Mid-America Regulatory Conference 2019

Annual Conference*

August 11 – 14, 2019

Hilton Des Moines

435 Park Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Agenda Subject to Change

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Registration & Information Open

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Second Floor of Des Moines Hilton

Sunday, August 11, 2019

10:00 a.m. Registration & Information Opens Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set - up Exhibitor Hall
11:40 a.m.

Board Buses to depart for Ball Game

(first bus departs at 11:45 a.m.)

Hilton Des Moines Entrance
1:08 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Iowa Cubs Baseball Game

Tickets in registration packet

(beginning at 3:00 pm buses will shuttle between hotel and ballpark;  last bus to depart from ballpark at 4:30 pm

 

1 Line Dr.

Des Moines, IA 50309

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Cloud Ballrooms A, B, and C

8:30 p.m. Registration & Information Closes Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up Exhibitor Hall

Monday, August 12, 2019

7:00 a.m. Registration & Information Opens Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Cloud Ballroom A

8:30 a.m. –  8:45 a.m.

Welcome          

Welcome by the MARC Conference Chair, Honorable Nick Wagner 

Welcome by the Hon. Frank Cownie, Des Moines Mayor

Welcome by MARC President, Hon. Dan Scripps

Cloud Ballroom B/C

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Lightning Round: General Session

Panelists from across the industry will answer “rapid-fire” questions about hard-hitting industry topics to spur conversation throughout the conference.

Moderator: Chairman Ted Thomas, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Panelist: 

Colette Honorable Partner at Reed Smith

Bruce Hauk, President, American Water

Wes Ashton, VP of Operations, Black Hills Energy 

Adam L. Wright, President and CEO,  MidAmerican Energy Company 

Susan Williams Sloan,VP, State Affairs, AWEA 

James H. Gallegos, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Alliant Energy

Chairman Jim Huston, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission 

Mark Schuling, President, NASUCA and Iowa Consumer Advocate

Asim Haque, Executive Director of Strategic Policy and External Affairs, PJM Interconnection

Krista Tanner, SVP, Chief Business Unit Officer, ITC Holdings Corp.

Kerri Johansen, Energy Program Director, Iowa Environmental Council

Paul Suskie, Executive VP, Regulatory Policy and General Counsel, Southwest Power Pool

Michelle Bloodworth, President and CEO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)

Pamela Hollick, Associate General Counsel, CenturyLink

Cloud Ballroom B/C

9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Guest Activity: Blank Park Zoo

Departure at 9:45 am (Hotel Entrance marked coach bus)

Blank Park Zoo 

7401 SW 9th St. Des Moines, Iowa 50315

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

Exhibit Hall

Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Electrification

This panel will discuss the potential benefits, drawbacks, and concerns with the increasing draw of electricity due to electrification of vehicles, homes, and other fast-growing technology. The panel will provide an update on the developmental status of electric vehicles, heating and cooling, and other emerging technologies, as well comment on the infrastructure needed to support them.

Moderator: Chair Sally A. Talberg, Michigan PSC

Panelist:

James Cade, VP Fleet Services, Ruan Trucking  

Kimberly Winslow, Director, Energy Solutions, Westar and KcP&L

John Halliwell, Sr. Tech Executive at Energy Utilization, EPRI

Chris King, Chief Policy Officer – Siemens Digital Grid- Sponsor

Katrina McMurrian, Executive Director, CCIF 

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballroom A

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO)

This panel will discuss transmission planning with a focus on seams and how to plan for tomorrow’s grid. The panel will present ideas that can be implemented to better coordinate between RTO seams and provide an understanding of how changing the generation mix impacts transmission planning.

Moderator: Commissioner Sarah Freeman, Indiana IUC

Panelist:

Jeremiah Doner, Director, Seams Coordination & Membership Services, MISO Energy 

David Kelley, Director of Seams and Market Design, Southwest Power Pool

Commissioner Daniel Hall, Missouri Public Service Commission

Nicole Luckey, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Invenergy LLC 

Commissioner Kim O’Guinn, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballroom C

11:45 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Short Break for Room Turn (Clear the Ballroom Exhibit Hall

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Michigan PSC Lunch (Attendees only)

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Robocalls – Shaken/Stir

The ability to identify a spoofed caller identification is essential to re-establishing trust in the call network. In response to spoofing, the telecom industry has developed a program called SHAKEN/STIR that allows customers to verify the legitimacy of callers. This panel will provide an update on SHAKEN/STIR and projection on the ongoing battle with spoofing.

Moderator: Chair Mary Ridder, Nebraska Public Service Commission

Panelist:

Philip Linse, Director Public Policy, Century Link

Linda Vandeloop, Assistant VP, External Affairs/Regulatory, AT&T

Heather Hendrickson, Acting Deputy Division Chief, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau FCC 

William T, Maxson, Assistant Director, Marketing Practices Division, Bureau of Consumer Protection Federal Trade Commission

Vice Chairman Chris Nelson, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballroom A

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Regulatory Issues Concerning Water Utilities

In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the U.S. a “D” in drinking water infrastructure and found that the U.S. will need to spend $4.5 trillion by 2025 to fix our aging and ailing infrastructure.  This is a big investment that has the potential to impact rates and the affordability of water service.  There are many alternative ratemaking mechanisms, such as trackers and infrastructure charges that are designed to help solve the problem of our nation’s aging water infrastructure.  But what is the impact on customers? The panelists will discuss the alternative ratemaking mechanisms used to encourage investment in infrastructure and the role that affordability plays in this equation.

Moderator: Commissioner David Ober, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Panelist:

Chuck Rea, Director of Regulatory Services, Iowa American Water 

Commissioner Brien J. Sheahan, Illinois Commerce Commission 

Kathryn Kline,Senior Research Associate, NRRI

Kim Joyce, VP Regulatory, Government and External Affairs, Aqua America 

Rob Powelson, President & CEO, NAWC

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballroom C

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Guest Activity: Science Center of Iowa (SCI)

Departure at 2:00 p.m. (Hotel Entrance marked coach bus)

Departures from SCI at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

401 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break

Exhibit Hall

Concurrent Sessions 5 & 6

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cybersecurity

This panel will discuss cyber threats to the utility infrastructure and how to mitigate risk.

Moderator: Commissioner D. Ethan Kimbrel, Illinois Commerce Commission

Panelist:

Sam Ellis, Director, Cyber Security and Controls, Southwest Power Pool

Joe Randazzo, Director Networks & Information Security, ITC Holdings 

Paul Hoffman, VP, Information Technology, Central Iowa Power Co-op

Peter Grandgeorge, Program Manager, MidAmerican Energy Company

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballroom A

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gas Innovation

While the electricity sector takes all the headlines on innovation, the natural gas sector has been busy with its own innovation. This panel will explore innovation when it comes to delivery, new policies, renewable natural gas, and rural extension.

Moderator: Chairman Gary Hanson, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

Panelist*:

Bob Amdor, Director Regulatory Services, BlackHills Energy

Joe Cooney, Civil Engineer, Eco Engineers

Bill Liss, VP, Managing Director, Energy Delivery and Utilization, GTI

Erica Larson, Regulatory Analyst, CenterPoint Energy

Brian Penington, Manager Regulatory Relations & Policy, Alliant Energy

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballroom C

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Board Meeting (Invitation Only)

Elements Room

5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Botanical Gardens Reception

Buses depart for Botanical Gardens at 5:45 p.m.

Walking path available (0.8 miles from hotel)

Buses departing Botanical Gardens will stop in the East Village and Court Ave. District; last bus departs from the Botanical Gardens at 8:30 p.m. 

Des Moines Botanical Gardens

909 Robert D. Ray Dr. Des Moines, IA 50309

6:00 p.m. Registration & Information Closes Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

7:00 a.m. Registration & Information Opens Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Cloud Ballroom A

 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

From the Consumer Perspective

This panel will discuss what customers want from their utilities, whether it is low-income subsidies facilitating affordability, or demands of 100% renewable energy. The panel will discuss how to best meet customer demands, while balancing reasonable prices, value, and service to all customers.

Moderator: Commissioner Maida Coleman, Missouri Public Service Commission

Panelist:

Jennifer Easler, Attorney, Iowa Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Advocate

Steve Chriss, Director of Energy Strategy and Analysis, Walmart

Michael Luu, CIO and VP Customer Service, California Water Service Company 

Marina Donovan,VP, Global Marketing and Public Affairs, Itron 

Jeff Kaman, Manager Energy & Climate Strategy, Deere & Company 

Amy Fredregill, Managing Director, Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, Environmental Initiative

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Guest Activity: Iowa State Capitol Tour

Departure at 9:15 a.m. (Hotel Entrance marked coach bus)

Lunch options available after tour at the State Capitol Food Trucks

1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50319

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Energy Infrastructure

Fueled by social media, advertising and special interest groups, landowners and communities are increasingly pushing back on energy infrastructure projects, from wind development, to transmission lines, to solar arrays. This panel will dissect how utilities engage with landowners and third-party groups and address the role of the regulators during these discussions.  The panel will also discuss how commissions deal with large infrastructure projects.

Moderator: Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, North Dakota, Public Service Commission

Panelist*:

Aram Shumavon, Co- Founder and CEO of  Kevala Analytics (invited) 

Scott Davis, Commissioner, North Dakota Indian Affairs 

Tom Petersen, Director Public Affairs, ITC Midwest

Dahvi Wilson, VP of Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy, Inc.

Brad Klein, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (Attendees only)

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Kevin Elko

Author, Life Coach and Educator

Dr. Elko will provide a motivating talk that will help jump-start attendees, enabling a more pro-active approach in this competitive world and industry.

Cloud Ballroom B/C

4:00 p.m. Registration & Information Closes Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton

3:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Iowa State Fair visit and activities (evening reception included)

Reception 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy some of the Fair’s tastiest treats

Departure at 3:00 p.m. (Hotel Entrance marked coach buses)

(Buses will shuttle between the hotel and State Fair grounds.  Last bus will depart the State Fair grounds at 11:15 p.m.)

No Smoking on State Fair Grounds

Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317

Polk County Farm Bureau Shelter

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

7:00 a.m. Registration & Information Opens Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Cloud Ballroom A

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

FERC, NARUC and the Future: What’s in Store

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) have created a number of collaborative efforts. This panel will discuss the outcome of these efforts and where other collaborative opportunities lie.

Moderator: Commissioner Mike Huebsch, Wisconsin Public Service Commission

Panelist*:

Nick Wagner, President, NARUC, Board Member, Iowa Utilities Board

Tony Clark, Senior Advisor, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP, Former FERC Commissioner, past NARUC President

Approved for 1 Iowa CLE credit hour Activity Number 331557

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Closing Session: Future of the Utility Industry

How will utilities and industry partners adapt to the technological advances and what does the future hold?

Moderator: Commissioner Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin Public Service Commission

Panelist*:

Chair Katie Sieben, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Libby Jacobs , President, The Jacobs Group, LLC

Commissioner Sadzi Oliva, Illinois Commerce Commission

Tanuj Deora, VP, Market Development & Regulatory Affairs, Uplight

Doug Galloway, Director - Governmental Affairs, Central Region, CentruryLink

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

11:00 a.m. Registration & Information Closes Registration & Information on Second Floor at Hilton
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Exhibitor Close out Exhibitor Hall Second Floor Hilton

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

(Available to Go - Attendees only)

Ballroom B/C

Conference Adjourns

*Indicates we are still awaiting confirmation from several panelist.