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.
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.