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The August Task Force on Energy Supply meeting will explore a range of issues including the use of drones in the energy sector, ways in which the nuclear industry is identifying efficiency measures to reduce electric generating costs, how utilities assess consumer costs and how changes in rate design affect state energy policy, and much more.
7:30 am – 8:15 am: Breakfast8:15 am – 9:15 am: The Next Wave in Efficiency Intelligent efficiency harnesses the convergence of software analytics, telecommunications and sensor technologies to substantially increase the efficiency of the grid. These advancements are connecting and coordinating energy use in an increasing number of commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Discuss current trends and the future for intelligent efficiency, with examples across the country. Examine the state policies and regulations that influence the adoption of intelligent efficiency technologies. Speaker:· Leah Guzowski, Argonne National Laboratory· Brian Bowen, First Fuel Software 9:15 am – 10:15 am: Rate Design as Energy Policy In the past year, a majority of state public utility commissions have either made or considered changes to the way utilities assess customer costs, which may have significant implications for state energy policy. State policymakers benefit from understanding how rate design can shift consumer costs and choices when it comes to energy use, energy efficiency and distributed energy. Explore state ratemaking options and trends, what they mean for utilities and consumers, the potential role for state legislatures, and where rate making is headed in the future. Speaker: · Karl McDermott, Professor of Business and Government, University of Illinois · Chris Villarreal, Minnesota Public Utility Commission· Lisa Schwartz, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break10:30 am – 11:30 am: The Growing Role of Natural Gas Natural gas production has seen tremendous increases in recent years and low gas prices are providing many economic benefits. The large increase in gas demand for electricity generation, transportation and industrial uses, however, is straining natural gas infrastructure and highlighting possible environmental challenges within sector. With natural gas becoming more common as a baseload electricity resource, it has lowered the cost of renewable energy integration, but also amplified concerns over the lack of infrastructure. Explore what the growing reliance on natural gas means for the electricity sector as well as the efforts of state policymakers, federal officials and the industry to address the natural gas infrastructure, environmental and reliability concerns. Speakers: · David Cozzie, Fuels and Incineration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency· Michael Pincus, Van Ness Feldman L.L.P.· John Rudiak, Connecticut Natural Gas Corp.11:30 am – Noon: Task Force Business MeetingNoon – 1:00 pm: Lunch – Delivering the Nuclear Promise Since 2013, five nuclear reactors have permanently closed and operators have warned that more plants are at risk of closure. While nuclear power provides almost 20 percent of the nation’s electricity generation, the current environment is challenging nuclear’s place in the nation’s energy mix, drawing the attention of utilities, regulators and state policymakers. Examine a new initiative by the nuclear industry to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in an effort to keep nuclear power competitive. Speaker: · Rodney McCullum, Used Fuel and Decomissioning, Nuclear Energy Institute1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Break -- (Attendees will change rooms to begin the Energy Policy Summit)
New technologies are rapidly changing the energy landscape, causing major shifts in the way energy is produced, managed and consumed. This energy transition offers opportunities for innovative companies, utilities and states and the promise of a more efficient and resilient electric system, where energy consumers play a much larger role. This year’s Energy Policy Summit will explore the technologies and practices that are rapidly transforming the energy system as well as address the uncertainties and challenges that policymakers may face as their states navigate this new energy landscape. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: A New Energy Outlook While the EPA Clean Power Plan lies in suspended animation as the federal courts determine its future, utilities and states are making critical energy planning decisions with an eye on a rapidly changing environment. How are regulators, policymakers and the energy industry making decisions when it comes to energy investments, given the risks posed by rapid technology, market and regulatory changes? A panel of experts discusses this question, explores energy trends, the influence of state and federal policy, and discusses ways to make smart energy investments. Speaker: · Alice Jackson, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy· Anthony Yuen, Global Energy Strategist Commodities, Citigroup 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: The Evolving Electric Grid New technologies are rapidly changing the energy landscape, causing major shifts in the way energy is produced, managed and consumed. This energy transition offers opportunities for innovative companies, utilities and states to create a more responsive, flexible and resilient electric system where energy consumers play a much larger role. Explore how technologies are changing the operation of the grid, driving the creation of new markets, and how the policy environment shapes these changes. Speakers: · Mark McGranaghan, Distribution and Energy Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute· Commissioner Ann McCabe, Illinois Commerce Commission3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Break4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Taking to the Skies: Drones Transform Energy Business Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are widely known for their use in military applications, but many companies across the energy sector are finding them to be a useful tool to ensure the nation’s critical energy assets—such as pipelines or substations—are inspected and maintained. Examine the opportunities for UAVs in the energy sector as well as the current policy challenges that need to be overcome. Speakers: · Amanda Essex, NCSL· Alex Zektser, Federal Aviation Administration· Matthew Henry, CMS Energy
New technologies are rapidly changing the energy landscape, causing major shifts in the way energy is produced, managed and consumed. This energy transition offers opportunities for innovative companies, utilities and states and the promise of a more efficient and resilient electric system, where energy consumers play a much larger role. This year’s Energy Policy Summit will explore the technologies and practices that are rapidly transforming the energy system as well as address the uncertainties and challenges that policymakers may face as their states navigate this new energy landscape. 7:30 am – 8:15 am: Breakfast8:15 am – 9:15 am: The Electric Vehicle Revolution Electric vehicles have the potential to transform the way we fuel transportation, and automakers, states and utilities are racing to play a part in this transformation. At least 24 plug-in electric vehicle models are currently available in the U.S. and many states are considering a variety of incentives to promote hybrid and plug-in electric vehicle adoption. As the demand for infrastructure and charging stations grows, will utility infrastructure be able to handle these new demands? Look at what lies ahead for the electric vehicle market and explore innovative approaches for dealing with the potential for widespread adoption. Speakers:· Anne Smart, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Chargepoint · Kellen Schefter, Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute9:15 am – 11:00 am: Weathering the Storm—Risk, Vulnerability and the Electric Grid The electric grid may be the most critical component of our modern society, powering our homes and workplaces; delivering heating, cooling and fresh water; and sustaining the operation of our economy. When storms, cyber-attacks, technology failures and other incidents take down the grid, the results can be devastating for individuals, communities and state economies. Explore risks confronting the modern grid, the costs of power failure, and approaches for securing the grid against the most serious threats.9:15 am: Federal and Industry Actions to Address RisksSpeakers: · Scott Aaronson, managing director, Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, Edison Electric Institute· Devon Streit, deputy assistant secretary, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy· Duane Highley, president and chief executive officer, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.10 am: KeynoteConversation with Ted Koppel, journalist and author of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surving the Aftermath10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break11:00 am – 12:15 pm: The Rise of Renewables Solar and wind are growing at an astounding rate, and their expected additions to the grid will even surpass gas for 2016 and 2017. How far will renewables go as their prices continue to drop? As they become growth leaders in the energy mix, what will it mean for utilities and those responsible for maintaining the grid? What is the role of the market and state policy? Industry and thought leaders provide a dynamic exploration of these questions.Speakers:· Lyndon Rive, co-founder and chief executive officer, SolarCity· Tom Kiernan, chief executive officer, American Wind Energy Association· Anne Pramaggiore, chief executive officer, Commonwealth Edison12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Lunch 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Book Signing with Ted KoppelNCSL will have a limited number of free copies of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath available to legislators and legislative staff.
Many Americans are not saving enough for a secure retirement. In recent years, some states have adopted state-sponsored retirement savings programs for private sector workers, and others are exploring alternative approaches to encourage workplace savings. Join state policymakers, along with experts from leading financial institutions, research and advocacy organizations, as they explore ways to enhance retirement savings, protect consumers and employers, and make the most of existing market options. 7:30 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am: The Retirement Readiness Gap: The Scope of a Looming Crisis Who’s saving, who’s not? How much? How are various demographic groups preparing for retirement? What barriers have researchers identified regarding access and participation? Moderator: • Andrew Peterson, Retirement Systems, Society of ActuariesSpeakers: • Brigitte Madrian, Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management, Harvard Kennedy School of Government • Frank O’Connor, vice president, Research and Outreach, Insured Retirement Institute 9:00 am – 9:15 am: ERISA in 15 Minutes: What State Policymakers Really Need to Know Speaker: • Michael Kreps, a Principal at Groom Law Group 9:25 am – 10:20 am: Working Within a Voluntary, Employer-Based System: Marketplace Plans and Other Private Sector Savings Innovations How are private sector providers innovating and partnering with states to expand coverage and insure savers receive adequate lifetime income? What is the current state of 401(k)s? How are newly-adopted “marketplace” plans being structured? How are providers reaching contingent workers to achieve the retirement security needs of the next economy? Moderator: • Robert Melcher, Office of Legislative Services, New Jersey Speakers: • Carolyn McKinnon, Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace • Catherine Collinson, president, Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies • Jessica Duhamel, Government Relations & Public Policy, Fidelity Investments10:30 am – 11:25 am: Adopting and Implementing State-Sponsored Retirement Savings Programs: Challenges and Opportunities How are states crafting and implementing their own retirement savings programs to boost retirement savings for harder-to-reach populations? How are they working to avoid ERISA liability (or possibly embrace it), protect consumers, minimize burdens for employers, and manage their own legal and financial risks? Explore automatic enrollment IRA programs along with Multiple Employer Plans and prototype options. Moderator: • Courtney Eccles, Invest in IllinoisSpeakers: • Sarah Mysiewicz Gill, AARP • Senator Daniel Biss, Illinois • Senator Todd Weiler, Utah • Martin Noven, Government Markets, TIAA 11:35 am–12:35 pm: Retirement Savings Plan Considerations: Critical Issues for Employees, Employers, Providers and States What are the priorities for key stakeholders, and how can state policymakers successfully balance their needs? What are the tradeoffs between various policy goals? What costs are involved (for both administering programs and for increased social spending if retirement savings challenges are not met)? Moderator: • Angela Antonelli, Research Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Retirement Initiatives at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University Speakers: • John Scott, Director, Retirement Savings, The Pew Charitable Trusts • Andrew Remo, Director of Legislative Affairs, American Retirement Association • Sven Wilson, Chair, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University and Chief Economist, Notalys, LLC 12:35 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
As our nation's economy continues to evolve from a primarily state-based system into a more integrated national and global economy, state tax systems must adapt in a manner that does not impede economic growth, provides clarity and simplicity to taxpayers and ensures the necessary revenue for appropriate government functions. This task force examines important and timely issues on tax policy in order to provide guidance to state legislators as they address the emerging taxation issues in the 21st century’s economy. 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: State Tax According to David Brunori Author and Deputy Publisher of Tax Analysts, David Brunori, will provide his perspective on the state of state tax policy. Mr. Brunori is also a research professor at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, where he teaches state and local public finance and fiscal federalism. He also teaches state and local tax law at the George Washington University Law School. The author of numerous books on state and local tax policy, Brunori received the 2001 Choice Award for his book State Tax Policy: A Political Perspective. Speaker:· David Brunori, Tax Analysts9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Give Me a (Tax) Break A federal advisory board introduced a proposal earlier this summer with the intention of providing more awareness and understanding of the budgetary impact of federal tax expenditures. Being neither readily identifiable nor subject to annual appropriations, tax expenditures are often criticized for their lack of transparency. This session will discuss FASAB’s new rule and how states may be impacted by the increased attention on lost revenue from tax deductions and exemptions. Speaker:· Stephen Gathier, Government Finance Offiers Association9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: The Impact of State Tax Changes on Financial Reporting of Publicly Traded Companies While companies may experience a change in their actual tax liability as a result changes to tax laws, the financial costs of having to immediately recognize additional tax expense for financial reporting purposes is not always evident. This session will discuss the possible financial reporting impacts for publicly traded companies when states change how they tax business. Speakers:· Angela Pitale, NextEra· Joe Crosby, Multistate Associates· Michael Mazerov, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: How State Policies Impact Local Property Taxes This session will cover a recent report on property taxes that analyzes the key reasons why property taxes vary so widely across U.S. cities, including the effects of state government policies. Some strategies states can pursue to strengthen their property tax systems will also be discussed. Speaker:· Adam Langley, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Update: Remote Sales Tax Collection in the States Max Behlke and Joe Rinzel will provide an update on remote sales tax collection at the state and federal levels in 2016. Speakers:· Max Behlke, NCSL· Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association11:30 a.m.: Task Force Adjourns 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Blockchain -- The Next BIG Thing After the Internet -- Lunch (Room W183a)
You have probably heard of Bitcoin, the digital currency and secure payment system that has been around since 2008, but you may not have heard of the technology behind it -- Blockchain. Termed as the driver behind the "4th Industrial Revolution," Blockchain is a decentralized technology that has the potential to change the way that businesses and governments record transactions, store data and keep information secure in an increasingly digital world. Hear an overview of this nascent technology during this luncheon session and discuss its enormous potential for making our world more effective, efficient and safe. Speaker:· Jerry Cuomo, IBM Blockchain, North Carolina
8:30 am - 9:15 am: International Delegation IntroductionsInternational legislators and staff meet colleagues and counterparts from across the globe. Each delegation introduces its members in attendance for the Summit. Presiding: – Speaker Pro Tempore Gregory Snowden, Mississippi9:15 am - 10:45 am: Weathering the Storm—Risk, Vulnerability and the Electric GridJoint session with Energy Policy Summit
The electric grid may be the most critical component of modern society, powering our homes and workplaces; delivering heating, cooling and fresh water; and sustaining the operation of our economy. When storms, cyber-attacks, technology failures and other incidents take down the grid, the results can be devastating for individuals, communities and state economies. Explore risks faced by the modern grid, the costs of power failure, and approaches for securing the grid against the most serious threats. 9:15 am: Federal and Industry Actions to Address Risks Speakers:– Scott Aaronson, Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, Edison Electric Institute– Devon Streit, deputy assistant secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy– Duane Highley, president and chief executive officer, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.10:00 am: Keynote Speaker:– Ted Koppel, journalist and author of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.10:45 am - 11:30 am: Fostering Genuine Citizen Engagement -- A Panel DiscussionA constant challenge for legislators and legislative staff is ensuring active citizen engagement in the legislative process. Citizens often lack trust in, or understanding of, legislative processes, and legislators feel the pressure of limited resources in providing opportunities for citizen input. Many analysts point to this lack of trust as a major contributor to the Brexit. Learn how to deal with similar crises in legitimacy through open and genuine dialogue with citizens, with and without technology. Presiding: – Senator Rodney Ellis, TexasSpeakers: – Senator Elaine Bowers, Kansas– Raffaele Cattaneo, president, CALRE– Derrick Kitts, iCitizen– Angela Andrews, NCSL11:30 am- 12:45 pm: Fostering Genuine Citizen Engagement -- Roundtable Discussions Discuss, and learn alongside your international colleagues, best practices for broadening outreach and obtaining citizen input in order to make informed decisions while strengthening democratic practices.
The task force examines issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. All are welcome to attend. Presiding: · Representative Dan Flynn, Texas· Representative Kenneth T. Ito, Hawaii7:30 am – 11:15 am: Tour of Northrop Grumman, Rolling Meadows, ILTask force members and invited guests visit defense contractor Northrop Grumman’s innovative facility in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Current projects include Directional Infrared Countermeasures, systems that protect U.S. and allied aircraft from heat-seeking, shoulder-fired missiles; and LITENING, a targeting system used by the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps. Bus transportation is provided for task force members and invited guests, departing McCormick Place, Gate 43/44 at 7:45 a.m. sharp. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. Contact Brooke Oleen at email@example.com or (720) 393-9234 to confirm your attendance. Please bring a photo ID and comfortable shoes for walking.11:30 am – 11:45 am: NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes (Room W183b)· Welcome by Task Force Co-Chair: Representative Dan Flynn, Texas· Pledge of Allegiance· Recognition of Sponsors· Introductions around the room· Meeting Packet Review: Jim Reed, NCSL 11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Services for Veterans in the State of Illinois: Briefing from the Illinois Department of Veterans' AffairsHear about and discuss services for veterans provided by our host state.Speaker: · Erica Jeffries, director, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Suicide Prevention and the Role of the States A July 2016 Veterans Administration study concluded that in 2014, 7,403 veterans took their own lives. This accounted for 18 percent of all suicides in America, while veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population. Burdened with mental health issues, post-traumatic stress, and addiction issues, too many military veterans consider and act upon suicidal thoughts as an option to their suffering. Learn about effective suicide prevention programs, both those operated by governments and by veterans. Presiding: · Representative Martha Jane King, Kentucky Speakers:· Marine Nelson, Thresholds, Chicago, Illinois· Rob Trigg, Jr., founder, Formation 22 Task force members will discuss initiatives for veteran suicide prevention in their home states.1:00 pm: Lunch ProvidedPlease pick up your lunch and return to the meeting.1:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Update: Texas Military Department (TMD)Hear an update on activities in Texas relating to the role of the TMD in disaster relief, emergency missions and border issues.Speaker: · Bill Wilson, executive director, Texas Military Department1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Helping Our Military Vote Since the Civil War, it’s been official policy to get ballots to and from those serving in the military. What’s the modern day equivalent of the Pony Express that ensures ballots are sent to overseas citizens at least 45 days before Election Day and returned in time to be counted? If that means using the Internet, what are the security concerns, and are there any work-arounds that are foolproof? Speaker: · Matt Boehmer, director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C. 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Task Force Legislative Updates and Wrap-UpTask force members provide brief updates on 2016 enacted legislation.Task force moves to Room W184d. 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Workforce Development and Veterans Employment (Room W184d)Joint session with the Labor & Economic Development CommitteeReturning members of the armed forces bring a wealth of skills, knowledge, and leadership back home with them. As deployments wind down, employers and veterans alike must learn to navigate this unique job market and extensive influx of talent. Come discuss best practices and learn how the right policies can benefit both our nation's businesses and its finest heroes. Speakers: · Michael Michaud, assistant secretary, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.· Darrell Roberts, Helmets to Hardhats, Washington, D.C.· Brian Huseman, vice president for public policy, Amazon Joining Forces program for veterans and military spouses
Committee members discuss and vote on committee business, and consider, review and vote on any policy resolutions submitted for consideration. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The committee business meetings are paperless this year. Policy directives and resolutions are accessible in electronic format on the NCSL app and on the agenda and resources page on the Summit website. All meeting rooms have wireless internet access. Here is the list of Education Committee members.
The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching with the Redistricting Data Program's Block Boundary Suggestion Project already underway. Come hear updates on the program; what we are seeing, what we are changing, and how we are enhancing participation opportunities. In addition, get the latest news on the census voting rights tabulations, state kick-off meetings, and other activities affecting the 2020 Census.
What will it take to move the United States from a mediocre C on the international education report card to the A+ other nations are scoring? NCSL’s International Education Study Group examined the principles that make countries like Finland, Singapore, Poland and China achieve a perfect education score. This interactive session gives you the syllabus to make it happen.
- How every aspect of these comprehensive systems is designed to create the world’s best education system—and workforce—and improve their economy.
- Why teachers are considered “nation builders” and how that translates into high achievement for students.
- What the instructional systems of the top performing counties have in common.
- Recommendations for turning state education systems into world class.
It's a discussion on the campaign and on Main Street: How do we address poverty, wages and the collapse of the middle class in the U.S.? You’ll dive deep into new recommendations to solve poverty from The American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution, which brought together experts across the political spectrum to come to consensus on this difficult problem.
What you'll learn: • 12 policy recommendations to cut poverty and increase productivity. • How to incorporate opportunity, responsibility and security into a specific strategy. • A roadmap for strengthening families, increasing the number of qualified workers and improving education.
New leadership looks, sounds and feels, well, a lot like jazz. You’ll get a musical perspective on the creativity, inspiration and efficiency that characterize leadership from Orbert Davis and members of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, who use music as a catalyst for change. You will learn how an innovative and inclusive leadership approach nurtures an environment where all voices are fully present, and excellence is the standard. What you’ll learn: • How to listen, bop and swing along and translate these musical differences into current challenges. • How to unleash and focus your creativity, energy and collaboration techniques. • How to engage and integrate diversity of thinking and perspectives.
Savor and sip some of Chicago's best offerings at one of the world's great natural history museums. Come face-to-face with the largest T-Rex ever found, descend into an ancient Egyptian tomb and stand among larger-than-life soldiers in the exclusive exhibition, "China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors." The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Michigan.Note: Shuttle service is provided from 6:15 pm to 10:00 pm between the Hilton and Towers Chicago/Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, Palmer House Hilton Hotel and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place to the Field Museum. * No shuttle service will be provided to the JW Marriott Hotel.
Hotel to Convention Center: · Daily shuttle service is provided between hotels and the West Building at McCormick Place (Gates 43 and 44), departing every 15-20 minutes. · Hyatt McCormick Place is adjacent to the convention center. No convention shuttle service will be provided to the JW Marriott Hotel or Hyatt McCormick Place. Shuttle Pick Up/Drop Off Locations: · Hilton and Towers Chicago -- 8th Street Entrance · Renaissance Blackstone -- buses depart from 8th Street entrance of the Hilton and Towers Hotel · Hilton Palmer House -- Wabash Street Entrance For those attendees who choose to take a cab, taxi drop off is located at Gate 40 on Indiana Avenue at the McCormick Place West Building. ADA approved transportation is available by request from hotels, convention center and social event. For assistance, please contact Mark Libermann of PWE at 312-446-0207.
The National Caucus of Native American State Legislators (NCNASL) (http://www.ncsl.org/research/state-tribal-institute/national-caucus-native-american-state-legislators.aspx) annual meeting is a post-conference to NCSL's Legislative Summit in Chicago. The meeting offers a forum for discussion among Native American legislators and the opportunity for members and participants from the private and public sector to discuss issues and strategies, along with resolutions to increase access and economic development, and improve health and education outcomes for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
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