2014 Legislative Summit


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Monday, August 18, 2014

 

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Minnesota Agriculture Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Contact Ben Husch (ben.husch@ncsl.org or 202-624-7779) or Scott Hendrick (scott.hendrick@ncsl.org or 303-856-1409) to sign up for this tour. 

7:00 AM 
Meet at the Minneapolis Convention Center Main Entrance to Depart

Coffee will be available. 

7:10 AM
Depart for Northfield Hog and Soy Farm

Welcome:  Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

8:00 AM -- 8:45 AM
Breakfast

8:45 AM -- 9:45 AM
Tour Northfield Hog and Soy Farm

10:00 AM 
Depart for Facility 2 (to be determined)

10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Tour Facility 2 (to be determined)

12:30 PM 
Arrive at Second Harvest Heartland for Lunch

1:30 PM -- 2:30 PM
Tour Second Harvest Heartland

3:00 PM
Arrive at Hilton



 

7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Forest Products Pre-Conference Tour

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis -11st Street Lobby
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
NCSL's Forest Products Pre-Conference Tour convenes state legislators and key legislative staff for a substantive, hands-on and timely conversation about sustainable manufacturing processes and the role that forest products play in state and national economies. Visit International Paper Company's Roseville-Twin Cities Recycling Collection Center as well as the RockTenn Containerboard and Coated Paperboard Mill. Note: This tour is an invitation-only event. Please contact Ben Husch (202-624-7779) or Melanie Condon (202-624-3597) for additional information.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Forest & Paper Association and member companies for sponsoring this tour.
 

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 race to natural gas in the electric industry, driven by low prices and emissions concerns, is heightening the relationship between natural gas delivery and electricity relability. The 2014 polar vortex highlighted these reliability concerns, challenging the electric industry to maintain stability and affordability during spikes in natural gas demand for heating and electric generation. Discuss how policymakers, electric utilities and natural gas industries can address major differences between the electricity and gas markets, as well as 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. 

Speaker: 

  • Clark Gellings, Fellow, Electric Power Research Institute

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  

Speakers: 

  • 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)
  • The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • 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 nearby military operations by obstructing flight paths or creating technological and visual interference, affecting military missions, research and development. States that work with Department of Defense in siting and developing energy installations can 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: 

  • Michael Aimone, Executive Director, DoD Siting Clearinghouse  

5:00 PM
Wrap-Up



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Task Force on Agriculture Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100IJ
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome:  Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

8:15 AM -- 9:15 AM
Field to Market:  What's Next

Speaker:

  • Rod Snyder, Field To Market, Washington, D.C.

9:15 AM -- 10:15 AM 
Food Safety Modernization Act:  Implementation and Beyond

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jeff Farrar, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Barbara Cassens, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.

10:15 AM -- 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
A New Land Conservation Technique Combining Agriculture and Defense:  Sentinel Landscapes and Military Sustainability

Camp Ripley Training Center:  Where Missions Meet 
(Joint with the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs)

Presiding:

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Deputy Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, DUSD I&E

Speakers:

  • Bruce Beard, Associate Director, Military Collaboration Institute for Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota District
  • Major General Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard
  • Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • John Jaschke, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

12:00 PM -- 12:15 PM
Break

12:00 PM -- 1:00 PM
Lunch Session:  New and Beginning Farmer Initiatives 

 


  • Speaker:
  • Janeen Johnson, University of Illinois, Illinois

 

7:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Energy Policy Summit

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

The energy landscape is transforming as new energy technologies spread and states work to address a variety of risks, including cyber attacks, natural disasters and climate change. 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. Explore the technologies and policies that are playing a role in these changes.

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 American Energy

The 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.    

10:00 AM -- 10:30 AM 
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 resrouces 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.    

10:30 AM -- 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
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.     

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.

* Lunch will be provided.  



 

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Street Smart: Innovations in Traffic Safety

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom B
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Join state legislative traffic safety leaders for a high-level peer-to-peer dialogue to learn more about promising laws, programs and strategies that can help create a safer transportation network. Discuss impaired driving, vehicle technology, pedestrian and bicycle safety, distracted driving, red light cameras and other pressing traffic safety topics of interest to state lawmakers. Please contact Douglas Shinkle (douglas.shinkle@ncsl.org or 303-856-1482) or Anne Teigen (Anne.teigen@ncsl.org or 303-856-1652) for more information. Street Smart is a follow-up to NCSL's recent successful meetings on transportation funding and transportation accessibility and affordability held in 2013 in Atlanta and Washington D.C.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota
  • Senator Steve Farley, Arizona
  • Representative Ed Orcutt, Washington
  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon
  • Speaker:
  • Michael Babulski, Linden Police Department, New Jersey
  • Shelly Baldwin, Washington Traffic Safety Commission
  • Billy Hattaway, District Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Douglas Shinkle, NCSL
  • Anne Teigen, NCSL

Sponsored By: NCSL acknowledges 3M (lunch), Coalition for Ignition Interlock Manufacturers, National Coalition for Safer Roads, American Academy of Pediatrics, AAA & State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
 

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.

  • Panelist:
  • Tony Clark, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: Coffee sponsored by AHRI
 

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.

  • 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, Washinton, 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.
 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Flowing Forward: A Conversation on EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Continuing Legal Education
In March 2014, the EPA released its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule which aims to define which bodies fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, therefore requiring CWA permits. Hear from EPA officials on the proposed rule and discuss what this all means for state and local communities, permitting departments and the agriculture industry.

  • Panelist:
  • Virginia Albrecht, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Perciasepe, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

 

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

MAP-21 Reauthorization: Where Do We Go From Here

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100IJ
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
With the federal government's authorization for federal surface transportation set to expire at the end of September and Congress unable to approve a new fully funded long-term bill, what are the next steps for our nation's surface transportation infrastructure system? Here are how states are moving beyond Washington's inaction and when Congress might step up.

  • Panelist:
  • Barbara Rohde, Mileage Based User Fee Alliance, Washington, D.C.

 

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.

  • Panelist:
  • Collette Honorable, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Perciasepe, U.S. Department of the Environment, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NEMA

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Walk for Wellness

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Join your colleagues for the Walk for Wellness, a 5K run or walk through one of Minneapolis' most beautiful green spaces. Meet at Loring Park at 6:30 a.m. Enter the park on 14th Street by crossing Willow, and head to the park shelter building. Loring Park is walking distance from conference hotels, and transportation is not provided. The Walk for Wellness is open to all Summit attendees, and pre-registration is not required. Email Katie Ziegler (katie.ziegler@ncsl.org) with any questions.


 

7:15 AM to 8:30 AM

Food and Farm Breakfast: Bringing Together Urban and Rural Legislators

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center -200ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership
Over the last half century, advancements in agriculture technology have allowed rural farmers to increase the size of their farms and the rate of production. At the same time urban and metro areas have continued to gain a larger share of the population. While each group faces its own distinct set of policy issues, they also overlap in a number of common areas. Join us for a discussion on how urban and rural legislators can work together to benefit our nation's food and farm system.

  • Speaker:
  • Representative John J. Diehl, Missouri
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges ADM for sponsoring this breakfast.
 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

Financing Capital Improvements: Options and Emerging Trends

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center -L100ABC
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Limited money and mounting needs have dramatically altered the ability of states to invest in buildings, roads and water systems. Explore how public-private partnerships, tax increment financing, transit-oriented development and state infrastructure banks may help provide these critical infrastructure projects.

  • Speaker:
  • Chee Mee Hu, Moody's Investors Service, New York
  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

The New Energy Revolution

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
New technologies are driving dramatic changes in the electric system, offering unprecedented opportunities for energy users. Learn why aligning policymaker, utility and consumer goals is critical when exploring regulating the power industry.

  • Speaker:
  • 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.


 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

The New Economy of Sharing

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
It's been called one of the "Ten Ideas That Will Change the World." It's the sharing economy, and it encompasses everything from ride-sharing to vacation rentals. Examine transportation-sharing options and how states are providing consumer protection and oversight for this burgeoning industry.

  • Panelist:
  • Nelson Chan, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, California
  • Roger Chapin, Mears Transportation Group, Florida
  • Ashwini Chhabra, Uber Technologies, New York

 

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:
  • Speaker Terie T. Norelli, New Hampshire
  • Panelist:
  • Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Randal Giroux, Cargill, Minnesota
  • Mandy Hagan, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C.

 

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Task Force on Agriculture Reception

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center -L Level Lobby
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
Following the "How Technology is Changing Agriculture" Issue Forum, this reception will highlight Minnesota's agriculture sector and their support for NCSL and the Legislative Summit.


Friday, August 22, 2014

 

6:15 AM to 8:00 AM

Bipartisan Bike Ride

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Join us as we cruise the streets and trails of Minneapolis for the 10th annual NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride. Touted by Bicycling Magazine as the nation's number one bicycle city, the ride around Minneapolis will be a great way to start the conference day and see the sights of the city at a leisurely 10 miles an hour. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones as you pedal with colleagues, family and friends. Since 2005, more than 80 legislators have taken part in the ride, representing 27 states and Canada, Germany, the Virgin Islands and Guam. The Bipartisan Bike Ride is a collaboration between NCSL and BikeTexas. Mark your calendar for Friday, August 22 from 6:30 am 8 am. Bikes, helmets, water and riding tips will be provided by BikeTexas. Dress comfortably. All skill levels and ages are welcome to join this guided ride. Coffee and healthy breakfast snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required, with priority given to legislators and their immediate family, followed by legislative staffers. Space is limited! Starting location to be determined. Contact Douglas.Shinkle@ncsl.org for registration and ride details.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Walmart, American Society of Civil Engineers, BNSF Railway, General Mills, Primal Wear, People for Bikes, Siemens and Quality Bicycle Products for sponsoring this event.