PDF VersionThe following is the agenda for the NASEO 2019 Energy Policy Outlook Conference:

Tuesday 5 February 2019
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Pre-Conference Meetings

  • Concurrent Meetings (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
  • Concurrent Meetings (2:45 PM - 4:15 PM)
  • NASEO Institute Meeting (Open to Institute Board Members) (3:30 PM - 4:15 PM)
  • NASEO Board of Directors Meeting (Open to NASEO State, Territory, and Affiliate Members) (4:30 PM - 5:45 PM)
  • NASEO Regional Meetings – Working Dinners for Each Region(NASEO State, Territory, and Affiliate Members–advance reservation with NASEO required. Meetings are located offsite. See NASEO staff for details.) (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
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Wednesday 6 February 2019
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Presenters

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The opening session includes remarks from NASEO’s Board leadership and a review of conference themes.

Presenters
8:10 AM - 8:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

Energy Legislation and the 116th Congress

This legislative outlook session offers insights from a leading Member of the United States House of Representatives on what is ahead for energy appropriations, legislation, and more.

Moderator
Presenter
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Energy Resilience, Innovation, and Infrastructure – Legislative and Appropriations Outlook

As bipartisan support for an infrastructure bill and a range of energy security and cybersecurity actions has grown over the last few months, NASEO and our partners have been engaged in advancing energy resilience, innovation, and infrastructure across a number of sectors – buildings, grid, fuels, transportation, workforce. This outlook session provides a diverse set of views on paths forward, key elements, and likely outcomes in 2019.

Moderator
  • Dub Taylor, Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Presenters
  • Ariel Marshall, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen
  • Chester Carson, Senior Policy Advisor, Republican Staff, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Mark Fowler, Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative Peter Welch
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: New Priorities and Continued State-Federal Collaboration

This presentation from the Office of Energy Efficency and Renewable Energy’s newly confirmed Assistant Secretary will provide the latest perspectives on evolving technology research priorities and public-private partnerships, as well as state-federal coordination aimed at reaching our shared goal of American clean energy leadership.

Moderator
  • Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Energy Advisor, Utah Office of Energy Development, Vice-Chair, NASEO Board of Directors
Presenter
  • Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Improving Reliability, Resilience, and Efficiency of the Nation’s Electricity System

Over the last few years the occurrence of extreme weather events and cyber threats to the nation’s electric grid has increased and emphasized the issues of reliability, resilience, and efficiency of the bulk power system as well as local distribution systems. This session will look at the challenges and opportunities our nation currently faces to protect and improve the reliability and security of its power system and current actions being taken at the federal and state levels.

Moderator
Presenters
  • Anthony Fryer, Conservation Improvement Program Coordinator, State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Travis Hinck, Project Manager, GDS Associates
  • David Townley, Director, Public Policy, CTC Global
  • Paul McGlynn, Senior Director, System Operations, PJM Interconnection
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Roosevelt Room, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

What the Disaster Recovery Reform Act Means for States, Cities, Mission Critical Facilities, and Energy Resilience

Historic changes to the Stafford Act resulting from the Disaster Recovery Reform Act could usher in tremendous opportunities for states and cities to tap federal resources to use for integrating energy resilience elements¬ – efficiency, renewables, storage, codes – with a range of pre- and post-disaster infrastructure investments. In addition, mission critical facilities such as military installations play key roles in their communities as America moves to improve community resilience and preparedness. This expert discussion focuses on recent changes to the Stafford Act that impact the electric sector as well as related community and facility resilience actions.

Moderator
  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Member, NASEO Board of Directors
Presenters
  • Bryan Howard, Legislative Director, U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification, Inc.
  • Patricia Hoffman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael McGhee, Executive Director, Office of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Army
  • Ruth McCormick, Director, Federal and State Affairs, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Pamela Williams, Executive Director, Build Strong Coalition
Presentations
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Colonnade Room, Lobby Level
Moderator
Presenter

Keynote Luncheon: The Shifting Utility Paradigm and Valuing Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future

Moderator
  • Joanne Morin, Deputy Commissioner, Energy Policy, Planning and Analysis, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Presenter
Presentations
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Grid Modernization and Distributed Resource Integration: Evolving Ideas Aimed at Optimizing the Grid to Meet State, Local, and Utility Needs

Across the country, grid modernization and utility business model discussions are underway.  State officials, utility representatives, and private energy technology developers are wrestling with complex policy and regulatory decisions and attempting to keep up with rapidly evolving energy efficiency and other clean energy technology opportunities. The profound, long-term transformation of the electric industry is due to such factors as economics, customer expectations, technology advances, and federal, local, and state policies.  This session offers expert views, advice, and the latest examples of progress in this critically important area.

Moderator
  • Kristy Manning, Director, Division of Energy, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Presenters
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Electricity, Oil, and Natural Gas:Critical Energy Infrastructure Resilience Coordination

The electricity, oil, and natural gas industries are serving the nation’s energy needs though a complex system of production and distribution.  Over the past decade, these industries have made tremendous progress on enhancing energy emergency response and resilience through two critical coordinating organizations, the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and the Oil and Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council.  Representatives of both industry councils will share their respective roles and priority recommendations for continued energy system reliability and resilience in the face of evolving physical and cyber threats.

Moderator
  • Ben Bolton, Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Presenters
  • Laura Schepis, Security and Preparedness, Edison Electric Institute
  • Kimberly Denbow, Senior Director of Security, Operations and Engineering Services, American Gas Association
  • Suzanne Lemieux, Manager, American Petroleum Institute
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Climate Change: State, Local, and Private Sector Energy Adaptation and Mitigation Actions and Options

Experts presenting in this session will discuss actions that state, local, and private sector leaders are taking, including planning for resilience, examining risk and insurance, and developing bolder energy-related goals and activities.

Moderator
  • Michelle Gransee, State Energy Office Manager, Clean Energy and Programs, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Presenters
  • Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Environment and State Energy Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
  • Chase Jones, Energy Conservation Coordinator, , City of Missoula, Montana
  • Brandon Peck, Director, Flywheel Government Solutions (on behalf of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Concurrent NASEO Committee Sessions

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Roosevelt Room, Ballroom Level
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Energy Security Committee: Simplifying and Operationalizing Energy Emergency Response and Cybersecurity

Coordination among NASEO, NARUC, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response is evolving to better meet state needs and help to build the capacity of states to respond energy emergencies.  This Energy Security Committee session will focus on understanding cybersecurity roles and information flows, practical cyber security actions states can take, and tools to help states, territories, and remote communities to simplify and operationalize emergency response.

Committee Chairs
  • Ben Bolton, Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Megan Levy, Local Energy Programs Manager, Office of Energy Innovation, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Presenters
  • Kate Marks, Director for State, Local, and Tribal Policy Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Lynn Costantini, PhD, Deputy Director, Center for Partnerships and Innovation, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • Matthew Duncan, Manager, Policy Coordination, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
  • Jeffrey Pillon, Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO
  • Sandy Fazeli, Managing Director, Policy, NASEO
  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Member, NASEO Board of Directors
Presentations
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Fuels and Grid Integration Committee: Electric System Planning; Modeling; and Carbon Capture, Sequestration and Utilization

This Fuels and Grid Integration Committee discussion session will include news about the NARUC-NASEO Electricity System Planning Task Force and updates on advances in grid modeling capability, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative, and carbon sequestration and modeling.

Committee Chairs
  • Dub Taylor, Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Chris Yunker, P.E., Energy Systems and Transportation, Hawaii State Energy Office
  • Deana Dennis, Senior Manager, External and Government Affairs, Electric Power Research Institute, Affiliate Co-Chair, NASEO Fuels and Grid Integration Committee
Presenters
  • Joseph Paladino, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity
  • Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Energy Advisor, Utah Office of Energy Development, Vice-Chair, NASEO Board of Directors
  • Rodney Sobin, Senior Program Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Danielle Sass Byrnett, Director, Center for Partnerships and Innovation, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • Charles Zelek, PhD, Senior Economist, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Tom Harris, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Robert Spencer, Data Scientist and Software Developer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Chris Yunker, P.E., Energy Systems and Transportation, Hawaii State Energy Office
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Networking Reception

Thursday 7 February 2019
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

Revitalizing Energy and Climate Policy: Insights from a Newly Elected Member of Congress

Newly-elected members of the United States House of Representatives have sought to cast a spotlight on energy and climate issues. This session will explore what may be in store for the 116th Congress as these new leaders take office.

Moderator
  • Robert Jackson, Director, Michigan Agency for Energy, Past Chair, NASEO Board of Directors
Presenter
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

People, Planet, Profit: Motivations and Mechanisms for Clean Energy Investment

With green bonds, power purchase agreements, and corporate project ownership on the rise, 2018 represented a record-breaking year for clean energy investments. In this session, state, local, and corporate experts will highlight the plethora of policy and market mechanisms that are aiding clean energy procurement across the country, even in times of regulatory and political uncertainty and stalemate.

Moderator
  • Dan Farrell, Energy Financing Program Manager, Division of Energy, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Presenters
  • Demetra McBride, Bureau Chief, Office of Sustainability & Environmental Management, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
  • Stan Blackwell, Director, Customer Service and Strategic Partnerships, Dominon Energy
  • Miranda Ballentine, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
  • Ashley Allen, Senior Manager, Climate and Land, Mars Corporation
Presentations
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

NARUC-NASEO Comprehensive Electricity Planning Task Force

NASEO and NARUC have partnered to create a new Joint Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and technical assistance from National Laboratories.  Over the next two years this Task Force will help develop new approaches to better align distribution system planning and resource planning processes.  State Task Force participants will be announced in this session.

Moderator
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Presenter
  • Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Energy Advisor, Utah Office of Energy Development, Vice-Chair, NASEO Board of Directors
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Mission Critical Facilities and Energy Savings Performance Contracting: Essential Tools and Practical Guidance

Over the past year, NASEO and the U.S. Department of Energy have led an Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Working Group in partnership with the Energy Services Coalition and National Association of Energy Services Companies, to develop concise, practical guidance for states and cities on critical ESPC issues such as measurement and verification guidance and key contract terms.  This session presents a set of recommended ESPC guiding principles, e-Project Builder and other important information about new tools for ongoing ESPC program support.

Moderator
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Presenters
  • AnnaMaria Garcia, Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Timothy Unruh, PhD, Executive Director, National Association of Energy Service Companies
  • Dale Hahs, State Liason Team Manager, Energy Services Coalition
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

U.S. Department of Energy Outlook: Priorities, Budgets, and State Engagement

This presentation from the leader of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity provides an outlook on the groundbreaking work underway at DOE’s key grid modernization office.  From energy storage to modeling to state analytical support focused on electric system planning, the Office of Electricity is critical to advancing electric system security, reliability, and affordability.

Moderator
  • Molly Cripps, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Presenter
  • Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Energy Storage, Solar, and Efficiency: A Sustainable and Resilient Combination

The advent of lower-cost energy storage options and solar is opening more and more grid optimization and climate-friendly electricity distribution system planning opportunities – from meeting demand to new “black start” power plant options. Across the board, a range of sustainable energy technologies and services are enhancing resilience in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.  This outlook session looks at the latest use cases and price trends and provides a special preview of the 2019 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

Moderator
Presenters
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Colonnade Room, Lobby Level
Moderator
Presenter

Keynote Luncheon: Corporate Clean Energy Leadership – Amazon’s Sustainability Priorities

Moderator
  • Michael Furze, Assistant Director, Energy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
Presenter
  • Jake Oster, Public Policy, Energy and Environment, Amazon
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Rural Energy Actions and the “New” Farm Bill: More Energy Financing and Assistance Options for Housing, Water, Communities and Rural Businesses

Passage of the Farm Bill in late 2018 resulted in the continuation of many rural renewable energy, energy efficiency, and financing programs, as well as new opportunities for states and rural communities. This session looks at the new options and resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Moderator
  • Joe Francis, Associate Director, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Presenters
  • Robert Coates, Electrical Engineer, Rural Energy Savings Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Carol Werner, Executive Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Presentations
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Innovation, Investment, Research and Development: Clean Energy Technology Trends and Economic Development

This session provides insights from leading clean energy technologists and investors that are advancing public-private research and development, commercialization, and deployment approaches to deliver innovation and economic development.

Moderator
  • Cady Lister, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Alaska Energy Authority
Presenters
  • Robin Millican, Program Manager, Advocacy and Government Relations, Gates Ventures
  • Mark Glick, Specialist, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Melanie Kenderdine, Principal, Energy Futures Initiative
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Accelerating Solar: Crucial Strategies to Reduce Non-Hardware Development Costs

The U.S. Climate Alliance and NASEO recently partnered to create an important guide for state and local governments to address innovative local solar market design through a review of best practices, sample local policy and programs, planning scenarios, and program models.  This session includes an overview presentation followed by a discussion of existing approaches to accelerating state and local solar development priorities.

Moderator
  • Brian Selinger, Team Leader, Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Presenters
  • John Williams, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Secretary, NASEO Board of Directors
  • Julie Cerqueira, Executive Director, U.S. Climate Alliance
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Roosevelt Room, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Offshore Wind: The Giga Opportunity

Learn how state-federal-private cooperation is unleashing America’s offshore wind gigawatt scale resource, and hear the latest from states, researchers, and investors on collaborative activities to deliver more for less.  This roundtable session provides real time information on offshore wind state actions, as well as the opportunity to ask questions of federal and industry partners on the outlook for investment, R&D, transmission, interconnection, and siting.

Moderator
Presenters
  • Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  • Sara Bluhm, Director, Division of Clean Energy, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • Kent Herzog, Competitive Transmission Manager, Burns and McDonnell
  • Alana Duerr, PhD, Offshore Wind Lead, Wind Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Matthew Morrissey, Head of New England Markets, Ørsted US Offshore Wind
  • Darryl François, Chief of Engineering and Technical Review, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of Interior
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Seizing a Shared, Efficient, Electric, Autonomous Mobility Future through State-Led Solutions

States, cities and industry experts will discuss how electrification and artificial intelligence are changing what “mobility” means for growth, climate, and the grid.  This discussion-oriented session includes recent state program and policy actions, state-city initiatives, and options for State Energy Offices and utilities to collaborate for regulatory change.

Moderator
  • Maria Redmond, Director, Office of Energy Innovation, Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Co-Chair, NASEO Transportation Committee; Member, NASEO Board of Directors
Presenters
  • Marie Whittaker, Interagency Director, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia
  • John Kwant, Global Director, Mobility Matters, Ford Motor Company
  • Jessica Shipley, Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project
Friday 8 February 2019
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

2019 U.S. Energy Employment Report: Data and Analysis Outlook for Energy Jobs in America

This “early glimpse” presentation will show the initial findings and emerging trends from the 2019 U.S. Energy Employment Report sponsored by the Energy Futures Initiative and NASEO.

Moderator
  • Sumesh Arora, PhD, Director, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
Presenter
  • David Foster, Distinguised Associate, Energy Futures Initiative
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Changing State Energy Policy and Regulatory Directions

Hear the latest outlook from state energy leaders on energy policy and regulatory trends resulting from the historic fall elections and changing energy markets.  This discussion-oriented session will include significant audience engagement and provide real time news from the states.

Moderator
Presenters
  • Michael Furze, Assistant Director, Energy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Kerry Campbell, Environmental Program Manager, Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Member, NASEO Board of Directors
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenters

Scaling Zero Energy, Zero Emission and Passive Buildings: From Pilots to Market Transformation

Six years ago, NASEO was the first national organization to lead the charge on advancing zero energy ready public facilities, schools, commercial structures, and homes.  The U.S. Department of Energy and private-sector partners have made tremendous progress since that time on pilot efforts and technology solutions.  This session provides the latest news on the tools and examples states and cities are using to build zero energy schools, “Passive House” affordable multifamily housing, and other facilities in order to meet climate and energy goals at little or no cost premium.

Moderator
Presenters
  • Sarah Zaleski, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brandon Nicholson, Founding Principal, NK Architecture
  • Stan Salwocki, Manager of Architecture and Engineering, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

U.S. State Energy Program: Update and Plans for 2019

This update session provides the latest news from the U.S. Department of Energy on the U.S. State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program, and offers the chance for states to engage with leadership of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office.

Moderator
  • Maureen Neighbors, Energy Division Chief, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Presenter
  • AnnaMaria Garcia, Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
Moderator
Presenter

Washington Update: The President’s Budget, Reauthorizations, 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.

Moderator
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Presenter
  • Jeffrey Genzer, General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level

Wrap up and Adjourn