Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment

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Sunday, February 14

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Ballroom South
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Who’s Demanding Demand Charges
(JOINT MEETING with the Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design)

Come start your Sunday morning with a rollicking conversation on residential demand charges! This session explores the growing interest in (and seemingly staunch opposition to) demand charges for residential and small commercial customers. Presenters will offer multiple perspectives that will prime our open conversation about: What’s going on with demand charges? Why do demand charges (or not)? Who benefits from demand charges (or not)?
Bring your own coffee (or not).

Moderator: Chris Villarreal, Director of Policy, Minnesota PUC
William Malcolm, AARP
Danny Waggoner, Senior Associate, Advanced Energy Economy
RMI (invited)


10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
What’s Headed Home and Who’s on First? – Customer-side Capabilities Coming to the Modern Grid
Grid modernization is bringing all kinds of new capabilities to the customer, but many questions remain. Who will choose the capabilities that get offered? Who will do the offering? Who will be in control? What will be the desired, appropriate, and just and reasonable roles for customers, for appliance and energy management system manufacturers, for third parties including aggregators, and for regulated utilities or their contractors? This panel offers an early look at these issues, through the lens of smart thermostat devices, and the opportunities they are already starting to deliver.

Moderator: Wally Nixon, Commissioner’s Legal Advisor, Arkansas PSC
Rick Counihan, Head, Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, NEST
Ben Freas, Senior Research Analyst, NAVIGANT