:

Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois 

Panelists:

Mark Beyer, Chief Economist, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Retired)

Danny Kermode, Assistant Director for Water and Transportation, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Marty Kropelnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Water Service Group

David Spacht, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Artesian Resources Corporation

 

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

 

Commissioners Emeritus Luncheon (11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.) Penn Quarter

 

Commissioners Only Luncheon (11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.) Renaissance West B

 

Networking Break (2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

 

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