Churchill DownsEnergy Policy Summit Agenda  (As of July 21, 2010)

NCSL's 2010 Legislative Summit
Sunday, July 25
Kentucky Convention Center, Room 105-108, Level 1

An affordable, reliable and clean energy supply is critical to the nation’s continued economic growth and quality of life. Creating policies to meet the electricity needs of the 21st century will be one of the most significant challenges that policymakers face in the coming years. The NCSL Energy Policy Summit will provide participants with an overview of nation’s energy supply, exploring trends in demand and challenges in distribution and delivery. Speakers will share their expertise on ways in what utilities, regulators and policymakers are doing to ensure the availability of affordable, reliable and clean energy.

Sunday, July 25

7:30 am - 8:00 am


8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome and Introductions

Representative Tom Holbrook, Illinois, Co-Chair of the NCSL Energy Supply Task Force
Representative Al Carlson, North Dakota, Co-Chair of the NCSL Energy Supply Task Force

8:15 am - 9:30 am

Energy Production and Consumption in the United States

This session will introduce key components of the energy system from production to use. Energy supply resources, energy security, regional differences and costs of electricity generation will also be explored. 

Phillip Niedzielski-Eichner, Department of Energy
Bob Eynon, U.S. Energy Information Administration

9:30 am - 10:15 am

The Future of Nuclear Energy

This session will explore the role that nuclear energy plays in meeting energy needs and where nuclear technology is heading in the future.

William Levis, CEO PSEG Power LLC

10:15 am - 10:30 am 


10:30 am - 11:30 am  

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can act and an energy resource in meeting the demand for more energy, often at much lower cost than building new power plants. This session highlights energy efficiency potential in the U.S. and state policies that can break down the market barriers to efficiency. 

Lisa Wood, Institute of Energy Efficiency
Steve Nadel, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

Phillip Powell, Dominion

11:30 am - 12:00 pm


Green Jobs

Meeting the job needs created by the new energy economy can be a challenge, since qualified workers are difficult to find and many states lack the necessary training and educational programs. This session will explore job demand in the energy industries of the future and what states can do to prepare their workforce.

Sally Prouty, The Corps Network

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Luncheon with Keynote Presentation on Workforce Development

Tom Graham, PEPCO

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has seen dramatic growth over that past decade, mostly due to the federal and state policies that provide incentives and mandates for its use. States see renewable energy as a tool to diversify energy supplies while providing new domestic sources of clean energy. This session will explore the role and potential of renewable energy in meeting future energy demand.

William A. Spratley, Green Energy Ohio

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Coal and Natural Gas

Coal and natural gas provide the majority of the nation’s electricity and are likely to play a critical role far into the future. This session explores costs, supply and future outlook for these resources, given state and national goals to reduce carbon emissions and the technologies that may help meet these goals.

Caryl Pfeiffer, E. ON Energy
Robert Ineson, IHS CERA

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


States are facing significant challenges as they work to update an aging transmission system to meet the demands of the 21st century. This session will explore the federal and state role in transmission development as well as policies that can help overcome the challenges of cost, security, siting and interstate collaboration.

David L. Morenoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
John Flynn, American Electric Power (AEP)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Policy Approaches for the Future

Creating policies to meet the energy challenges of the future is a complex and challenging task. This session will explore the critical issues that need to be addressed when creating these policies while providing examples of successful policy implementation.

Rich Sedano, Regulatory Assistance Project