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Saturday, July 12
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Dallas Convention Center: Room D 167-174
 
9:00 AM Closed Session
11:00 AM Open Session

Preliminary Matters
Review Agenda
Other Administrative Matters

11:15 AM Reports from NARUC
Speakers Brad Ramsay - General Counsel, NARUC
Brian O'Hara - Legislative Director-Telecommunications-Water, NARUC
11:45 AM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 PM Reforming the Reform: Proposing Modifications to the FCC's Massive USF Order

A major goal of the FCC’s ICC/USF Reform Order issued in late 2011 was reforming the mechanisms for provided support to rural carriers. In the interim, several carrier coalitions have proposed modifications to the FCC’s reforms proposal, particularly focused on rural support. The NARUC Telco Staff Committee panel will hear from four industry proponents on what their proposed modifications are, why they are proposing them, and what the other panelists think of their proposals.
Moderator Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Panelists Genevieve Morelli - President, ITTA
Mike Romano - Sr. Vice President of Policy, NTCA
Doug Kitch, SCC
Keith Oliver - Response Panelist, South Carolina

2:45 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM Initial Presentation and Discussion of Resolutions
4:00 PM Resolution Discussion - Industry Reaction
5:00 PM Adjourn for the Day
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Subcommittee on Education and Research
Spice Private Dining on Lobby Level
 
12:00 PM Closed Executive Session
Working lunch for Committee and Staff Subcommittee members only
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Jim Gardner - Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Education and Research, Kentucky
1:05 PM Approval of Minutes
1:10 PM National Regulatory Research Institute Update
Dr. Rajnish Barua - Executive Director, NRRI
1:25 PM Annual Reports (10 minutes each)
Speakers Jeanette Walter - Associate Director, Center for Public Utilities, New Mexico State University
Dr. Mark Jamison - Director, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida
Dr. Jan Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University
1:55 PM Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE) Update
Dr. Jan Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, MSU
2:10 PM Update on Subcommittee Projects
  • 2014 Summer Internships (NARUC & CFEBA)
  • New Commissioner Regulatory Orientation
  • Scholarships
  • Other
Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC
Sue Daly - Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Education and Research, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
2:20 PM Review of Applications for Support
Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC
2:30 PM ICER VWG 4: Regulatory Best Practices
Hon. Jack Betkoski, III - Commissioner, Connecticut
2:40 PM New Business
2:50 PM Adjourn
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Executive Committee
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    NRRI Research Presentations
Victory Park 1 - 5th Floor
 
3:00 PM Introductions

An overview of the National Regulatory Research Institute's latest research papers.

Dr. Rajnish Barua - Executive Director, NRRI

3:05 PM Telecommunications Deregulation 2014: Completing the Process
Dr. Sherry Lichtenberg - Principal Researcher, Telecommunications, NRRI
3:25 PM A Review of Cost Comparisons and Policies in Utility-Scale and Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Projects
Tom Stanton - Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, NRRI
3:45 PM A Primer on the Status of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Daniel Phelan - Research Associate, NRRI
4:00 PM The Outlook for Gas-Fired Combined Heat and Power: The Influence of State Utility Commissions
Ken Costello - Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, NRRI
4:20 PM State Regulatory Roles in Enabling Cost-Effective Electricity Storage
Tom Stanton - Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, NRRI
4:40 PM Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Assisting States in Navigating, Analyzing, and Implementing the EPA Rule
Rishi Garg, Esq. - General Counsel and Principal Researcher, NRRI
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM    NRRI Board Meeting (closed meeting) Spice Private Dining Room - Lobby Level
 
Sunday, July 13
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM    On-Site Registration Open Dallas Ballroom Foyer - 3rd Floor
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Dallas A & B
 
9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome
  • Reports
  • Washington Update
Sandra S. Sloane - Chair, NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, New York
9:10 AM Overview of Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Patty Durand - Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
9:25 AM Risks and Opportunities in the Energy Marketplace: Consumer Awareness, Marketing Practices, and the Role of Regulators

This panel will address the challenges faced by regulatory commissions and the energy marketing industry in assuring that potential and current customers make informed choices when selecting or retaining an energy service provider. Providing accurate and complete consumer information and adopting ethical marketing practices are critical components for successful customer engagement, and state commissions and energy service companies both play a role in assuring that this happens.
Moderator Beverly Barker - Director, Consumer Assistance, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Catherine J.Webking - Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Patrick McDonnell - Executive Policy Manager for Commissioner Witmer, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

10:20 AM Break
10:30 AM The IP Transition Trials Impacts on Carriers and Consumers -- Joint Session with Subcommittee on Telecommunications

The IP transition trials have generated questions, concerns, rumors, and lots of talk, but what are they really about and how will they impact consumers, small businesses, CLECs, and others in both the short and the long term? This panel will attempt to answer those questions by reviewing the consumer and carrier implications of the AT&T IP-Transition Trial for each of the groups. Participants will discuss the trial process itself -- what are the goals, how will outcomes be evaluated, how will alternate carriers participate, and what happens if things fall apart -- as wel as how we will identify and track key consumer and carrier issues.
Moderator Sherry Lichtenberg Ph.D., National Regulatory Research Institute
Panelists Debra Berlyn - President, Consumer Policy Solutions
Sam Kline, Sr - Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Granite Telecommunications
Lyndall Nipps - Regional Vice President, State Government Affairs, Windstream
Frank Simone - Assistant Vice President, Regulatory, AT&T

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration
Dallas E
 
9:00 AM Introductions & Welcome to Dallas
Hon. Jon McKinney - Commissioner, West Virginia
Hon. Brian Kalk - Commissioner, North Dakota
9:05 AM Catalysis - The Key for Producing Advanced Fuels & Chemicals from Coal
Dr. Maohong Fan - Professor in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
9:30 AM U.S. Department of Energy's State Technical Assistance
Douglas Middleton - U.S. Department of Energy, Fossil Energy
10:15 AM Air Products' Steam Methane Reforming with CO2 Capture for EOR in East TX Oilfields
Tom Sarkus, National Energy Technology Laboratory
10:50 AM Subcommittee Business Meeting
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access
Dallas C
 
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Comments
Hon. Nikki Hall - Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access, South Carolina
9:05 AM Update on UMA Toolkit Project

Brief Toolkit Project Status Report.
Laurie Dowling - Executive Director, National Utilities Diversity Council
Timothy Simon - Commissioner Emeritus and Consultant, National Utilities Diversity Council

10:00 AM Preparing the Next Generation - Utility Mentoring Programs

DTE Energy has received numerous awards for its commitment to supplier diversity. The Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council has named DTE Energy its Corporation of the Year – Consumer Products, for the last four years for creating opportunities for minority-owned businesses. DTE also is recognized as a Best Practice leader for mentoring and supporting minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses in its service area. An often-ignored demographic and one that is every bit as worthy of attention is youth, and in particular, at-risk youth. DTE Energy also is a leader in providing mentoring and support for youth in its service area. Find out about DTE’s youth mentoring program, its motivation for investing in at-risk youth, its success stories and program challenges, and what are its future plans.
Moderator Hon. Greg White - Commissioner, Michigan
Panelist Jerry Norcia - President and COO, DTE Electric, and DTE Group President

10:30 AM Establishing Disabled Veteran Programs in Private Industry

Joseph Krulder will speak about his journey from homelessness as vet to his successful career on Wall Street and his role in getting the State of New York to adopt a six percent set aside for Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises.
Joseph Krulder - Asst. Vice President, Institutional Depository Group, Drexel Hamilton, LLC.

11:00 AM The Important Role of MWDVE Investment Banks in the Merger and Acquisition of Investor Owned Utilities

As mergers and acquisitions continue to change the regulated utility landscape, investment banks continue to provide a critical role in the ultimate structure of the new companies. Diverse firms are emerging as valuable assets in new corporate development. Loop Capital, an African American owned firm, was the lead advisor on the Exelon merger with Constellation and Pepco. Loop also served as lead advisor on the sale of Philadelphia Gas Works. The discussion will explore the benefits of relying on diverse investment banks to advise and finance mergers and acquisitions.
Thomas Rosen - Managing Director, Power, Utilities, & Energy, Loop Capital

11:25 AM Committee Business

- Request for Panel Suggestions and Proposed Resolutions for San Francisco;
- Update on Regional Meetings;
- UMA Staff Report;
- Other Business
Hon. Nikki Hall - Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access, South Carolina

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    The Sunday Morning Collaborative
Dallas F & G
 
9:00 AM Demand Response: The Way Forward

Co-Chairs:

  • Hon. Tony Clark, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Hon. Eric Callisto, Wisconsin
  • Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana

With uncertainty surrounding demand response as a result of the May 2014 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturning FERC Order No. 745, this dialogue will provide an opportunity to discuss the best way to achieve successful demand response programs moving forward. While the conversation will not address the details of FERC's plans to implement or address the D.C. Circuit decision, this is an opportunity to look again at the role of demand response and the cooperative federalism required for its successful implementation. The event will begin by asking the attorneys representing either side of the demand response debate "Where are we now?" and will then move to a panel discussion with representatives of the demand response and finance sectors, ISOs, academics, and States to discuss the pressing questions facing the industry, including:

  1. Assuming the decision stands, what can States do to access Demand Response resources?
  2. What are States already doing?
  3. Is there a way for utilities and States to work with one another, across a region, to create an effective DR market?
  4. What are the benefits and costs of placing demand response on the supply or demand side of the equation?
  5. What hinders demand response success on the retail level?
  6. What lessons have been learned from wholesale and retail demand response programs so far?
9:05 AM Legal Overview: Where are we now? How can we move forward?
Speakers Sandy Rizzo - Partner, Arnold & Porter
Vickie Patton - General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
10:00 AM Demand Response Roundtable
Speakers Paul Centolella - Vice President, Analysis Group
Dan Delurey - President, Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid
Chris Hickman - CEO and President, Innovari
Andy Ott - Executive Vice President, PJM Interconnection
Hon. Audrey Zibelman - Chair, New York Public Service Commission
Heather Sanders - Director, Regulatory Affairs for Distributed Energy Resources, CAISO
Delia Patterson - General Counsel, American Public Power Association
Abraham Silverman - Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory, NRG Energy, Inc.
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Trinity 1 - 3
 
9:00 AM Joint Board Reports
  • Separations - George Young, Vermont
  • Universal Service - Labros Pilalis, Pennsylvania
9:15 AM Subgroup Reports
  • Federal Regulation & Legislation - Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania
  • State Regulation - Lynn Notarianni, Colorado
  • Consumer Issues - Karlen Reed, Massachusetts
  • Technology & Service Quality - Jeff Richter, Wisconsin
9:30 AM Reports by National Representatives
  • FCC Report -
  • 706 Conference Update - Karlen Reed, Massachusetts
  • NRRI Report - Sherry Lichtenberg
  • NTIA Report - Maureen Lewis
  • RUS Report - Keith Adams
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM The IP Transition Trials Impacts on Carriers and Consumers - Joint Panel with Consumer Affairs

The IP transition trials have generated questions, concerns, rumors, and lots of talk, but what are they really about and how will they impact consumers, small business, CLECs, and other in both the short and the long term? This panel will attempt to answer those questions by reviewing the consumer and carrier implications of the AT&T IP-Transition Trial for each of the groups. Participants will discuss the trial process itself - what are the goals, how will outcomes be evaluated, how will alternate carriers participate, and what happens if things fall apart - as well how we will identify and track key consumer and carrier issues.
Moderator Dr. Sherry Lichtenberg, National Regulatory Research Institute
Panelists Debra Berlyn - President, Consumer Policy Solutions
Sam Kline, Sr. - VP Corporate Strategy, Granite Telecommunications
Lyndall Nipps - Regional Vice President, State Government Affairs, Windstream
Frank Simone - Assistant Vice President, Regulatory, AT&T
Rebekah Goodheart - Legal Advisor, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, FCC

12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 PM Cybersecurity

On April 16, 2013, a coordinated physical and communications attack struck the Metcalf Transmission Substation in California. Before shooting holes in the oil tanks to disable the substation’s transformers, the assailants cut nearby communications links in an attempt to disable communications. This notable event demonstrates that State commissions must consider physical security in the mix of issues important to telecommunications and utilities. Thispanel will discuss physical security, cyber security, cross-sector coordination, consequence, recovery and related security issues between telecommunications and electric companies. Attendees will learn about the new Federal Communications Commission and Department of Homeland Security cyber priorities and resources; progress updates on the NIST cyber framework for utility and communications sectors; and security concerns moving to IP networks.
Moderator John McClain, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Panelists Clete Johnson - Chief Counsel, Cyber Security, Federal Communications Commission
Marcus Sachs - Vice President, National Security Policy, Verizon
Neil Hershfield - Deputy Chief, ICS-CERT, Cyber Security & Communications, Dept of Homeland Security
James Brenton - Regional Security Coordinator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas
Peter Allor - Security Strategist, Federal Critical Infrastructure, IBM Security Systems

2:45 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM Final Resolution Discussion
3:45 PM Adjourn for the Day
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM    Networking Break
10:30 AM - 12:45 PM    New Commissioner Forum
The Forum is for Commissioners attending their first NARUC meeting.
Katy Trail - 2nd Floor
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Executive Directors Arts District 6 - 2nd Floor
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
Dallas D
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Speaker Kim Jones - Vice-Chair
1:05 PM Compliance Strategies for 111(d) and Impacts on System Reliability

Last month, the U.S. EPA issued proposed guidelines to the States for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil-fueled power plants. Final guidelines are expected in June 2015, with requirements that States produce a compliance plan by June 2016 for EPA approval. While the Clean Air Act identifies criteria for setting emissions standards and the development of State plans, it does not directly address electric system reliability, perhaps the most important criterion on the minds of State energy regulators. Panelists will explore an assortment of State compliance plan models, and the effects that each can be expected to have on electric system reliability.
Moderator Dr. Susan Tierney - Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
Panelists Paul M. Sotkiewicz, PhD - Chief Economist, Markets, PJM Interconnection, LLC
Derek Murrow - Director, Federal Energy Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council
David Farnsworth - Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project

2:25 PM Technology Update

Extreme events including geomagnetic disturbances, weather, and breach of physical security, can severely damage transmission and distribution systems, threaten lives, and disable communities. Improving system resilience requires advances in engineering approaches to withstand such events, accelerate recovery, and provide continuity of service. To minimize damage and outage duration, EPRI research is assessing options for improving grid resilience by focusing on multiple strategies - including prevention, recovery, and survivability. In addition, EPRI research is evaluating investment prioritization approaches that can be backed by performance data and facilitate optimized allocation of resources. Hear about EPRI's research on prioritization approaches for assigning investment dollars using performance data.
Speaker Matthew Olearczyk - Senior Program Manager, Power Delivery & Utilization, EPRI

2:40 PM North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Update

Find out what NAESB is up to in general, and on the status of the Gas/Electric Harmonization effort in particular.
Speaker Rae McQuade - President, North American Energy Standards Board

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Cedars - 2nd Floor
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Ellen Vancko - Chair, NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Maryland Public Service Commission
1:05 PM Wind: The Other Texas Energy Success Story

A big industrial, oil, and gas State, Texas is also the nation’s leader in wind energy development. The right policies, natural resources and business proposition have brought $24 billion in private investment to wind projects, and additional manufacturing and service expertise related to the wind industry in Texas. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced that in 2013, renewable energy production grew by twelve percent over the previous year, while installed capacity increased by two percent. Generators reported producing 38.1 million megawatthours from renewable resources. On May 2, 2013, wind hit a record 9674 MW or 28 percent of ERCOT's load. And while wind accounted for the lion's share of renewables production, solar output increased by a hefty thirteen percent over 2012. This session will explore the remarkable growth of renewables in the State: why it happened, do the lights stay on, has it been good for the people and economy of Texas, and will it continue?
Moderator Ellen Vancko - Chair, NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Maryland
Panelists Calvin Crowder - President, Electric Transmission Texas, LLC
Brian Lloyd - Executive Director, Texas PUC
Warren Lasher - Director of System Planning, ERCOT
Jason Minalga - Manager, Commercial Analytics and Regulatory Affairs , Invenergy

2:20 PM The D.C. Circuit Kills Demand Response Compensation: Now What?

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in May voted 2-1 to invalidate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order No 745, which set the compensation for this demand response, at the locational marginal price (LMP) for the place and time the demand response is offered. The court’s decision was based on two distinct grounds. First, by ordering compensation for demand response from retail customers, FERC was regulating retail electricity markets - a power reserved to States in the Federal Power Act. Second, in setting the compensation at LMP, the court found that FERC acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" by failing to explain itself, and failing to address arguments from wholesale generators. Given the likelihood and nature of the appeals process, we might not know the outcome of this case for several years. Since all consumers have a stake in getting this right so that existing generation is used more efficiently while avoiding the construction of new generating capacity unnecessarily, what can State regulators do to induce economical demand response?
Scott Hempling - Attorney, Scott Hempling Law, LLC

2:45 PM Geothermal Energy: Renewable Resource Planning's Knight in Shining Armor?

Geothermal energy has long been touted as a renewable resource that can provide baseload capacity, but recently States have started to explore additional attributes. This panel will discuss geothermal's capabilities as a flexible resource for integrating variable-output renewables into the grid, creating a smaller carbon footprint than using typical natural gas peakers for this purpose. Also, technological advances with air-cooling and misting systems can reduce geothermal's water consumption while maintaining power production. This panel will review and discuss state initiatives to account for geothermal's unique added values, using geothermal RPS carve-outs or adding integration-cost credits in resource-procurement decision making.
Moderator Tom Stanton - Principal Researcher, National Regulatory Research Institute
Panelists Bob Sullivan - Senior Vice President, ORMAT Technologies, Inc
Representative - Geothermal Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

3:45 PM Energy Storage Technology Review

New and improving storage technologies can provide value to the electric grid, and storage is becoming increasingly economical as technology improves and cost declines. FERC is already taking actions to enable storage technologies to participate in wholesale power markets, and some States are already starting to deploy storage, at least in demonstration and pilot programs. The U.S. Department of Energy presently identifies nearly 200 electricity storage demonstration projects underway in the U.S. and over 2GW of RFPs for procuring utility-scale storage, to be installed over the next five years. A new NRRI paper reviews the current situation and explores regulatory and other policy options for States, for enabling storage to play a larger role in electricity service provision when and where storage options are cost-effective. The goal is to identify best practices for State public utility regulations and associated policies that can best reduce or remove any unintended barriers facing cost-effective electricity storage technologies. Electricity storage represents something of a new frontier for State regulators. This paper is intended to serve as a preliminary guide to regulatory issues and an introduction to practical approaches for addressing them.
Tom Stanton - Principal Researcher, Energy and the Environment, NRRI

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee on Consumer Affairs
Dallas A & B
 
1:00 PM Welcome from Committee on Consumer Affairs Chairman Brandon Presley
1:05 PM State Solutions to Consumer Assistance Needs

While the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is this nation's premier customer assistance program, its funding levels are unpredictable and at best only meet the needs of approximately 40% of the affected population. This has lead many States in partnership with utilities to develop and implement consumer assistance programs to meet the needs of their communities. The overwhelming need for assistance has forced State regulators to take a fresh look at their own unique situation. While many States have similar concerns, addressing the needs of low income communities or the growth of the senior population has resulted in programs crafted to address specific needs. This session will look at the unique and innovative programs States and utilities have created to address the consumer assistance needs that best meet their circumstances.
Moderator Hon. John Colgan - Commissioner, Illinois
Panelists Dalitso Sulamoyo - CEO, IL Assoc of Community Action Agencies
Jennifer Gremmert - Deputy Director, Energy Outreach Colorado
Kate Granger - Manager of Consumer Advocacy & Low Income Programs, National Grid

2:15 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM Consumers and the Electric Grid: Unleashing New Ideas and Connecting with Customers

As the transformation of the electric system occurs through the deployment of innovative new technologies and business models, the role of the customer will be become integral. At the NARUC Winter Committee Meeting we explored the need for aligning customer actions with the planning and operation of the electric system, including the changing role of utilities and other market participants. This panel will continue the dialogue by addressing the role of consumer engagement as a critical element in the success of the modern electric grid. For many years energy consumers have been passive participants and have not been asked or expected to play a meaningful role. Energy providers have often taken a one-size-fits-all approach to customer operations. How can customer participation in energy markets be optimized? What will regulators need to do to encourage consumer engagement? How can behavioral science help us understand how consumers use energy and interact with their energy supplier? How do millennials engage differently? What are proven strategies to defuse consumer resistance to smart meters?
Moderator Hon. Patricia Acampora - Commissioner, New York
Panelists Patty Durand - Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Michael Saschse - Sr. VP Regulatory, Business Development, OPOWER
Sergej Mahnovski - Director, Utility of the Future, Con Edison
Margo Jay - Co-Founder & President, 365 Integrated

3:45 PM The Emergency of Creative Capital Structures in Electric Transmission Markets -- Is More Regulatory Scrutiny Needed?
Scott Hempling - Attorney at Law LLC
3:55 PM Business Meeting
4:15 PM Hot Topic: Helping Main Street Through Rate Incentives
Moderator Hon. Brandon Presley - Chair, NARUC Committee on Consumer Affairs, Mississippi
Panelists Hon. Jeremy Oden - Commissioner, Alabama
William Senter - VP, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Atmos Energy
5:00 PM Adjourn
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee on International Relations
Dallas C
 
1:00 PM welcome and Introductions
Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, NARUC Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin PSC
Hon. Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano - Co-Vice chair, Committee on International Relations, Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico
Hon. Anne Hoskins - Co-Vice Chair, Committee on International Relations, Maryland PSC
1:05 PM Energy Reform in Mexico
Mexico is undertaking a major reform of its energy sector. The country's top energy regulator and a panel of experts will discuss what this means for Mexico and the implications for the energy sector in the United States.
Moderator The Hon. Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano - President, Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico
Panelists Leonardo Beltrán - Undersecretary of Planning, Energy Secretariat of Mexico
Vania Laban, GDF Suez
2:05 PM Panel: Energy Trade Across the US-Mexico Border
Energy reforms in Mexico are opening the door to greater foreign participation in that country's energy sector. This panel will examine the current status of cross-border energy trade and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Moderator Hon. Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano - President, Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico
Panelist Soll Sussman - Coordinator, US-Mexico Border Energy Forum
Joel Mickey - Director of market Design and Development , Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
Cristina Kessel, IEnova
3:05 PM Northern Lights The Electric Relationship Between the U.S. and Canada

The electric grids and markets in the United States and Canada are closely tied to each other. An international panel will discuss the current state of the relationship and the forces that will shape its future.
Moderator Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, NARUC Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin
Panelists Mr. David Cormie - Division Manager, Power Sales and Operations, Manitoba Hydro
Mr. Brian Rybarik - Regional Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, MISO
Mr. Eric Johnson - Director, External Affairs, ISO New England

4:05 PM The Status of Utility Regulation in Thailand
A briefing from Thailand's top energy regulator.
Hon. Dr. Direk Lavansiri - Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand
4:20 PM Approval of minutes and resolutions
Hon. Eric Callisto - Chairman, NARUC Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin PSC
4:20 PM Approval of minutes and resolutions
Hon. Eric Callisto - Chairman, NARUC Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin PSC
4:35 PM Update on NARUC international programs
A status report on bilateral partnerships and regional programs and ongoing development of the monitoring and evaluation initiative.
Erin Hammel - Director of International Programs, NARUC
4:45 PM International Updates
Commissioners and staff will provide brief updates on recent international activities, with a focus on emerging topics of interest from international partners.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee/Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure
Dallas F & G
 
12:45 PM Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Carolene Mays - Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, Indiana
1:00 PM Business Meeting
Hon. Carolene Mays - Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, Indiana
Thomas Pearce - Chair, NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
1:30 PM Resilience for the States - a Report on NARUC Activities
Christina Cody - Senior Program Officer, NARUC
1:45 PM Prudent Cybersecurity Investments and Opportunities for Utilities Working Group
Christina Cody - Senior Program Officer, NARUC
2:15 PM An In-Depth Exploration of NERC's Standards Process

With the current focus on physical and cybersecurity standards among those assessing the nation's critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, Committee members will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss NERC's standards process on a detailed level from NERC Standards and Communications staff.
Mallory Huggins - Communications Coordinator, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Physical Security Standards

Joint session with the Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

NERC will provide an overview of the standards setting process in general and the draft Physical Security Standard in particular and EEI will weigh in with the industry perspective.
S. Shamai Elstein - Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
James Fama (invited) - Vice President of Energy Delivery, Edison Electric Institute

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Dallas E
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Bob Reed - Natural Gas Director, Alabama Public Service Commission
Jack Keegan - Policy Advisor, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
1:10 PM Quadrennial Energy Review

On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). This first-ever review of the U.S.’s energy infrastructure promises to help pinpoint the threats, risks, and opportunities in the areas of energy and climate security. Not only will this review give researchers unprecedented insight into the nation’s energy sector, it will inevitably lead to policy goals and federal actions. During this presentation, the Department of Energy will help shine light on this process and the impacts it may have for regulators, the industry, the economy, and the environment.
Moderator Christopher J. Freitas - Senior Program Manager, Natural Gas Infrastructure/Division of Advanced Supply and Facilities, U.S. Department of Energy
Panelist Larry Mansueti - Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

1:45 PM It Takes Two: Harmonizing the Gas and Electric Industries for the New Energy Paradigm

Due to new technological innovations, as well as regulations on both the State and federal level, natural gas is quickly becoming the fuel of choice for new generation. With the electric generation sector becoming the natural gas industry's biggest customer, what more must be done to ensure these industries are on the same page? This session addresses the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent rulemaking on coordination as well as offers insight into what more must be done to ensure firm, reliable transmission of gas for electric generators.
Ms. Rae McQuade - Executive Director and COO, NAESB

2:30 PM AGA Report on Lost and Unaccounted for Gas

With the financial as well as environmental impacts of lost and unaccounted for (LAUF) gas coming under increased state and federal scrutiny, it’s increasingly important that regulators have a clear understanding on what "lost and unaccounted for gas" truly incorporates. During the course of this presentation, the AGA will present their perspective on how regulators should define and measure LAUF gas in the North American natural gas system.
Lori Traweek - Senior Vice President, American Gas Association

3:00 PM Why Don't You Build Me Up, Buttercup: Required Investments in Natural Gas Infrastructure Panel

Projected growth in the North American natural gas market will require the United States to invest billions of dollars through 2030. State commissions will not only be responsible for siting and allocating costs for new pipeline systems, but also oversee the replacement of thousands of miles of old and deteriorating distribution pipelines across their States. As we move forward, State commissions must delicately balance the safety and economic potential of new pipeline systems, with the costs ultimately borne by ratepayers. This panel will bring together speakers from around the industry to discuss lessons learned and opportunities moving forward for State commissions.
Moderator Bob Reed - Natural Gas Director, Alabama Public Service Commission
Panelists Kyle Rogers - Vice President, Government Relations, American Gas Association
Richard Hoffmann - Executive Director, The INGAA Foundation
Randy Knapp - Director of Engineering for the Energy Piping Systems, Plastics Pipe Institute
Rob McCulloch - Director, Infrastructure Programs, BlueGreen Alliance

4:00 PM Safe & Sound: What Next-Generation Technologies Will Offer the Future of Pipeline Safety

GTI will discuss exciting advances in GPS-based technologies, failure and consequence data base analyses, smart pigging technology, and locating devices that are making and will make the natural gas distribution system even safer than it is today.
Ron Edelstein - Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Gas Technology Institute

4:30 PM State Commissions, FERC, DOE reports
5:00 PM Adjourn
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM    Subcommittee and Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
Fair Park 1 - 3rd Floor
 
1:00 PM Closed Meeting Joint Meeting: Subcommittee On Pipeline Safety/Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
2:30 PM Open Meeting Presentation by DeWitt Burdeaux, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies, Inc.
3:30 PM Closed Meeting - Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    LNG Working Group (Commissioners and staff)
 
3:00 PM LNG Working Group Meeting

1) Strategies for increasing awareness of the LNG Working Group

2) Potential Site Visit Discussion - Cove Point, February 2015

3) "LNG Wrap-Up" Newsletter discussion

4) Current Issues Discussion
Hon. Jolette Westbrook - Commissioner, Massachusetts
Hon. Robert Pickett - Commissioner, Alaska

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Task Force on Environmental Regulations & Generation (closed meeting) Fair Park 2
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability
Joint Meeting with Committee on Critical Infrastructure
Dallas F & G
 
3:15 PM Update on the Physical Security Standards

On March 7, 2104, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporaton to develop within 90 days reliability standards to address physical security risks and vulnerabilities related to the reliable operation of the bulk power system. This move was largely seen as a response to the Metcalf incident of April 2013, when a substation in California was targeted with a well-executed terrorist-type attack. Find out from NERC what the draft physical security standards look like, and hear the industry viewpoint as to whether these draft standards are useful and cost-effective, or are duplicative of physical security actions utilities have been developing on their own since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Moderator Hon. Jeanne Fox - Commissioner, New Jersey
Panelists S. Shamai Elstein - Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
James Fama - Vice President of Energy Delivery, Edison Electric Institute

3:45 PM The Integrated Grid: A Deep Dive

Learn about the issues surrounding intermittent generation, with a layperson's lesson in inverters, frequency, and the related IEEE standards for interconnecting solar generation to the grid. Waiting for IEEE to develop smart inverter standards might be problematic, because in some parts of the U.S.solar installations are moving ahead under outdated standards. Hear how Hawaii is reaping the benefits of solar generation and pioneering tactics for successfully integrating it.
Speakers Hon. Mike Champley - Commissioner, Hawaii
Hank Courtwright, - Senior VP, Global Strategy and External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
Dan Sowder - Business Development Manager, Renewable Generation Development, Duke Energy

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM    Washington Action meeting (Commissioners/Staff only) Katy Trail - 2nd Floor
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM    Welcome Reception Trinity Ballroom
 
Monday, July 14
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    On-Site Registration Open
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM    General Session
Dallas D
 
8:30 AM View from the Top: Dealing and Succeeding with Uncertainty

Extreme weather. Massive physical attack on utility infrastructure. Natural disasters. A slumping economy. Outdated systems. Cybersecurity. Data breaches. All of these issues are among the most pressing challenges facing the utility industry today. For an industry mostly defined by its predictability, the utility sector is suddenly staring down some of the most profound changes since its inception. What steps can companies take to be prepared for the next 100-year storm? How should regulators ensure that all consumers have access to the latest kinds of technology, and how can that technology be built to withstand a physical and cyber attack? In this session, top regulators, consumer advocates, and industry executives will discuss their biggest fears and how they can respond. This discussion will cut across all utility lines-from telecommunications to electricity, to water and natural gas. Find out how these leaders are managing in an era of uncertainty, and what they are doing about it.
Moderator Hon. Colette Honorable - NARUC President, Arkansas
Panelists Hon. Mignon Clyburn - Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Hon. Cheryl LaFleur - Acting Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Hon. Donna Nelson - Chair, Texas
Lynn Good - President and CEO, Duke Energy
Susan Story - CEO, American Water Works Company

10:00 AM Address from US Environmental Protection Agency
Remarks by The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Consumer Affairs
General Session Begins at 8:30 in Dallas D.
TBD
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Electricity
General Session Begins at 8:30 in Dallas D.
Dallas F & G
 
10:45 AM Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal

Coupling Fuel Cycles with Nuclear Waste Repositories: The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future recommended using a "new consent-based approach to siting" any nuclear waste facilities, whether permanent or interim. In other words, the host community should be willing to support or accept the facility. So why would a community be interested in hosting such a facility? This session examines a case for why a State may actually want to get into the repository and nuclear fuel cycle business.
Moderator Hon. Greg White - Commissioner, Michigan
Panelist Dr. Charles Forsberg - Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

11:15 AM Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal

Premature Closure of Nuclear Plants: Since September 2012, four nuclear power plants comprising five reactors, have announced they are shutting down before the end of their license period. Several more plants are facing economic pressure and further closures seem probable. The U.S. Department of Energy offices of Energy Policy & Systems Analysis and Nuclear Energy are working together to understand why nuclear plants are closing and what are the carbon implications of these closures. Find out more in this session.

Moderator Hon. Greg White - Commissioner, Michigan
Panelist Dr. Lara Pierpoint - Special Advisor, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

1:00 PM The Polar Vortex of the Winter of 2014: Analysis and What We Have Learned

Joint Meeting with the Committee on Gas

2:30 PM Modern Utility Industry Modern Solutions

Joint Meeting with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

4:00 PM Value of Solar

Joint Meeting with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment
General Session Begins at 8:30 in Dallas D.
Dallas E
 
10:45 AM The National Climate Assessment: What Risks Lie Ahead for the Energy Sector?

In the years ahead, utility regulators will need to take into consideration the risks and potential impacts from climate change on the operations, investments and performance of utilities. The recent National Climate Assessment details the multitude of ways climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect the lives of Americans and the critical infrastructure they depend on. The report finds that extreme weather events will cause energy supply disruptions. Net electricity use is projected to rise as the increase in summer cooling needs outpaces the decrease in winter heating needs. Until now, there has been no comprehensive assessment of the economic risks our nation faces from the changing climate. Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States uses a standard risk-assessment approach to determine the range of potential consequences for each region of the U.S. - as well as for selected sectors of the economy - if we continue on our current path. This panel will characterize what we now know about the impacts of a changing climate on the energy sector and related infrastructure, with suggestions about ways that regulators, utilities and customers can become better prepared to deal with these impacts.
Moderator Hon. Jeanne Fox - Commissioner, New Jersey
Panelists Dr. Susan Tierney - Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
Dr. Robin Newmark - Director, Strategic Energy Analysis Center , NREL
Matthew Lewis - Vice President and Director of Communications, Next Generation

1:00 PM Sharknado: Are Claims About the Impending Demise of a Centralized Electric Grid Greatly Exaggerated?

In January 2013, Peter Kind authored a paper for the Edison Electric Institute entitled "Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Energy Business." Since then other industry analysts and advisors have stepped into the fray offering their own analyses. For example, Moody's said in a recent report that utilities in the U.S. have "plenty of time" to prepare for the widespread deployment of distributed generation and other smart-grid technologies. Moody’s assessment echoes similar statements by other financial analysts who claim that predictions about the "impending demise" of the central grid are as exaggerated as the made-for-TV disaster movie "Sharknado." Are the risks to utilities and owners of central-station generation from distributed generation such as rooftop solar panels more conceptual than specific? Or is it worse than that? This panel will hear Peter Kind and other utility analysts discuss whether the current grid is and will continue to be a critical infrastructure asset necessary for a functioning economy, and what political and regulatory support is needed to maintain grid reliability, especially since most DG technologies and services continue to require a connection to the existing grid.
Moderator Hon. Jim Gardner - Commissioner, Kentucky
Panelists Jim Hempstead - Associate Managing Director, PPIF, Moody's Investor Service
Cristin Lyons - Partner, T&D and Smart Grid Lead, ScottMadden
Dean Maschoff - Executive Director, Power and Utilities, Advisory , Ernst & Young
Peter Kind - Executive Director, Energy Infrastructure Advocates

2:30 PM Modern Utility Industry, Modern Solutions (Dallas F & G)

Joint Meeting with Committee on Electricity

Over the last century, the U.S. electric power sector has undergone significant changes in response to developments in markets, regulations and policies. The sector is once again entering a period of significant change, driven by new technology changes, evolving customer needs and expectations, environmental imperatives, and an increased focus on grid resiliency. Ratemaking disciplines and regulatory frameworks that are common across the U.S. are still based upon a central station dominated system characterized by increasing sales. An increasing tension for both utilities and regulators is the need to underwrite the replacement of aging infrastructure and adding increasing grid modernization capabilities in a franchise that is seeing declining revenues.

NARUC members have been at the forefront of progressive energy policies that have fostered energy efficiency and distributed resources. The diverse programs underway across the country and their impacts on the traditional industry have been widely discussed in recent sessions. But what has been lacking thus far is a portfolio of solutions and adjustments to traditional rate regulation that will get us to the new "regulatory equilibrium." In this session, participants will discuss the drivers of a modern, evolving utility industry and lay out possible business model and regulatory pathways to consider, as well as practical changes that can be considered to strike a balance that fosters prudent investments in the grid while ensuring that there is commensurate value for consumers.
Moderator Hon. Robert Kenney - Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Missouri
Panelists Hon. Audrey Zibelman - Chairman, New York
Ken Daly - Executive Director, National Grid, NY
Mike Messenger - Senior Principal Consultant , Itron
David O'Brien - Vice President of Regulatory Solutions, Bridge Energy

4:00 PM Pioneering the Value of Solar (Dallas F & G)

Joint Meeting with Committee on Electricity

As the net metering debate continues apace, an alternative compensation methodology is being deployed. A Value of Solar Tariff was pioneered by the Austin, Texas, municipal utility to provide compensation to a growing segment of customers generating solar power while still ensuring that the utility's cost of service is covered. Earlier this year, Minnesota approved a Value of Solar methodology that is designed to estimate the marginal value of distributed solar PV resources to the utility, its customers and society. Under this tariff, solar customers are billed for all electricity usage under their existing applicable tariff and will receive a Value of Solar credit for their gross solar energy production. This session will describe why and how these two jurisdictions developed their Value of Solar tariff, followed by observations, questions, discussion and critiques from a response panel composed of industry, regulatory and consumer advocate representatives.
Moderators Hon. Nancy Lange - Commissioner, Minnesota
Hon. Edward Finley - Chairman, North Carolina
Panelists Karl Rabago - Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Pace University School of Law
Matthew Schuerger, P.E. - Energy Systems Consulting Services, Consultant to the Minnesota Department of Commerce
Gary Freeman - Director-Renewable Generation Compliance and Origination, Duke Energy
Dr. Carl Linvill - Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project
Lon Huber - Special Projects Advisor , Arizona Consumer Advocate

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Gas
General Session Begins at 8:30 in Dallas D.
Dallas A & B
 
10:45 AM Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement -- Commissioner for a Day

The replacement of aging natural gas infrastructure has always been on the agenda of regulators, distribution companies, local officials, and consumer groups. Recent events have brought the complexities of infrastructure replacement to the forefront. In fact, the Northeast has been grappling with infrastructure constraints, raising the issues of what are the impediments to bringing prices down in the Northeast, and does the existing model(s) work? If not, what are innovative solutions that can be tied to economic development? The panel will comprise a combination of representatives of gas distribution companies, local officials, former regulators, and consumer groups who will address a variety of topics including, but not limited to, cost recovery, safety, environmental, and economic concerns. Each panelist will present his/her proposal on how to effectively and efficiently proceed with the replacement of aging infrastructure by responding to the following question: "If you were currently in charge of (re)writing the rules for infrastructure replacement, what would your rules be?"
Moderator Hon. Diane X. Burman - Commissioner, New York
Panelists Henry P. Linginfelter - Executive Vice President, Distribution Operations of AGL Resources
Todd Snitchler - Member, McDonald Hopkins
Denise N. Vandiver - C.P.A., Senior Legislative Analyst, Florida Office of Public Counsel
Ron Edelstein - Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Gas Technology Institute
Linda Harper Brown - Representative, Texas House of Representatives
Frank Ferazzi - Vice President and General Manager, Transco

1:00 PM The Polar Vortex of the Winter of 2014: Analysis & What We Have Learned (Dallas F & G)

Joint Meeting with the Committee on Electricity. The historically cold winter weather of 2014 triggered a number of challenges for consumers and electric and gas utilities. These included record high natural gas and electricity demand, high natural gas prices, and extreme stress on the electric grid, generation resources, and pipeline infrastructure. This panel will look back on what happened, the weaknesses revealed, and ways to improve coordination between the electric and gas industries to maintain reliability.
Moderator Hon. Julie Fedorchak - Commissioner, North Dakota
Panelists Hon. Tony Clark - Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Gary Helm - Market Strategist, PJM
Shane Schulz - Director Government Affairs, QEP Resources
Mark McCullough - Executive Vice President of Generation, AEP

2:30 PM Methane Emissions in Transmission and Distribution: What Can be Done?

The EPA's Proposed Rule 111(d) focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants. Critics say that wellhead-to-burnertip methane emissions reduce the benefit of using gas-fired power plants to reduce GHGs. What tools are available to reduce the emission of methane in the transmission, storage, and distribution of natural gas? Do changes need to be made to the proposed EPA rule?
Moderator Hon. Susan Rabon - Commissioner, North Carolina
Panelists Roger Fernandez - Team Leader, Natural Gas STAR Program/Global Methane Initiative Climate Change Division, EPA
Jill Cooper - Corporate HSE Advisor, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Mark Brownstein - Associate Vice President & Chief Counsel, US Climate & Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund
Bruce Paskett - Principal Compliance Engineer, NW Natural

4:00 PM LNG

Joint Meeting with Committee on International Relations. There has been discussion as to whether the number of LNG export licenses to non-FTA nations has the potential to become an important tool in the international arena. A panel of experts will discuss how U.S. LNG exports may affect international affairs and the flow of LNG resources into the European and Asian energy markets. In addition, the increases in domestic uses of LNG and recent safety-related events have led to a renewed discussion regarding safety. Presentations will revolve around LNG safety and will include an update from Sandia National Laboratories.
Moderators Hon. Jolette Westbrook - Commissioner, Massachusetts
Hon. Bob Pickett - Commissioner, Alaska
Panelists Mike Hightower - Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Lab
Guy Braden - CCO, GDF Suez
David Schryver - Executive Vice President, American Public Gas Association
Bob Ineson - Managing Director , North American Natural Gas IHS

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Telecommunications
General Session Begins at 8:30 in Dallas D.
Trinity 1 - 3
 
10:45 AM Tenth Circuit Court Decision on Transformation Order Issues--Impact and Next Steps
Moderator J. Bradford Ramsay - General Counsel, NARUC
Panelists Earl W. Comstock, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
David C. Bergmann - Counsel, NASUCA
Michael Romano - Senior Vice President of Policy, NTCA
1:00 PM IP Transition Trials: Consumer Options and Awareness

"May the odds be ever in your favor" is not a phrase we would typically associate with the nation’s 99.99% reliable telecommunications network. Yet, as the IP transition trials begin to take shape, genuine concerns among consumers, businesses, government, advocates and industry are being raised. How will the trials address unresolved issues such as comparable quality of service, consumer choice, public safety – access to enhanced 911, choices for consumers with disabilities, third-party services such as alarm systems, fax machines, medical alert devices, etc…, consumer privacy, and affordability? And what consumer outreach and awareness actions should be considered as consumers transition from traditional copper telephone to other forms of voice service?
Moderator Susana Woolcock - Advisor to Commissioner Talberg, Michigan
Panelists Angie Kronenberg - Chief Advocate & GC, COMPTEL
Bob DeBroux - Director, Federal Affairs & Public Policy, TDS
David C. Bergmann - Counsel, NASUCA
Ronald Brise - Commissioner, Florida
Frank Simone - AVP - Federal Regulatory, AT&T

2:30 PM The Rate Floor Issue

Amid much criticism, the Federal Communications Commission in April delayed the implementation of its urban rate-floor increase until January. Many stakeholders, including NARUC, members of both the FCC and Congress, and consumer groups questioned the methodology for the rate-floor, which requires telecommunications providers to charge at least $20.46 a month to receive maximum funding from the Universal Service Fund. Critics charge that rural communities and low-income families will not be able to afford the significant rate hikes, leading to them to drop service altogether or turn to alternative services like wireless which may not meet their needs or be as reliable. In this session, experts from the FCC, industry, and States will discuss issues with FCC’s rate floor, including the merits of one national average rate versus a State or regional average. Attendees will learn whether separate rate averages should be calculated for different calling plan categories, such as toll limitation service and unlimited "all you can eat" plans, what should be the State role in helping establish an average rate, as well as discuss potential alternative ideas to replace the rate floor. To start off the panel the FCC will provide an update on the status of the rate floor and recent actions taken by the agency to phase in existing rates increases.
Moderator Hon. Ryan Palmer - Commissioner, West Virginia
Panelists John F. Jones - Vice President Policy and Federal Legislative Affairs, CenturyLink
Mike Romano - Senior Vice President Policy, NTCA
Carol Mattey - Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
Curt Stamp - Director, Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications

4:00 PM COLR in an IP World?

This panel will address the IP and technology evolution and evaluate the future of Carrier Of Last Resort (COLR) obligations designed to protect the public interest in the new "IP" and alternative technology world.
Moderator Tim Schram - Commissioner, Nebraska
Panelists Phil Jones - Commissioner, Washington
Jonathan Banks - Sr. VP for Law & Policy, US Telecom
Peter Bluhm - Consultant & Principal, Berkshire Telecommunications Consulting
Mike Romano - Sr. VP of Policy, NTCA
David C. Bergmann - Counsel, NASUCA
Mark Gailey - President, WTA
Paul Vasington - Director State Public Policy, Verizon
Matthew DelNero - Deputy Chief WCB, FCC

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee/Staff Subcommittee on Water
General Session Begins at 8:30 in Dallas D.
Dallas C
 
10:45 AM Gimme a T for Texas - Tackling Water Challenges in Texas

Hon. Donna Nelson will open the Water Committee Meeting with a review of the challenges confronting Texas.
Speaker Hon. Donna Nelson - Chairman, Texas

11:45 AM Lunch
1:00 PM How Do You Measure Up? Performance Benchmarking for Effectively Managed Water Utilities
Speaker Rob Renner - Water Research Foundation
1:30 PM Updates from the Water Committee's Valued Partners

The Water Committee appreciates the time and support of its partners; this session includes updates and discussion from these organizations:

  • NARUC Staff
  • NAWC
  • NRRI
  • Water Research Foundation
  • NARUC's Rate School
2:15 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM Funding and Access Issues in Storm Damage Response - Setting the Record Straight

While the resolution has been tabled, concerns remain on fair distribution of funds and equal access to storm damaged areas. A panel discussion on issues surrounding storm damage response funding and access including representatives from public power, energy utilities, and water companies.
Moderator The Hon. Robert Powelson - Chair, NARUC Committee on Water, Pennsylvania
Panelists Susan Mora - Federal Affairs Director, PHI Holdings, Inc.
Terry Huval - Director, Lafayette Utilities System
Jim Jenkins - Vice President, Rates and Regulatory Policy, American Water
Martha A. Duggan - Senior Principal Regulatory Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

3:45 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM The Wild Wild West - Taking on Mother Nature and More

Challenges in the West from Texas to California. Texas is not running out of water, it's just not all in the right places and regulated by over 100 ground water districts. Unconventional treatments include pipelining of water from plentiful acquifers in non-populated areas and fracking of existing water wells to enhance flow. Turning to the West Coast, projected impacts on customers and water utilities from the new Hexavalent Chromium Maximum Contaminant Level standard will be discussed along with the recent drought and measures taken in response.
Speakers Jack Hawks - Executive Director, California Water Association
Bob Laughman - President, Aqua Texas

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM    OPSI Luncheon (invitees only) Katy Trail - 2nd Floor
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    MACRUC Regional Meeting (invitees only) Arts District 5 - 2nd Floor
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    MARC Regional Meeting (invitees only) Arts District 6 - 2nd Floor
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    NECPUC Regional Meeting (invitees only) Arts District 2 - 2nd Floor
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    SEARUC Regional Meeting (Invitees Only) Katy Trail - 2nd Floor
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM    WESTERN Regional Meeting (invitees only) Arts District 4 - 2nd Floor
 
Tuesday, July 15
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    On-Site Registration Open Dallas Ballroom Foyer
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM    TBD TBD
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    General Session
Dallas D
 
9:00 AM Communicating Safety: Are We Doing Enough to Reach the Public

Despite public awareness campaigns to promote One-Call lines and educate the public about the steps to take when one smells gas, digging incidents remain pervasive, and fatal accidents still occur in situations where gas odors were prevalent. Meanwhile, a recent Department of Transportation Inspector General report found that the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration may not be providing enough oversight of State safety programs. What can we learn from recent accidents to develop better ways to promote our One-Call centers? Is the IG report correct - that communication gaps exist between federal and State safety inspectors? Beginning with a keynote address from PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman, this session will draw experts from State and federal governments, safety advocates, and industry officials to discuss these issues. Pipeline safety is indeed everyone's responsibility, and you will not want to miss this discussion.
Moderators Special Address by: Hon. Cynthia Quarterman - Administrator, PHMSA
Hon. Paul Roberti - Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety, Rhode Island
Panelists Hon. Barry Smitherman - Chair, NARUC Committee on Gas, Texas
Darin Burk - National Chair, National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives
Don Carter - Vice President of Compliance and Technical Services, AGL
Carl Weimer - Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Trust

9:00 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Consumer Affairs
General Session Begins at 9:00am in Dallas D.
TBD
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Electricity
General Session Begins at 9:00am in Dallas D.
Dallas F & G
 
10:30 AM Reliability Planning and Base Load Issues

This panel will explore issues affecting the impact of coal, gas and nuclear generation on the ability of regional transmission organizations to consistently insure reliability regionally. Representatives from the gas, nuclear, and coal industries and a RTO, and will examine these following issues: The ability of the gas industry to deliver gas for electric generation in the wake of potential supply, storage and transmission issues; Cost issues for nuclear plants; Technological solutions that can be developed by the industry and the public sector to enhance existing coal fleet capacity, efficiency, and emissions as well as an assessment of the jobs outlook; and, the Impact of EPA’s 111 (d) rule on reliability.

Moderators Hon. Jon McKinney - Commissioner, West Virginia
Hon. David Ziegner - Commissioner, Indiana
Panelists Kathleen Barron - SVP, Federal Reg Affairs & Wholesale Market Policy, Exelon
Janet Gellici - Executive VP and COO, National Coal Council
Stan Chapman - EVP and CCO , Columbia Pipeline Group
Clair Moeller - Executive VP of Transmission and Technology, MISO

1:00 PM Deciding to Invest in Resiliency

Joint Meeting with Committee on Critical Infrastructure

In January of 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published "Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts." That report profiled efforts by four companies to make their operations more resilient to extreme weather events. This panel will describe what utility companies have done to protect their infrastructure from such weather events, focusing on the criteria and processes they used in making those investments.
Moderator Hon. Jeffrey Goltz - Commissioner, Washington
Panelists Diane Ross-Leech - Director Environmental Policy, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Chris Cooper - Manager of Distribution Asset Planning, Entergy
Frank Rusco, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Tom Rohe - Lead Project Manager, Nuclear Operations, Florida Power & Light
William P. Zarakas - Principal, The Brattle Group

2:30 PM Business Meeting

Welcome and Introductions

  • Hon. David Boyd, Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Minnesota
  • Hon. Ed Finley, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, North Carolina
  • Hon. Libby Jacobs, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Iowa
  • Hon. Jeffrey Goltz, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Washington

Oral Reports

  • Legislative Activities, Chris Mele, NARUC
  • Legal Issues, Holly Smith, NARUC
  • Nuclear Issues/Waste Disposal Subcommittee - Hon. Greg White, Michigan
  • Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration - Hon. Jon McKinney, West Virginia
  • SGIP - Patrick Ganon, President & Executive Director
  • DOE Quadrenial Energy Review - Lawrence Mansueti

Written Reports/Discussion

  • National Regulatory Research Institute - Rishi Garg
  • Electric Power Research Institute - Barbara Tyran

Consideration of Resolutions

4:00 PM Value of the Integrated Grid

In this session, EPRI representatives will outline the next phase of its "The Integrated Grid" analysis. In Phase II, EPRI is examining a benefit-cost framework to evaluate distributed energy resources (DER) penetration, interconnection technical guidelines, grid modernization, integrated planning and operations, communication standards and finally, suggesting factors for utilities and regulatory decision-makers to consider when undertaking grid planning and operation in a future of increased DER penetration. This session is a continuation of the presentations on their work that EPRI provided both at general sessions and the electricity committee in Washington in February. The session is designed to be informative, leaving significant time for questions and interaction following the presentation.

Moderator Hon. Susan Ackerman - NARUC Second Vice President, Oregon
Panelist Hank Courtright - Senior VP, Global Strategy and External Relations, EPRI

9:00 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment
General Session Begins at 9:00am in Dallas D.
Dallas E
 
10:30 AM Business Meeting

Welcome and Introductions

  • NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment Chair Robert Kenney, Committee Co-Vice Chairs Gardner and Speakes-Backman
  • Steve Nadel, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • Dr. Martin Spitzer, World Wildlife Fund

Reports

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review, Larry Mansueti, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Washington Report, Holly Rachel Smith, Chris Mele, NARUC
  • Barbara Tyran, EPRI
  • Ron Edelstein, GTI
  • Lori Bird, NREL
  • Patrick Gannon, SGIP
  • Robert Kenney, CCIF
  • Resolutions
1:00 PM Are We Entering a New Stage of Wind Generation?

Wind generation is experiencing a landscape shift. The federal renewable electricity production tax credit ("PTC") has expired for projects that were not under construction prior to January 1, 2014. Many State utility commissions have seen recent increased activity from wind projects attempting to satisfy that deadline. For wind development that did not meet the deadline, some are forecasting considerable slowing. What comes next? This panel will discuss potential answers to that question with a particular focus on the short term outlook over the next five to ten years. Have we entered a new stage of wind generation or simply a slow down? Panelists will discuss the accomplishments of the PTC and how stakeholders must adapt now that the PTC is expired.

Moderator Hon. Thad LeVar - Commissioner, Utah
Panelists Bruce Bullock - Director, Maguire Energy Institute, Southern Methodist Universit
Sam Enfield - Investment Director, MAP
David M. Sparby - Senior VP and Group President, Xcel Energy

2:30 PM Electricity in the Transportation Sector: Taking Advantage of its Environmental and Economic Benefits While Balancing Competing Regulatory and Market Demands

Electric transportation offers the promise of broad societal benefits beyond those recognized immediately by consumers, including economic and environmental benefits shared by the community and the country at large. In some States, supportive regulatory policies are enabling customers to take advantage of emerging electric transportation applications, while other States continue to evaluate their options. To ensure that the right policies and business practices are in place to support the growth of this emerging market, a more holistic view of electric transportation that recognizes its benefits to the individual customer, the market, and society at large is needed. These technologies also require regulators to look closely at the important role of regulated utilities in the integration of electric vehicles in to the grid while at the same time avoiding potential negative consequences on both the burgeoning electric vehicle charging market and the competitive retail market. In all instances, consumers be must be empowered to identify and adopt the best electric transportation solutions for themselves. In this session, regulators will hear from key stakeholders who will provide examples from our local host State's experience while addressing issues of national relevance.
Moderator Hon. Doug Scott - Commissioner, Illinois
Panelists Max Baumhefner - Attorney, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, Natural Resources Defense Council
Deborah Korenek - Division Vice President, Marketing & Sales, CenterPoint Energy
Britta Gross - Director, GM Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy, General Motors
Michael Krauthamer - Director, Mid-Atlantic Region, NRG EV Services, LLC

4:00 PM Dig In: 111(d) is On the Table

In June, just preceding the NARUC Summer meetings, the EPA issued its highly anticipated guidelines for State regulation of greenhouse gases, including carbon, from existing power plants. This joint session between electricity and ERE committees will provide an early opportunity to delve into the policies of the proposed guidelines, and to discuss issues that will now be facing NARUC regulators as we consider and react to the proposals. This panel will dig into issues such as equitable treatment of States as early actors, how to structure integrity-driven EM&V processes, what are the next steps, and most importantly: exactly how flexible is flexible?

Moderator Hon. Joshua Epel - Chairman, Colorado
Panelists Hon. Kelly Speakes-Backman - Commissioner, Maryland
James Martin - Senior Counsel, Betty & Wozniak, P.C.
William M. Bumpers - Partner, BakerBotts, L.L.P.

9:00 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Gas
General Session Begins at 9:00am in Dallas D.
Dallas A & B
 
10:30 AM Chairman's Roundtable

Chairman Smitherman and the attending panelist-executives will analyze current and potential upstream gas opportunities and challenges with a specific focus on issues within shale gas plays.
Moderator Hon. Barry Smitherman - Chair, NARUC Committee on Gas, Texas
Panelists Randy J. Cleveland - President, XTO Energy
Tim Dove - COO & President, Pioneer Natural Resources Co.
Chris Faulkner - CEO & President, Breitling Energy

1:00 PM Business Meeting

Gas Business Meeting
I. Call to order by Chairman Barry Smitherman
II. Roll Call by Gas Subcommittee Chair Bob Reed
III. Presentation by the Atmos Corporation, Marvin Sweeting, Sr. VP of Operations: 5 minutes
IV. Presentation on SpreadBoss: 10 Minutes
V. Wind/Electric Update, Kurt Haeger - Manager of Resource Planning for Xcel: 10 Minutes
VI. Welcome New Members
VII. Adoption of Winter Committee Gas Committee Business Meeting Minutes
VIII. Consideration of Resolution Supporting DGE Standard for Natural Gas
IX. Consideration of Honorary Resolution - Commissioner Gaétan Caron
X. Consideration of Honorary Resolution - Commissioner Todd Snitchler
XI. Adjourn
Hon. Barry T. Smitherman - Chair, NARUC Committee on Gas, Texas
Hon. Susan Rabon - Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Gas, North Carolina
Hon. Julie Fedorchak - Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Gas, North Dakota

2:30 PM Pipeline Safety: Cross Bores: The Next Safety Frontier

Trenchless installation techniques provide lower-cost, more efficient installations that also reduce disruptions to yards, streets, driveways and trees. But this practice has also inadvertently created another safety issue called cross bores. A cross bore occurs when one underground utility--a new gas pipeline, for example--intersects with another, such as a water or sewer system, resulting in direct contact that compromises the integrity of either structure. If this occurs with the installation of gas lines, a safety hazard is created even for homes that do not receive gas service. Some experts estimate that for every mile of sewer line, there could be as many as two or three cross bores, meaning there could be thousands of gas line cross bores throughout the nation's sewer system. In this presentation, panelists will detail the scope of the problem and its causes, present potential solutions for existing cross bores and discuss best practices to avoid future cross bore incidents.
Moderator Hon. Paul Roberti - Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety, Rhode Island
Panelists Mark Bruce - President, Cross Bore Safety Association
Ron Edelstein - Director, Regulatory and Government Relations, Gas Technology Institute

4:00 PM Quadrennial Energy Review

Affordable, clean, and secure energy and energy services are essential for improving U.S. economic productivity, enhancing our quality of life, protecting our environment, and ensuring our nation's security. To help the federal government meet these energy goals, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on January 9, 2014, directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). This first-ever review will focus on energy infrastructure and will identify the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions. The QER will provide a multiyear roadmap that outlines federal energy policy objectives, legislative proposals to Congress, executive actions, an agenda for RD&D programs and funding, and financing and incentive programs. The first installment of the QER will focus on transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure (TS&D), the network that links energy supplies to intermediate and end users. The DOE will outline and review their role to coordinate interagency activities and provide policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement. Achieving the goals of QER will require active engagement of external stakeholders, from state utility regulators and local governments, labor organizations, business, and consumers.
Moderator Hon. Nick Wagner - Commissioner, Iowa
Panelist Larry Mansueti - Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

9:00 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Telecommunications
General Session Begins at 9:00am in Dallas D.
Trinity 1 - 3
 
10:30 AM Net Neutrality

Is FCC oversight of carrier network management practices necessary? If so, what is the appropriate regulatory tool? Is it section 706 of the Act? Is it Title II? Or is it both?
Moderator Hon. John Burke - Commissioner, Vermont
Panelists Harold Feld - Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
Hank Hultquist - Vice President, Federal Regulatory Policy, AT&T
Rick Cimerman - Vice President State government Affairs, NCTA

1:00 PM The 1996 Act: Was Congress Looking Forward or Back?

Net Neutrality, the IP transition, wireless versus wireline, universal service reform, and the coming Internet of Things are all hot topics. At the core of the debates surrounding these issues is what law applies to broadband Internet access service and other Internet protocol (IP)-based services. Commissioner Cawley will moderate a two-person debate on whether or not Congress intended the Communications Act as amended in 1996 to apply to broadband Internet access service and other IP-based services.

Earl Comstock, one of the staff who negotiated and drafted the Telecommunications Act of 1996, will provide context for the debate by briefly reviewing key events leading up to the ‘96 Act. Mr. Comstock will also briefly outline how State commissions can use existing provisions of law to protect broadband consumers and promote competition in IP-based services. A proponent of the view that the Communications Act as amended in 1996 provided the FCC and States little or no authority over broadband IP-based services will provide a counterpoint. Be sure to attend what is sure to be a lively and informative discussion of the legal and policy issues surrounding Federal and State authority over broadband facilities and services.
Moderator Hon. James Cawley - Commissioner, Pennsylvania
Panelists Earl W. Comstock, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Raymond L. Gifford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP

2:30 PM Committee on Telecommunications Business Meeting
4:00 PM Fixed Wireless Technology

There are many variables companies have to consider when deploying a voice and broadband network; one technology is not likely to fit every market. Some technologies offer a better solution in dense metropolitan area, while others can provide comparable services at lower costs in less densely populated areas. Over a decade ago, commercial fixed wireless providers began offering services in select markets. While some competitive providers continue to use this technology, adoption has not been as robust as some may have thought. This panel will discuss what is fixed wireless, how it has evolved, its effect on broadband deployment, barriers faced by service providers, and what market conditions are optimal for this technology.
Moderator Hon. Ronald Brise - Commissioner, Florida
Panelists Rick Harnish - Executive Director, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
Lewis Bergman - President, Texas Communications
Paul Vasington - Director of State Public Policy, Verizon
Ken Schifman - Senior Counsel and Director State Government Affairs, Sprint

9:00 AM - 5:15 PM    Committee on Water
General Session Begins at 9:00am in Dallas D.
Dallas C
 
10:30 AM How Low Can it Go - Declining Customer Usage

Dr. Jan Beecher will discuss trends in water usage which indicate significant and durable gains in efficiency, suggesting movement toward a new equilibrium of supply and demand with substantial economic, environmental, and operational benefits along with implications for sector forecasting, ratemaking, and capital investment. Mr. Loy will cover declining usage in Texas, impact of a higher customer charge, demand response to an aggressive inclining multi-block rate design, and customer response to increased rates.
Speakers Dr. Jan Beecher - Director, IPU-Michigan State University
Chuck Loy - Principal, GDS Associates

11:45 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Reducing the All-In Shock of Electricity on Water and Waste Water

United Water has a multi-year strategy using a four-pronged approach: energy efficiency, tariff optimization, demand response and renewable energy. Quick wins will be presented to give other utilities ideas for their facilities including optimization of local tariffs with third party generation supply and capacity demand response using backup generation. Aqua will present case studies in energy optimization with successful incorporation of renewable resources, demand response participation, efficiency maximization; all done in the best interests of customers and the environment.
Speakers Elizabeth Watson - Energy Manager, PE, LEED AP, United Water
Steve Tagert - President, Aqua Pennsylvania

2:15 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM Moving the Consolidation Ball Forward in Arizona

Arizona has over 400 private water companies; many of them have less than $250,000 in revenue. Arizona's water industry have worked with the Arizona Commerce Commission to adopt new rules and procedures to reduce the number of small, non-viable water systems. The plan for acquisitions and consolidations in Arizona's water and wastewater industry will be presented.
Speaker Hon. Susan Bitter Smith - Commissioner, Arizona

3:00 PM Beyond the Resolution -Alternative Views on Alternative Regulation

A Water Committee resolution supporting consideration of alternative regulation plans and mechanisms was adopted in 2013, noting "traditional cost of service ratemaking, which has worked reasonably well in the past for water and wastewater utilities, no longer adequately addresses the challenges of today and tomorrow." But the debate and resistance to change continues. What are the next steps? An overview of the recent NRRI study on alternative regulation will be presented along with the action and results from States using forms of alternative regulation.
Speakers Ken Costello - Principal Researcher, NRRI
Walton Hill - Senior VP, Regulatory, United Water

3:45 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM Business Meeting and Round Table Discussion

Led by Chairman Powelson, the Water Committee business meeting will be conducted and other matters discussed as needed.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM    Commissioner Only Luncheon Trinity 4 & 8
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM    Commissioners Emeritus Luncheon (former Commissioners only) West End - 5th Floor
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
 
Wednesday, July 16
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM    On-Site Registration Open
Be sure you have picked up your Certificate of Attendance if you plan to apply for CLE credit.
Dallas Ballroom Foyer
8:01 AM - 8:45 AM    Committee Chairs and President Breakfast (Invitees Only)

This meeting is confirmed

TBD
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Joint Meeting of Electricity, ERE, Gas, Water and Consumer Affairs
Dallas D & H
 
9:00 AM Winds of Change

Winds of Change: The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program, in close cooperation with the Wind Energy Foundation and the American Wind Energy Association, revisited the findings of the 2008 DOE 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report and is developing a renewed vision for U.S. wind power. The Wind Vision report will be released this year and will include:

  • A characterization of industry progress and how recent developments and trends impact the 2008 conclusions
  • A discussion of the costs and benefits to the nation arising from more wind power
  • A roadmap addressing the challenges to achieving high levels of wind within a sustainable national energy mix

In addition to documenting and analyzing the current status of wind technologies and the wind industry, the report will provide the best available information to address stakeholder concerns and provide objective and relevant information for use by policy and decision makers.
Speaker Susan Reilly - President of RES Americas Inc., Chair of AWEA and a Board Member of Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

9:30 AM View from the White House
View from the White House: Dan Utech, Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
10:00 AM 111d in Big D: Compliance Options, Regional Approaches, and Where We go from Here

The Environmental Protection Agency's highly anticipated proposal reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants was released in early June. The clock is ticking on how States and utilities will respond. What kinds of compliance plans should States consider alone or together? In this special three-part joint meeting, numerous stakeholders will examine the proposed rule from top-to-bottom and address some of the big questions. After remarks covering a broad review of the rule we will host two panels, the first focused on stakeholder reaction, and the second on compliance and enforcement options.

10:00 AM Stakeholder Reaction Panel
Moderator Hon. Lisa Edgar - NARUC First Vice President, Florida
Panelists Hon. Joshua Epel - Chair, NARUC Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation, Colorado
Hon. Jon McKinney - Commissioner, West Virginia
Dale Bryk - Director, Senior Attorney, Energy Program, NRDC
Mark McFarland - Chief Executive Officer, Luminant
10:45 AM Compliance and Enforcement Option Panel
Moderator Hon Robert Kenney - Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Missouri
Panelists Janet McCabe - Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Hon. David Littell - Commissioner, Maine
Nick Brown - President & Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Power Pool
Teresa Marks - Director, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Sue Tierney - Senior Advisor, The Analysis Group
9:01 AM - 11:45 AM    Committee on Telecommunications
Trinity 1 - 3
 
9:00 AM Internet of Things
Moderator Hon. Catherine Sandoval - Commissioner, California PUC
Panelists Jonathan Spalter - Chairman, Mobile Future
Timothy L. Hirou - President & CEO, Convergence Wireless, Inc.
Sandra Goeken-Miles - President, Goeken Group of Companies
Donald P. Dulchinos - President, Smart Home and Away, LLC
Hon. Phil Jones - Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
10:45 AM The Vulnerabilities and Opportunities of Next-Generation 911 Networks

On April 9-10, a large-scale outage of E911 systems occurred largely in Washington State, in which thousands of calls to PSAPs could not be timely completed. In response, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has initiated an investigation into the outage and its causes and consequences. In addition, the Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission has initiated a broader Notice of Inquiry for both this Washington outage, and more comprehensive issues regarding the design and build out of the Next-Generation 911 systems across the country. This outage affected PSAPs in other states as well, including Oregon, California, Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina. Admiral Simpson will discuss the preliminary analysis of its investigation in to this 911 outage, and address concerns such as: cybersecurity as we deploy more IP devices in the system, do we really have redundancy in the system from one data center to another, what are the regulatory gaps between the FCC and State jurisdictions, and improvements to the network management and operations of such systems.
Moderator Hon. Philip B. Jones - Commissioner, Washington
Panelist Admiral David Simpson - Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security (PS), Federal Communications Commission

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM    Networking Break Dallas Ballroom Foyer
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Board of Directors Meeting Dallas F & G
 
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