Environmental Regulation and Electric System Reliability

Date: 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Time: 

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Venue: 

The Grand Hyatt, Constitution Ballroom

Address: 

1000 H St NW
Washington
DC
20001

The Bipartisan Policy Center, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) hosted the final workshop in a three-part series exploring how to ensure the reliability of our nation's electric system without jeopardizing important progress on public health and environmental protection. Workshop Three focused on local, state, regional, and federal policy options to accommodate the expected power sector transition.  Panels explored state regulator and utility planning; options for local, state, and regional coordination; and federal regulatory and legislative options.

In October, the Power Sector Environmental Regulations workshop framed the issues in the debate and provided background on upcoming regulations for the power sector. To view the video and presentations from Workshop One, click here.

The second workshop, Reliability Impacts of Power Sector Developments, delved into analysis of the power sector impacts under various scenarios of EPA regulation stringency and timing, as well as a range of conditions for key variables such as natural gas price, and electricity demand. Video and presentations from Workshop Two are available here.

WORKSHOP THREE: Local, State, Regional, & Federal Solutions

8:30-9:00

Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:05

Introduction Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center

9:05-9:25

Keynote Address Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

9:30-11:00

State Planning for the Suite of Future EPA Regulations Moderator: Vice Chairman James Gardner, Kentucky Public Service Commission State regulator planning Commissioner Rick Morgan, DC Public Service Commission Chairman Edward Finley, Jr., North Carolina Utilities Commission Respondents: Pamela Faggert, Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer, Dominion John Hanger, former Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection Sonny Popowsky, Consumer Advocate of Pennsylvania Panel Discussion/Audience Question and Answer

11:00-11:10

Break

11:10-12:40

Local, State, and Regional Coordination and Solutions Moderator: Paul Miller, Deputy Director, NESCAUM Non-conventional capacity resources (demand side management, efficiency, storage) Sue Tierney, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Inc Coordination of capacity resources, retrofit scheduling, and transmission security Paul Sotkiewicz, Ph.D, Chief Economist, Markets, PJM Interconnection John Lawhorn, Sr. Director, Midwest Independent System Operator Respondents: Kathleen Barron, Vice President, Exelon Corporation Garey Rozier, Resource Planning Manager, Southern Company Chris James, Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project Panel Discussion/Audience Question and Answer  Afternoon Program

12:40-1:20

Lunch

1:20-3:00

Federal Government Options Moderator: Linda Stuntz, Founding Partner, Stuntz, Davis, & Staffier, PC Federal authorities and approach Peter Tsirigotis, Division Director, US Environmental Protection Agency Doug Smith, Member, Van Ness Feldman Respondents: Jeff Holmstead, Head of Environmental Strategies, Bracewell & Guiliani David Hawkins, Director of Climate Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council Panel Discussion/Audience Question and Answer 3:00-3:15 Break 3:15-4:50 Legislative Options Moderator: Dave Conover, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center Congressional staff Maryam Brown, Majority Staff, House Energy and Commerce Committee Alexandra Teitz, Senior Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee Michael Catanzaro, Deputy Staff Director, Senate Environment & Public Works Jonathan Black, Professional Staff, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Panel Discussion/Audience Question and Answer

4:50-5:00

Wrap Up