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NARUC 126th Annual Meeting, 2014
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Saturday, November 15
8:30 AM - 10:45 AM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications (closed) Yerba Buena Salon 4 - 6
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Yerba Buena Salon 4- 6
 
11:00 AM Reports from NARUC

* Litigation Report - Brad Ramsay (NARUC)

* Legislative Report - Brian O'Hara (NARUC)

11:15 AM Joint Board Reports

* Separations (80-286) - George Young (Vermont)

* Universal Service (96-45) -

11:30 AM Subgroup Leader Reports

 * Technology & Service Quality - Jeff Richter (Wisconsin)

* Federal Regulation & Legislation - Joe Witmer (Pennsylania)

* State Regulation - Lynn Notarianni (Colorado)

* Consumer Issues - Karlen Reed (Massachusetts)

12:00 PM Lunch (On your own)
1:15 PM Municipal Broadband: Rural Savior, COLR Replacement, Competition Killer, Or Just the Devil in Disguise?

The universal availability of broadband is a key goal for the states and the Federal Communications Commission, but getting to that point will be a difficult process. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has pointed to municipal networks as an important means to ensure universal access to broadband, but 20 states have either legislatively prohibited the deployment of these networks completely or created conditions that make implementation difficult if not completely impossible. This panel will address both sides of the question of municipal networks - can they bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas; might they provide some sort of "carrier of last resort" services in areas where the IP transition may leave some customers with limited or no voice options? Or are municipal networks finacial drains and competition killers, pricing services at a level that will drive out other players leaving states and cities with the costs of their failure? With the FCC poised to act on two petitions to preempt state barriers to entry, we expect a lively and informative discussion.
Moderator Sherry Lichtenberg, Ph.D. - Principal Researcher for Telecommunications, NRRI
Panelists Charles Davidson - Director, Advanced Communications Law, New York University Law School
Joe Franell - CEO - Eastern Oregon Telecom & Chairman Oregon Broadband Advisory Council
Robert Mayer - Vice President - Industry and State Affairs, US Telecom
Corynne McSherry - Intellectual Property Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Mike Oldak - Vice President Strategic Initiatives & General Counsel, Utilities Telecom Council
William Vallee - State Broadband Policy Coordinator, State of Connecticut

2:30 PM Review the federal Universal Service Fund Contributions Reform Record

This discussion lead by State staff will focus on the FCC record on contribution reform and identify issues that are before the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.
Moderator George Young - Policy Director and Dept. General Counsel, Vermont Public Service Board
Panelists Jonathan Lakritz - Program Manager, Consumer Programs Branch, Communications Division, CPUC
Sindy Yun - Staff Counsel, Legal Division, CPUC

3:45 PM Initial Presentation and Discussion of Resolutions
4:15 PM Industry Resolution Reaction
5:00 PM Adjourn for the Day
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Subcommittee on Education and Research
Sierra B - Fifth Floor
 
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 Public Service Commission
1:05 PM Approval of Minutes
1:10 PM NRRI Update
Dr. Rajnish Barua - Executive Director, NRRI
1:25 PM ICER VWG 4: Regulatory Best Practices
Hon. Jack Betkoski, III - Commissioner, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
1:35 PM Update on Subcommittee Projects

*2014 Summer Internships (NARUC & CFEBA)
*2015 Summer Internships (NARUC & CFEBA)
*New Commissioner Regulatory Orientation
*Other
Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC

1:50 PM Review of Applications for Support
Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs, NARUC
2:05 PM Scholarships Report
Erin Hammel - Director, International Programs , NARUC
Sue Daly - Chair, Staff Subcommittee on E&R, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Eddie Ortiz - Manager, Regulatory Outreach, Edison Electric Institute
2:20 PM Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE) Update

Review certificate criteria, marketing materials, and enrollment statistics, as well as discuss strategies going forward.
Dr. Jan Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

2:35 PM New Business
2:45 PM Adjourn
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM    Networking Break Yerba Buena Foyer
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Executive Committee #3249
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    NRRI Board Meeting (closed) Sierra B -Fifth Floor
 
Sunday, November 16
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM    Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM    NARUC Registration Desk Yerba Buena Foyer
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability
Golden Gate B
 
9:00 AM It's All in the Numbers: Options for State and Regional Compliance Tracking for EPA's Clean Power Plan

This Summer the Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan, a proposed rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, to reduce CO2 emission from existing electric generating resources. As States begin to analyze how the new requirements fit within existing renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and existing cap-and-trade programs  they need to consider their State or region’s existing tracking systems and what kind of changes would be needed if they wanted to rely on those systems to track power sector emission reductions and compliance. Mr. Kvale will outline how key elements provided by REC tracking systems, such as tracking emission attributes of power, calculating average and residual emission rates, tracking energy efficiency savings and inter-state power and REC transactions can provide some of the foundational elements needed for implementing the Clean Power Plan rules. Building on this he will outline a couple of different scenarios for how RPS programs (and energy efficiency) interact with a potential cap-and-trade program and discuss how multi-state approaches can account for cross-state transactions of clean power.
Speaker Lars Kvale - Managing Director, APX Environmental Markets

9:35 AM It's Time for a Change!

More than 700 changes have been proposed for the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC). These changes impact many areas of interest including undergrounding of electric lines, tree trimming, and interconnections for solar photovoltaic facilities. Speakers will brief us on the changes that have proved the most controversial in the IEEE's committee discussions and explain how States can provide input as IEEE develops changes to be effective in 2017.
Speakers Sue Vogel - Senior Manager , National Electrical Safety Code
Mike Hyland - Sr. VP of Engineering, American Public Power Association

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    Washington Action
(Closed Meeting)
Yerba Buena Salon 12
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Nob Hill
 
9:00 AM Third Party Solar Providers  Should they be regulated?

With the advent of rooftop solar systems for the consumer market, is there adequate protection for consumers?  When leasing a system or purchasing energy through a power purchase agreement (PPA) from a third party provider, are consumers being adequately informed about what they are agreeing to?  Do solar companies fully disclose costs and potential savings to prospective customers? Are customers really getting what they thought they would?  What happens if third party solar providers go out of business?  Should government play a consumer protection role with regard to third-party ownership of rooftop solar systems in the consumer space?  If yes, who should fulfill this role, state Commissions or state Attorney Generals?  If no, how can the solar industry police itself?  
Moderator Phil Boyle - Manager, Consumer Services Section, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Panelists Yochi Zakai - Policy Advisor, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Kimberly Fontan - VP, Regulatory Affairs, Entergy
Lon Huber - Energy Policy Specialist, Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office
Eric Weingarten - Associate General Counsel, Solar City

10:15 AM Networking Break
10:25 AM PUC Public Education Campaign

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) recently undertook a public education campaign that has raised awareness of what the WUTC does and can do for consumers raising traffic to its website and increasing the number of complaints filed with the commission.
Sharon Wallace - Assistant Director - Comsumer Protection, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

10:45 AM Update from the California PUC
Phil Enis - Program Manager - Consumer Service and Information Division, California Public Utilities Commission
11:05 AM CLOSED Session of the Subcommittee Members
11:45 AM Adjourn
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Subcommittee on Clean Coal
Yerba Buena Salon 1 - 3
 
9:00 AM Update on the Global Status of CCS/CCUS
Dr. Victor Der, The Global CCS Institute
9:45 AM U.S. Department of Energy Update
Doug Middleton, U.S. DOE Fossil Energy
10:15 AM Impact of NETL R&D on Learning Curve Projections and Related Costs
Tom Sarkus, National Energy Technology Laboratory
10:45 AM Subcommittee Business Meeting

Subcommittee Staff Chair Recommendations

Options for Updating NARUC CCS Primer to include all fossil generation

Future Site Visit Planning

Winter Meeting Planning

Resolutions

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access
Golden Gate A
 
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Comments

Opening Remarks from UMA Chairwoman Nikki Hall
Hon. Nikki Hall - Chairwoman, NARUC Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access, South Carolina Public Service Commission

9:05 AM Toolkit Update

NUDC provides a sneak peak of the pre-launch Toolkit website!
Laurie Dowling - Executive Director, National Utilities Diversity Council

9:20 AM The Critical Role of Minority and Women Owned Investment Banks In the Utility Procurement of Financial Services
Investor owned utilities are some of the most active participants in the global capital markets.  Whether it is the public and private offerings of utility bonds and preferred stock or the management of utility assets e.g. employee pension plans and nuclear decommissioning trust funds, investor owned utilities rely heavily on investment banking expertise.  State regulators do have the ability to promote opportunities for minority, women and disabled service veteran owned investment banks through the regulatory approval and oversight  process.  This panel will explore the mechanisms in-place that can increase the participation of diverse firms in the financial services procured by utilities.
Moderator Hon. Robert S. Kenney - Chairman, Missouri Public Service Commission, Chairman, NARUC Committee on Energy and the Environment
Panelists Hon. Sherina E. Maye - Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
Robert Schlax - VP, CFO & Controller, Sempra Utilities
Alan Jones - SVP, Blaylock Beale Vann
Sidney Dillard - Partner & Head of Corporate Investment Banking, Loop Capital Markets
David Finkelstein - Principal, Williams Capital Group
Raymond S. O'Connor - Managing Director, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co.
10:15 AM Financing Barriers for WMDVB: Sustainable Energy

Issue:  Currently, there is a significant financing barrier for WMDVBEs in the sustainable energy profession.  The panel will engage in a discussion on ways to overcome these barriers and how to create financial instruments to bank roll the balance sheets of the WMDVBE energy entrepreneurs.
Moderator Hon. Carla J. Peterman - Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Jose Perez - Chairman and CEO, Hispanics in Energy
Nancy Pfund - Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors
Darlene R. Currie - Co-Founder/CEO Kota Global Social Ventures, LLC & Founder, Global Social Impact Fund

11:00 AM Diversification of the C-Suite - Thoughts on Selection Criteria

Mr. Linquist of Russel Reynolds, a premier executive recruitment firm, will discuss the criteria used for selecting CEO’s and other executive level employees and how to diversify the C suite.
Moderator Hon. Nikki Hall - Chairwoman, NARUC Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access, South Carolina Public Service Commission
Panelist Thomas Linquist - Executive Director, Russell Reynolds

11:35 AM Committee Business

- Agenda Topics for NARUC Winter Meetings in Washington DC
* PJM/ISO Discussion
* Other items
Hon. Nikki Hall - Chairwoman, NARUC Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access, South Carolina Public Service Commission

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Yerba Buena Salon 4 - 6
 
9:00 AM Reports by National Representatives

* 706 Joint Conference Update - Bill Johnston (California)

* NRRI Report - Sherry Lichtenberg

* RUS Report - Keith Adams

10:00 AM FCC Report
Speakers Carol Mattey - Deputy Chief of WCB, FCC
Travis LeBlanc - Bureau Chief, Enforcement Bureau, FCC
10:30 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Scams, Crams and Lambs - Consumer Telecom Issues

This panel will look at the latest trends in telecom and cable consumer complaints, their sources, and their resolutions.  We will look at recent FCC and FTC enforcement actions and Notices of Liability, and the creative efforts by State and federal regulators to detect and deter waste, fraud and abuse.  We will also hear an academic's perspective on the ever-changing telecom and cable market and its challenges for regulators and consumers.
Moderator Karlen Reed - Director, Competition Division, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable
Panelists Travis LeBlanc - Bureau Chief, Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Joslyn Day - Consumer Director, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable
Charles Davidson - Director, Advanced Communications Law, New York University Law School
David C. Bergmann - Attorney, Telecom Policy Consulting for Consumers

12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 PM Rural Reform: Old Wine and New Bottles

Support for high cost rural areas is an old wine in Federal Communications Commission public policy. It has been three years since the FCC issued its monumental order which provides new wine in supporting public policy for telecommunications in rural America.  The FCC order reforms intercarrier compensation and universal service from support for the current network delivery of voice alone to a new broadband network that still delivers voice but can also provide data and video.  The FCC is initially focused on reforms to the support provided in the rural areas of price-cap carriers.  Those reforms may migrate to the support now provided to rural carriers who are not price-cap carriers as well.  During this transition, the FCC has modified portions of the reforms in response to concerns or, alternatively, has solicited public input on sometimes controversial issues. This includes unsubsidized competitors, CAF II support calculations, and how to conduct auctions that will occur if a carrier refuses CAF II support. This panel will address what State commissions and their staff should know about these issues, the possible impact in their state, and what state staff should focus on.  To do that , the panelists will discuss (1) Where they agree with the FCC; (2) Where they disagree with the FCC; (3) What the future holds; (4) What additional adjustments are needed; and (5) the states' role now and going forward.
Moderator Joe Witmer - Attorney, Office of Commissioner Gladys Brown, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Panelists John F. Jones - Vice President, Policy & Federal Legislative Affairs, CenturyLink
Chuck Evilsizer, Esq. - Attorney, Evilsizer Law Office, Montana
Keith Oliver - Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations, Home Telephone Company
Mary J. Sisak - Partner, Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP
Regina Costa - Telecommunications Policy Director, The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

2:45 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM Final Resolution Discussion
4:00 PM Adjourn Subcommittee Meeting
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Subcommittee/Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (closed meeting)

This meeting for members only.

Yerba Buena Salon 13 - 14
 
9:00 AM Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety (Staff Only)
Staff Subcommittee to meet prior to the Subcommittee members joining.
10:00 AM Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
Joint Meeting of Commissioners and Staff Only from 10:00 - 11:45.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM    Networking Break Yerba Buena Foyer
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    Task Force on Environmental Regulation & Generation
Closed Meeting
Yerba Buena Salon 12
10:30 AM - 12:45 PM    New Commissioner Forum (New Commissioners Only) Yerba Buena Salon 10 - 11
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
Golden Gate B
 
10:30 AM What's Old? What's New? And Does it Matter, Anyway?

Joint Meeting With Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

The EPA's suite of proposals for regulating carbon emissions from electric generators includes different approaches for existing power plants versus new power plants. How do these regulations differ? What if an existing plant becomes a "new source" via a modification project? What is the status of legal challenges to the rules for new plants?
Speakers Roger Martella - Environmental Attorney, Sidley Austin LLP
Rishi Garg - General Counsel and Principal Researcher, National Regulatory Research Institute

11:00 AM Germany's Transition to Renewables

Joint Meeting with Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Some news reports paint an optimistic picture of Germany's efforts to de-fossilize and de-nuclearize its electricity production. Yet industry reports show there are issues, both financial and electrical, to be addressed. We'll ask four experts to react to a particularly upbeat news cast regarding Germany's transition to renewables and help us understand the positive and not-so-positive aspects of that country's energy policies.
Moderator Hon. Ellen Nowak - Commissioner, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Panelists Julia Hamm - Director, SEPA
Dr. Lola Infante - Dir.of Generation Fuels and Market Analysis, EEI
Bentham Paulos - Consultant, PaulosAnalysis
Jurgen Weiss - Principal, The Brattle Group

1:00 PM Off-site Microgrids Tour (Staff-Only)
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources & Environment

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity See their agenda for details

Golden Gate B
 
11:00 AM Germany's Transition to Renewables

Joint Meeting with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity
Some news reports paint an optimistic picture of Germany's efforts to de-fossilize and de-nuclearize its electricity production. Yet industry reports show there are issues, both financial and electrical, to be addressed. We'll ask three experts to react to a particularly upbeat news cast regarding Germany's transition to renewables and help us understand the positive and no-so-positive aspects of that country's energy policies.

 

1:00 PM Off-site microgrid tour (Staff Only)

Off-site microgrid tour for Staff Subcommittees of Electricity, Electric Reliability, and Energy Resources & Environment

 

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee and Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure
Golden Gate A
 
1:00 PM Welcome & Introductions
Speakers Hon. Carolene Mays-Medley (IN) - Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Hon. Swain Whitfield (SC) - Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, South Carolina Public Service Commission
Thomas Pearce - Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure, Ohio Public Utilities Commission
1:15 PM NARUC & Federal Agency Updates
Speaker Invited Representatives
1:30 PM Shake, Rattle and Rock - Preparing for an Earthquake

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, earthquakes happen less frequently than some other natural disasters, but are dangerous because of their unpredictability. Earthquakes cause the greatest damage to communities located near the energy source because of strong ground shaking and permanent ground failure. In this session, we will learn about major fault lines and the impact of earthquakes. It will focus on the damage that can be done to utilities' critical infrastructure and surrounding areas, and examine what utilities can do and are doing to prepare for and recover from an earthquake of magnitude.
Moderator Hon. Carolene Mays-Medley - Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Panelists Dr. Peggy Hellweg - Operations Manager, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
Hon. Linda K. Breathitt - Commissioner, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Jesus Soto, Jr. - Sr.VP, Gas Engineering, Construction & Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Cybersecurity Solutions: Can we build "unhackable" systems for critical infrastructure?
In this session, panelists will discuss Kaspersky's efforts to build a hack-proof operating system intended to be used in critical infrastructure applications. Additionally, information will be provided regarding the threat landscape and strategic considerations to address cybersecurity concerns facing U.S. critical infrastructure.
Speakers Adam Firestone - President & General Manager, Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, Inc.
Hilary MacMillan - Cybersecurity Intelligence Executive, Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, Inc.
3:15 PM Cybersecurity and the States

In this session, panelists will discuss their efforts to help identify, comprehend, and address cybersecurity planning and strategic efforts at the State and regional levels.
Moderator Hon. Swain Whitfield - Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, South Carolina Public Service Commission
Panelists Hon. Philip Jones - Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Hon. James Gardner - Vice-Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Sarah Hofmann - Executive Director, NECPUC/New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners

4:30 PM Committee Business Meeting
Hon. Carolene Mays-Medley - Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, Indiana Utility Regulatory Authority
5:00 PM Adjourn
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee on Consumer Affairs
Nob Hill
 
1:00 PM Empowering Consumers Through Customer Data Aggregation

In 2011, NARUC adopted a "Resolution on Access to Whole-Building Energy Data and Automated Benchmarking" recognizing the value of providing aggregated information to building owners to help them measure their energy and water use and enable their investment in efficiency improvements in building systems. The development of customer information aggregation policies promises to be one of the ways by which States can attract capital from building owners, reducing the burden on ratepayers, and at the same time meet water and energy savings targets. Panelists will discuss the potential for utility service cost savings in the building sector and the role of benchmarking and customer data aggregation policies
Moderator Hon. Jack Betkoski - Commissioner, Connecticut Public Utililties Regulatory Authority
Panelists Ophelia Basgal - Regional Administrator, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Alissa Burger - Senior Associate, Institute for Market Transformation
Manuel Vera - Program Manager, Pepco
David Farnsworth - Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project

2:15 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM The Issue of Decoupling and Straight Fixed Variable Rate Structures and the Impact on Low-Use Customers

The topic for this panel will be the potential bill impacts on low-use customers concerning the moving of more cost recovery to the fixed categories.  With the increasing impact of issues such as energy efficiency, distributed generation and demand response on volumetric charges, distribution companies are forced to find new ways to recover their costs of maintaining the distribution infrastructure. One simple way to do that is to transfer some of the volumetric charges to fixed categories (i.e. straight fixed variable and decoupling).                 

The panel will discuss how the impact of these emerging issues can be mitigated for low-use customers who try to control the affordability of their bills by using less electricity and natural gas. The panel will also touch on the issue of how the low-use customers are many times the very same people who are contributing to the costs of these programs yet do not receive the reciprocal benefits of those programs.
Moderator Hon. John Colgan - Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
Panelists John Howat - Senior Policy Analyst, National Consumer Law Center
Katrina McMurrian - Executive Director, Critical Consumer Issues Forum
Samantha Williams, Natural Resources Defense Council

3:15 PM Networking Break
3:25 PM Business Meeting
3:35 PM Hot Topic - PUC Public Education Campaign

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) recently undertook a public education campaign that has raised awareness of what the WUTC does and can do for consumers raising traffic to its website and increasing the number of complaints filed with the commission.
Sharon Wallace, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

3:55 PM Hot Topic - New Thinking about Newly Emerging Utility Customers
John Ashford - Chairman, The Hawthorn Group
5:00 PM Committee Adjourn
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Committee on International Relations
Yerba Buena Salon 1-3
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Hon. Anne Hoskins - Co-Vice Chair, Committee on International Relations, Maryland Public Service Commission
1:05 PM Energy Market Reform in Great Britain

Restructuring in the British energy markets is based on the RIIO (Revenue = Incentives+Innovation+Outputs). Sir Roy Gardner, who was knighted in 2002 for services to the gas and electricity Industries, will offer his perspective on the efficacy and challenges of the RIIO approach.
Moderator Hon. Anne Hoskins - Co-Vice Chair, Committee on International Relations, Maryland Public Service Commission
Panelist Sir Roy Gardner - Chairman , Mainstream Renewable Power

1:35 PM Expanding Access to Drinking Water in Developing Nations  The Relevance of the Regulated Utility Model

A major focus of international assistance programs is the development of safe drinking water infrastructure in the many areas that lack reliable supplies of potable water. Prof. Ray's research focuses on access to water and sanitation for the rural and urban poor. She will discuss the applicability of the regulated utility model to efforts to expand access to drinking water.
Moderator Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Panelist Prof. Isha Ray - Energy and Resources Group, University of California - Berkeley

2:20 PM The Emerging Global Energy Giants: China and India

With their growing economies, China and India are already energy giants, with roles that will only grow more significant, particularly as the world grapples with climate change. Our experts will discuss two importants issues in understanding the role of these two nations. Prof. Auffhammer will discuss his work on forecasting energy demand in China and the implications for global energy policy. Prof. Shrimali will discuss the prospects for development of low-carbon energy in India through the use of financing mechanisms and market-based incentives
Moderator Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Panelists Prof. Max Auffhammer - International Area Studies: Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California - Berkeley
Prof. Gireesh Shrimali - Faculty Fellow - Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

3:30 PM Committee Business Session
Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
3:40 PM A Global Look at the Future of Photovoltaics

There has been much attention given to the trade dispute between the United States and China over photovoltaic solar panels. Less attention has been paid to discussions in the World Trade Organization about a tariff-free trade regime in renewable energy technologies. A panel with representatives from the industry as a whole and leading U.S. and Chinese manufacturers will discuss these issues and the prospects for growth in solar power.
Moderator Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Panelists Mr. John Smirnow - Vice President of Trade and Competetiveness, Solar Energy Industries Association
Ms. Polly Shaw - Vice President, Government Affairs, SunEdison LLC
TBA - TBA, Yingli Solar

4:30 PM A New Collaboration for NARUC?

The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy is engaged in a number of collaborative efforts with energy regulators and policy makers outside North America. This presentation will describe those efforts and discuss possibilities of collaboration with the Committee on International Relations, notably the occasional exchange of lessons learned and best practices.
Moderator Hon. Eric Callisto - Chair, Committee on International Relations, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Panelist Mr. Gaetan Caron - Executive Fellow, Extractive Resource Governance Program, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

4:50 PM Update on NARUC international programs
A status report on bilateral partnerships and regional programs and ongoing development of the monitoring and evaluation initiative.
Ms. Erin Hammel - Director of International Programs, NARUC
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Gas
Golden Gate B
 
1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Bob Reed - Natural Gas Director, Alabama Public Service Commission
1:05 PM Above or Below the Line: Where Should the Cut Be?

We all agree that imprudent expenses such as fines generally go below the line. But what about the finer questions of investor relations expenses, write-offs because of utility mistakes, donations, certain perks (country clubs, etc.), excessive executive compensation (what is excessive?), and advertising, to name a few? Do the ratepayers benefit from these expenditures or do management and shareholders? Are bonuses paid for serving customers better or enriching shareholders and management? Should regulators be able to address these items only in the context of rate cases, or should certain items be left open pending individual consideration?
Moderator Bob Reed - Natural Gas Director, Alabama Public Service Commission
Panelists Denise Parrish - Deputy Administrator, Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate
Bill Steele - Principal, Bill Steele and Associates

2:00 PM Safety of LNG as a Fuel
This presentation will discuss LNG fire science in the context of LNG as a transportation fuel for marine/barge/ferry, rail, and heavy-duty trucks. The discussion will focus on the technical challenges and concerns for policy makers.
 
Thomas K. Blanchat, PhD - Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Fire Science and Technology Development, Sandia National Laboratory
2:40 PM Natural Gas System Delivered As Promised During Record Winter

The United States faced sustained cold and record-setting natural gas consumption during the winter of 2013-2014. Natural gas reliability was tested, and throughout the country local utility customers continued to receive dependable service at affordable prices.  AGA will discuss Promise Delivered, a study of the planning, preparation and performance of the natural gas system during the 2013-14 winter heating season.
Richard Meyer - Manager of Policy Analysis, American Gas Association

3:10 PM 111(d) Gas Building Blocks

Combined heat and power (CHP) and natural gas end use equipment displacing less efficient electric resistance space and water heating are both potential building blocks in the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, as well as, of course, natural gas combined cycle plants.  Questions remain: How will natural gas end use equipment displacing electric end use equipment count toward power plant CO2 reduction targets?  How much will the useful waste heat from CHP count in the CO2/MWH rate equation?  If CHP units are considered "affected EGU’s," how does this impact their acceptability under 111(d)?
Ron Edelstein - Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Gas Technology Institute

3:45 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM Joint Meeting with LNG Working Group CLOSED (Commissioners and staff only)
Thomas K. Blanchat, PhD - Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Fire Science and Technology Department, Sandia National Laboratory
Mike Hightower - Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratory
5:00 PM Adjourn
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Information Services
Sierra I
 
1:00 PM Welcome, introductions and agenda discussion (Sierra 1)
Brent LeBlanc - Director, Information Technologies, Louisiana Public Service Commission
1:15 PM The progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions (Sierra 1)
Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences
2:15 PM Networking break
2:30 PM Creating a paperless PUC (Sierra 1)
The Wisconsin experience with electronic document management.
Paul Newman - CIO, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
3:45 PM Networking break (Sierra 1)
4:00 PM Creating a paperless PUC: The Wisconsin Experience with Electronic Document Management (continued) (Sierra 1)
Scott Zieg - Executive Director, ColumbiaSoft Corp.
4:30 PM The 1st National PUC Dockets Database: AEE PowerSuite (Sierra 1)
Eric Fitz - Director, Engineering and Development, Advanced Energy Economy
5:00 PM Adjourn
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM    Networking Break Yerba Buena Foyer
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM    Networking Break Yerba Buena Foyer
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM    Presidents Reception Yerba Buena Salon 9
 
Monday, November 17
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM    Continental Breakfast Yerba Buena Foyer
7:30 AM - 8:45 PM    Board of Directors Meeting

Breakfast will be provided to NARUC Board Members.

Golden Gate C3
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    NARUC Registration Desk Yerba Buena Foyer
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Committee on Electricity
Golden Gate A
 
9:00 AM California Dreamin'?

Background and outlook for implementation of California's 1.325 GigaWatt energy storage target. 
Moderator Hon. Carla Peterman - Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Janice Lin , Clean Energy States Alliance
James Avery - Senior VP - Power Supply, San Diego Gas and Electric

10:00 AM Business Meeting

 Welcome and Introductions:

  • Hon. David Boyd, Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • Hon. Edward Finley, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, North Carolina Utilities Commission
  • Hon. Libby Jacobs, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Iowa Utilities Board
  • Hon. Jeffrey Goltz, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Consideration of Resolutions

10:30 AM Every Step Leaves a Print: Report on the DOE- Sponsored Mission to China

A joint presentation with the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Gas  
In August, five commissioners went to China as part of energy delegation to study energy technology and policy trends in China, and to inform the Chinese of recent U.S. energy trends, especially for policy and regulation. The delegation head was Commissioner Phil Jones of Washington, accompanied by Commissioners David Boyd of Minnesota, Linda Breathitt of Kentucky, Bob Anthony of Oklahoma, and Greg White of Michigan. The delegation engaged with several Chinese energy think tanks, and had productive meetings with State Grid China Corporation (SGCC), Huaneng Power, independent power producers, and also met with U.S.-based energy companies which operate in China. The topics covered included electricity regulatory trends including distributed energy resources, shale gas development and regulatory trends for gas LDCs, nuclear power development and nuclear waste, and the recent EPA regulations on 111(d). The Chinese authorities explained their policy and regulatory thinking and trends in these areas as well, including their interest in shale gas, DER, the development of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies, and its AP-1000 development project with Westinghouse and others. This session will summarize the highlights and takeaways from the delegation's trip, and offer some thoughts on the sharing of best regulatory practices and policies going forward. Photos will be shared as well.

Joe Giove from DOE was also on the mission and if anyone has any specific questions about the Coal projects in China, he can provide additional insight later in the meeting or in-between sessions.
Moderator Hon. David Boyd - Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Hon. Philip Jones - Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Hon. Bob Anthony - Commissioner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Joseph Giove - Director, Division of Large Carbon Management Projects, U.S. Department of Energy

11:15 AM Business Meeting (continued)

Oral Reports:

  • Hon. Jon McKinney, Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration, West Virginia Public Service Commission
  • Hon. Greg White, Chair, NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal, Michigan Public Service Commission
  • James Bradford Ramsay, General Counsel, NARUC
  • Holly Rachel Smith, Assistant General Counsel, NARUC
  • Gerry Cauley, President, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
  • Barbara Tyran, Electric Power Research Institute

 

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Committee on Energy Resources and Environment
Nob Hill
 
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Robert Kenney - Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Missouri Public Service Commission
Hon. James Gardner - Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Hon. Kelly Speakes-Backman - Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Maryland Public Service Commission
9:10 AM Assessing the Costs of State RPS and Energy Efficiency Programs

Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will review two recent studies that take an extensive look at the cost impacts of state renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency measures and programs.
Galen Barbose, LBNL
Chuck Goldman, LBNL

10:30 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Business Meeting

Reports

  • Chris Mele/Holly Rachel Smith-Washington Report
  • Miles Keogh-NARUC Grants & Research Report
  • Tom Stanton-NRRI Report
  • Barbara Tyran-EPRI Report
  • Ron Edelstein-GTI Report
  • David Meyer-DOE, Update on Valuing Distributed Generation Project
  • David Rosenheim, The Climate Registry

Presentation of the Mary Kilmarx Award

Resolutions

11:45 AM Adjourn
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Committee on Gas
Golden Gate B
 
9:00 AM Gas Committee Business Meeting

I. Call to Order
 
II. Roll Call
 
III. 9:05-9:40 Commissioner Balbis Panel
 
IV. 9:40-10:25 Commissioner Brighton Panel
 
V. 10:30-11:05 Co-Sponsored Panel with Electricity and IR Committees on China Trip
 
VI. 11:15-11:25 Presentation by Joseph Ferrari with Wartsila

VII. 11:25-11:45 Adoption of Summer Gas Committee Business Meeting Minutes, Resolutions, Pending Committee Business

VIII. Adjourn
Barry Smitherman - Chairman, NARUC Gas Committee
Susan Rabon - Vice Co-Chair, NARUC Gas Committee
Julie Fedorchak - Vice Co-Chair, NARUC Gas Committee

9:05 AM Renewables & Gas Coordination: New challenges or new opportunities?

The challenges of EPA 111 (d) are looming, and the prospects of the accelerated integration of intermittent energy sources are weighing heavily on the minds of utilities and independent system operators. It is time to discuss the best policies and strategies for promoting and ensuring the reliability of an energy grid that reflects the nation's increased reliance on both natural gas generation and renewable power. What are the issues in question and are they the same across the country? What new technologies are being developed? What can regulators do to ensure consumers have both a reliable and a cleaner power generation mix? Come to hear how natural gas and renewables are working together today and what is needed in the future to maintain a reliable national grid. Speakers will discuss the increased role renewables are playing in serving utility loads, new emerging technologies, the role that gas is playing to backstop renewables and the policy changes that are needed to promote reliable service.
Moderator Eduardo Balbis - Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission
Panelists Kelly A. Daly - Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Chrissy Camacho Borskey - Director- Government Affairs and Policy, Distributed Power, GE Power & Water

9:40 AM Securing Long Term Physical Gas Supplies

Commissioner Brighton will moderate a panel titled "Securing Long Term Physical Gas Supplies: How Utilities are Protecting Their Customers From Rising Future Gas Prices". The panelists will describe various models used to secure long-term physical gas supplies at the most stable prices for ratepayers.
Moderator Kara Brighton - Commissioner, Wyoming Public Service Commission
Panelists Jerry R. Fish - Esquire, Stoel Rives
Barrie L. McKay - Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Energy Efficiency, Questar Gas Company

10:30 AM Every Step Leaves a Print: Report on the DOE- Sponsored Mission to China (TBA )

In August, five commissioners went to China as part of energy delegation to study energy technology and policy trends in China, and to inform the Chinese of recent U.S. energy trends, especially for policy and regulation. The delegation head was Commissioner Phil Jones of Washington, accompanied by Commissioners David Boyd of Minnesota, Linda Breathitt of Kentucky, Bob Anthony of Oklahoma, and Greg White of Michigan. The delegation engaged with several Chinese energy think tanks, and had productive meetings with State Grid China Corporation (SGCC), Huaneng Power, independent power producers, and also met with U.S.-based energy companies which operate in China. The topics covered included electricity regulatory trends including distributed energy resources, shale gas development and regulatory trends for gas LDCs, nuclear power development and nuclear waste, and the recent EPA regulations on 111(d). The Chinese authorities explained their policy and regulatory thinking and trends in these areas as well, including their interest in shale gas, DER, the development of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies, and its AP-1000 development project with Westinghouse and others. This session will summarize the highlights and takeaways from the delegation's trip, and offer some thoughts on the sharing of best regulatory practices and policies going forward. Photos will be shared as well.
Moderator David Boyd - Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Philip Jones - Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Bob Anthony - Commissioner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

11:15 AM Incorporating Flexibility in Utility Resource Planning

As utilities experience higher levels of renewable energy in their portfolio mix, new resource planning approaches are needed to evaluate the interplay between flexible generation and intermittent renewable resources. We describe a new paradigm for long term resource planning that properly assesses the need and value of portfolio flexibility, and we apply the approach to an example utility facing a 33% RPS. We describe the approach and the outcomes, and discuss ways in which enhanced fleet flexibility can improve portfolio efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve reliability and reduce ratepayer costs simultaneously.
Joseph Ferrari - Market Development Analyst, Wartsila Power Plants

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Committee on Telecommunications
Yerba Buena Salon 4 - 6
 
9:00 AM New and Expanded State Authority on Broadband with Section 706 - A primer on what states can do.

Since its inclusion in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Section 706 has been used by States in varying degrees to "encourage the deployment" of what were then deemed to be "advanced services." Early in 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission in ruling on the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order stated "Congress has granted regulatory authority to State telecommunications commissions on other occasions, and we see no reason to think that it could not have done the same here." How does the D.C. Circuit decision affect the interpretation of the scope of State jurisdiction under 706? Is this new authority for State commissions or like Dorothy's ability to click her heels to go home, a power the States had all along since 1996? How are States using 706 authority to "encourage the deployment" of advanced services. What are states contemplating in the light of the D.C. Circuit's reading of Section 706? Should States use this authority to regulate advanced services? If so, what forms might this regulation take and what are the State or federal limits of that authority?
Moderator Chris Nelson - Chair, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Gregg Sayre - Commissioner, New York Public Service Commission
Paul Kjellander - President, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Lindsay Brown - Senior Attorney, Office of Ratepayer Advocates, CPUC
Rick Cimerman - Vice President, External and State Affairs, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Michael Santorelli - Director, Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLP) at New York Law School
Barbara Cherry - Professor, Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University

10:45 AM Committee on Telecommunications Business Meeting
Chris Nelson - Chair, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Paul Kjellander - Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Cathy Sandoval - Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications, California Public Utilities Commission
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM    Committee on Water
Yerba Buena Salon 1- 3
 
9:00 AM State of the Water Industry Update: The Biggest Challenges Facing Water and Wastewater Utilities

Panelists representing large investor owned utilities, small water companies, and consumer groups will engage in a roundtable discussion of the salient issues facing the water and wastewater industries.  Topics will include challenges and best practices in accelerating the replacement of aging infrastructure, emerging physical and cyber security threats, access to capital for increasing expenditures, environmental compliance, and other insights into the emerging regulatory challenges of the future. 
Moderator Hon. Mary-Anna Holden - Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Panelists Robert MacLean - President, California American Water
Lawrence M. Morales - Vice President & General Manager, East Pasadena Water Company
Nick DeBenedictis - Chairman, President & CEO, Aqua America, Inc.
Matt Klein - Executive Director of Technical Operations, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

10:00 AM Updates from the Water Committee's Valued Partners
Speakers NAWC
NRRI
WRF
NARUC
IPU MSU - Rate School
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM The Smart Water Grid: Developments in Smart Water Technology and Customer Data Solutions that are Driving Customer Engagement and Conservation

Numerous states are facing water supply challenges and are exploring innovative methods to encourage customers to more closely monitor their water usage.  Panelists will explore and discuss developments in smart water meter technology, customer usage software applications, and the opportunities for utilities and state commissions to empower customers to take greater control of their water bills.
Moderator Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw - Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Panelists Andrew Ulmer - Senior Director of Client Solutions, WaterSmart Software
Christian Anderson - Director of Channel Management, Itron
David Stanton - President, Regulated Segment, United Water

11:15 AM Water Committee Business Meeting
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Information Services
Sierra I
 
9:00 AM The progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions, continued (Sierra 1)
Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences
10:15 AM Networking break (Sierra 1)
10:30 AM STAR PSC (Sierra 1)
The evolution of the leading COTS product for state Public Service Commissions and Utility Boards
Jim Andrews - Sales Manager, Iron Data
Terry Ussery - Project Manager, Iron Data
11:45 AM Commissioner Emeritus Community Service Luncheon
Commissioner and Commission Staff
1:00 PM NARUC Election of Officers
2:00 PM A Consolidated Utilities Outage Reporting System (Sierra 1)
A GIS based system developed for Entergy and deployed to Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas to enhance utility restoration efforts during and after natural disasters.
Greg Rigamer - President, GCR Inc.
Brent LeBlanc - Director, Information Technologies, Louisiana Public Service Commission
3:15 PM Networking break (Sierra 1)
3:30 PM The progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions, continued (Sierra 1)
Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences
4:30 PM Adjourn (Sierra 1)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Law
Yerba Buena Salon 10
 
9:00 AM NARUC STAFF SUBCOMMITTEE ON LAW
NARUC STAFF SUBCOMMITTEE ON LAW AGENDA Monday, 17 November 2014 - 9:00 a.m., San Francisco, CA 1. Welcoming remarks -Illona Jeffcoat-Sacco, Chairman. 2. Attendee introductions. 3. Reading, discussion (if any) and vote on: " Amendment to Supplement Minutes of February 2014 meeting in Washington, DC " Minutes of 15 June 2014 meeting in Columbus, OH. 4. Review and discussion of 2014 National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys held in June in Columbus, OH-Angela Hawkins, 2014 Conference President: " General Conclusions " Financial Report " Evaluation Report 5. Officers for 2015 National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys in Utah: " Jordan White, President " Angela Hawkins, Vice President " Darlene Cooper, Treasurer " Paul Duffy, Assistant Treasurer " Melissa Paschal, Secretary 6. Update on 2015 National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys-, Conference President. 7. Discussion and update on 2016 and future conference options. 8. 2014 NARUC Annual Meeting Ethics Segment - Eve Moran, Subcommittee Alumnus. 9. New Business
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM    Networking Break Yerba Buena Foyer
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM    Commissioner Emeritus Business Meeting Yerba Buena Salon 9
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM    Commissioner/Staff/Commissioner Emeritus Luncheon
Yerba Buena Salon 9
 
11:45 AM Member Community Service Luncheon
Commissioners, Commission Staff, and Commissioners Emeritus will work together to assemble hygiene kits for those less fortunate. Kits will be donated to Safe Harbor Shelter. The primary mission of Safe Harbor is to provide the homeless with shelter, safety, warmth, sustenance, and healthcare. After these basic human needs have been met and shelter clients have been stabilized, Safe Harbor endeavors to help clients raise their level of self-sufficiency and transition to a more stable housing situation.
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM    OPSI Board Meeting (invitation only) Yerba Buena Salon 11
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM    Opening General Session
Yerba Buena Salon 7 - 8
 
1:30 PM Equipped to Lead: Opening General Session and Election of Officers
Welcome to the NARUC 126th Annual Meeting! Reflection on 2013 - 2014 Year as President: Hon. Colette Honorable
1:50 PM A 21st Century Framework for the Internet and Television Industry
Michael K. Powell, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and current President & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association will address attendees of the 126th Annual Meeting.
2:45 PM Election of 2014-2015 Officers, Confirmation of Board Members and Constitutional Amendments

Nomination of NARUC 2014-2015 Officers
Moderator Hon. Colette Honorable - NARUC President, Arkansas Public Service Commission
Panelists Nomination of NARUC President - Hon. Julie Brown, Florida Public Service Commission
Second Nomination for NARUC President - Hon. Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President - Hon. Marsha Smith, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Second Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President - Hon. Susan Bitter Smith, Arizona Corporation Commission
Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President - Hon. John Coleman, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Second Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President - Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia State Corporation Commission

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM    Concurrent Sessions A 1-5
 
3:30 PM Ā Strength in Numbers? Multistate Compliance With The Clean Power Plan (Golden Gate B)

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan for regulating greenhouse gases could transform the power sector. Although it offers specific State goals, it also leaves open the opportunity for States to work together-but what would that look like? In this panel, attendees will learn about the options that might be available for States who choose not to go it alone. Is cap-and-trade the only option? Is there a role for regional transmission organizations for redispatch? How big a role will efficiency and renewables play? Are there models we haven't explored yet? This session will bring together a panel of experts and practitioners who will provide some insights on the possibilities.
Moderator Hon. Doug Scott - Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
Panelists Diane Munns - senior director of Collaboration, Environmental Defense Fund Clean Energy Program
Will Kaul - Vice President Transmission, Great River Energy
Craig Segall - Senior Staff Counsel, California Air Resources Board
Kyle Danish - Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP

3:30 PM Double Jeopardy: FERC-Regulated Transmission Companies and Retail Consumers (Yerba Buena Salon 4 - 6)

This session will explore how double-leverage capitalization employed by pure-play transmission companies can impact State-regulated retail consumers. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over rates that such a company can charge. In this session, attendees will examine FERC’s current review of transmission company capitalization and discuss the importance of accurately assessing debt to equity ratios when the FERC determines what are just and reasonable rates. A panel of experts will address whether there should be a federal duty to look at the total consolidated business when setting just and reasonable rates. Participants will also discuss if FERC should allow pure-play transmission companies to charge equity rates for what is actually holding company debt. Is there any reason some transmission companies use double-leverage financing methods and others do not? Attend this panel to find out. Download Skrmetta Recording
Moderator Hon. Linda Breathitt - Commissioner, Kentucky
Panelists Hon. Nick Wagner - Commissioner , Iowa
Randolph Elliott - Regulatory Counsel, American Public Power Association (APPA)
David Pomper - Partner, Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP

3:30 PM Friend Request: Fostering Innovation and Protecting Privacy for Utility Customers (Golden Gate A)

The word "privacy" has become a battle cry in State commission hearing rooms around the country. But data access and privacy could be seen as two sides of the same coin: Allow access to data and innovation thrives, and threaten privacy and customers understandably revolt. Anonymyzing data and aggregating helps, but questions remain about trade-offs and advantages of different approaches. Will "big data" be transformative? What are the data use cases that really work? In this session, panelists will discuss these issues and more-such as, what aggregation thresholds are useful? Participants will learn the value of customer access to data and how their information is protected. A group of experts from leading States will provide a roundup of the policies, issues, concerns and opportunities arising from the data privacy policies in a number of leading States.
Moderator Hon. Kevin Hughes - Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission
Panelists Lorraine H.Akiba - Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Matt Davey - Senior Regulatory Manager, Silver Spring Networks
Patty Durand - Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
William Gausman - SVP, Strategic Initiatives, Pepco

3:30 PM I Get Around: Figuring Out the Infrastructure Challenge with Alternative Fuel Vehicles (Nob Hill)

Alternative fuel-vehicles could transform our nation's transportation fleet. With increasing availability of fueling options including LNG, CNG and electricity, consumers have more choices than ever before when it comes to buying a new vehicle. But is the necessary infrastructure in place for these new technologies to flourish? In this session, panelists will discuss alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure necessary to bring the fuel to consumers. Participants will also discuss the business decisions associated with infrastructure development.
Moderator Hon. Jolette Westbrook - Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Panelists Ron Goodman - Director, Technology Solutions, Southern California Gas Company
Jennifer Kalafut - Advistor to Com. Peterman, California PUC
William Hederman - Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Energy
Dr. Nancy Ryan - Director, E3

3:30 PM Moneyball: USF Contributions Who Should Pay, and How (Yerba Buena Salon 1 -3)

Three years ago the Federal Communications Commission issued its universal service and intercarrier compensation transformation order dramatically altering disbursements from the Universal Service Fund (USF). Since then many, including NARUC, have called for the agency to address reform of the contributions methodology so certain consumers, namely the elderly, low income and others who remain on the older technologies, do not continue bearing a broader burden of the assessments. Meanwhile the fund now supports new broadband services which are not required to contribute, leading to an unbalanced and unsustainable system. The FCC recently asked the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to propose a recommended decision on the issue. In this session, experts will tee up the questions the FCC has asked the Joint Board to explore. Panelists will discuss how any changes to the contribution system impact its overall goal of preserving universal service.
Moderator Hon. Stephen Bloom - Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Panelists Hon. Anne Boyle - Commissioner, Nebraska Public Service Commission
David Bergmann - Principal, Telecom Policy Consulting for Consumers
Harold Furchtgott-Roth - Commissioner Emeritus, Federal Communications Commission
Billy Jack Gregg - Principal, Universal Consulting
Sherry Lichtenberg - Principal, Telecommunications, NRRI

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    MACRUC Meeting (Invitation only) Yerba Buena Salon 10
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    MARC Meeting (Invitation only) Yerba Buena Salon 13
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    NECPUC Meeting (Invitation only) Yerba Buena Salon 12
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    SEARUC Meeting (Invitation only) Yerba Buena Salon 14
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Western Meeting (Invitation only) Yerba Buena Salon 11
7:00 PM -    Board of Directors Dinner (Invitation only)
 
Tuesday, November 18
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM    Continental Breakfast Yerba Buena Foyer
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    NARUC Registration Desk Yerba Buena Foyer
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM    General Session
Yerba Buena Salon 7 - 8
 
8:30 AM Equipped to Lead: How State Energy Policies are Driving Innovation

Make no mistake-State agencies are leading the way as the nation transitions to a more efficient and low carbon energy future. From energy efficiency building codes in Mississippi to renewable energy tariffs in Virginia and North Carolina, to time-of-use metering in Arizona, States have adopted innovative policies that embrace an all-of-the-above energy policy. In this session, former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who chaired the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will discuss findings from a new report he led at Stanford, with former Secretary of State George Shultz, on innovative State energy policies and how they could be advanced throughout the country. Sen. Bingaman's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion representing a diverse group of regulators and industry stakeholders, who will analyze challenges and opportunities going forward.
Moderators Hon. Colette Honorable - NARUC President, Arkansas Public Service Commission
Hon. Jeff Bingaman - U.S. Senator, former Chair, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Panelists Hon. David Boyd - Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Hon. Robert Kenney - Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Missouri Public Service Commission
Sara Birmingham - Acting Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Richard Myers - Vice President, Policy Development, Nuclear Energy Institute
Dan Reicher - Executive Director, Steyler-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

9:30 AM International Update
Remarks by The Hon. Alparslan Bayraktar, Commissioner, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Information Services
Sierra I
 
9:00 AM The progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions, continued (Sierra 1)
Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences
10:00 AM Networking break (Sierra 1)
10:15 AM PDF Document Accessibility (Sierra 1)
Regulations, Risk and Solutions for Compliance
Shannon Kelly - PDF Accessibility SME, Actuate Corporation
11:30 AM Networking break (Sierra 1)
11:45 AM The progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions, continued (Sierra 1)
Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences
1:00 PM Officer Installation Luncheon
2:15 PM TBD, A security related topic (Sierra 1)
James Stroud, McAfee
3:30 PM Networking break (Sierra 1)
3:45 PM The progress of Information Technologies at State Commissions, continued (Sierra 1)
Roundtable discussions of projects, plans, challenges and experiences
4:30 PM Adjourn (Sierra 1)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM    Networking Break Yerba Buena Foyer
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Concurrent Sessions B 1-5
 
10:15 AM Full Capacity? The Skinny on Capacity Markets and their Impact on Reliability and Consumers (Golden Gate B)

Capacity markets have been considered the answer to a vexing question: How does a competitive electricity market guarantee generation will be available when needed for reliability purposes? Some believe capacity markets are the best way to maintain a competitive market for an essential service, while others say implementation has been flawed and actually harms consumers. In this session, attendees will get the skinny on how capacity markets work, in what regions are they succeeding, and how they can be improved. Participants will discuss whether investors will flood the industry in sufficient quantities to replace grid scale resources as they retire. Can a market construct provide the right signals to guarantee future resources? Attend this session to find out.
Moderator Hon. Jack Betkoski - Commissioner, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Panelists Lawrence Brenner - Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission
Audrey Zibelman - Commissioner, New York Public Service Commission
John Shelk - President & CEO, Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA)
Glen Thomas - President, GT Power Group

10:15 AM NextGen 9-1-1: Will Your Emergency Call or Text Be Connected? (Yerba Buena Salon 1 -3)

A major 911 outage occurred in Washington and several other States this past spring, preventing nearly 5,000 E911 calls from going through to the Public-Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). There have been additional 911 outages in recent months, with investigations underway. At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission's Division of Public Safety and Homeland Security is performing its own study into these outages and other issues related to the deployment of next-generation 911 service on IP-based telecommunications networks. And in August, the FCC approved a series of Text-to-911 requirements and is proposing other measures for further discussion. In this session, a group of experts will discuss the role of State agencies and the FCC in addressing 911 outage problems. Panelists will discuss the root causes of these outages and what changes may be necessary to prevent them in the future. Attendees will learn what resilience means in an IP world and what steps may be necessary to ensure calls are completed. Panelists will also discuss the role of the FCC and State commissions should play in overseeing traditional E911 carriers, as well as other IP-based companies who claim they should not be subject to regulation.
Moderator Hon. Philip Jones - Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Panelists Marlys Davis - E-911 Program Coordinator, King County / Seattle WA
Brian Fontes - Executive Director, NENA
David L. Furth - Deputy Chief: Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Barry Ritter, ENP - Executive Director, Office of the Treasurer of Indiana
Karen Wong - Assistant Director, CalOES Public Safety Communications

10:15 AM Pedal to the Metal? How Will EPA's Clean Power Plan Impact Natural Gas (Golden Gate A)

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan is causing utilities and states to consider natural gas as the chief source of fuel for the nation's power plants. The plan itself lists natural gas as a possible compliance option, among many others, for states as they begin putting together their responses. With the rule's comment deadline around the corner, how are states viewing natural gas as a viable resource? How might the decision to rely on gas impact commodity prices across the board? Attendees will hear from a group of experts who will discuss market impacts, infrastructure challenges, and numerous other issues.
Moderator Hon. Diane Burman - Commissioner, New York Public Service Commission
Panelists Hon. Asim Z. Haque - Commissioner, Ohio Public Utilities Commission
Joseph Goffman - Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency
Michelle Bloodworth - Senior Director, Market Development, ANGA
Kent T. Larson - Group President Operations, Xcel Energy
Paul Sotkiewicz - Chief Economist, PJM

10:15 AM The Real Deal on Pricing (Nob Hill)

A former commissioner once coined a phrase that we have smart meters but dumb pricing. In other words, we have failed to take advantage of technology to price electricity in a more rational way. As new policy objectives, technologies, customers' demands and other events transform the future electric industry, many observers argue that utilities should operate under a new business model. A new model, in turn, will require state utility regulators to revisit their old practices. One of these practices is pricing or ratemaking, which has always assumed an important role in utility regulation. Does regulation need to change to align with the new utility business model, and if so, how? This panel will address several questions related to pricing in a transformed electric industry, including: Have recent developments undermined the traditional cost-of-service paradigm that regulators have depended on for decades? Should regulators support multi-year rate plans and performance-based rates? Is it time to scrap the two-part tariff in which utilities recover much of their fixed costs in the volumetric charge? How should utilities price stand-by service for distributed-generation customers? Is it time for utilities to offer their customers real-time (or smart) pricing?
Moderator Hon. David Danner - Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Panelists Jeanne Fox - New Jersey Commissioner Emerita
Ken Costello - Principal Researcher, NRRI
Lisa Schwartz - Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Mark Toney - Executive Director, TURN -- The Utility Reform Network

10:15 AM Workforce Development--How Real is the Brain Drain? What are you Doing about it? (Yerba Buena Salon 4 - 6)

Government and industry have lived in fear of the dreaded brain drain for several years. The recent recession pushed these concerns off for awhile, but now with a sizeable portion of the government and utility workforce eligible for retirement, the issue is back on the front burner. According to industry statistics, almost half of the energy workforce is eligible for retirement, and the numbers are also high in the regulatory/government world. In this panel, government and industry experts will discuss the actions they are taking to attract the next generation of workers. Paramount to this is encouraging diversity as well-what can be done to ensure the utility workforce reflects the population it serves? Attendees will learn about best practices and case studies about what programs are working, and where improvements are needed.
Moderator Hon. Nikki Hall - Commissioner, South Carolina Public Service Commission
Panelists Hon. Carla Peterman - Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Prof. Janice Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, MSU
Robert H. Mayer - Vice President - Industry and State Affairs, USTelecom Association
Geisha J. Williams - Executive Vice President, Electric Operations, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM    Networking Break Yerba Buena Foyer
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM    Concurrent Sessions C 1-5
 
11:45 AM Get Together: The Future of Fuel Diversity (Golden Gate B)

As the nation transitions to a cleaner and more efficient electricity system, diversity will remain critical to keeping the lights on and rates affordable. New mandates at the State and federal level are causing a shift in fuel resources, but will this impact the reliability of the system? In this panel, experts will discuss tools available to States and regional transmission organizations to maintain both a diverse fuel mix and affordable, reliable electricity. Participants will debate the findings of a recent IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates report on the value of fuel diversity and how States, utilities, and RTOs factor diversity into their planning. What changes might be in store, and how will they impact your work? Attend this panel to find out.
Moderator Hon. Greg White - Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission
Panelists Hon. Philip Moeller - Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Kathleen Barron - SVP Federal Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon Corporation
Dian Grueneich - Senior Research Scholar:Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, Stanford University
Lawrence Makovich - Vice President, Senior Advisor, Global Power, IHS CERA

11:45 AM Navigating Jurisdictional Uncertainty Over Power Supply Mix and Wholesale Price Protection: Practical Paths for States in Our Federal System (Golden Gate A)
 "It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country." -- Justice Louis Brandeis dissenting in New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, 285 U.S. 262, 311 (1932).

"[The Constitution] was framed upon the theory that the peoples of the several States must sink or swim together, and that in the long run prosperity and salvation are in union and not division" -- Justice Benjamin Cardozo in Baldwin v. G.A.F. Seelig, Inc., 294 U.S. 511, 523 (1935).

This panel will discuss, and seek to reconcile, these two articulations of our federal system by focusing on recent court decisions under the Supremacy Clause and Commerce Clause that have invalidated specific state efforts to control their power supply mix and protect themselves from high wholesale prices.  The panel will explore the practical options states have to implement their policy goals without violating the Constitution.  Members of the audience will be able to text questions and comments to the moderator during the session.
Moderator Hon. Jeff Goltz - Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Panelists Hon. Beverly Jones Heydinger - Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Hon. Anne E. Hoskins - Commissioner, Maryland Pubic Service Commission
Frank Lindh - Partner, Crowell & Moring
Scott Hempling - Attorney at Law

11:45 AM Regulating in the Age of UBER: How State Commissions are Responding to Ride-Sharing Services (Nob Hill)

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are taking many cities by storm. Not only are they disrupting the transportation sector they are also thrusting the State commissions with authority over taxi services into the headlines. In this session, attendees will learn the common issues facing State commissions in dealing with these companies. What are the biggest challenges? How are commissions responding? Are there best practices available? What should you do if these companies start offering services in your State?
Moderator Hon. Rob Powelson - Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Panelists Hon. Michael Peevey - Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Jacqueline R. Kinney - Principal Consultant, California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications
Scott Morris - Administrative Law Judge, Alabama PSC, President, National Conference of State Transportation Specialists
Salle Yoo - General Counsel, Uber

11:45 AM The Fugitive: Fugitive Methane Emissions (Yerba Buena Salon 1 - 3)

This session will discuss the intersection between fugitive methane emissions from the T&D sector and pipeline safety. Topics to cover the question of where is there common ground on the two independent missions, and where is there not. The subject will gain increasing attention in light of the Obama Administration's impending effort to reduce fugitive methane emissions. The following questions would be addressed: What is the current trajectory for eliminating leak prone infrastructure in the nation? What are the true safety ramifications of leaking infrastructure? How much would it cost ratepayers to eliminate all leaks, and what is the associated economic value in terms of mitigating lost gas and safety risks to the public? What is the incremental benefit of eliminating all leaks in terms of the total anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic inventories of methane emissions. How much do rates need to increase to satisfy the combined safety and environmental goals? And most importantly, are consumers willing and prepared to pay for it all?
Moderator Hon. Susan Rabon - Commissioner, North Carolina Utilities Commission
Panelists Hon. Paul Roberti - Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
Mark Brownstein - Associate Vice President and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Climate and Energy Program , Environmental Defense Fund
Thomas D. Hutchins, PE - Environment, Health and Safety VP, Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipelines
Hank Linginfelter - EVP - Distribution Operation, AGL Resources Inc.

11:45 AM What Goes Around, Comes Around: Recycled Water (Yerba Buena Salon 4 - 6)

As many States and regions in the U.S. experience record-breaking water shortages, many communities are using waste-water recycling to meet growing water needs. Water recycling conserves lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and other spare resources, and it is also less expensive and more energy efficient than desalinization. In this session, attendees will learn whether such programs could become more widespread throughout the country. Participants will discuss what State commissions and other policymakers can do or should do to encourage further use of waste-water recycling.
Moderator Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw - Commissioner, Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Hon. Art Graham - Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission
Gary Weatherford - Administrative Law Judge, California Public Utilities Commission
Brian Graham - Director Technical Assistance, United Water
Nick Rowe - Senior Vice President, Central Division, American Water

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    Annual Installation Luncheon
Join us while we celebrate our incoming officers!
Yerba Buena Salon 7 - 8
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM    Board of Directors Meeting Golden Gate C3
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM    NRRI Colloquium
Sierra B
 
2:30 PM Municipal Broadband: A Review of Rules, Requirements, and Options
Sherry Lichtenberg
2:55 PM Adapting Public Utility Regulation to a New Electric Industry
Ken Costello
3:20 PM A Summary of State Regulators Responsibilities Regarding Cybersecurity Issues
Dan Phelan
3:35 PM A Comprehensive Summary of EPA's Clean Power Plan and the Interaction between the Clean Air Act and Federal Power Act
Rishi Garg
 
Wednesday, November 19
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM    Continental Breakfast Yerba Buena Foyer
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    NARUC Registration Desk
Please note this is a new location.
Golden Gate Foyer
 
9:00 AM CLE Certificate of Attendance
Lawyers - be sure to pick up your CLE Certificate of Attendance from the NARUC Registration Desk.
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    Concurrent Sessions D 1-3
 
8:30 AM Shake it Off: Ethical Considerations for Commissioners & Staff (Golden Gate B)

Please note this is an earlier start time. Commissioner Miley Swift has a dilemma. As a new commissioner, she is learning quickly about the many decisions to make and cases to oversee in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. She has also started receiving invitations to attend conferences, speak on panels, and meet with industry and other stakeholder groups with business before her agency. What activities might be appropriate, and what might not be? In this session, attendees will learn how to navigate some of these scenarios. Through humorous skits performed by NARUC's Not Ready for General Session Players, participants will review six hypothetical scenarios relevant to the real-world experiences of commissioners, staff, and others who practice utility and energy regulation. This will be an entertaining and thought-provoking session!
Moderator Hon. Mark Christie - Commissioner, Virginia State Corporation Commission
Panelist The Not Ready For General Session Players

9:00 AM Game of Phones -- Interconnection is Interconnection Regardless of Technology or Protocol (Golden Gate C1)

The key to a competitive telecommunications marketplace is interconnection-i.e., the idea that consumers and competing networks can connect with each other no matter what kind of technologies they use. A sound technology neutral and non-discriminatory interconnection policy, like the one established in Sections 251 and 252 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, is needed. Yet the Federal Communications Commission has opened another proceeding to examine anew whether those provisions apply to carriers exchanging Internet protocol (IP)-based voice traffic. Part of this is driven by the FCC's reluctance to expressly acknowledge that IP-based voice services are, in fact, "telecommunications services." That reluctance has introduced more inefficiency and uncertainty for carriers seeking to interconnect with larger competitors to provide competing services and is likely the reason very few direct IP-to-IP interconnection agreements have been consummated despite an exponential growth in IP voice. But, interconnection problems have never been limited to just voice traffic. In fact, Level3 Communications recently asked the FCC to impose interconnection requirements on Internet service providers (ISPs) - a move the company said is necessary to "fully protect the free and open Internet." In this session, panelists will discuss the interconnection challenges this uncertainty created from traditional time division multiplexing (TDM) to IP to ISPs.  Attendees will hear a debate on how the status quo is impacting interconnection on all levels and how the historical role States play should be used in an IP-based world. Panelists will also discuss actions already taken by some States to intervene to address IP interconnection.
Moderator Hon. David Ziegner - Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Authority
Panelists Hon. Gregg Sayre - Commissioner, New York Public Service Commission
Hank Hultquist - VP of Federal RegulatoryAffairs, AT&T Services, Inc.
Raymond Gifford - Partner, WBKLaw
Joe Gillan - President, Gillan & Associates
Karen Reidy - VP of Regulatory Affairs , COMPTEL

9:00 AM Inextricably Intertwined: Water for Energy; Energy for Water (Golden Gate A)

Changes in climate and technologies are driving a major intersection between the water and energy sectors. U.S. population growth and regional migration trends indicate that the population in arid areas such as the Southwest is likely to continue to increase, despite the ongoing drought which shows no signs of receding. Meanwhile, new technologies could shift water and energy demands in unforeseen ways.  All these are complicating the management of both energy and water systems. In this session, panelists will discuss whether and how utilities and regulators can address these issues. Attendees will learn about cost-effectiveness methodologies for assessing the water-energy nexus, including the effect of water policies and use on hydro generation, energy supply, demand response, and energy use and planning. Panelists will also explore the role of communications technologies to improve individual system management and coordination between energy and water utilities.
Moderator Hon. Catherine Sandoval - Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Panelists Hon. Susan Bitter Smith - Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission
Mike Hightower, Sandia National Lab
Michal Koenig - Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Walter Lynch - President and COO, American Water

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Staff Subcommittee on Information Services
TBD
 
10:00 AM Plan future meeting, discuss possible future project(s) (TBD)
11:55 AM Adjourn (TBD)
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    Closing Session
Golden Gate A
 
10:30 AM NARUC Business Meeting: Action on Resolutions
Report of the Board of Directors and NARUC Members vote on resolutions.
10:35 AM Are You Ready for Your Close-up?

The Clean Power Plan. Pipeline Safety. Ride-sharing services. Infrastructure Replacement. The issues pending before State utility commissions are hotter than ever before, and so is the spotlight. With States setting the pace on some of the most significant challenges in the country, the focus on commission business is growing. National, well-funded stakeholder groups are intervening in State proceedings which, in turns, brings heightened media attention. Is your agency prepared for the spotlight? In this session, a diverse panel of commissioners will discuss how they are dealing with this new paradigm. Attendees will learn about ways to communicate with the public and the press, along with other kinds of challenges that may arise from this heightened attention. Are you ready for your close-up?
Moderator Hon.Sheila Tipton - Commissioner, Iowa Utilities Board
Panelists Hon. Gladys Brown - Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Hon. Brian Kalk - Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission
Hon. Stan Wise - Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
Hon. Mary Anna Holden - Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Robert Nelson - NASUCA President, Montana Consumer Counsel

11:45 AM Adjourn 126th Annual Meeting
 


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