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Electricity Mat​​ters  

​Electricity Mat​​ters

Electricity Matters breakout sessions will give you an in-depth, behind-the-scenes view of all the major trends and issues facing the electric utility industry today. Lively panel discussions, including interactive Q&A with delegates, will feature EEI member company CEOs and senior executives, industry thought leaders and other stakeholders. In 2013, more than 50 CEOs and senior officers spoke at the Electricity Matters sessions.​

Listed below are the confirmed speakers (as of 5/29/14).

Monday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

1A The Rising Tide of Water Concerns

Major water users like electric utilities face increasing competition for water, especially in the western U.S and during times of drought.  In addition, EPA is currently undertaking major water related regulation relating to effluent limitation guidelines, 316(b), and a revised definition of Waters of the United States that could potentially impact many facets of utility operations, including T&D.  The panel will address these issues and rules and their impact on utility operations. 

Jennifer Crandell, Special Counsel Attorney General, State of Nevada  
Kim Greene, Executive Vice President & COO, Southern Company   
Mark Ruelle, President & CEO, Westar Energy   
Pat Vincent-Collawn, Chairman, President & CEO, PNM Resources   
Moderator:  Kristy Bulleit, Partner, Hunton & Williams   

1B  Leading the Transformation:  Innovative Approaches to Customer Priorities

Offering innovative, mutually beneficial solutions, electric companies are out-in-front addressing the evolving needs and priorities of their customers.  Several company leaders will highlight the initiatives that they are taking to meet and exceed customer expectations, while addressing their own strategies in a time of rapid technological advancement.   

Terry Bassham, Chairman, President & CEO, Great Plains Energy   
David Hutchens, President & CEO, UNS Energy   
Scott Morris, Chairman, President & CEO, Avista Corp.   
Lloyd Yates, Executive VP, Regulated Utilities, Duke Energy  
Moderator:  Alex Laskey, President & Founder, OPower

1C Safeguarding the Grid

The power sector faces an ever-increasing set of threats to both physical and cyber security.  This panel will discuss the actions utilities are taking to maintain secure systems and business continuity.

Gerry Cauley, President & CEO, NERC   
Pat Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy   
Greg Dudkin, President, PPL Electric Utilities    
Jim Torgerson, President & CEO, UIL Holdings Corp.   
Moderator:  Jim Fama, Vice President, Energy Delivery, EEI    

Monday, June 9, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

2A Grid Resiliency: Preparing for Uncertainty

Electric companies are placing a high priority on developing contingency plans for future extreme events, and for hardening the grid and related infrastructure.  This issue has gained increased attention nationally in light of storm-related events over the past year and increasing efforts to link extreme events with climate change, including the creation of a White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.  This panel will discuss the importance of preparing power systems for extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and extreme heat or cold, regardless of their origin.  Speakers will discuss the importance of this issue to the industry and highlight efforts to address it.
Leo Denault, Chairman & CEO, Entergy   
John McAvoy, Chairman, President & CEO, Consolidated Edison   
John Ramil, President & CEO, TECO Energy   
Joe Rigby, Chairman President & CEO, Pepco Holdings    
Moderator:  Miki Deric, Managing Partner, Davies Consulting   

2B The Grid as an Evolving Platform for New Energy Services

The electric grid is evolving into a platform for energy services and new technologies – both basic grid services such as reliability and resiliency as well as enhanced grid services like the integration of distributed resources, renewable energy, and energy storage and the management of grid assets and energy optimization. This panel will review the benefits that the grid brings as the integrator of emerging energy services and technologies.  What new services are already underway and what additional services will be enabled by emerging new technologies?

Colleen Calhoun, Senior Executive Director, Energy Ventures, GE Power & Water   
Chris Johns, President, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Adrian Tuck, Chief Executive Officer, Tendril
Andy Vesey, Executive Vice President & COO, AES Corp.   
Guerry Waters, VP, Industry Strategy, Oracle Utilities 
Moderator: Bob Rowe, President & CEO, NorthWestern Energy   

Tuesday, June 10, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

3A Utility Regulation and Success in a Low Growth Economy

Many US electric companies are facing an operating environment of low growth in demand and revenues.  What changes will be needed in utility direction and rate regulation to allow utilities to meet earnings expectations while encouraging investments to enhance utility infrastructure to meet customer requirements? 
Warner Baxter, President & CEO, Ameren   
Jay Horine, Managing Director & Head of Power and Utilities, J.P. Morgan  
Gale Klappa, Chairman & CEO, Wisconsin Energy  
Ellen Nowak, Commissioner, Wisconsin Public Service Commission   
Moderator: Tom Flaherty, Senior Partner, Strategy&   

3B Distributed Generation:  Getting Policies Right

Roof-top solar, combined heat and power, energy storage, and micro-grids are emerging as viable distributed energy resources.  How do their benefits and costs compare to central station generation, and what role should community and large scale generation play in meeting customer expectations?  What regulatory policies are needed to ensure that these technologies are sustainable and equitable to all customers?  What role do subsidies play, and are we appropriately valuing the grid? 

Don Brandt, Chairman, President & CEO, Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Jim Hughes, CEO, First Solar   
Connie Lau, President & CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries   
Tom Werner, President & CEO, SunPower   
Moderator:  Lynn Good, President & CEO, Duke Energy   

3C Fuel Diversity and the Polar Vortex:  What We Learned

The past winter’s cold weather provided a challenge to the electric system.  This session will discuss the impacts of high system load caused by weather, the importance of a variety of fuel sources, and market structure.

Tony Alexander, President & CEO, FirstEnergy   
Gerry Anderson, Chairman & CEO, DTE Energy   
Chris Crane, President & CEO, Exelon Corp.   
Moderator:  Jeff Holzschuh, Chairman, Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley  

Tuesday, June 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

4A A View from the EEI Leadership

As innovative technologies and evolving regulatory pathways gain traction in the utility business, an increasingly diverse set of stakeholders—including state and federal policymakers along with interest groups—have become vocal in seeking to define what the utility of the future may resemble. The ultimate outcomes of those debates will figure prominently in charting the future role of incumbent utilities, which will be the focus of this panel featuring the EEI Leadership.

Ted Craver, Chairman President & CEO, Edison International
Nick Akins, Chairman President & CEO, American Electric Power
Tom Fanning, Chairman President & CEO, Southern Company
Moderator:  Michael Yackira, CEO, NV Energy

Tuesday, June 10, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

5A Building a Competitive Workforce for Tomorrow

This panel will investigate how electric companies are employing new hiring and training practices, to hire a more diverse workforce, and build a culture of continuous improvement. 
John Donleavy, Executive Vice President & COO, National Grid   
Bob Powers, Chief Operating Officer, American Electric Power  
Rod West, Exec. Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Entergy  
Geisha Williams, Executive VP, Electric Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric  
Moderator: Tom Graham, Vice President, People Strategy, Pepco Holdings   

5B Driving Electric Transportation:  Utilities and Automakers Together

Automakers and electric utilities have made great progress in bringing the electric transportation market to where it is today. This panel will lay the groundwork for an unprecedented, coordinated effort between automakers and electric utilities to accelerate the electric transportation market, discussing ways to expand electric transportation into segments that have broad application not only to electric utility fleets, but all commercial customers and the retail market as well.

Ted Craver, Chairman, President & CEO, Edison International   
Tony Earley, Chairman, CEO & President, Pacific Gas and Electric 
Pam Fletcher, Executive Chief Engineer, Electrified Vehicles, General Motors   
Jon Styslinger, President, Altec
John Viera, Global Director, Sustainability & Vehicle Envir Matters, Ford  
Moderator:  Jim Piro, President & CEO, Portland General Electric   

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