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Tuesday, February 16

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break
Ballroom Foyer

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Committee on Water
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Renaissance West A
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Commissioners’ Roundtable
The Commissioners’ Roundtable is an opportunity for Commissioners to have an open discussion regarding current issues, water utility trends, and ideas for the future of water utility regulation.

Moderator: Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw, Nevada


1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Safe and Secure: Maintaining the Security of our Water Utilities
(JOINT MEETING with Committee on Critical Infrastructure)

Recent events have highlighted the importance of maintaining the security of utility services. Access to safe sources of water is critical for maintaining health and safety. Water utilities face both physical and technological threats. What are water utilities doing to address those threats? The panelists will give their perspectives on the security threats faced by water utilities, how those threats are being and will be addressed, and the role of utility commissions.

Moderator: Hon. Carolene Mays-Medley, Indiana
Michael Arceneaux, Managing Director, Water Information and Sharing Analysis Center
Nick Santillo, Director of Physical and Cyber Security, American Water
Kevin Tingley, P.E., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Security Division


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
What’s it Worth to You?: Valuation of Water Systems
At the NARUC Annual Meeting in Austin, the Water Committee heard about advancements in leak detection and water utility pipeline condition assessment. This session will follow up and delve into how such assessments translate into the larger issue of water utility valuation. Anthony Festa will discuss valuations methods and procedures for water utilities, including case studies.

Moderator: Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey
Panelist: Anthony Festa, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services


4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Like a Well-tuned Machine: The Role of Energy Efficiency for Water Utilities
Energy efficiency is an important consideration for water utilities. What are water utilities implementing in terms of energy efficiency? What is driving the implementation of energy efficiency measures? Are water utility customers realizing any benefits from energy efficiency? The panelists will discuss these issues and their experiences with energy efficiency.

Moderator: Hon. John W. Betkoski, III, Connecticut
Ernest Jolly, Energy Chief, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
Elizabeth Watson Keddy, Energy Manager, SUEZ North America
Robert MacLean, President, California American Water and Hawaii American Water


10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Committee on Telecommunications
Ballroom North
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
FCC Bureau Chiefs

Moderator: Hon. Catherine Sandoval, California
Matthew DelNero, Bureau Chief, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau
Travis LeBlanc, Bureau Chief, FCC Enforcement Bureau
Karen Peltz-Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief, CGB
David G. Simpson, Rear Admiral (Ret.), USN, Bureau Chief, FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau


1:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lifeline and Coordinated Enrollment
Assuring limited resources are appropriately targeted to consumers in need is at the heart of the federal Lifeline program. This is especially true as the Federal Communications Commission looks to expand its support to broadband services. This panel will address the eligibility coordinated enrollments and provide best practices. Panelists will also discuss:
  • How to incent States to develop dependable means-tested processes to verify consumer Lifeline eligibility?
  • Does the FCC have the authority to utilize universal service funds to finance the development and implementation of Lifeline eligibility verification systems at the State level?
  • Should the FCC require standards or let the States decide?
Moderator: Hon. Ronald Brisé, Florida
Rick Boucher, Honorary Chairman, Internet Innovation Alliance
David Hostetter, Assistant Vice President - Public Policy, AT&T
Randolph May, President, The Free State Foundation
Mark Rubin, Senior Executive for Government Affairs, TracFone Wireless
Nicol Turner-Lee, PhD, Vice President and Chief Research & Policy Officer, Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council


2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Session: Briefing on USAC Program Activities
JOINT MEETING with Telecommunications and Consumer Affairs Committee

The Telecommunications and Consumer Affairs Committee members and staff will convene a briefing hosted by Universal Service Administrative Company leadership for an update regarding the administration of all four Federal Universal Service fund program areas including contributions. This session is intended to elicit feedback from Commissioners and staff on USAC’s administration of these program areas. This briefing is for State Commissioners and staff only.

Moderator: Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho


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)


10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Committee on Gas
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Congressional Ballroom
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Reliability and Regional Coordination in Changing Gas and Electric Markets
Many natural gas-fired electricity generating units in the Midwest and the Northeast could not meet their commitments to produce energy in the last two winters because they could not obtain the fuel they needed to run. These types of fuel-related outages are particularly concerning because the electric industry’s reliance on gas-fired generation is on the rise due to the low gas prices ushered in by the shale-drilling boom and stringent environmental regulations affecting coal-fired power plants. How have the electric and gas and industries, State and federal regulators and RTOs/ISOs responded to these challenges, and what, if anything, should they do differently going forward? Electric/Gas Coordination Panel will focus on three buckets: (A) Reliability, (B) Regional Coordination, and (C) Adaptation to Change.

Moderator: Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York
Philip Moeller, Senior Vice President, Edison Electric Institute; Former FERC Commissioner
Michelle A. Bloodworth, Executive Director, External Affairs MISO
Richard Smead, Managing Director Advisory Services, RBN Energy, LLC
Matt Paul, Executive Director, Generation Optimization and Corporate Fuel Supply, DTE Energy


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Evolution of Hydraulic Fracturing
The technology of Hydraulic Fracturing (“fracking”) was introduced several decades ago. Yet, in recent years we have seen the debate over this technology continue and, sometimes, intensify. This intensity begs for continuing an open and frank discussions about fracking. The participants of this panel will discuss fracking from different viewpoints including economic, environmental and social considerations.

Moderator: Hon. Jolette Westbrook, Massachusetts
Hon. Robert Anthony, Oklahoma
Rick Simmers, Chief Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas (invited)
Jim Tramuto, Vice President - Governmental & Regulatory Strategies, Southwestern Energy, representing the Natural Gas Supply Association
Andrew Williams, Environmental Defense Fund


4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
“In God We Trust, All Others Must Bring Data.” William Deming
(JOINT MEETING with the Committee on Critical Infrastructure)

We need data for almost everything we do as regulators. But how do we protect and take control of our data? It is not just retailers and banks who are at risk. How can gas utilities and operators maintain proper safeguards of customer data, SCADA access, and operational control?

Hon. Dianne Solomon, New Jersey
Hon. Nick Wagner, Iowa
Magnus Borg, Nisource
John Bryk, DNG-ISAC
Mark Dowd, InfoGPS Networks
Brad Merlie, Piedmont Natural Gas
Adam Sedgewick, NIST


10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Committee on Energy Resources and Environment
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Renaissance East/Central
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Business Meeting
Hon. James Gardner, Kentucky
Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota
Hon. Donna Nelson, Texas

Wally Nixon, Commissioner’s Legal Advisor, Arkansas
Dan Delurey, Wedgemere Group, “The Evolution of Demand Response Dialogue Project”
Ron Edelstein, Gas Technology Institute
Ruth McCormick, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook”
Lauren Ross, ACEEE, “Multifamily EE Program”
Tom Stanton, National Regulatory Research Institute
Barbara Tyran, Electric Power Research Institute



1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Are You Ready for the Distribution System Evolution?
A diverse set of distributed energy resources is beginning to reshape infrastructure planning, grid operations, markets, and regulation. This panel offers a practical three-stage framework to assist State Commissioners as they plan for and guide the evolution of utility distribution systems.

Panelists will discuss actions that State regulators can take now to plan and develop a preferred distribution system tailored to meet the objectives of their jurisdiction, recognizing that safety, reliability, and efficient operation remain paramount. Potential models for a future operation of distribution systems will also be discussed, including an independent system operator versus the utility serving in that role.

Panelists include the authors of a new report for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "Distribution Systems in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future: Planning, Market Design, Operation and Oversight." The report is part of an innovative Future Electric Utility Regulation series funded by DOE that examines issues facing the electric industry with changing technologies, customer trends, and State and federal policies. The Manager of Distribution Planning for EPRI will tie the Integrated Grid work underway at EPRI with the findings of the new report.

Moderator: Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota
Paul De Martini, Senior Fellow, ICF International
Lorenzo Kristov, Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy, CAISO
Jeff Smith, Manager, Power System Studies, Electric Power Research Institute


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Shared Renewables and Community Solar
Although solar and other renewable resources deliver benefits across the country, the traditional panels-on-your-roof approach to solar simply doesn't work for the majority of Americans. The participation of families and businesses that rent, those with low credit scores, and those with shaded rooftops is limited. However, well-designed shared renewable energy programs can connect these Americans with the clean energy they want. Whether or not they own a suitable rooftop themselves, consumers would be able to subscribe to a local clean energy project and receive credit on utility bills for their portion of the clean power produced. This panel looks to address lessons learned from community solar programs.

Moderator: Hon. Ellen Nowack, Wisconsin
Sara Baldwin, Director, Regulatory Program, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Dan Chwastyk, Utility Strategy Manager, Solar Electric Power Association
Aakash Chandarana, Regional VP of Rates and Regulation, Xcel Energy


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After the Paris Climate Talks
(JOINT MEETING with the Committee on International Relations)

The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) reached a landmark agreement setting a goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees C. Meeting this goal will require a carbon-neutral world within a few decades. This panel will review the outcomes of COP21 and the implications for the United States. Panelists, all of whom were at COP-21, will discuss the overall agreement, the role of carbon trading in future compliance efforts and the path to implementation.

Moderator: Hon. Anne Hoskins, Maryland
Jonathan Pershing, Principal Deputy Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, US Department of Energy
Hon. Ann McCabe, Illinois
Steve Rose, Sr. Project Manager-Global Climate Change, Electric Power Research Institute


11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Commissioner Only Business Luncheon (Commissioners Only)
Renaissance West B
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Commissioner Emeritus Luncheon
MR 12-14
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Networking Break
Ballroom Foyer
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Networking Break
Ballroom Foyer