Tuesday 6 February 2018
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Pre-Conference Meetings for NASEO State and Affiliate Members

  • U.S Department of Energy’s State Energy Program Competitive Meeting (Invitation Only) (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
  • Electrify America Roundtable (State and Territory Energy Offices Only) (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
  • NASEO Regional Meetings (State and Territory and Affiliate Members Only) (2:45 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • NASEO Board of Directors Meeting (State and Territory and Affiliate Members Only) (4:15 PM - 5:30 PM)
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Wednesday 7 February 2018

Conference Events Open to All Registered Attendees

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Welcome and Opening Remarks

NASEO leadership will set the stage for this important meeting.

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
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Powering America – Congressional Action and Legislative Outlook

Over the past year, the U.S. House-passed, with leadership by the House Energy Subcommittee, H.R. 3050 to increase the states’ abilities to support energy emergency preparedness, enhance cyber security in the energy sector, and promote hydropower.  This federal legislative outlook session provides a leadership view of what’s ahead for Congress in 2018.

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Historic Federal Tax Changes and The Impact on Private, State, and Local Energy Infrastructure Investments

An historic tax bill is poised to significantly change energy-related economic development.   This session will dig-in to the details of the tax bill, strategize on how best to craft (and recraft) public-private energy infrastructure investments, and provide actionable information for state and private energy decision makers engaged in program and project development.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
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The Power of Energy as a Service: A Sustainable, Integrated Approach to Public-Private Partnerships and Infrastructure Modernization

A new approach to accessing and managing energy resources, efficiency, and resilience is emerging – energy as a service.  This session examines the policies and agreements that are being utilized by government and private organizations in defining the market, establishing the value proposition, and setting expectations.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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PURPA, Power Markets and State Authority – What’s at Stake for States, Utilities, and Energy Investors

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.

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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DOE Innovations in Carbon Management, Clean Coal, and Natural Gas Development and Utilization: Emerging Results and Research and Development Priorities

This high-level information session provides news on the latest technology, research and development, and demonstration developments emerging from DOE’s Office of Natural Gas and Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management. These key DOE offices collaborate with states and conduct innovative public-private research and demonstration projects that range from producing useable water from CO2 storage sites, to capturing rare earth elements from coal, to characterizing the potential for natural gas hydrates and LNG export expansion.

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Kennedy Ballroom, Ballroom Level

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Preparing Better, Recovering Faster: Resiliency, Reliability, and Energy Infrastructure Planning

The devastating hurricanes of 2017 have left communities from Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands in recovery mode.  These events have also stimulated considerable debate among State Energy Officials, local leaders, and Members of Congress about the right way to prepare, rebuild, and mitigate physical, human, and cyber risks.  This session looks at practical steps to enhance energy system resilience and provides insights on the types of partnerships and incentives that can build stronger communities and infrastructure.

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
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Breakout 1- Energy Storage, Renewable Power, and Demand Response: A 100% Solution?

New technologies are being introduced that will result in dramatically greater energy storage capacity and significantly lower costs.  Wind, hydro, solar, and other renewable resources are practical throughout much of the nation.  And, a few states and cities are moving toward 100% renewable power goals coupled with grid-building demand strategies.   This session will review new technologies being introduced to market, and explore policies that can help or hinder infrastructure investment.

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Roosevelt Room, Ballroom Level
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Breakout 2 - What Every State Official Needs to Know About Petroleum Shortage Emergency Response, Fuel Diversity, and Planning

This NASEO Energy Security Committee-hosted workshop provides lessons learned from the states’ recent experiences with hurricanes and petroleum disruptions, as well as a step-by-step review of NASEO’s Guidance for States on Petroleum Shortage Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness.  The session marks the official release of this key planning guide for state energy and emergency officials, and also includes a briefing update from the U.S. Department of Energy and private sector partners.

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Longworth Room, Ballroom Level
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Breakout 3 - State, City and Corporate Emission Commitments: How Does Energy Efficiency Fit for Meeting Criteria Pollutant Requirements and Climate Goals

Long before the Clean Power Plan, there were a host of challenging, important state and city clean air requirements and climate goals. While most states seek lower-cost means of complying with existing environmental rules, many states and cities are committing to action on greenhouse gases and, at the same time, corporate action on climate have gone aggressively mainstream.  This session reviews tangible energy efficiency options and tools for helping meet air quality and emissions goals.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Networking Reception

Thursday 8 February 2018
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2018: Progress and Outlook

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, will release the 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook in the first quarter of 2018.  This “early look” session provides the preliminary view of the numbers. In its sixth year, this annual resource outlines key trends influencing America’s energy supply, energy demand, and related investments.

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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The Future Is Now: Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Considerations

Electric vehicle adoption has gained momentum in recent months and is expected to accelerate rapidly in the near-future. During this keynote address, Tesla Motors will discuss their new vehicles – including their Class 8 all-electric truck – and will explore how EVs and infrastructure will impact grid development, community planning, and energy use in the years to come.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Natural Gas Access –Policies and Actions in Support of Rural Economic Development, Fuel Diversity, and Affordability

An increasing number of State Energy Policy plans and recommendations developed by State Energy Officials call for expanding access to natural gas, particularly in rural areas, in order to open economic development opportunities for manufacturing and provide greater fuel diversity options for consumers in underserved areas.  This session will discuss the policy issues around valuing the expanded delivery of natural gas and explore considerations for engaging both utility commissions and communities.  Priority discussion points for the session include available economic and energy analysis, key steps in moving from policy development to gas delivery, and lessons learned from stakeholder engagement.

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Roosevelt Room, Ballroom Level
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Breakout 1 - Rural Energy Affordability and Economic Development

While many states and some federal programs, such as Rural Energy for America Program and Rural Utilities Service, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seek to address the energy needs of rural areas and small communities, resources are inadequate and new public-private options are required.  This session introduces NASEO’s Rural Energy Task Force and examines the results of a new study on rural energy cost burdens and needs. In addition, this session will explore strategies for reducing energy costs, increasing efficiency rural and small-town buildings, facilities, and operations, and catalyzing economic development in those areas.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Longworth Room, Ballroom Level
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Breakout 2 - VW Settlement: Prioritizing Program and Project Opportunities

This fast-moving session includes the latest settlement news, and updates from state representatives on the status of their VW planning efforts and sector priorities.  The facilitated “rapid updates” will allow participants to learn where particular states are in the planning process, and will enable states to discuss planning and policy priorities.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Kennedy Ballroom, Ballroom Level
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Keynote Luncheon: U.S. Department of Energy Priorities and Outlook

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Residential Energy Financing: Sorting through the Options for Policy and Program Success

The country’s aging housing stock presents a vast opportunity to deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in support of household cost savings, health, and comfort. Yet, the country’s most successful residential energy financing program, having deployed billions through voluntary tax assessments placed on homes in just a few years, has sparked concerns over consumer protections and mortgage risks. This session will explore residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) as well as alternative models, including Title I Home and Property Improvement, energy-efficient mortgages, and On-Bill loans, to help states sort through the different financing program options from the governmental, banking, and electric utility sectors.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Networking Break

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderators
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Electric Distribution System Revolution – Impacts, Benefits and Who Pays for What

Building-grid integration, transportation electrification, AI-enabled energy management, community solar, and energy storage are converging.  What are the system costs and benefits of these advances in technologies? What do companies entering the DG space need to access the grid, and what is a fair price for that access? What business, policy, and regulatory models are we moving toward?  During this interactive, roundtable discussion, experts will present their ideas in four key areas, followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience aimed at identifying barriers, needs, and questions for further research.

Friday 9 February 2018
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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DOE-EERE Priorities: Energy Efficiency Research and Development and Innovation

This session provides the latest program, policy, and budget priorities from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in such key program areas as U.S. State Energy Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, Buildings, and the Federal Energy Management Program.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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USEER 2018: Where are the Energy Jobs in America – Data and Analysis Outlook

This “early glimpse” presentation will show the initial findings and emerging trends from the 2018 U.S. Energy Employment Report (USEER 2018), sponsored by NASEO and the Energy Futures Initiative.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Setting Energy Policy Priorities through State Energy Plans

States conduct comprehensive energy planning at the direction of the Governor or Legislature to establish a strategy or policy recommendations to meet current and future energy needs in a cost effective manner. As we approach the 2018 election cycle, many new and returning state leaders will move to update existing or develop new state energy plans and policies. This panel will explore how states have used comprehensive energy plans to identify energy policy priorities, use data-driven analytics to understand energy needs, and track progress toward achieving energy goals. Attendees will also see a demonstration of the Hawaii Advanced Visualization Environment Nexus (HAVEN), a tool developed by the Hawaii State Energy Office to support state energy planning efforts and help stakeholders better understand the policy choices and tradeoffs necessary for energy system transformation.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Washington Update: The President’s Budget, Regulations, and Federal Agency Actions

This outlook session led by NASEO’s General Counsel will provide the latest news on Congressional and federal agency priorities, appropriations, regulations, and infrastructure.

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Wrap Up and Adjourn