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Monday, August 18, 2014

 

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Task Force on Energy Supply

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Energy Supply

(The Xcel control room tour is for members and partners of the Task Force on Energy Supply Only)

7:45 AM -- 10:00 AM
Tour Xcel Energy's Control Room
See how Xcel integrates and balances its variety of generation resources, including natural gas, wind, coal and nuclear energy. 

10:00 AM -- 10:30 AM
Return to Minneapolis Convention Center
(The Task Force will meet in Room M100AB.)

10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Natural Gas-Electric Harmonization
The electric industry's race to natural gas is driven by low prices and emissions concerns. The 2014 polar vortex highlighted concerns over reliability, and the electric industry's capability to maintain a stable and affordable supply during spikes in natural gas demand for heating and electric generation. Discuss how policymakers, electric utilities and natural gas industry are working to address major differences between the electricity and gas markets, and the limits caused by natural gas infrastructure.    

Speakers: 

  • Mark McCullough, Executive Vice President - Generation, American Electric Power
  • Ron Christian, Executive Vice President, Vectren Corporation  

11:30 AM -- 12:45 PM 
Net-Metering Challenges and Solutions
The growth of on-site solar generation is causing utilities to question net-metering policies, which compensate rooftop solar owners at retail electricity rates for the energy they produce.  They are concerned that solar energy producers that use net-metering are not paying a fair amount for the cost of utility transmission infrastructure. Others argue that solar benefits the utility by reducing the need to build more large power plants and transmission.  With 43 states now running net-metering programs, resolution of this question could play a large role in the success of rooftop solar in a large part of the country. Discuss state efforts to resolve this issue, and learn about Minnesota's pioneering legislation to create a value of solar tariff.      

Speakers: 

  • Ben Norris, Senior Consultant, Clean Power Research
  • Edward Comer, Vice President and General Counsel, Edison Electric Institute  

12:45 PM -- 2:15 PM
Lunch Session:  The Integrated Grid
A variety of new technologies, combined with a growth in distributed energy generation, is profoundly changing how the electric grid operates.  How will the grid evolve and adapt to new demands for flexibility driven by the growing trend toward decentralized power production?  During this session, presenters will explore technologies and practices that enable the grid to optimally integrate a variety of resources--such as energy storage, energy efficiency and local generation--while providing reliable and affordable electricity.  Policy changes that may be necessary to achieve an integrated grid and increase value to consumers will also be discussed. 

Speakers: 

  • Clark Gellings, Fellow, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Ken Geisler, Vice President of Strategy for U.S./Canada, Siemens Smart Grid

2:15 PM -- 3:00 PM
Task Force Business Meeting

3:00 PM -- 3:15 PM
Break 

3:15 PM -- 4:30 PM 
Energy: Perspectives from Across the Globe
(Joint Session with the Task Force on International Relations -- Room 101ABIJ
)
Energy efforts of major global economies, their energy trade relationship with the U.S., and how these relationships may influence decision-making in this country and across the globe are critical topics.  Discuss Europe's rocky energy relationship with Russia, how this could affect U.S. energy exports and the Eurasian and Central Asian countries' role in this energy landscape.  Hear about China's growing energy demand and energy policy, as well as present and future energy trade relationship with the U.S. and other countries, and Canada's role as the nation's largest energy trading partner.  

Moderator: 

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington; Co-Chair, NCSL Task For on Energy Supply  

Panelists: 

  • The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • The Honorable Li Bin, Counselor, Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
  • Dr. Faruk Taban, President, Turkic American Alliance (TAA)
  • Geoffrey Harris, Deputy Head of Office, European Parliament Liaison Office with U.S. Congress  

4:30 PM -- 4:40 PM
Return to Task Force on Energy Supply Meeting -- Room M100AB

4:40 PM -- 5:00 PM
Energy Siting and Military Operations
As states and localities increase construction of energy infrastructure, the likelihood that it will encroach on military sites is increasing.  Wind, solar, transmission and other installations have the potential to interfere with  military operations by obstructing flight paths or creating electromagnetic and visual interference, affecting test, training and operational missions. States that work with the Department of Defense in siting and developing energy installations can help ensure these projects will be compatible with military activities. This session will explore best practices for state action, highlighting the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse.

Speaker: 

  • William Van Houten, U.S. Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse

5:00 PM
Wrap-Up



Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges AHRI for sponsoring the coffee for this session.
 

9:00 AM to 2:15 PM

International Program

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Task Force On International Relations
International

9:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
International Attendee Registration
All badges will be distributed onsite.  Pick up your badge, registration materials and meeting program from the Registration Area in the Convention Center.

Note:  Registration is located at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Level 1 - Registration Lobby. 

1:00 PM -- 2:15 PM
Welcome and Introductions
International legislators and staff meet colleagues and counterparts from all over the world. Each delegation introduces its members in attendance at the Summit.

Welcome Remarks:

  • The Honorable Paul Thissen, Speaker of the House, Minnesota

Presiding:

  • Senator Verna Jones Rodwell, Maryland; Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations
  • Senator Pamela Althoff, Illinois; Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations

2:15 PM -- 3:00 PM
Current Trends in Governance Worldwide
Hear from Dr. J. Brian Atwood about his insights on world democracy, leadership and government reform.  As the former dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and through his work with the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, Dr. Atwood will offer unique perspectives on development and governance in both developed and developing countries.    

Introduction:

  • Karl Kurtz, Director, NCSL Trust for Representative Democracy Division

Speaker:

  • Dr. J. Brian Atwood, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

3:15 PM -- 4:30 PM 
Energy: Perspectives from Across the Globe
(Joint with the Task Force on Energy Supply)
Energy efforts of major global economies, their energy trade relationship with the U.S., and how these relationships may influence decision-making in this country and across the globe are critical topics.  Discuss Europe's rocky energy relationship with Russia, how this could affect U.S. energy exports and the Eurasian and Central Asian countries' role in this energy landscape.  Hear about China's growing energy demand and energy policy, as well as present and future energy trade relationship with the U.S. and other countries, and Canada's role as the nation's largest energy trading partner. 

Moderator:

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington; Co-Chair, Task Force on Energy Supply

Panelists:

  • The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • The Honorable Li Bin, Counselor, Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
  • Dr. Faruk Taban, President, Turkic American Alliance (TAA)
  • Geoffrey Harris, Deputy Head of Office, European Parliament Liaison Office with U.S. Congress

 



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Energy Policy Summit

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

As the nation develops a wealth of energy unlocked by new technologies, it is having a profound effect on the national energy landscape.  What opportunities and challenges are presented by these developments and how will they affect energy security, reliability and geopolitics?  Attend NCSL's 2014 Energy Policy Summit to find out.

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM 
Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions

8:15 AM -- 10:00 AM
The Future of North American Energy
The North American energy sector has seen dramatic changes in the past five years, with new technologies driving access to a wealth of new resources. As the energy industry continues its transformation, how will energy producers and consumers adapt? What roles are coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewable playing in this new energy landscape? During this panel discussion, hear senior industry representatives discuss the outlook for their individual sectors and share their views on how the energy sector will look in the future.    

Moderator:

  • Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas

Speakers:

  • Kathryn Clay, Vice President for Policy Strategy, American Gas Association
  • Scott Peterson, Senior Vice President - Communications, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Jacob Williams, Vice President of Global Energy Analytics, Peabody Energy
  • Tom Hiester, Senior Vice President of Development, RES America Developments Inc.
  • Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President, Xcel Energy

10:00 AM -- 10:15 AM 
Break

10:15 AM -- 11:30 AM
Exporting Natural Gas
The nation's growing wealth of natural gas and the high prices on international markets are increasing the interest in natural gas exports. Many industries that use natural gas as a chemical feedstock or to generate electricity, however, are worried that exporting gas will drive up prices, making it more difficult for U.S. manufacturing and other sectors to maintain a competitive edge. Others argue that natural gas exports will promote global stability by lessening the ability of natural gas exporting nations to threaten trade partners with cutting supply. Explore both sides of the issue, highlighting the potential benefits and challenges of natural gas exports.   

Moderator:

  • Representative Al Carlson, North Dakota

Speaker:

  • Leslie Palti-Guzman, Senior Analyst, Global Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group
  • Scott Morrison, Director of Government Affairs, American Public Gas Association
  • Jason French, Director of Public Affairs, Cheniere Energy

11:30 AM -- 12:00 PM 
Keynote -- Energy and Security in the 21st Century
As states develop plans to meet their energy needs in the coming decades, these choices could dramatically affect economic growth and security. How will worldwide growth in energy demand and increasing competition for resources influence these decisions? What are the risks and benefits of the many resource and technology options? Hear General Wesley Clark, ex-NATO commander and expert in national security and energy risk issues, discuss energy security and opportunities for promoting a secure, sustainable and prosperous energy future.    

Speaker:

  • Wesley K. Clark, Chair of Growth Energy

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Innovations in Energy 
Smart grid technologies are providing new ways to manage energy more efficiently and reliably. Innovative industries are pushing the development of these technologies, creating new markets and new opportunities.  Explore these developments and how they are driving change in the electric industry.

Moderator:

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington

Speakers:

  • Harry Godfrey, Manager, National Policy & Partnership, OPower
  • David Malkin, Director of Global Affairs and Policy, GE Digital Energy
  • David O'Brien, Vice President of Regulatory Solutions, Bridge Energy Group

* Lunch will be provided.  



 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Critical Infrastructure - Defending Against Multiple Threats

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
The electric grid is a complex, interdependent, and critical system that drives the U.S. Attacks in Arkansas and California, damage from extreme weather, and concerns about electromagnetic pulses have prompted discussions regarding the vulnerabilities to the power grid. Explore the risks to the nation's electric grid, federal actions, and steps the electric utility industry has taken to secure the grid against potential threats.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington
  • Panelist:
  • Tony Clark, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, D.C.
  • Barry Lawson, The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Virginia

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges AHRI for sponsoring the coffee for this session.
 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

NRI Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Consider and discuss policies for the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

NRI Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Continuation of any NRI Committee Business from Monday, August 19.


 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Infrastructure Intersections: Transportation's Impact on the Whole Economy

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Our country's transportation infrastructure system is increasingly converging with the other sectors of the economy including energy, agriculture and the environment. Explore how a well functioning transportation infrastructure system impacts these intersecting issues including energy exports, agricultural product shipments, vehicle emissions and more.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Ed Orcutt, Washington
  • Panelist:
  • Jennifer Macdonald, Association of American Railroads, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition, Iowa

 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Keeping the Lights On: What the Changing Electric Utilities Industry Means for Grid Reliability

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
The bitter cold of this year's winter has shown how critical a consistent electricity supply is. From coal to natural gas to nuclear power, all forms of fuel together helped ensure your home was kept warm this winter. With the energy utility sector undergoing significant economic and regulatory changes, delve into the importance of a reliable, diverse and affordable supply of electricity and what implications this may have for the future of traditional energy sources. Lunch is provided.

  • Panelist:
  • Judd Gregg, Former New Hampshire Senator, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark Lauby, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Georgia

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and National Rural Electric Co-operative Association for (NRECA) for sponsoring this luncheon.
 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The Future of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Power Supply Sector

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Due to various mandates through the president's Climate Action Plan, the EPA has released two proposed regulations in the past year dealing with greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. Hear from the EPA on its rules and discuss how they may impact power plants in the future.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Jim Gooch, Kentucky
  • Panelist:
  • Colette Honorable, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
  • Janet McCabe, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges NEMA for sponsoring the coffee for this session.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

The New Energy Revolution

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Innovations in efficiency, smart grid technologies and renewable energy -- combined with low priced natural gas -- are driving dramatic changes in the electric system, providing significant benefits to consumers and industry. Hear about the technologies that are changing energy landscape and explore what it means for consumers, utilities, the energy industry, and state policies.

  • Speaker:
  • Jonathan Adelman, Xcel Energy, Colorado
  • Robert Kenney, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • David Ozment, Walmart, Arkansas

 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Transforming North America's Energy Outlook

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

America's abundant supply of domestic crude oil and natural gas is driving industrial growth and influencing state energy planning. Examine the oil and gas revolution and how states are addressing its potential economic and environmental effects.

Book signing with Russell Gold to immediately follow session.


  • Moderator:
  • Representative Al H. Carlson, North Dakota
  • Speaker:
  • Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal, Texas

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

How Technology Is Changing Agriculture

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Since their introduction in 1996, genetically engineered crops have grown rapidly. But concern over the safety of these genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues. More than half the states have considered laws requiring GMO labeling. Hear what experts from both sides of the debate have to say about this hot issue.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Justin Cronin, South Dakota
  • Panelist:
  • Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Mandy Hagan, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market, Texas
  • Michael Zerr, Cargill, Minnesota