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Monday, February 15, 2016

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.
“Smart” Ways to Manage Water: The Benefits of Cloud Computing
The water utility industry is increasingly exploring the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure to provide better customer service and increase operational efficiency. Advanced analytics enable water utilities to deliver important benefits such as eliminating leaks and inefficiencies, lowering operating costs, and improving water conservation. Recent developments in “cloud computing” enable water to utilities to bring together various information technology systems to leverage data sharing, analysis, and interoperability for the benefit of customers. Come learn about the cloud and how it can improve the water industry.

Moderator: Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois
Fred Butler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Butler Advisory Services
Jim Jenkins, Vice President, Regulatory and Public Policy, American Water
Jeffrey Katz, Chief Technology Officer for Energy and Utilities Industry, IBM
Cloud Provider, TBD


1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Is the Price Right?: Maintaining the Affordability of Water Service
Utilities face various factors that place upward pressure on rates. Whether it is replacing aging infrastructure, addressing storm preparedness and storm damage, instituting conservation measures, implementing government mandates, utilities and their economic regulators must balance such pressures and maintain the affordability of water service. The panelists will draw upon their diverse backgrounds to discuss the various factors placing upward pressure on rates and how those factors can be balanced with maintaining affordable rates for water service.

Moderator: Hon. Kenneth Hill, Tennessee
Jan Beecher, Director, Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University
Alan Roberson, Director of Federal Relations, American Water Works Association
Susan Satter, Public Utilities Counsel to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Karla Teasley, Vice President, Customer Service, American Water


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule: What Effects Could it Have on Water Utilities?
The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule revised the definition of WOTUS for all Clean Water Act programs. How will the rule affect water utilities in the provision of affordable water services? The panel will discuss the rule and the ramifications for water utilities and the Commissions that regulate those utilities.

Moderator: Hon. Robert Powelson, Pennsylvania
Hon. Randy Randall, South Carolina
Jonathan Wood, Environmental Staff Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Brandyn Hancocks, Compliance Manager, Golden State Water Company
EPA Representative, TBD


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Business Meeting
Items of Business of the Water Committee will be covered, including discussion and action on resolutions and approval of the minutes from the Annual Meeting. Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, WRF, NRRI, and NARUC’s Rate School.



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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