States, utilities, investors, DOE, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and others are examining the intersection between state energy policies and regulations and wholesale electricity markets. FERC’s actions and those of the states may propel or stall innovation and could alter the long record of affordable, reliable power. Some 40 years ago, the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) was passed by Congress and it has been key to diversifying domestic electricity resources toward renewables. Will policy actions, rapid technological advancement, subsidies for nuclear power, renewable electricity standards, abundant natural gas, and consumer demands continue to change our electric system for the better or break it? This experts’ discussion session will lay out key issues and engage the audience about the pressing power issues facing the states, utilities, consumers, businesses, and investors.