Staff Subcommittee on Gas

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Sunday, February 14

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Staff Subcommittee on Gas
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Renaissance West B
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
LDC Expansion
As States are looking into the appropriate process for extending gas LDC distribution systems to take advantage of the benefits associated with natural gas consumption, the discussion always comes back to the ratemaking treatment of costs. Oregon, like many other States is currently tackling the topic. The panel will address experiences both from the LDC and the commission perspective and get an update on the various efforts.

Lisa Gorsuch, Oregon
Andreas Thanos, Massachusetts
Bill Senter, VP Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Atmos Energy
Michael Fessler, Director Regulatory Affairs, UGI Utilities
Ken Costello, Principal Researcher, National Regulatory Research Institute


2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
LNG Updates
Dominion continues to face opposition from environmental groups. This presentation, co-sponsored by the NARUC LNG Working Group, will provide an update on LNG-related matters, including a construction status report by Dominion and an LNG market update.

Panelist: Bill Allen, Manager, Commercial Activities, Dominion Cove Point


2:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Sustainable Energy in America Factbook
A presentation by the Business Council for Sustainable Development on the 2016 Factbook produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Panelist: Ruth McCormick, Director Federal and State Affairs, Business Council for Sustainable Development


2:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Natural Gas Outlook
API will present on production trends, pricing and demand markets (ANGA merged into API effective January 1, 2016).

Panelist: Amy Farrell, Senior Director Market Development, American Petroleum Institute


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Future of Israel's Natural Gas Infrastructure
(JOINT MEETING with Committee on International Relations and Gas)

Israel has, for many years, been considered an "energy island.” Until recently, Israel relied primarily on imported coal to fuel its base load electric power generation. Recently, Israel has discovered large offshore domestic natural gas deposits. Can and should Israel shift away from its current energy structure to more reliance on both imported and domestic natural gas as a way to meet future demand for electricity for its growing economy? Israel will need to make smart natural gas investment decisions in the near future while considering likely future levels of demand, the costs and availability of sources of fuel supply, security of fuel supply, future development of alternative technologies, reliability, environmental effects, and land use. This panel will explore the history and current state of natural gas in Israel.

Moderator: Hon. Diane Burman, New York
William F. Hederman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U. S. Department of Energy
Brenda Shaffer, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Barry Smitherman, Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Nick Welch, Director, International Government Relations and Communications, Noble Energy, Inc.