Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

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Sunday, February 14

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 ( 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