2013 Energy Policy Summit Presentations

2013 NCSL Legislative Summit
Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

The energy landscape is being transformed as new energy technologies spread and states work to address a variety of risks, including those posed by cyber attacks, natural disasters and climate change. These actions are likely to have a dramatic effect on state energy portfolios.  Creating state policy that promotes reliability, security and affordability while adapting to this changing energy system is a challenge for states and the country as a whole. The 2013 Energy Summit explored the shifting landscape and investigate the technologies and policies that are playing a role in these changes.

Protecting the Grid – Cyber and Energy Security

The electric grid is the most complex and critical component of the U.S. economy and it is relied upon to deliver essential services. While technology is playing an important role in improving reliability and efficiency, it increases the system’s vulnerability to cyber attacks and other risks.  Increasing the resiliency of the electric system in the face of these threats is essential to ensure the security and reliability of the nation’s grid. These sessions explored the risks and vulnerabilities, the adequacy of industry protocols, federal actions on this issue and steps policymakers can take to protect the electric grid in their states.

Utility Efforts to Reduce Cyber Threats
Laura Schepis, senior director of legislative affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Scott Aaronson, Edison Electric Institute
Kimberly Denbow, American Gas Association  PDF PRESENTATION

Federal and State Actions
Jeanette Manfra, deputy director of the EO-PPD Integrated Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Carolene Mays, commissioner, Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission

Grid Vulnerability: The Threat of EMP
Representative Andrea Boland, Maine
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security
Dr. George Baker, professor emeritus of Applied Science, James Madison University

Climate and Energy – Creating the Right Mix

Greenhouse gas emissions concerns and the risks posed by government regulations are have a dramatic influence on the decisions made by utilities, investors, state policymakers and industry. These decisions are shaping the energy mix and creating challenges for those who are tasked with keeping the grid affordable and reliable.  How are utilities planning in the wake of federal, state and investor pressures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? What effect is this having on our energy mix?  What does this mean in the context of global efforts and trade?  These questions and more were addressed during this expert panel discussion.

Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator,  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ron Shipman, vice president of environmental affairs, Georgia Power Company  PDF PRESENTATION
Miles Keogh, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners  PDF PRESENTATION

The Future of Wind and Solar

Wind and solar energy are growing dramatically, becoming significant contributors to the energy supply in a growing number of states, driving economic development and helping states meet their clean energy goals. While much of the development is being driven by state renewable energy requirements and other incentives, in many states renewables are becoming cost competitive with coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. Still, some are grappling with concerns over costs, siting, and integration of these new players on the electric grid. The session provided an update on the wind and solar industries and investigate their affect on reliability, energy costs and the environment.

Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice President of state affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association  PDF PRESENTATION
Christy Omohundro, American Wind Energy Association  PDF PRESENTATION