Gear Up For MARC 2015 Milwaukee

June 7-10, 2015

Agenda

All events are located at the Pfister Hotel unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

12:00pm-4:30pm

Check-In/Registration

Pfister - Foyer/Coat Check

7:30am-3:00pm

Optional Activity - Golf Outing (additional cost)

Morningstar Golfer's Club, Waukesha, WI

12:00pm-2:00pm

Optional Activity - Sailing (additional cost)

S/V Denis Sullivan

5:00pm-9:00pm

Opening Reception

Welcome Remarks:

  • Phil Montgomery - MARC President and Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Secretary Scott Neitzel - Wisconsin Department of Administration

Harley-Davidson Museum

6:30pm-8:30pm

MISO Dessert Reception

Harley-Davidson Museum

Monday, June 8, 2015

7:00am - 5:00pm

Check-In/Registration

Foyer/Coat Check

7:00am- 8:15am

Breakfast

Imperial Ballroom

8:30am-10:00am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speakers:

  • Phil Montgomery - MARC President and Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch - State of Wisconsin
  • Attorney General Brad D. Schimel - Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Honorable Lisa Edgar - Chairperson of the Board, NARUC and Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission
  • Janet McCabe - Acting Assistant Administrator-Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Honorable Colette Honorable - Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Grand Ballroom

10:00am-10:15am

Networking Break

10:15am-11:45am

Cost Recovery & Grid Reliability in the Era of Distributed Generation

The growth of distributed generation (DG) resources, including solar photovoltaic, raises questions about whether current rate structures properly recover a utility’s fixed costs. Typically, rates are set such that a portion of utility fixed costs are recovered through variable energy charges. Customers with DG still depend on the distribution system and benefit from the utility’s generation capacity, but purchase less energy. A fundamental question facing regulators is ensuring that all customers (with or without DG) pay for their fair share of the distribution system and capacity resources. This requires balancing fixed cost recovery with other policy goals, such as promoting renewables and encouraging energy efficiency.

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey Ripp - Administrator, Division of Gas & Energy, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panelists:

  • Honorable Nancy Lange - Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • Kira Loehr - Executive Director & General Counsel, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Jim Blessing - Senior Director-Power Supply & Infrastructure Development, Ameren
  • Clark Gellings - Fellow, Electric Power Research Institute

Grand Ballroom

10:15am-11:45am

Energy Efficiency and Economic (& other Non-Energy) Benefits

Energy efficiency programs reduce utility bills, reduce emissions of multiple pollutants, enhance the economy and can provide a number of non-energy benefits, such as reduced maintenance cost, increase in sales, and reduced water use. Experts disagree on what benefits are appropriate for inclusion in cost-effectiveness tests of energy efficiency programs. This session will explore the various benefits of energy efficiency and how their inclusion can impact results of cost-effectiveness tests.

Moderator:

  • Charles Bicknell - Principal, The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Panelists:

  • Abby Vogen Horn - Vice President-Midwest/West Operations, Franklin Energy Services, LLC.
  • Jeanine Penticoff - Vice President, Alliant Energy
  • George Edgar - Former Director of Policy, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation

Henry VIII & Louis XIV

11:45am-1:15pm

Wisconsin Luncheon

Imperial Ballroom

1:30pm-3:15pm

Electric and Natural Gas Coordination and Constraints

Air quality standards as well as low natural gas prices have resulted in an increased focus on natural gas for electric generation. This panel will discuss issues related to gas scheduling, infrastructure and challenges the nation may be facing, and how the Midwest is prepared to meet the growing demand for natural gas.

Moderator:

  • Honorable William Kenney - Commissioner, Missouri Public Service Commission

Panelists:

  • Valerie Wood - President, Energy Solutions, Inc.
  • Jeff Hicken - Manager-Gas Trading & Dispatch, Alliant Energy Corporation
  • Sari Fink - Director-Market Development, America's Natural Gas Alliance
  • Craig Glazer - Vice President-Federal Government Policy, PJM Interconnection

Henry VIII & Louis XIV

1:30pm-3:15pm

Nuclear Waste - Disposal of Existing Spent Nuclear Fuel - A Path Forward

Yucca Mountain was established as the site for the nation’s deep geologic repository back in the 1980s. Since that time, billions of dollars have been collected from ratepayers and paid to the federal government by utilities, but to date - no repository. Will there ever be a repository? If so, will it be Yucca? The Bipartisan Policy Center has been conducting a nuclear waste initiative across the United States entitled “America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste.” It is going to great lengths to involve people, groups, and organizations with varying views and was designed to reinvigorate and expand the discussion on nuclear waste, identify barriers prohibiting progress on storage and disposal of the waste, and explore options to create a viable national strategy for its long-term and safe disposition. They will bring us up to date on what they are hearing and possible paths forward.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Mike Huebsch - Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panelists:

  • David Wright - Wright Directions, LLC
  • Tim Frazier - Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Mary Pietrzyk - Manager-Policy Development, Nuclear Energy Institute

Taft & McKinley

1:30pm-3:15pm

EPA's Clean Power Plan and its Potential Effects on System Reliability

Since the EPA’s proposed its Clean Power Plan last June, many parties have weighed in with questions and comments about the implications of the proposed rules for electric system reliability. Their impacts will ultimately differ around the country, depending on such things as the design of EPA’s final rule, a region’s mix of generating assets, the presence (or not) of a multi-state organized wholesale power market, decisions by states in preparing their State Plans, responses from the market, and possible mechanisms and tools to assure reliability. This session will review these reliability issues with a spotlight on the Mid-America region.

Presenter:

  • Susan F. Tierney - Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

Grand Ballroom

1:30pm-3:15pm

Commissioner Professional Development: Communicating Policy Issues within a Regulatory Framework: Strategies for Communicating Difficult Decisions Effectively (Commissioners Only)

Commissioners have to make challenging decisions in today’s intense social and political environment and then face an often daunting task of communicating these decisions to diverse and competing stakeholders. This highly interactive session builds upon results from a survey of commissioners that explored these issues in depth and introduces effective practices for communicating decisions to maximize buy-in from stakeholders. Attend this session to learn how other commissioners approach the most challenging aspect of their role and walk away with some new tools in your toolkit for communicating difficult decisions.

Facilitator:

  • Jeff Russell - Co-Director, Russell Consulting, Inc.

Roosevelt & Kennedy

3:15pm-3:30pm

Networking Break

3:30pm-4:30pm

Pipeline Safety: Infrastructure Integrity: Cast Iron & Aging Plastics - Here Today, What Tomorrow?

The panel will discussing current trends in pipeline safety regulations. Emphasis will be placed an current facility replacement programs geared towards improving pipeline safety. The future direction of rulemaking will also be discussed.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Brian Kalk - Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission

Panelists:

  • Matt Smith - Interim Pipeline Safety Program Manager, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Bob Leonberger - Pipeline Safety Program Manager, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • Harold Winnie - Manager- Community Assistance and Technical Services, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Chris Mele - Legislative Director-Energy, NARUC

Henry VIII & Louis XIV

3:30pm-4:30pm

The Role of Nuclear Power in Achieving Safe, Reliable, Low-Cost Compliance with Proposed 111d

With release of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan scheduled for this summer, what will be the role of our existing nuclear fleet going forward? What is the potential and/or real reliability impact? What can states and utilities do to address the issues and policies in their respective states and markets? Can states meet their electricity needs and carbon reduction goals without existing nuclear plants? If so, at what cost to ratepayers? How will nuclear, as well as other fuels and renewable energy sources, compete against cheap and plentiful domestic natural gas in a 111d world? This panel will answer these questions and more.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Mike Huebsch - Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panelists:

  • Honorable Greg White - Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Ajay Arora - Vice President Environmental Services & Generation Resource Planning, Ameren
  • Honorable Robert Kenney - Chairman, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • Vicky Bailey - Leadership Council, Nuclear Matters

Grand Ballroom

3:30pm-4:30pm

Staff Professional Development: Developing Employee Resilience (Commission Staff Only)

We live and work in a time of great uncertainty. Many of the old rules that we all used to play by have changed, and the new rules are still being written. In this highly interactive session, we’ll examine why resilience is so important to each of us at this time, identify the factors that influence our resilience, and identify specific steps we can take to strengthen our resilience. You will leave this session with a better understanding of the characteristics that will help us deal with the challenges ahead and a personal plan for taking steps to strengthen your resilience.

Facilitator:

  • Jeff Russell - Co-Director, Russell Consulting, Inc.

Roosevelt & Kennedy

6:00pm-8:00pm

President's Reception

Discovery World

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

7:00am - 4:30pm

Check-In/Registration

Foyer/Coat Check

7:00am- 8:15am

Breakfast

Imperial Ballroom

7:00am- 8:15am

MARC Commissioners Only Breakfast Business Meeting

Taft & McKinley

8:30am-10:00am

Critical Infrastructure Security

Keeping the critical elements of our nation’s infrastructure secure is of paramount importance. Federal and state agencies, along with utility and communications providers, work together to establish best practices to keep our energy and communications systems secure. Well-coordinated plans help critical response teams react appropriately at a moment’s notice, while engaging government partners as required. Participate with nationally recognized leaders in energy transmission, communications, and general infrastructure security in a discussion of the how, why, and what’s next of critical infrastructure security.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Ann McCabe - Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

Panelists:

  • Neil Hershfield - Deputy Director, ICS-CERT, Department of Homeland Security
  • Major General Donald Dunbar - Adjutant General, Wisconsin National Guard
  • Dale Steffes - Senior Security Specialist, American Transmission Company
  • Vernon Mosley - Senior Cybersecurity Engineer, Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Grand Ballroom

8:30am-10:00am

The Utility-Backed Renewables: Beyond RPS Compliance

The growth of customer-owned distributed generation has drawn much of the focus in the utility industry in recent years. However, utility-backed renewable energy will continue to play an important and dominant role in the future growth of renewable power. This panel seeks to explore alternative utility projects and renewable energy services that look to move beyond traditional regulatory compliance.

Moderator:

  • Greg Bollom - Assistant Vice President - Energy Planning, Madison Gas & Electric

Panelists:

  • Paul Johnson - Director-Resource Planning & Bidding, Xcel Energy
  • Jake Oelke - Vice President-Energy Services, WPPI Energy
  • Joel Schmidt - Vice President-Regulatory Affairs, Alliant Energy

Henry VIII & Louis XIV

10:00am-10:15am

Networking Break

10:15am-11:45am

NARUC Simulation Workshop: Regional Electromagnetic Events – Recovering from Catastrophic Impacts

Electromagnetic and geomagnetic events are in the news, and states will want to understand the risk in order to understand what to do about them. This highly interactive workshop helps participants explore what electromagnetic and geomagnetic events are, what they mean for utilities, what states can do to be ready even in the event of region-wide and multi-region catastrophes, and the ways we use mutual assistance to recover from the worst disasters.

Facilitator:

  • Miles Keogh - Director of Grants & Research, NARUC

Grand Ballroom

10:15am-11:45am

Broadband: the Role of States

State and local governments all around the country are playing a very important role in ensuring residents, businesses, and governments have access to broadband internet. However, recent developments at the FCC have raised the issue of what the role of states should be when it comes to broadband. States are in a difficult position because they are expected to actively help with promoting infrastructure deployment, but their jurisdiction in this matter has not been clearly defined. The issue is one of particular interest because some states have either fully or partially applied restrictions to municipality-owned services, while the FCC seeks to remove such restrictions. This session is a discussion on the role of states and broadband in general, and around restrictions applied by states to municipality-owned networks.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Chris Nelson - Vice Chair, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:

  • Honorable Tim Schram - Commissioner, Nebraska Public Service Commission
  • Charles Davidson - Director-Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLP), New York Law School
  • Honorable John Quackenbush - Chairman, Michigan Public Service Commission

Taft & McKinley

10:15am-11:45am

Emerging Technologies in Energy Storage and Microgrids

Energy storage has the potential to change the operation of the electric grid by facilitating greater distributed generation development opportunities. Similarly, microgrids, including customer-owned generation resources, are an increasingly emerging alternative or companion to the traditional power grid.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Dana Murphy - Commissioner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Panelists:

  • Brian Dillard - Executive Director-Systems Electronics & Integration, Johnson Controls
  • Professor Adel Nasiri - Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Frank Novachek - Manager-Planning and Technology Assessment, Xcel Energy
  • Jacqueline DeRosa - Director of Regulatory Affairs-West, Customized Energy Solutions

Henry VIII & Louis XIV

11:45am-1:15pm

North Dakota Luncheon

Imperial Ballroom

1:00pm-4:00pm

American Transmission Company - Pewaukee Tour

Tour of one of American Transmission Company’s control centers which monitors 9,500 miles of transmission and 530 electric substations. The control center coordinates planned and unplanned maintenance of facilities with customers to ensure it is done safely, and monitors the physical security of the transmission facilities.

ATC

1:15pm-4:00pm

We Energies Valley Plant Tour

Tour We Energies’ Valley Power Plant, which provides 280 MW of electricity to the grid and supplies steam to 300 customers in the downtown Milwaukee area. This co-generation plant utilizes an underground network of more than 18,000 feet of steam tunnels. The plant is in the process of converting from coal to natural gas. Unit 1 was completed in November 2014 and Unit 2 will be completed in 2015.

We Energies

1:30pm-3:00pm

Water: Changing Demand Patterns - Rate-Setting & Other Implications

Over the past several decades, society has become increasingly aware of the need to protect our finite supplies of freshwater. Along with shifts in economic factors, this awareness has contributed to dramatic declines in water use across North America, and changing demand patterns have created new challenges for the nation’s water utilities. This session will examine the implications for ratemaking and utility operations and potential tools for dealing with these challenges.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Sherina Maye - Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

Panelists:

  • Professor Janice Beecher - Director, Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University
  • Andrew Ulmer - Senior Director of Sales, WaterSmart Software
  • Frank Kartmann - President, Missouri American Water
  • Matt McCaffree - Director of State Regulatory Relations, National Association of Water Companies

Henry VIII & Louis XIV

1:30pm-3:00pm

Consumer Affairs: Innovative Approaches to Serving Low-Income Customers

Panelists will discuss technological and organizational innovations in serving low-income utility customers and customers facing other hardships. This session highlights collaboration between the public and private sector as a key to innovation in customer service.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Betsy Wergin - Vice Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:

  • Mike Mueller - Manager-Low Income Programs, We Energies
  • Amy Barrilleaux - Public Information Officer, Madison Water Utility
  • Monica Martinez - Founder and CEO, Ruben Strategy Group

Taft & McKinley

1:30pm-3:00pm

Demand Response: The Debate Lives On

Does FERC have the authority to set the price at which market operators compensate retail customers who lower their consumption of electricity during peak demand hours? And if so, is the price FERC set (full LMP) “arbitrary and capricious?” Those will be the questions posed to the U.S. Supreme Court justices now that they have agreed to review a lower court ruling on FERC’s Order 745. Will the Supreme Court find that FERC’s ruling went too far or will Order 745 be revived? The Obama Administration, environmentalists, and some large consumers applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to review the case, arguing that this is welcome news for our environment and our economy. Meanwhile, opponents of the rule argue that the rule is an overreach of FERC’s jurisdiction into retail ratemaking and creates subsidization without state approval. This panel will discuss what it means now that the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in and how to deal with the uncertainty until a decision is rendered.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Ellen Nowak - Chair, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panelists:

  • Bernard Neenan - Technical Executive-Energy Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute
  • John P. Hughes - Vice President-Technical Affairs, Electricity Consumers Resource Council
  • Dennis Derricks - Assistant Vice President-Regulatory Affairs, Integrys Energy Group
  • Matt O'Keefe - Director, Market Development & Regulatory Affairs-West, Opower

Grand Ballroom

3:00pm-4:30pm

Free time to explore and enjoy downtown Milwaukee

Milwaukee

4:30pm-5:30pm

Women in Energy Reception

Before making your way to the Closing Reception, all are invited to join your colleagues and network with women working in the energy industry. Enjoy a beautiful 360 degree view of Milwaukee's skyline along with cocktails, appetizers, and stimulating conversations! Hosted by Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. and Quarles & Brady LLP.

Quarles & Brady

6:00pm-8:00pm

Closing Reception - Monte Carlo / Casino Night

Imperial Ballroom

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

7:00am - 8:30am

Check-In/Registration

Foyer/Coat Check

7:00am- 8:30am

Breakfast

Imperial Ballroom

8:30am-10:00am

Coordination of Multistate Compliance on Federal Rules & Orders

There is an ever-increasing number of federal directives for compliance by utilities. State regulators must be able to quickly respond, often with limited resources, to these orders that involve significant issues, such as infrastructure security and crisis management, reliability of operations, energy markets, emission controls, and public safety. This session will focus on multistate opportunities for achieving cost-effective compliance and explore the benefits, and whether there are any potential drawbacks, of working with other state(s) to achieve optimal outcomes.

Moderator:

  • Doug Scott - Vice President-Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute

Panelists:

  • Lauren Azar - Attorney and Advisor, Azar Law LLC
  • Fredregill - Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS®)
  • Judi Greenwald - Deputy Director for Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Clair J. Moeller - Executive Vice President of Transmission , MISO

Grand Ballroom

10:00am-10:15am

Networking Break

10:15am-11:45am

RTO/CEO perspective: "How Does Management Balance Short Term Expectations with Long Term Planning?"

RTOs and utilities operate within a dynamic atmosphere and must balance varied stakeholder interests with innovative infrastructure changes, costs, and requirements – all while ensuring the lights will stay on. RTOs and utilities are required to maintain long-term reliability while operating in markets that provide short-term signals. These featured RTO and utility executives will share their perspectives on how they achieve an optimal outcome amidst changing expectations and planning criteria.

Moderator:

  • Honorable Elizabeth (Libby) S. Jacobs - Commissioner, Iowa Utilities Board

Panelists:

  • Richard Doying - Executive Vice President of Operations & Corporate Services, MISO
  • Terry Boston - President and CEO, PJM Interconnection
  • Sam Loudenslager - Principal Regulatory Analyst, Southwest Power Pool
  • Robert "Bert" Garvin - Senior Vice President-External Affairs, Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Grand Ballroom