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Presentations from the 2014 Summer Committee Meetings

Committee on Water

Committee on Consumer Affairs

Consumers and the Electric Grid: Unleashing New Ideas and Connecting with Customers

Consumers and the Electric Grid: Unleashing New Ideas and Connecting with Customers
Sergej Mahnovski - Director, Utility of the Future, Con Edison

Consumers and the Electric Grid: Unleashing New Ideas and Connecting with Customers
Michael Saschse - Sr. VP Regulatory, Business Development, OPOWER


Hot Topic: Helping Main Street Through Rate Incentives

Hot Topic: Helping Main Street Through Rate Incentives
Hon. Jeremy Oden - Commissioner, Alabama


Overview of Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Overview of Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Patty Durand - Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative


State Solutions to Consumer Assistance Needs

State Solutions to Consumer Assistance Needs
Dalitso Sulamoyo - CEO, IL Assoc of Community Action Agencies


State Solutions to Consumer Assistance Needs

State Solutions to Consumer Assistance Needs
Kate Granger - Manager of Consumer Advocacy & Low Income Programs, National Grid

State Solutions to Consumer Assistance Needs
Jennifer Gremmert - Deputy Director, Energy Outreach Colorado


The Emergency of Creative Capital Structures in Electric Transmission Markets -- Is More Regulatory Scrutiny Needed?

The Emergency of Creative Capital Structures in Electric Transmission Markets -- Is More Regulatory Scrutiny Needed?
Scott Hempling - Attorney at Law LLC


Committee on Critical Infrastructure

The Integrated Grid: A Deep Dive
Courtwright and Sowden
This panel discusses the use of inverters to better manage the power output of solar generators.

Update on Physical Security Standards
Elstein and Fama
At FERC's direction, NERC has developed reliability standards for providing physical security to the national electricity grid. This panel explains those proposed standards.


Committee on Electricity

Deciding to Invest in Resiliency
Ross-Leech, Cooper, Rohe & Zarakas
The US GAO's report "Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts" profiled efforts by companies to make their operations resilient to extreme weather. This panel discussed those efforts, and how to decide such investments are appropriate.

Deciding to Invest in Resiliency
Rusco
The US GAO published "Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adjustment Efforts." The report profiled efforts by four companies to more their operations resilient to extreme weather.

Reliability Planning & Baseload Issues
Barron, Chapman, Gellici and Moeller
This panel discussed issues affecting the impact of coal, gas and nuclear generation on the ability of regional transmission organizations to insure reliability.

Value of the Integrated Grid
Hank Courtright


Business Meeting

Update Re DOE's Quadrennial Energy Review
Larry Mansueti


Reliability Planning and Base Load Issues

Reliability Planning and Base Load Issues
Kathleen Barron - SVP, Federal Reg Affairs & Wholesale Market Policy, Exelon


Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues/Waste Disposal

Nuclear energy 2014: Status and Outlook
Mr. Richard Myers - NEI
Mr. Myers presentation focused on the need for nuclear energy as relatively stable-priced base load generation, the need for nuclear generation to meet climate change goals, the need for nuclear generation in a diversified generation portfolio, and the problems facing nuclear power. Electricity pricing which primarily reflects short-run energy costs has forced the shut closure of some highly efficient nuclear plants that have substantial remaining life. without a change in electricity pricing or an increase in natural gas prices, more nuclear plants could close. Such closures could have severe impacts on electric reliability and the ability to reduce carbon emissions.

Rethinking Repository Siting
Dr. Charles Forsberg - MIT
A repository site should be viewed broadly to consider its components: SNF receiving, packaging, and disposal. Each of these functions requires people of differing skills and ancillary services. Developing each of these components at, or near, a disposal site could have great employment and economic development potential.


Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

The Integrated Grid: A Deep Dive
Courtright and Sowden
This panel discusses the use of inverters to better manage the power output of solar generators.

Update on the Physical Security Standards
Elstein and Fama
At FERC's direction, NERC has developed standards for providing physical security to the nation's electricity grid. This panel explains those proposed standards.


Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal

Reliability Planning and Base Load Issues

Reliability Planning and Base Load Issues
Kathleen Barron - SVP, Federal Reg Affairs & Wholesale Market Policy, Exelon


Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal

Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal
Richard Myers


Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Are We Entering a New Stage of Wind Generation?

A Continued Role for Wind: A Utility's Perspective
Dave Sparby, Xcel Energy

Renewables in a Post-PTC World
Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute

U.S. Land-Based Wind Energy
Sam Enfield, MAP


Business Meeting

Quadrennial Energy Review: An Update
Larry Mansueti, DOE

The Utility of the Future and the Role of Energy Efficiency
Steve Nadel, ACEEE


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

CenterPoint Energy's Clean Air Technology Program
Debbie Korenek, CenterPoint Energy

Competition vs. Regulation
Britta Gross, GM

EV Charging and Competitive Markets
Michael Krauthamer, nrg

The Public and Grid Benefits of Intelligent Transportation Electrification
Max Baumhefner, NRDC


Modern Utility Industry, Modern Solutions

Connecting the US Energy Network to the 21st Century
Ken Daly, National Grid New York

Exploring Alternative Utility Business Models
Mike Messenger, Itron

Modern Solutions "Adaptive Regulation"
David O'Brien, BRIDGE Energy Group

Reforming the Energy Vision
Hon. Audrey Zibelman


National Climate Assessment

What Risks Lie Ahead for the Energy Sector?
Sue Tierney, Analysis Group


Pioneering the Value of Solar

Minnesota Value of Solar
Matt Schuerger

The Value of Solar Tariff
Karl Rabago, Pace Energy and Climate Center


Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Energy Storage Technology Review

Envisioning State Regulatory Roles in the Provision of Energy Storage
Tom Stanton, NRRI


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

Geothermal's Value in a Changing Energy Market
Bob Sullivan, ORMAT


Wind: The Other Texas Energy Success Story

Wind: The Other Texas Energy Success Story
Jason Minalga, Invenergy


Committee on Gas

Business Meeting

Business Meeting (Xcel and Spreadboss)
Kurt Haegar; Spreadboss


LNG

LNG
Mike Hightower; Guy Braden; David Schryver; Bob Ineson
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 Labs.


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

Methane Emissions in Transmission and Distribution: What Can be Done?
Roger Fernandez; Jill Cooper; Mark Brownstein; Bruce Paskett
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?


Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement--Commissioner for a Day

Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement--Commissioner for a Day (All)
Henry P. Longinfelter; Todd Snitchler; Denise Vandiver; Ron Edelstein; Rory Miller
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?"


Pipeline Safety: Cross Bores: The Next Safety Frontier

Pipeline Safety: Cross Bores: The Next Safety Frontier
Mark Bruce; Jim Marean
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.


Quadrennial Energy Review

Quadrennial Energy Review
Larry Mansueti
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 suppliers 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.


The Polar Vortex of the Winter of 2014: Analysis & What We Have Learned

The Polar Vortex of the Winter of 2014: Analysis & What We Have Learned (All)
Tony Clark; Gary Helm; Mark McCullough
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.


Staff Subcommittee on Gas

AGA Report on Lost and Unaccounted for Gas

AGA Report on Lost and Unaccounted for Gas
Lori Traweek
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.


Quadrennial Energy Review

Quadrennial Energy Review
Larry Mansueti
On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). This fi rst-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.


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

Safe & Sound: What Next-Generation Technologies Will Offer the Future of Pipeline Safety
Ron Edelstein
GTI will discuss exciting advances in GPS-based technologies, failure and consequence database analyses, smart pigging technology, and locating devices that are making and will make the natural gas distribution system even safer than it is today.


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

Why Don't You Build Me Up, Buttercup: Required Investments in Natural Gas Infrastructure Panel
Kyle Rogers; Richard Hoffmann; Tony Radoszewski; Rob McCullough
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.


Committee on International Relations

The Status of Utility Regulation in Thailand
Hon. Dr. Direk Lavansiri - Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand


Energy Reform in Mexico

Energy reform in Mexico: an overview
Hon. Francisco Xavier Salazar - President, Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico

Mexican Energy Reform- A View from the Private Sector
Vania Laban, GDF Suez

The Future of the Energy Reform in Mexico
Leonardo Beltrán - Undersecretary of Planning, Energy Secretariat of Mexico


Energy Trade Across the US-Mexico Border

Energy Integration in North America
Cristina Kessel, IEnova

The US-Mexico Border Energy Forum
Soll Sussman - Coordinator, US-Mexico Border Energy Forum

US-Mexico Cross-Border Trade in Texas
Joel Mickey - Dir. of Market Design and Development , Energy Reliability Council of TX (ERCOT)


Northern Lights The Electric Relationship Between the U.S. and Canada

Hydro Power from Canada
David Cormie - Division Manager, Power Sales and Operations, Manitoba Hydro

MISO - The International ISO
Brian Rybarik, Regional Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

US-Canada Border Trade: The View from New England
Eric Johnson - Director, External Affairs, ISO New England


Committee on Telecommunications

COLR in an IP World?

COLR in an IP World?
Peter Bluhm-Consultant & Principal, Berkshire Telecommunications Consulting
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.

COLR in an IP World?
Paul Vasington-Director State Public Policy, Verizon
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.


Committee on Telecommunications Business Meeting

Committee on Telecommunications Business Meeting
2014 Winter Minutes


Fixed Wireless Technology

Fixed Wireless Technology
Lewis Bergman-President, Texas Communications
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.

Fixed Wireless Technology
Paul Vasington-Direction of State Public Policy, Verizon
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.

Fixed Wireless Technology
Ken Schifman-Senior Counsel & Director State Government Affairs, Sprint
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.


Internet of Things

Internet of Things
Sandra Goeken-Miles-President, Goeken Group of Companies

Internet of Things
Don Dulchinos, President, Smart Home & Away LLC

Internet of Things
Jonathan Spalter-Chairman, Mobile Future


IP Transition Trials: Consumer Options and Awareness

IP Transition Trials: Consumer Options and Awareness
Frank Simone-AVP-Federal Regulatory, AT&T
"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?


Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity
John McClain, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
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.

Cybersecurity
Clete Johnson-Chief Counsel, Cyber Security, Federal Communications Commission
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.

Cybersecurity
Neil Hershfield-Deputy Chief, ICS-CERT, Cyber Security & Communications
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.

Cybersecurity
James Brenton-Regional Security Coordinator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas
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.

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.


Subgroup Reports-Consumer Issues

Subgroup Reports-Consumer Issues
Karlen Reed, Massachusetts


Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access

Presentation

Preparing the Next Generation – Utility Mentoring Program
Jerry Norcia, President & COO DTE Electric and Gas Storage & Pipelines
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.

the Important Role of MWDVE Investment Banks in the Merger and Acquisition of Investor Owned Utilities
Mr. Thomas Rosen, Managing Director, Power, Utilities, & Energy, Loop Capital
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.