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EEI/NRECA Utility Siting Workshop
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Monday, October 20, 2014
Albuquerque Marriott
2101 Louisiana Blvd Albuquerque, NM 87110 UNITED STATES
  • Workshop Agenda

    Our Tuesday field trip will be to the Reeves Generating Station, a natural gas facility in north Albuquerque.

    On Sunday, there will be an optional field trip to the Rio Grande Nature Center. The Rio Grande Nature Center is a New Mexico State Park situated in Albuquerque's near north valley. Adjacent to the Rio Grande and its flyway, the 270 acre park contains woodlands, meadows and farmland. Recreational opportunities include year round bird watching, hiking trails, a visitor center, pond, several specialty gardens and indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas.

    Buses will depart from the hotel at 12:30 pm and return to the hotel around 5:00 pm. 

    If you would like to attend the field trip and ride the bus, please RSVP to Sarah Ball at with "Yes" in the subject line.

    We also encourage you to follow in your rental car and join the group.


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  • The EEI/NRECA Utility Siting Workshop will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico this year from October 12-15.  Our host company is Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). The Workshop opens with an EEI reception on Sunday evening; Workshop sessions start after lunch on Monday and end at noon on Wednesday. The Workshop opens with a plenary followed by various sessions addressing current siting issues and solutions that are of interest to all. The sessions will consist of three to four speakers followed by an open Q&A period.

    The PNM reception for attendees will be held on Monday evening at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.  Buses will begin departing from the hotel at 5:30 pm and will run continuously between the hotel and the museum until 8:00 pm.

    Thanks to its annual International Balloon Festival in October, Albuquerque is known as the "Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World." October 2014 Balloon Fiesta dates are October 4-12.  Consider arriving early and enjoying the balloons!

    Click here to open the visitor's guide to Albuquerque.


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  • We are implementing some changes to our annual workshop in response to your feedback. You told us you wanted more chances to network with your peers, presentations on natural resources and regulatory perspectives on issues such as FERC Order 1000. It is also clear that you want more time for Q&A with speakers.  We listened and we are incorporating these suggestions and more. This year we are building more Q&A time into each session and will be soliciting questions before the workshop to help moderators generate fruitful discussions. We will have a utility-only lunch, where you can network with your peers on topics of your choice. 

    We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque and welcome your feedback on any element of the workshop.

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  • Opening Plenary: Distributed Generation


    Karen Lefkowitz, Vice-President of Business Transformation, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

    Greg Bernosky, Renewable Utility Energy Program Manager, Arizona Public Service Co.

    Our speakers will examine distributed generation from a business utility perspective and from the front lines. 


    Session 1: Transmission Lines:  Characteristics and Effects of Opposition

    We are very pleased to have L. P. Gerlach, Professor Emeritus from the University of Minnesota, speaking at this year's workshop on his latest publication, Public Reaction to Electricity Transmission LinesIn the paper, he analyzes some of the trends that have occurred since the 1970s, referencing specific transmission lines controversies from the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Germany.  The three main obstacles to constructing new transmission lines, according to Gerlach, are public opposition, the approval process, and market restructuring.  The approval process has made things complicated as longer lines pass through the jurisdictions of more local, state or provincial, and regional governments. Efforts have been taken to give greater power to national authorities in approving and siting large projects, but success has been elusive. Gerlach will discuss these trends and how public opposition has evolved over the years. 

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    Whether you are new to the electric transmission industry or a seasoned veteran wishing to keep abreast of new trends and technologies in siting, this workshop will provide you with practical knowledge, alert you to policy developments and supply you with ample networking opportunities.  Year after year, our attendees tell us that the ability to network with their industry peers is one of the most valuable aspects of this workshop. Our attendees are comprised of about 50% utility industry professionals, 40% consultants and 10% academics and federal and/or state officials.

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  • Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Registration & Evening Reception: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Workshop Sessions:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Field Trip:  7:30 am

    Workshop Sessions:  10:30 am – 5:00 pm


    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    Workshop Sessions:  8:30 am – 12:00 pm

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  • Albuquerque Marriott


    2101 Louisiana Blvd

    Albuquerque, NM 87110

    Phone:  (505) 881-6800

    Special Rate $130.00 + tax/night


    Room Cut-off: September 20, 2014


    Online Reservations: Edison Electric Institute EEI/NRECA Utility Siting Workshop

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    You can register by using the registration form under "Meeting Documents" or on-line using the link at the top of the page.  The fees are:

    $450.00 EEI or NRECA Member

    $500.00 EEI Associate Member
    $550.00 Non-Member
    $250.00 Government (Fed/State/Local)

    For more information, please contact Debbie Trotter at (202) 508-5660

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    We could not do this Workshop each year without the generous support of our exhibitors and sponsors. Each year our attendance is growing as we reach new audiences. Last year's event was attended by more than 150 representatives of utilities and regulatory agencies, as well as other trade professionals from across the U.S. This year's workshop promises to provide another excellent forum to provide visibility to your organization and to support the planned activities and event associated with the workshop.

    If you are interested in participating, please download the appropriate form under the "Meeting Documents" Section located above.

    For more information, please contact Debbie Trotter at (202) 508-5660

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    Refund/Cancellation: If request for cancellation is made prior to September 30, 2014 a refund will be issued minus a $100 processing fee. Cancellations received after September 30, 2014 will be charged the full registration fee. Substitutes are welcome. Please send all cancellation requests to Debbie Trotter.

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