Energy Policy Summit Presentations | 2016 Legislative Summit


Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 | Chicago, Ill. | Energy Policy Summit 

NCSL logoThe 2016 Energy Policy Summit featured sessions that examined how technologies are changing the operation of the electric grid, the growth of the electric vehicle market and its impacts on infrastructure, how state and federal officials and the industry are responding to threats to the nation’s power system, the ways in which the energy sector is using unmanned aerial vehicles, and much more. The meeting also featured insights from leading energy industry CEOs and other national experts. Ted Koppel provided a keynote address covering security threats to the electric grid that he explores in his recent book.

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? This expert panel discussed this question, explore energy trends, the influence of state and federal policy, and discuss ways to make smart energy investments.
  • Alice Jackson, Regional Vice President for Rates & Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy | Presentation
  • Anthony Yuen, Director of Global Energy Strategist Commodities, Citigroup | No Presentation

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. This session explored how technologies are changing the operation of the grid, driving the creation of new markets, and how the policy environment shapes these changes.

  • Mark McGranaghan, Vice President of Distribution & Energy Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute | Presentation
  • Commissioner Ann McCabe, Illinois Commerce Commission | Presentation

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. This session examined the opportunities for UAVs in the energy sector as well as the current policy challenges that will need to be overcome.

  • Amanda Essex, Policy Associate, National Conference of State Legislatures | No Presentation
  • Alex Zektser, Regulatory Attorney, Federal Aviation Administration | Presentation
  • Matthew Seibert, Engineer, CMS Energy | Presentation

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 | Chicago, Illinois | Energy Policy Summit 

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? This sessionl looked at what lies ahead for the electric vehicle market and explore innovative approaches for dealing with the potential for widespread adoption.

  • Anne Smart, Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, ChargePoint | Presentation
  • Kellen Schefter, Manager of Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute | Presentation

Weathering the Storm—Risk, Vulnerability and the Electric Grid

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. This session explored risks faced by the modern grid, the costs of power failure, and approaches for securing the grid against the most serious threats.

Federal and Industry Actions to Address Risks

  • Scott Aaronson, Managing Director of Cyber & Critical Infrastructure Security, Edison Electric Institute | No Presentation
  • Devon Streit, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy | No Presentation
  • Duane Highley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.| No Presentation


  • Conversation with Ted Koppel, journalist and author of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath | No Presentation

The Rise of Renewables

Solar and wind are growing at an astounding rate, and their expected additions to the grid will even surpasses the 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 tasked with maintaining the grid? What is the role of the market and state policy? This session featured industry and thought leaders providing a dynamic exploration of these questions.

  • Lyndon Rive, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SolarCity | No Presentation
  • Tom Kiernan, Chief Executive Officer, American Wind Energy Association | Presentation
  • Anne Pramaggiore, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Edison | Presentation