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2013 Legislative Summit

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Sunday, August 11, 2013


8:45 AM to 5:00 PM

NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply

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  • NCSL Task Force On Energy Supply

At the Energy Supply Task Force meeting explore a host of energy issues, including new energy technologies and markets, the state policies that promote them, and how they affect price and reliability for the end consumer. Look into natural gas issues as they relate to long-term energy supply, infrastructure and its growing use as a transportation fuel. Find out how energy storage and demand response and grid technologies help meet energy demand while increasing reliability and lowering energy costs.  (Members and RSVP Only. Please contact for more information.)

8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:50 AM -- 9:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions


  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington 
  • Representatives Al Carlson, North Dakota

9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM
Energy Storage

Storing large quantities of energy for on demand use in the grid, has been far too expensive to be considered a viable, until recently.  New storage technologies provide opportunties to reduce peak energy costs, integrate variable resources and increase grid reliability.  Hear about multiple uses for energy storage, where the technology is headed and what policymakers can do to promote its development.   


  • Bret Adams, EnerVault, California

10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM
The Role of Distributed Generation in the Electric Power Grid

The growth of distributed electricity supplies, such as rooftop solar, natural gas microturbines, combined heat and power, and small wind power, are changing the way the power grid operates.  Explore the changes, their benefits for consumers, how utilities are integrating distributed generation and what actions can be taken to ensure grid reliability.     


  • David Owens, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C. 
  • David Wright, Miller Energy Resources, Tennessee

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Modular Nuclear Reactors

Smaller, modular nuclear reactors can address some of the largest concerns posed by their larger counterpart, namely cost and safety.  Learn about this developing technology and hear from a company that has been commissioned to build the first modular nuclear reactor in the United States. 


  • Chris Mowry, The Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc., North Carolina
  • Paul Genoa, Nuclear Energy Institute, Washington, D.C.

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Lunch -- Coal in a Carbon Constrained Market


  • Jeff Bloczynski, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Washington, D.C.

1:15 PM -- 2:45 PM
Natural Gas Vehicles:  Technology and Policy

Natural gas is a competitive, and often cheaper, alternative to gasoline for many transportation uses, but infrastructure and technology challenges are slowing its adoption.  Explore the technology, where auto manufacturers are headed with natural gas vehicle production, and policy approaches that have helped some states become leaders in tapping this domestic resource for transportation.   


  • Michael Britt, United Parcel Service, Inc., Georgia
  • Representative Randy Frye, Indiana

2:45 PM -- 3:00 PM

3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
Demand Response and New Efficiency Technologies 

New grid technologies are providing utilities with new tools, such as demand response and new efficiency technologies, to improve reliability and reduce the costs of delivering electricity.  Look at how utilities are using these new technologies to improve electricity delivery while reducing costs, as well as some of the regulatory and market barriers and policies to overcome them.  


  • Keyvan Cohanim, Enbala, Toronto

4:00 PM -- 4:25 PM
Presentation on Quebec/California Carbon Trading Partnership 

In a first for any U.S. state or Canadian province, California and Quebec have adopted rules to link their carbon markets.  The goal is to expand investments in low-carbon technologies and improve market liquidity for carbon allowances, thereby decreasing overall costs for both Quebec and California.  


  • Assemblymember Scott McKay, Quebec Assembly

4:25 PM -- 5:00 PM
Discussion of Task Force Goals and Publications 

Monday, August 12, 2013


7:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Energy Policy Summit

Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

The energy landscape is being transformed as new energy technologies spread and states work to address a variety of risks, including those posed by cyber attacks, natural disasters, and climate change. These actions are likely to have a dramatic effect on state energy portfolios. Creating state policy that promotes reliability, security and affordability while adapting to this changing energy system is a challenge for states and the country as a whole. The 2013 Energy Summit will explore the shifting landscape and investigate the technologies and policies that are playing a role in these changes.

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:10 AM
Welcome and Introductions

8:10 AM -- 10:15 AM
Protecting the Grid -- Cyber and Energy Security

The electric grid is the most complex and critical component of the U.S. economy and is relied upon to deliver essential services.  While technology is playing an important role in improving reliability and efficiency, it increases the system's vulnerability to cyber attacks and other risks.  Increasing the resiliency of the electric system in the face of these threats is essential to ensure the security and reliability of the nation's grid.  Explore the risks and vulnerabilities, the adequacy of industry protocols, federal actions, and steps policymakers can take to protect the electric grid in their states.    

8:10 AM -- 9:00 AM -- Utility Efforts to Reduce Cyber Threats


  • Laura Schepis, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Virginia 
  • Scott Aaronson, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Kimberly Denbow, American Gas Association

9:00 AM -- 9:45 AM -- Federal and State Actions


  • Jeanette Manfra, Deputy Director of the EO-PPD Integrated Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Commissioner Carolene Mays, Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission 

9:45 AM -- 10:15 AM -- Grid Vulnerability:  The Threat of EMP


  • Representative Andrea Boland, Maine
  • Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security
  • Dr. George Baker, Professor Emeritus of Applied Science, James Madison University

10:15 AM -- 10:30 AM

10:30 AM -- 12:00 PM
Climate and Energy -- Creating the Right Mix

Concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and the risks posed by government regulations have a dramatic influence on the decisions made by utilities, investors, state policymakers and industry.  These decisions are shaping the energy mix and creating challenges in keeping the grid affordable and reliable.  How are utilities planning, in the wake of federal, state and investor pressures, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?  What effect is this having on our energy mix?  What does this mean in the context of global efforts and trade?  These questions and more will be addressed during this expert panel discussions.   

10:30 AM -- 11:00 AM


  • Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM


  • Ron Shipman, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Georgia Power Company
  • Miles Keogh, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Washington, D.C.

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Lunch Session:  The Future of Wind and Solar 

Wind and solar energy are growing dramatically, becoming significant contributors to the energy supply in a growing number of states, driving economic development and helping states meet their clean energy goals. While much of the development is being driven by state renewable energy requirements and other incentives, in many states, renewables are becoming cost competitive with coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. Still, some are grappling with concerns over costs, siting, and integration of these new players on the electric grid. The session will provide an update on the wind and solar industries and investigate their affect on reliability, energy costs and the environment.


  • Carrie Cullen Hitt, Senior Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Christy Omobundro, American Wind Energy Association

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Nuclear Waste Session

Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B405/406
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Discussion of the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013 and other federal issues related to nuclear waste storage and disposal.

  • Moderator:
  • Delegate Sally Young Jameson, Maryland
  • Speaker:
  • Kara Colton, Energy Communitites Alliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Everett Redmond, Nuclear Energy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Nuclear Energy Institute for sponsoring this session.