NARUC Annual Meeting

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Annual Meeting
Nov 11-14, 2007
Washington DC

Saturday, November 10
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Telecomunications
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9:00 AM Closed Session
Staff discussion of issues
Dramatic announcement of election results
10:00 AM Open Session
Preliminary Matters
Review agenda
Other administrative matters
10:15 AM Subgroup Reports And Resolution Discussion
Technology - Peter Pescosolido (CT) / Gene Hand (NE)
Federal Legislation - Peter Bluhm(VT)
Federal Regulation - Joyce Davidson (OK)
State Regulation - Joel Shifman (ME)
Consumer Issues - Joe Witmer (PA)
Service Quality - John Ridgway (IA) / Julie Woodruff (TN)
10:45 AM Initial Presentation Of Resolutions
11:45 AM Reports From NARUC
Litigation Report - Brad Ramsay (NARUC)
Legislation Report - Brian O'Hara (NARUC)
12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM Panel I - State Of Competition - CLEC View
Moderator - John Ridgway (IA)
2:30 PM Continue Discussion Of Resolutions
3:30 PM Panel II - Report From The Mids
Moderator - Gene Hand (NE)
4:45 PM Adjourn

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Subcommittee on Education and Research

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM State to State Technical Assistance for Critical Infrastructure Protection (closed meeting)

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM On-Site Registration Open

Sunday, November 11
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast Sponsored by NRECA

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM On-Site Registration Open

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM NARUC/FERC Collaborative on Demand Response

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
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9:00 AM Introduction & Welcome Remarks
Sandra S. Sloane, Director of Consumer Services, New York Public Service Commission
9:15 AM Miscellaneous Reports
Nancy Brockway, NRRI
9:15 AM Resolutions
9:15 AM New Business
Annual Staff Committee Meeting
Best Practice, Linda Woods, CA Public Utilities Commission
Small Business Program, Karen Miller, CA Public Utilities Commission
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM State’s Roundtable (Closed Session)
Snap Update
12:00 PM Adjourn

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
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9:00 AM Reports By National Representatives
Separations (80-286) - Joel Shifman
FCC Report - Kirk Burgee
RUS Report - Ed Cameron
NTIA Report - Jim McConnaughey
NRRI Report - Scott Hempling
Universal Service (96-45) - Lori Kenyon
10:30 AM Final Staff Consideration Of Resolutions
12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM Panel III Forbearance Petitions
Moderator - Elijah Abinah (AZ)
2:00 PM Adjourn

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Staff Subcommittee on International Relations

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Water

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM New Commissioner Forum

12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Committee on Critical Infrastructure

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Committee on International Relations

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Committee on Consumer Affairs
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1:00 PM Introduction, Welcome Remarks, & The Year In Review – An Annual Report
Hon. Ron Jones, Director, Tennessee Regulatory Authority
1:15 PM Miscellaneous Reports
Data Collection Report, Beverly Barker, Idaho PUC
NRRI Update, Scott Hempling, Director
NARUC, Brad Ramsey
1:15 PM FCC
Brad Ramsey, General Counsel
Chris Mele, Legislative Director - Energy
Brian O’Hara, Legislative Director – Telecommunications, Technology, & Water
2:30 PM Achieving Maximun Energy Efficiency For Consumers
This timely and important session is organized to discuss some of the latest and most notable approaches by state commissions and electric utilities to advance energy efficiency, with a focus on the impact of such approaches on consumers. A must attend session!
Moderator: Hon. Katrina McMurrain, Florida PSC
Hon. Timothy Alan Simon, California PSC - Invited
John R. Perkins, NASUCA President & State of Iowa Consumer Advocate - Invited
Diane C. Munns, Executive Director, EEI Retail Energy Services Group - Invited
Dr. John A. Anderson, President & CEO, Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON)
3:15 PM Discussion Regarding The Revision Of Guidelines For Number Porting
A resolution is being introduced that recommends that the existing four-day interval for wireline-to-wireline number ports be reduced to one business day. The resolution observes that the current standard has been in place for ten years and that wireless carriers already port numbers in far less time. Join Consumer Affairs and its guests for a full discussion on the merits of the proposed resolution
Moderator: Hon. David Coen, Vermont PSB
Susan Jin-Davis, VP Corporate Development, Comcast
Helen Hall, Director Public Policy, Verizon
3:45 PM Break
4:00 PM California PUC’s Telecom Consumer Education Program
California has implemented an innovative multi-media education program to ensure that telecommunications consumers, particularly those that speak languages other than English, receive information about their rights and choices regarding telecommunications services. This program includes a media campaign and partnering with community-based organizations. The Committee invites you to join us for this well-developed, must-attend session.
Presenter: Hon. Rachelle Chong, CA Public Utilities Commission
4:30 PM Resolutions
5:00 PM Adjourn

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Washington Action Meeting

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Committee on Telecommunications

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Gas
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2:30 PM Joint Session Of The NASUCA Gas Committee And The NARUC Staff Subcommittee On Gas: A Discussion Of Natural Gas Market Manipulation Issues In Light Of Recent Enforcement Actions
3:30 PM Break
4:00 PM Call To Order/Business Meeting
Bob Gray (AZ), Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas
4:30 PM Staff Subcommittee Roundtable
5:00 PM Adjourn

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Networking Break

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM NARUC Commissioner/NASUCA Member Wine and Cheese Reception

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM NARUC Board of Directors Dinner (Board Members Only)

Monday, November 12
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM Board of Directors Business Breakfast Meeting

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast Sponsored by NRECA

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM On-Site Registration Open

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Staff Subcommittee on Administrative Law Judges

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Ad Hoc Committee on Utility Market Access
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1:00 PM Introduction & Welcome Remarks
The Honorable Harold D. Williams, Commissioner - Maryland Public Service Commission and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Utility Market Access
1:15 PM UMAP Awards
Deborah Matthews, Administrator-Edison Electric Institute
Jewel Smith, Manager - Centerpoint Energy
1:30 PM Ad hoc Committee Update
The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner South Carolina Public Service Commission
1:45 PM FTAA Discussion with Congressman Clyburn’s Office
The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner
Christopher Freitas, Department of Energy
2:00 PM Introduction of NUDC (National Utilities Diversity Council)
NUDC Structure
Jose Perez, President & Chief Executive Officer, NUDC
2:30 PM MOU Agreement Update
Tamara Walden, President - Walden Energy
2:45 PM Additional Reports
2:55 PM WRAP-UP and next steps
The Honorable Harold D. Williams
3:00 PM National Utilities Diversity Council’s Board Meeting

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Committee on Electricity

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Committee on Gas

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Committee on Telecommunications

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Committee on Water

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Staff Subcommittee on Executive Management

9:30 AM - 11:45 AM Staff Subcommittee on Law

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Networking Break sponsored by AUS Consultants

10:45 AM - 4:00 PM Committee on Consumer Affairs

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Commissioner and Commission Staff Luncheon
Sponsored by ITRON

Professor Andy Keeler, John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University, will present an overview and highlights of a National Regulatory Research Institute report on how federal climate policy is likely to affect state utility regulation, including pre-approval of compliance strategies, allocation of risks associated with new construction, and the effect of GHG regulation on ratemaking. The talk will discuss the importance of several key design parameters of a Greenhouse Gas cap-and-trade program, including allowance allocation, program administration, and cost containment mechanisms, in terms of their effects on commission decision-making and outcomes.
Note: This luncheon is for Commissioners and Staff Only

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Commissioner Emeritus Luncheon

1:15 PM - 3:00 PM Opening Session & Election of Officers

This session will have the NARUC Election of Officers and a special address by Mr. Patrick Esser, Chairman of Cox Communications. In addition, the co-chairs of the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency, The Hon. Marsha Smith and Mr. Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, will discuss the accomplishments of the second year of the Action Plan, preview new guidance materials, and outline a Vision to help the country achieve all cost-effective energy efficiency. The Action Plan is advancing the critical dialogue on removing barriers to energy efficiency and promoting policy and program best practices among gas and electric utilities, their regulators and partner organizations.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Networking Break (Sponsorship Available)

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Concurrent Educational Sessions

3:30 PM How Should Utility Generation Planning be Conducted in a Era of Economic and Environmental Uncertainty?
According to many experts, the United States is entering a new baseload generation building cycle similar to that which occurred in the late 1970s and 1980s, with this need for increased generating capacity driven by factors such as population growth, continued economic growth, and the increasing electrification of society. At the same time, there is increasing concern about the impact of conventional generating technologies on the natural environment, particularly given steadily rising public concerns about the effect that Greenhouse Gas emissions have on the earth’s climate, and an emphasis on the need to consider all relevant factors during the planning process. This session will examine the ways in which baseload generation plant construction decisions can and should be made in the current environment, including the factors that should influence the decision to construct new generation of various types in different parts of the United States, the manner in which the potential for Greenhouse Gas regulation and other uncertainties should be addressed as part of the planning process, the extent to which new generating technologies and non-generation alternatives can provide a realistic alternative to conventional generating technologies, the proper approach for addressing risks arising from the possibility that changed circumstances may render a proposed facility uneconomic, the impact of pre-approval statutes and similar legislation on the planning process, and the likelihood that any of the current generation-related uncertainties will be resolved or at least minimized in the near future.
The Hon. Ron Binz of Colorado
The Hon. Patricia Acampora of New York
Michael Schilmoeller, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Steve Winn, NRG
Doug Esamann, Duke Energy
Rich Cowart, Regulatory Assistance Project
3:30 PM Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)
This panel will have senior-level government and private-sector experts speak on topics dealing with the global issues associated with supplying and delivering LNG, with a special focus on the Pacific Rim. In addition, a report on the latest information on LNG Safety and Security Research will be presented by Sandia National Lab officials. The subject of LNG quality and interchangeability will be discussed.
Moderator: The Hon. Robert Keating of Massachusetts
Mike Zenker, Barclays Capitol
Thomas Blanchat, Sandia National Labs
Robert Wilson, KeySpan Energy
3:30 PM More Than a Tin Can on a String: Disaster Communications In the 21st Century
What methods of communicating during disasters are in widespread use, and how can reliance on those historical copper loop technologies be enhanced through implementation of new technologies? Hear examples of how the municipal Wi-Fi system still under development in Minneapolis was configured to aid rescue workers and others with enhanced communications capabilities in the hours immediately following the I-35 bridge collapse this past August. Hear how satellite communications as well as a number of FCC-approved services (WPS, GETS, and TSP) may be crucial additions to the arsenal of tools used by utilities and regulatory bodies to enhance their response during times of critical need.
Participants: The Hon. Lib Fleming of South Carolina
3:30 PM Understanding Forbearance Petitions
In light of a number of recent petitions filed at the Federal Communications Commission seeking forbearance from various regulations, this panel will help shed light on the forbearance process and what's at stake for regulators, companies and consumers. It will examine the increasing use of forbearance petitions by incumbent carriers in order to seek relief from various responsibilities they assumed under the 1996 Act, such as unbundling obligations for loop and transport per Section 251, and other requirements imposed by either Congress or the FCC. Some the areas to be explored include:
Is the methodology for examining competition used by the FCC, especially in the Qwest Omaha and ACS Anchorage cases, sufficient to address the inter- and intra-modal competition?
Are there other methodologies that would be more appropriate?
Are the approaches sufficiently granular to measure competition in a way that reflects the concerns of competitive carriers and potential end-use consumers in those MSAs?
Several States already have laws or regulations that allow State commissions to relieve the ILECs from legacy regulations as they encounter new competitions from cable and wireless industries, such as alternative regulation (AFOR) or competitive classification statutes. If a State commission has already acted, is it appropriate for the FCC to address similar issues at the federal level on interstate services and render a decision on similar areas of competition? What was the legislative intent of Section 10 on forbearance when it was enacted in the 1996 Act, what were meant by the specific standards in the statute, and did they intend to produce the current large number of petitions that we are now seeing?
Moderator: The Hon. Phil Jones of Washington
Craig J. Brown, Qwest Services Corp.
Randolph J. May, President, The Free States Foundation
Genevieve Morelli, Kelley Drye and Warren
William Haas, McLeodUSA
Chris White, New Jersey Division of Ratepayer Advocate
Doug Garrett, Cox Communications
3:30 PM What is the Role of Federalism in the Context of Greenhouse Gas Regulation?
Several States, either individually or collectively, have started addressing issues relating to the regulation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Although the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast is probably the best known of these programs, it is not the only State and regional effort intended to begin the process of reducing GHG emissions. The States involved in these efforts have made the fundamental policy decision that the need to address GHG emissions is urgent enough that they have taken action to limit such emissions without federal legislation or regulatory activity. However, the emergence of these initiatives raises a number of important issues, including the extent to which any efforts should be made to eliminate or minimize differences between such programs to facilitate uniformity or the achievement of other goals, what lessons can be learned from the experience with existing GHG regulatory efforts in the development of additional programs, how State and regional programs should be treated in the event that federal GHG regulation becomes a reality, and, the extent, if any, to which such State and regional efforts should be allowed to continue if GHG emissions become subject to regulation at the federal level.
Moderator: The Hon. Mark Sidran of Washington
Cathy Woollums, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
Andrea Coon, Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS)
Nancy Ryan, California Public Utilities Commission

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM President’s Reception supported in part by Comverge

Tuesday, November 13
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM MACRUC Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM MARC Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM NECPUC Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM SEARUC Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Western Breakfast

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast Sponsored by NRECA

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM On-Site Registration Open

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM General Session

This session will feature FERC Chairman, The Hon. Joseph Kelliher, Mr. Jeff Sterba, Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources and EEI Chairman and, Mr. Dan Hesse, Chairman and CEO, Embarq.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Break sponsored by Wolters Kluwer: CCH/Aspen Publishers

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Committee on Consumer Affairs
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11:00 AM Joint Meeting With Committee On Energy Resources And The Environment
Getting Smart With Meters: Are Consumers Ready For Dynamic Pricing?
Utility deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) offers many potential benefits from operational efficiencies to reduced market prices. Achievement of AMI’s full potential may require implementation of dynamic pricing strategies where retail consumers see the value of adjusting their demand when market prices are high. How can dynamic rates be designed to encourage effective customer demand response without unduly burdening consumers?
Moderator: Hon. Rick Morgan, DC PSC
Hon. Bob Lieberman, Illinois CC
Ahmad Faruqui, The Brattle Group
Roger Levy, Levy Associates
Janine Migden-Ostrander, Ohio Consumer Advocate
12:15 PM Adjourn

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Concurrent Educational Sessions

11:00 AM Getting Smart with Meters: Are Consumers Ready for Dynamic Pricing?
Utility deployment of advanced-metering infrastructure (AMI) offers many potential benefits, from operational efficiencies to reduced market prices. Achieving AMI's full potential may require implementation of dynamic-pricing strategies where retail consumers can see the value of adjusting their demand when market prices are high. How can dynamic rates be designed to encourage effective customer demand response without unduly burdening consumers?
Moderator: The Hon. Rick Morgan of the District of Columbia
The Hon. Bob Lieberman of Illinois
Ahmad Faruqui, The Brattle Group
Roger Levy, Levy Associates
Janine Migden-Ostrander, Ohio Consumer Advocate
11:00 AM Hacker's Chess in Cyber-Space: Protecting the Final Frontier...Checkmate?
This session will examine the role of cyber-security as it relates to the energy, telecommunications and water sectors. How concerned should regulators and utilities be about SCADA hacker threats? What federal resources are being devoted to improving cyber-security issues, particularly regarding the utility sectors? What steps can Commissions take to encourage regulated utilities to identify and mitigate cyber-security vulnerabilities? This session will examine actions regulators and utilities can take to help secure our nation's vital utility infrastructure.
Moderator: The Hon. Jim Sullivan of Alabama
11:00 AM The Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Gas Utilities In Today's Markets- Giving Customers More Choices, Options, and Opportunities
Tools for providing gas supply are available to utility commissions and gas utilities have evolved over the last decade. Examples include successful customer choice programs in Ohio and Georgia--each developed in a unique manner but have resulted with streamline choice programs. Dominion successfully instituted the first phase of exiting the merchant function in 2006-2007 when the load for over 300,000 residential customers was bid out in a series of tranches. Additionally, low-income customers are served in Ohio through a "PIPP" percent of income plan, wherein customers are protected from the high cost of natural gas. This panel will discuss various options that benefit customers by giving them competitive options while relieving LDCs of a degree of financial risk.
Moderator: The Hon. Don Mason of Ohio
Hank Linginfelter, AGL Resources
Jeffrey Murphy, Dominion East Ohio
Vince Parisi, Interstate Gas Supply
Anthony Cusati, III, Commerce Energy
Randy Magnani, Hess Corporation
11:00 AM Understanding Spectrum
This session will first tackle the basics of spectrum policy from allocation to service rules and licensing. Then it will explore spectrum hot topics including the upcoming 700 MHz auction, other spectrum on the way, the role of unlicensed spectrum offerings, and current federal regulatory trends.
Facilitator: The Hon. Maureen Harris of New York
Participant: Bryan Tramont, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
11:00 AM Water and Energy Interdependencies: How Convergences Can Lead to Efficiencies and Respond to Global Climate Change
Learn how energy management can be used as a vehicle for water and wastewater utilities to achieve cost savings while minimizing emissions, landfill applications and other adverse global impacts. Hear how water utilities are auditing their energy consumption and how energy utilities are assessing their water consumption. Hear how significant energy efficiencies are being realized by some of the largest water utilities in the country. Learn regulatory best practices to encourage maximization of convergences between water and energy utilities. Learn of innovative projects that can result in a number of invaluable water/wastewater/energy convergences, such as the production of renewable energy, recycling, contaminant reduction, preservation of surface and groundwater quality and reduced landfill application. Learn of current State programs geared toward improving water and energy systems.

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM Annual Convention Luncheon

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Board of Directors Meeting

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Staff Subcommittee on Law

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM NARUC/FERC Collaborative on Competitive Procurement

Wednesday, November 14
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast Sponsored by NRECA

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM On-Site Registration Open

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Committee on Consumer Affairs
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9:00 AM Joint Meeting With Committee On Telecommunications
DTV Transition: How Can States Help?
Soon, everything you’ll see will be DTV! On February 17, 2009, most television broadcast stations will stop broadcasting in analog and will only broadcast in digital! Is our nation ready? Whatever it is you need to know about the DTV transition, you will learn in this must-attend session such as: DTV Why now? The Digital Television Transition – What is it? What do I need to be ready for the transition? What is the Converter Box Coupon Program and How Does it Work? Plus, much more. While states do not have a direct role in this transition, commissions are uniquely positioned to help educate consumers and raise awareness. We look forward to seeing you at this very important informational session.
Moderator: Hon. Anne Boyle, Nebraska PSC
Debra Berlyn, Federal Regulatory Affairs Consultant, AARP
Marc Pearl, Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition
Rod Stoddard, NCTA - Invited
National Association of Broadcasters - Invited
Federal Communications Commission - Invited
9:45 AM Adjourn

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Concurrent Educational Sessions

8:30 AM DTV Transition: How Can States Help?
This joint session with Consumer Affairs could be held on the impending advent of the demise of analog TV. This transition will occur on February 18, 2009. While States do not have a direct role in this transition, commissions and other State agencies are uniquely positioned to help educate consumers and raise awareness.
Moderator: The Hon. Anne Boyle of Nebraska
8:30 AM The Importance of Making Ethical Choices
Attendees will view a live, spirited performance that will educate, entertain and lead to a lively discussion on assessing relevant ethically driven prohibitions and dealing with ethically sensitive situations, such as: violations of gift ban, ex parte communications, and the scope of government attorney-client privilege. A noted legal expert will examine the various aspects of these troubling situations and provide keen insights into the ethical standards that are at issue and need to be fostered. This is not the usual run-of-the-mill ethics lecture!
Moderator: Charles E. Box. Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission
Presenter: Robert K. Sall, Esq.,The Sall Law Firm, Laguna Beach, CA
With performances by Staff Subcommittee on Law/ALJ members:
William Binek, North Dakota Public Service Commission
Susan Cunningham, General Counsel, Kansas Corporation Commission
Paul Duffy, Legal Director, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Lyn Farmer, Chief ALJ, Arizona Corporation Commission
Christopher Kempley, Chief Counsel, Arizona Corporation Commission
Melissa Marland, Chief ALJ, West Virginia Public Service Commission Chief Counsel
Eve Moran, ALJ, Illinois Commerce Commission
Cheryl Walker Davis, Director, Office of Special Assistants, PA Public Utility Commission
Jason Zeller. Assistant Chief Counsel, California Public Utilities Commission

8:30 AM To "De-Couple:" Decoupling and Other Potential Regulatory Mechanisms in Efforts to Achieve Efficient Water Usage and Additional Societal Benefits
To what extent can decoupling assist water utilities maintain appropriate revenue levels while encouraging customers to use water more efficiently? In this session, you will hear of a decoupling proposal in California and learn how decoupling has been used in New York. Learn about what pitfalls may occur from a consumer advocate. This session will also discuss other regulatory mechanisms that could accomplish increased water efficiencies, such as alternative rate designs. Hear which mechanisms can be applied effectively in States where water is scarce or where water is more abundant but supplies may be constrained. Decide which mechanisms may be right for conditions in your State.
8:30 AM What Obstacles Exist Concerning the Siting of Wind Generation?
As a result of the increasing costs associated with the use of conventional generation, the increasing interest in the environmental impacts of conventional generation technologies, various improvements in turbine technology, and proposed federal and state legislation intended to facilitate the development of a cost-effective renewable generation industry, there has been considerable interest in expanding the extent to which wind generation is included in the resource portfolios of power suppliers. On the other hand, the siting of wind generation has become a contentious issue in many parts of the country. Opponents of wind generation challenge the siting of utility-scale wind facilities on both environmental and economic grounds. This session will address issues relevant to the siting of wind generation, including how the wind generation siting process works, what locations are and are not appropriate for wind generation facilities, whether transmission upgrades needed to deliver new wind generation to load can be financed and sited, how developers can address the legitimate concerns of local landowners, and whether the wind generation siting process can be improved.
The Hon. Pual Suskie of Arkansas
The Hon. Steve Oxley of Wyoming
Jim Luce, CTED
Bob Cupit, Minnesota, PUC

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Networking Break

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Facing the Economic Challenge of a National Climate Policy

Congress is poised to enact broad policies to put a price on carbon emissions. Whether a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade regime, National carbon policy will directly affect the cost and availability of energy supplies and services to American consumers. The closing session of this year's Annual Convention, once again convened jointly with NASUCA, will examine the groundbreaking analysis of the Electric Power Research Institute concerning the costs, options and trade-offs that industry, consumers representatives and regulators face as the price of carbon becomes integral to the energy economy. Following an overview of EPRI's work by Hank Courtright, a panel of regulators and consumer advocates will discuss options for addressing the future, including improved energy efficiency, expansion of non-emitting technologies such as renewable energy and new nuclear capacity, and technologies to capture and sequester carbon emissions. The group will also consider how the costs of carbon controls will be financed, how the allocation of emissions allowance will affect companies and consumers, and how markets for electricity and natural gas will need to adapt to accommodate new National policies.
Moderator: The Hon. Anne George of Connecticut
The Hon. Jimmy Ervin of North Carolina
The Hon. Rick Morgan of the District of Columbia
Mr. Hank Courtright, EPRI
Sonny Popowsky, Office of Consumer Advocate of PA
John Perkins, Office of Iowa Consumer Advocate

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Workshop) Shedding Light on Solar Technologies and Policies: An Overview for State Utility Commissions
RSVP to Julia Friedman ([email protected]) by October 21st
1:00 PM Introductions and Opening Remarks
Hon. Cheryl Buley, New York
1:10 PM Solar Technologies
These presentations will be a basis for understanding the costs, capacity, and deployment potential for various solar technologies including PV, Solar Heating and Cooling, and utility scale Concentrated Solar Power.
Mr. Thomas Thompson, NYSEIA
Travis Bradford, Prometheus Institute (invited)
1:50 PM Break
2:00 PM Solar Regulatory Policies
The panel will be a chance to learn in detail how various policies encouraging solar energy use are implemented. These include: net metering and interconnection standards, RPS and solar carve-outs, RECs, and other market and financial mechanisms. The session will highlight regional and market differences.
Mike Taylor, SEPA
Ryan Wiser, LBNL
Susan Gouchoe, NC Solar Center (invited)
3:15 PM Break
3:20 PM State and Industry Perspectives
This session will provide the audience with a detailed look at activities in New Jersey as well as a solar energy provider’s perspective
Hon. Fred Butler, New Jersey
Chris Cook, SunEdison (invited)
3:45 PM Q & A