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Sunday, February 14, 2016

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staff Subcommittee on Electricity and Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability
Ballroom South
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Who Has Jurisdiction? Legal Roundtable
The evolution of the electricity market, including the growth of RTOs/ISOs, environmental policies, and technological changes, has caused some to question the boundary between federal jurisdiction and State jurisdiction. The panelists will discuss the limits of State action, as well as federal action, through the discussion of pending cases in the United States Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Moderator: Kim Duffley, North Carolina
Larry Eisenstat, Partner, Crowell & Moring, LLP
Roger Martella, Partner, Sidley Austin, LLP
Erin Murphy, Partner, Bancroft PLLC
Jennifer Murphy, NARUC Assistant General Counsel
Ari Peskoe, Harvard Law School, Environmental Policy Initiative


2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
How Reliable is Transmission Compared to Distribution and What do Power Interruptions Really Cost Customers?
Drawing on information collected by the IEEE Distribution Reliability Working Group and the US Energy Information Administration, Joe Eto will shed light on the oft-repeated adage that 90 percent of all interruptions originate from within distribution (in fact, it’s much higher). He will also introduce an updated, web-based tool that estimates the economic costs of power interruptions borne by customers and then show how these estimates may be used to support reliability value-based planning.

Moderator: Patricia Poli, Michigan
Panelist: Joe Eto, Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Final NERC Report on Essential Reliability Services
In December 2015, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released the final report of the Essential Reliability Services Task Force (ERSTF). The task force had ambitious goals: one was to develop new metrics to guide system operators in gauging the health of the bulk electric system (BES) as it responds to a rapidly evolving resource mix; and another equally important goal was to convey the highly technical findings of the ERSTF in a variety of formats, so that regardless of technical background, the reader can understand the underlying conclusion, that the BES needs time to adjust.

The metrics defined by the ERSTF provide granularity in assessing the ongoing function of the three main indicators (i.e., the three essential reliability services) of a healthy grid: providing frequency support, ramping capability, and voltage control. For those who need help in conceptualizing essential reliability services, NERC created 3 short videos that do an excellent job describing these concepts with relatable analogies. In this update, NERC will describe the current and future efforts of the ERSTF and will demonstrate one of the educational videos.

Moderator: Patricia Poli, Michigan
Panelist: John Moura, Director, Reliability Assessment and System Analysis


4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Update on the National Electrical Safety Code
The 2012 edition of National Electric Safety Code (NESC) was updated recently and the 2017 edition will be released in late 2016. In this session, find out about the State of the NESC Code and discover why State Commission involvement is important in the NESC code revision process. A couple of examples showcasing State partnerships will be highlighted. First, Jorge Camacho, a D.C. Public Utility Commission staffer, will describe his experience representing State government on NESC code revision committees. Sue Vogel will give an overview of the programs the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) staff implements around NESC (inspections, audits, joint pole use). The OPUC partnered with the Oregon Joint Use Association (www.ojua.org) to address joint use pole issues to coordinate conflict resolution, inspections, and corrections. This mutually beneficial relationship may provide a model for other States.

Moderator: Patricia Poli, Michigan
Sue Vogel, Senior Manager, NESC IEEE Standards Association
Michael J. Hyland, Chair, NESC Committee, Sr. Vice President, Engineering Services, American Public Power Association
Jorge Camacho, Chief Infrastructure and System Planning, D.C. Public Service Commission


4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Update from FERC
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff will explain some pending rulemakings.

Moderator: Kim Jones, North Carolina
Panelist: Cameron Schilling, Division of State, International & Public Affairs, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission



Monday, February 15, 2016

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Committee on Electricity
Ballroom Central
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Realizing the Value of Solar
What strategies and technologies can we employ to wring the most value out of solar electric generating facilities?

Moderator: Hon. Libby Jacobs, Iowa
Dr. Deepak Divan, Varentec, Chief Scientist and Founder
Kevin Kushman, COO of Integral Analytics
Jeff Smith, Electric Power Research Institute


1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management
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1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Opening Remarks

Hon. Brian Kalk, Subcommittee Chair, North Dakota
Hon. Asim Haque, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Ohio


1:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Kemper County Reflections
An overview of the subcommittee’s recent trip.

Hon. John Quackenbush, Michigan
Ivy Wheeler, NARUC


1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
The Allam Cycle
A near-zero emissions technology that converts lignite to synthetic gas that combusts in a stream of oxygen. This technology is highly efficient because it replaces steam with high-pressure carbon dioxide as the working fluid that drives the generator.

Panelist: Wade Boeshans, President & General Manager, BNI Coal, Ltd.


1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Chemical looping process for electricity

Panelist: Dr. Andrew Tong, Ohio State University


2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

Panelist: Paul Bailey, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Technology Innovations in the Transforming Power System

EPRI will provide an overview of the technology innovations anticipated over the next decade, including the changing role of customers and an update on EPRI’s Integrated Grid analysis.

Moderator: Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina
Panelists: Michael Howard, President & CEO, Electric Power Research Institute


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
How and when will NERC and its regional entities assist States in developing Clean Power Plan compliance plans?
In developing the final rule of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the US Environmental Protection Agency incorporated additional measures that purportedly serve to ensure that reliability of the bulk power system is not compromised through CPP compliance. These additional measures were meant to allow for planning, implementation, and the integration of actions needed to address reliability while reducing emissions. Of particular interest to States is the new requirement that States demonstrate a consideration of reliability in plan construction through consultation with State reliability or planning agencies. The final rule also provides for a reliability safety valve, which is more to address unforeseen emergencies rather than the cumulative reliability impacts from State compliance plans.

Will these measures preserve reliability of the bulk power system through the CPP compliance period? What else could the US EPA have done to ensure that reliability is protected? How do States demonstrate that they have considered reliability when crafting a State plan? What guidance will planning authorities provide? Will the reliability safety valve work? What reliability analyses will/can be conducted to assist States going forward?

We’ve collected a panel of experts to answer these questions and provide guidance. NERC will provide an update on a soon-to-be published guidance document for States titled Reliability Considerations for Clean Power Plan Development; NERC regional entities representing SERC, WECC, and RF will provide regional perspectives on assistance to States in developing a reliability assessment; and two RTO’s - representing a region of predominantly traditionally regulated states (MISO) and deregulated States (PJM), will share their modeling efforts and how States can use this information.

Moderator: Hon. Asim Haque, Ohio
Gerry Cauley, President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Mike Kormos, Ex. VP and COO, PJM
Tim Gallagher, President and CEO, RF
Scott Henry, President and CEO, SERC
Clair Moeller, Ex. VP of Transmission and Technology, Midcontinent Independent System Operator
Jim Robb, CEO, Western Electricity Coordinating Council


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Committee on Electricity
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Ballroom Central
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Nuclear Issues
Movement + Modernization = Momentum on Storage for Nuclear Waste: Acting Assistant Secretary Kotek will discuss developments, including the new consent-based siting initiative (kick-off meeting January 20, 2016), the White House Nuclear Summit, and the launch of Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN).

A representative from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will discuss advanced nuclear technologies, including small modular reactors.

Hon. Ann McCabe, Illinois
James Spearman, Staff Subcommittee Chair, South Carolina
John Kotek, Assistant Department of Energy Secretary
Jennifer Uhle, Director, Office of New Reactors, Nuclear Regulatory Commission


1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wholesale Electric Markets: A Hard Look
Congressional leaders and State regulators are raising fundamental issues about the organized wholesale electricity markets. Are these markets effective at providing economic and reliable electricity capacity? Are the markets hastening baseload plant retirements? Have States lost control over generation decisions? The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Maryland’s proposal to encourage generation in its State via a contract for differences approach is preempted by the Federal Power Act. The panelists will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the current markets.

Moderator: Lawrence Brenner, Commissioner Emeritus
William Berg, Vice President, Wholesale Market Development, Exelon
Sue Kelly, CEO, American Public Power Association
John Moore, Senior Attorney, Sustainable FERC Project, NRDC
Pallas LeeVanSchaick, Vice President, Potomac Economics Ltd.
Gordon van Welie, President and CEO, ISO-New England


2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Business Meeting

Moderator: Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina


3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Business Meeting
On December 2, 2015, New York Gov. Cuomo directed the NY Dept. of State to establish a Clean Energy Standard to support that State’s environmental goals. Gov. Cuomo directed that the Standard should maintain the State’s existing zero-carbon electricity sources. In particular, he stated that “elimination of upstate nuclear facilities, operating under valid federal licenses, would eviscerate the emission reductions achieved…” A report recently confirmed that upstate nuclear plants avoided more than 15 million tons of carbon emissions and contributed more than $3 billion to the State gross domestic product. New York Chairperson Zibelman will discuss the NY Clean Energy Standard, the lessons that could benefit other States, the importance of building a bridge to achieve the climate objectives of the Clean Power Plan, and stakeholder support for implementing the plan.

Moderator: Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina
Panelist: Hon. Audrey Zibelman, New York


3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Business Meeting
How State Commissions can influence NERC’s reliability standards.

Moderator: Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina
Panelist: Hon. Asim Haque, Ohio


3:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Business Meeting
Update on EISPC activities.

Moderator: Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina
Hon. Elizabeth Fleming, South Carolina
Kerry Worthington, NARUC


3:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Business Meeting
Update on recent litigation.

Moderator: Hon. Edward Finley, North Carolina
Panelist: Jennifer Murphy, Assistant General Counsel, NARUC


4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
The Paris Climate Talks (Joint with ERE and IRC)