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2019 Utility Regulation Conference
April 16-17, 2019
National Union Building
Resilience, Reform, and Renewables
What are the best business models for resilience as change accelerates in the utility sector? How does your company plan to keep up with the regulatory landscape?
ESSENTIAL REGULATORY INSIGHTS: In its fourth year, this executive conference showcases a wide range of strategies to address policy changes, industry risk, and technology disruption.
MAKE PROFITABLE DECISIONS: Learn how market participants and stakeholders in the utility sector monitor regulatory developments, prioritize opportunities, and strategize around challenges to increase value.
PLAN AMIDST UNCERTAINTY: Deconstruct complex issues facing utilities as power and gas markets and political environments shift, including: ● Renewable portfolio mandates ● Evolving rate design ● Grid reliability and security ● New policy direction around emissions and climate change ● Tax reform implications
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Are you anticipating a rate case, fine-tuning your growth strategy, monitoring upcoming FERC or state PUC rulings, or determining the impact of tax reform? Utility executives, along with legal, compliance, environmental, social, and governance (ESG), and policy advisers, state and federal regulatory affairs, and rates and revenue directors will take part in compelling discussions with investment professionals and regulators on shifts and trends in the U.S. regulatory landscape.
Lillian Federico, Research Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Lillian will provide an update on energy utility capital spending, regulatory activity, and innovative mechanisms being used to address regulatory lag.
Special Executive Interview
Robert F. Powelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Water Companies – interview conducted by Heike Doerr, Principal Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Federal Policy Roundtable
Moderator: Branko Terzic, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group
Michelle Bloodworth, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy
John Kotek, Vice President Policy Development and Public Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute
Philip Moeller, Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
Lori Traweek, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Gas Association
Hear from the leading utility executives as they examine the changes in leadership at the federal level, including FERC and EPA, and the impact this change in leadership will have on current bills and proposals, including the Ace Rul. With a Presidential election looming, what does all this mean for orders and approvals?
Moderator: Jim O’Reilly, Senior Research Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Michael Diamond, Senior Associate, Van Ness Feldman LLP
Craig Glazer, Vice President Regulatory, PJM Interconnection
Bill Jett, Director Wholesale Markets and Transmission Policy, Duke Energy
Panelists examine the impact of leadership changes at FERC, and pending rulings. What are the likely outcomes of FERC’s inquiry into grid resiliency and reliability? Discuss the utility perspective on proposed new ROE methodology. How will FERC react to changing opinion on environmental policy, and what is FERC’s role in addressing these concerns?
Cyber and Physical Security: Protecting the Grid
Scott Aaronson, Vice President Security and Business Continuity, Edison Electric Institute
Chad Connell, Director, Security Operations and Threat Intelligence, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)
Bennett Gaines, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Information Officer, FirstEnergy Service Company
Brian Harrell, Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, United State Department of Homeland Security
Brenna Lenchak, Vice President, General Counsel, Fidelis Cybersecurity
Utilities face constant pressure to protect our nation’s infrastructure, including cyber, physical, and natural disasters. In this session, we will examine what safeguards utilities implement to keep the grid safe from all threats.
Fireside Chat with the Commissioner
Nick Wagner, President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) – interviewed by Lillian Federico, SPGMI
Investor Perspective on Regulated Utilities
Moderator: Peter Keller, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group
Gabe Grosberg, Senior Director-North American Regulated Utilities, S&P Global Ratings
Edward Manheimer, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Utilities have long been a safe investment, with a consistent return. In this session, we will examine the current investment market, including interest in transmission, renewables, and water utilities, and discuss how shifting generation assets are impacting returns.
Technology and Innovation for the Regulated Utility
Moderator: Paul DeCotis, Senior Director, Head of East Coast Energy and Utilities Practice, West Monroe Partners
Ani Backa, Director, Regulatory Strategy and Utility Initiatives-US, Sonnen
Val Jensen, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Policy, Exelon
Myles Burnsed, Vice President of Business Development, New Markets, EDF Renewables
Melissa Kemp, Policy Director-Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables
Technology continues to drive the industry, including EV, battery storage, and micro grids. How are utilities addressing the customer demand, and what opportunities do utilities have to partner with private companies?
The Great Rate Debate: Will it Abate or Can a Fresh Approach no Longer Wait?
Moderator: Russell Ernst, CFA, Senior Research Analyst S&P Global Market Intelligence
Paula Carmody, People’s Counsel, Maryland Office of People’s Counsel
Travis Kavulla, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, R Street Institute
Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company
The traditional rate case model has been used for decades, but is the framework still the best way to set utility rates? Technology is altering the investments that many utilities are making and the way that customers think about their utility services. Hear from a diverse panel of experienced industry practitioners about the merits of altering existing rate-setting methods and the steps needed to do so.
Conference Re-Cap and Takeaways
Lillian Federico, Research Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence
John KotekVice President Policy Development and Public Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute
John Kotek is the vice president for policy development and public affairs at NEI. Full Bio
John Kotek is the vice president for policy development and public affairs at NEI. He is responsible for providing policy and public affairs leadership on financial, economic, tax, electricity market and environmental issues related to the nuclear energy industry.
Kotek was appointed in January 2015 to the position of principal deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) and was nominated by President Obama in October 2015 to serve as assistant secretary for nuclear energy. In that role he was responsible for DOE’s research efforts on current and future nuclear energy systems, maintaining the government’s nuclear energy research infrastructure, establishing a path forward for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste management program and a host of other national priorities.
Prior to his appointment, Kotek was the managing partner of the Boise office of Gallatin Public Affairs. He advised energy, natural resources and other clients facing complex communication and government relations challenges.
From 2010-2012, Kotek served as staff director to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which recommended a new strategy for managing nuclear waste in the United States. He led the development of the commission’s final report to the Secretary of Energy, engaged in regular communications with congressional and White House staff, and served as media spokesperson.
From 2003-2006, Kotek was deputy manager of the DOE’s Idaho Operations Office. He was responsible for development and management of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) contract and interface with the INL cleanup effort. Before joining DOE in July 2003, Kotek worked for Argonne National Laboratory where he directed Argonne’s participation in the Generation IV technology roadmapping project, an international effort focused on evaluating and developing a next-generation of nuclear energy systems.
In 2002, Kotek was the American Nuclear Society’s Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Fellow. He served in the Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Kotek started his career with DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology. He held several positions during his nine years with DOE-NE, including associate director for technology, associate director for management and administration, and chief of staff.
Kotek holds a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois and a master of business administration from the University of Maryland. He lives in Maryland with his wife Denise and their three children. Minimize
Lori TraweekSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Gas Association
American Gas Association (AGA) Chief Operating Officer Lori Traweek is in her 30th year at AGA and is committed to leveraging and utilizing American’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs. Full Bio
American Gas Association (AGA) Chief Operating Officer Lori Traweek is in her 30th year at AGA and is committed to leveraging and utilizing American’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs. Lori is directly responsible for overseeing AGA operations. AGA was recognized as one of the top 10 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. In addition, AGA was recognized as a Top Workplace for the fourth consecutive year by the Washington Post.
Prior to her current responsibilities, Lori was integrally involved in AGA’s pipeline safety and environmental advocacy, including participating in the development of the EPA STAR program to encourage voluntary operations reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, serving on the executive steering team of the Department of Transportation’s distribution integrity management program, and participating in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance – a collaborative organization with the goal of reducing excavation damage of underground facilities.
Before joining AGA, Lori worked as an offshore and onshore engineer for Arco Oil and Gas Co. in Texas and Louisiana. She holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in communications from Ithaca College.
Lori currently serves on the National Energy Foundation and GTI Board and is AGA’s liaison for the Center for Energy Workforce Development.
In her distinguished career Lori has received the American Public Gas Association Personal Service Award; she is a Rader Energy’s Key Women in Energy-Americas Leadership honoree; she received Purdue University’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award and the National Association of State Fire Marshals Norman Y. Mineta Excellence in Transportation Safety Award. Minimize
Paula CarmodyPeople's Counsel, Maryland Office of People's Counsel
The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel is an independent state agency that represents the interests of residential utility consumers in state and federal regulatory proceedings, in appellate courts and before the Maryland General Assembly. Full Bio
The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel is an independent state agency that represents the interests of residential utility consumers in state and federal regulatory proceedings, in appellate courts and before the Maryland General Assembly.
Ms. Carmody served as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) from November 2011 to November 2013. She also was a member of Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Department of Energy from 2015-2017, and is an ex officio member of the Maryland Energy Administration’s Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF) Advisory Board, and the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) Advisory Council. She also is a member of the Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
In addition to her agency responsibilities, Ms. Carmody also has been a speaker on consumer issues at conferences and forums held by a variety of organizations. In 2011 Ms. Carmody was honored by the Maryland Daily Record as an Influential Marylander in the Law for her work representing residential utility consumers.
Ms. Carmody has had extensive experience working on consumer issues. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. Prior to that, Ms. Carmody served as an Assistant People’s Counsel with the Office of People’s Counsel (OPC).
In addition to her government service, Ms. Carmody has held legal positions in the non-profit sector. She was the Managing Attorney of the Baltimore, Maryland office of the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan and before then, was a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., in Maryland. In those positions, she represented autoworkers and low-income households in a variety of civil matters in state and federal courts.
Ms. Carmody graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Minimize
Leland SnookDirector, Rates and Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company
Leland Snook is Arizona Public Service Company’s Director, Rates & Rate Strategy. Full Bio
Leland Snook is Arizona Public Service Company’s Director, Rates & Rate Strategy. Mr. Snook’s areas of expertise include development and analysis of electric utility revenue requirements, modeling of cost of service and rate design. Mr. Snook has previously testified before the Arizona Corporation Commission on a number of cost of service and rate related matters. Mr. Snook holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a registered professional electrical engineer in the state of Arizona. Minimize
Russell ErnstPrincipal Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Russell is a Principal Analyst at Regulatory Research Associates, an SNL Energy affiliate. Russell analyzes regulatory developments in the electric and natural gas utility sector and follows several utility equity securities for the firm's Financial Focus product. Before joining RRA, Russell was a Senior Research Assistant in Standard & Poor’s Corporate Ratings division, focusing on issuers in the retail, gaming and hospitality sectors. Full Bio
Russell is a at Regulatory Research Associates, an SNL Energy affiliate. Russell analyzes regulatory developments in the electric and natural gas utility sector and follows several utility equity securities for the firm's Financial Focus product. Before joining RRA, Russell was a Senior Research Assistant in Standard & Poor’s Corporate Ratings division, focusing on issuers in the retail, gaming and hospitality sectors. He began his career with Deutsche Bank’s OTC Derivatives division.Russell received a Bachelor of Science from The University at Albany, State University of New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers Business School. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute. Minimize
Energy and Government Rate: This rate applies to attendees who are employed by power and gas utilities, renewables firms and developers, state and federal regulatory agency, and those directly involved in the operations of a power company. Also includes government and regulatory bodies.
Standard Rate: This rate applies to attendees who are not employees of a utility, energy firm, or government boy, such as investment banks, accounting firms, and any service or advisory professionals.
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Your registration fee covers all conference materials, continental breakfast on both days, and lunch on Day One.
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Sponsors: Please reference our 2017 sponsors and check back for updates.
Utility professionals in regulatory affairs, strategic development, corporate finance, and investor relations State and federal regulatory commissioners and staff Senior development executives at technology providers Financial analysts at investment firms Regulatory attorneys and consultants
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