2017-02-03 National Governors Association

Opening Workshop on Policy Academy on Power Sector Modernization

February 1-3, 2017 | San Diego, CA

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held an opening workshop as part of the Power Sector Modernization Policy Academy. The workshop provided information to state policymakers on the latest trends and policy ideas in the field, as well as targeted information for state-specific questions.  The four state teams participating in the policy academy are Kentucky, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington.  In order to share information about the field across a wide array of states, representatives from other states were invited to attend as observers for the first two days.

Agenda

Presentations

February 1, 2017

Welcome and Introduction

Presenter:

  • Sue Gander, division director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Overview of Options for Utility Business Models

Presenter:

  • Aliza Wasserman, program director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

State Team Presentations

Moderator:

  • Andrew Kambour, program director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Rick Bender, executive advisor and manager, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence
  • Ruchi Sadhir, senior energy advisor, Oregon Governor Brown
  • Sam Marullo, policy director, Rhode Island Governor Raimondo
  • Chris Davis, advisor for carbon markets, Washington Governor Inslee

Overview of Fostering Power Sector Modernization: Visions & Trends

Moderator:

  • Moderator: Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Kris Mayes, Arizona State University and former chair, Arizona Public Service Commission
  • Rick Counihan, head of energy regulatory and governmental affairs, Nest Labs
  • Tony Sanchez, senior VP government and community strategy, NV Energy and fellow for Institute for Electric Innovation
  • Christy Ihrig, corporate communication director, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Lisa Schwartz, energy efficiency team leader, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Rich Sedano, principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

Aligning Utility Incentives with State Policy Objectives: Private and Public Power Business Models

Moderator:

  • Aliza Wasserman, program director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Tanuj Deora, executive vice president & chief strategy officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
  • Frank Prager, vice president of policy and federal affairs, Xcel Energy
  • Seth Nowak, senior analyst, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • Sonia Aggarwal, director of strategy, Energy Innovation
  • Kristin Munsch, deputy director, Citizens Utility Board

Breakout Sessions

Best Practices in Customer-Owned and Rural Utilities’ Power Sector Modernization

Moderator:

  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Mayor Wade Troxell, City of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Nancy Sutley, chief sustainability and economic development officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Lee Ragsdale, vice president, asset management, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation

Performance Based Compensation for Investor Owned Utilities

Moderator:

  • Andrew Kambour, program director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Sonia Aggarwal, director of strategy, Energy Innovation
  • Rich Sedano, principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

Approaches to Increasing Distributed Energy Resources

Moderator:

  • Sam Cramer, policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Lori Bird, principal analyst, Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Johanna Zetterberg, coordinator, State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kristin Munsch, deputy director, Citizens Utility Board

Designing Community Solar Programs

Moderator:

  • Aliza Wasserman, program director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Christine Stearn, analyst, Utility Strategy, Smart Electric Power Association
  • Dr. J.R. DeShazo, director, Dept. of Public Policy, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
  • Rajan Matialu, senior analyst, Policy and Planning Division at California Public Utilities Commission

February 2, 2017

Engaging Stakeholders for Power Sector Modernization

Moderator:

  • Sam Cramer, policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Maury Galbraith, executive director, Western Interstate Energy Board
  • Doug Scott, vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute
  • Christine Stearn, analyst, Utility Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Keeping the Electrons Flowing:  Modernizing the Power Sector to Improve Resiliency and Reliability

Moderator:

  • Andrew Kambour, program director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Jim Gallagher, executive director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium
  • Byron Flynn, technical solutions director, GE Energy Management
  • Bruce Ciallella, managing director, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • Joe Eto, leader, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Managing the Financial Impacts of Distributed Energy Resources

Moderator:

  • Sue Gander, division director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Andy Satchwell, senior scientific engineering associate, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Nick Chaset, chief of staff to president, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Leisa Brug, Energy Policy Innovation Council and Former Advisor to Arizona Gov. Brewer
  • Richard McMahon, vice president, Energy Supply and Finance, Edison Electric Institute
  • Megan Nutting, vice president of policy and government, Sunnova

Defining and Quantifying Values of Grid Modernization

Moderator:

  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Steve Hauser, chief executive officer, The GridWise Alliance
  • Sonia Aggarwal, director of strategy, Energy Innovation
  • Ben York, senior project engineer, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Matthew Tisdale, executive director, More Than Smart and former energy advisor, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Michael Jung, director of policy, Silver Spring Network
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