The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a learning lab for state policymakers to learn about current trends and opportunities surrounding new utility business models and electricity market structures of the future.  The learning lab will present states with the latest set of ideas on whether and how states can incentivize electric utilities to adjust their business approaches to better reflect growing demand for energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy, along with meeting the continued need for reliable and affordable power. State and national experts explored a menu of policy options from different perspectives and responded to state questions. Participants included teams from Maryland, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and Wisconsin with representatives from the governors' offices and public utility commissions plus other key stakeholders. Additional state representatives attended as observers and speakers from Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.  

AGENDA

Presentations:

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MONDAY July 27, 2015
Introductions

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

Welcome from Massachusetts

  • Alexandra Cahill, chief of staff, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
  • Ned Bartlett, undersecretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Changes in Context: How Technology, Policy and Customer Needs Are Changing Electricity Markets

  • Moderator: Aliza Wasserman, program director; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Frank Greb, president, Seventhwave
  • Bentham Paulos, principal, Paulos Analysis
  • Peter Zschokke, director, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid 
  • Micah Remley, senior vice president of product, EnerNOC

Technology and Grid Modernization in Massachusetts: Changing the Relationship Between Customer and Utility

  • Moderator: Commissioner Angela M. O’Connor, chair, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
  • Benjamin Davis, director, Electric Power Division, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities 
  • Penni McLean-Conner, chief customer officer, Senior Vice President of Customer Group, Eversource Energy
  • Nancy Stevens, director, Consumer Affairs Division, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Lunch and Keynote: A Wall Street Perspective on Electricity Business Models

  • Introduction: Sam Cramer, policy analyst; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Julien Dumoulin-Smith, executive director of equity research, UBS Securities

Disruptive Technologies and Potential Business Models for Companies and Utilities

  • Moderator: Andrew Kambour, senior policy analyst; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Dr. Frank O’Sullivan, director of research, MIT Energy Initiative
  • Peter Cappers, research scientist and assistant group leader, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkley National Lab
  • Phil Giudice, CEO, AmbriSession

 New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” Initiative

  • Moderator: Sue Gander, director; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Lena Hansen, principal, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Stuart Nachmias, vice president, Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Consolidated Edison
  • Lisa Frantzis, senior vice president, Strategy and Corporate Development, Advanced Energy Economy

TUESDAY July 29, 2015
Markets and Monopolies: Redrawing the Lines and Aiming for Innovation

  • Moderator: Sue Gander, director; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Paul De Martini, managing director, Newport Consulting Group Advisors
  • Karl Rábago, executive director, Pace Energy & Climate Center
  • Maggie Molina, utilities, state, and local policy director; American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

Regional Solutions to Clean Energy Infrastructure Challenges

  • Moderator: Matthew Beaton, secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs 
  • Katie Dykes, deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and  Environmental Protection 
  • Tim Schneider, public advocate, Maine
  • Ed McNamara, regional policy director, Vermont Department of Public Service
  • Meredith Hatfield, director, New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning

Lunch and Keynote: The Future is Here: A View from the Utility Sector

  • Introduction: Andrew Kambour, senior policy analyst; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Richard McMahon, vice president, Finance and Energy Supply, Edison Electric Institute

Performance-Based Compensation: Designing Principles, Metrics, Targets and Economic Incentives

  • Moderator: Aliza Wasserman, program director; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Sonia Aggarwal, director, Energy Innovation, America's Power Plan
  • Melissa Whited, senior associate, Synapse Energy Economics
  • Carolyn Brouillard, manager, Regulatory Policy & Strategy, Xcel Energy 
  • Mark Karl, Vice President, Markets Development, ISO-NE

Utility Ownership and Utility-Vendor Partnerships for Clean Energy

  • Moderator: Alicia Barton, chief executive officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Judith Judson, commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  • Bob Gibson, vice president, Knowledge, Solar Electric Power Association
  • Brad Swing, director of energy policy and programs, Office of the Mayor, City of Boston

WEDNESDAY July 29, 2015
Protecting Customers and Addressing Cross-Subsidization

  • Moderator: Sue Gander, director; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • Janine Migden-Ostrander, principal, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Ashley Brown, executive director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group
  • Jaqueline Patterson, director, Environmental & Climate Justice Program, NAACP
  • Charlie Harak, senior attorney, Energy and Utilities, National Consumer Law Center

Aligning State Environmental Measures and Electricity Market Incentives

  • Moderator: Aliza Wasserman, program director; Environment, Energy & Transportation Division; NGA Center
  • David Littell, principal, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Ari Peskoe, energy fellow, Harvard Law School
  • Uday Varadarajan, principal, Climate Policy Initiative
  • John Moskal, Environmental Protection Agency