Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee
Agenda with Presentations
2013 Spring Forum (May 2-4, 2013)

Wednesday, May 1 (Pre-Conference)

8:00 am -12:00 pm

Agriculture Task Force Meeting
Initial meeting of the Agriculture task force members and interested parties to plan steps forward for the new task force. Also included a federal update with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

NCSL contact: Scott Hendrick, 303-364-1409 or Ben Husch, 202-624-7779
Thursday, May 2

12:30 pm -2:30 pm        


Implications of Pending EPA Coal Ash Regulations for States and Beneficial Reuse

State and local governments along with industry and environmental stakeholders have been anticipating new regulations regarding the management of coal ash since May 2010 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first proposed two options for regulating coal ash under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). While EPA has yet to establish a timeline for promulgating final regulations, conversations continue regarding the potential impact of the rules on the environment, existing state management programs, coal-fired power plants and industries that rely heavily on the beneficial reuse of coal ash. Join your colleagues for a discussion of the pending rule, congressional oversight efforts and what both may mean for states moving forward.
Joint with: Environment Committee
Representative Jim Gooch, Kentucky, Co-Chair, NCSL Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee
Steve Brown, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
Danny Gray, Executive Vice President, Charah: "Coal Combustion Management Resource Recovery Success"
Dave Lock, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association: "Tri-State Presentation"
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)  for providing lunch

NCSL contact: Ben Husch, 202-624-7779

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

The Future of Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy is becoming a larger share of many state energy portfolios, with much of the growth driven by the 29 states with renewable electricity mandates. These policies are providing new jobs and economic development while helping states meet their environmental goals. However, rapid growth of these new energy sources has presented technological challenges as well as concerns over siting, integration and cost. This session will explore state successes and challenges—as well as benefits and costs—states have experienced as they strive to meet their renewable energy goals.
Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: "Renewables Portfolio Standards in the United States: A Status Update"
Paula Connelly, Xcel Energy: "Renewable Energy in Colorado"
Robert Kenney, Missouri Public Service Commission: "The Future of Renewable Energy a View from Missouri"

NCSL contact: Glen Andersen, 303-364-1341
Friday, May 3

8:30 am -10:00 am

Do Our National Infrastructure Systems Make the Grade?
Physical infrastructure is critical to the nation's economy and affects the daily life of virtually all Americans. However, this infrastructure—including highway, transit, water and hazardous waste—is under strain as years of underinvestment have resulted in some very poor grades for our infrastructure systems. Exacerbating this issue have been the many budget constraints that states and federal government continue to face as they recover from the severe economic downturn. Come learn how states have responded to these challenges and whether or not they’ve made the honor roll.
Joint with: Environment Committee; Budgets and Revenue Committee; Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
Senator Ross Tolleson, Georgia, Co-Chair, NCSL Environment Committee
Brian Pallasch, Managing Director, Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives , American Society of Civil Engineers: "2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure"
Richard Norment, Executive Director, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships: "Do Your National Infrastructures Make the Grade?"
Michael Santorelli, Director, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, New York Law School: "Head of the Class: Broadband in the United States"
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for providing breakfast

Podcast following Session:

NCSL Contact: Ben Husch, 202-624-7779

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Paying for State Transportation Projects: 2013 Session in Review

From raising gas taxes to repealing them, 2013 has already been a historic year for state transportation funding. Come to this interactive session to talk with other lawmakers about how states are leading the way in paying for needed transportation systems—and get into the nitty-gritty of some of this year’s legislative proposals, from the traditional to the unprecedented.
Jaime Rall , NCSL: "Paying for State Transportation Projects: 2013 Session in Review"

Senator John Watkins, Virginia, Co-Chair, NCSL Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee: "Virginia's Transportation Funding Solution"
Senator Michael Von Flatern, Wyoming

NCSL contact: Jaime Rall, 303-364-1417

11:00 am - 12:15 pm       

 Feeding People, Not Landfills - Why Reducing Food Waste Matters

Reducing food waste in our society has significant economic, social and environmental benefits that bring a diverse array of stakeholders together. In 2010 more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated while 17.2 million U.S. households were food insecure. Whether diverting food waste from landfills, reducing resources used in food production, or incentivizing food donation, opportunities exist for legislators to play an active role in moving this effort forward. Join your colleagues from across the human services, agriculture and environment fields for a discussion of just what states are and can be doing to tackle this emerging issue.
Joint with: Environment Committee; Human Services & Welfare Committee; NCSL Hunger Partnership

Representative Mary Jane Wallner, New Hampshire, Co-Chair, NCSL Human Services & Welfare Committee
Jake Hamlin, Director of Government Relations, Cargill: "Feeding People Not Landfills: Why Reducing Food Waste Matters"
Jeanne Von Zastrow, Senior Director, Industry Relations & Sustainability, Food Marketing Institute (FMI): "On a Mission to Reduce Food Waste"
Carrie Calvert, Director of Tax and Commodity Policy, Feeding America: "Feeding People Not Landfills: Why Reducing Food Waste Matters"

Podcast following the Session:


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm       

Plenary Luncheon

Topic: The Natural Gas Bonanza
 The combined use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has unlocked a bounty of natural gas, often in regions that may not be accustomed to oil and gas extraction. This rapid expansion has heightened concern over how to protect water quality and the environment while extracting these newly accessible resources. This session will explore the domestic natural gas picture and the issues states are confronting as they work to protect water resources and ensure safe, responsible natural gas development. Speakers will also discuss the outlook for natural gas development and state legislative efforts.
Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
Tisha Conoly Schuller – President & CEO, Colorado Oil & Gas Association: "Colorado's Energy Conversation"
Dan Grossman, Environmental Defense Fund, Incorporated, Colorado: "The Natural Gas Bonanza: Promise and Risk"
Scott Moore, Anadarko Petroleum Company, Colorado