Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 

This year’s 2017 Energy Policy Summit examined the grid infrastructure challenges and solutions, as well as the rapidly transforming energy market, the risks posed by declining baseload resources, and the technologies that are enabling this transformation. The meeting also featured insights from leading energy industry CEOs and other national experts.

Building the 21st Century Electric Grid  

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The nation’s energy infrastructure—much of which is old, at capacity and nearing its life expectancy—received a D+ in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card.  With an estimated $1.5 - $2 trillion in investment needed to maintain grid reliability, it is critical choices need to be made about how to best leverage technology and funding to build in long term reliability, flexibility and functionality.  National experts explored the needs, costs and options for states as they plan and implement strategies for creating a resilient, modern grid.

  • Bruce Evans, senior vice president and chief customer officer, American Electric Power | Presentation
  • Paul J. Hibbard, principal, Analysis Group, Inc. | Presentation

Markets and the Evolving Energy Mix

Energy markets across the nation are being challenged by a confluence of disruptive forces, with low natural gas and renewable energy prices challenging the viability of large nuclear and coal plants. The market turmoil is raising concern over how the closure of these long-term baseload resources may impact state economies, energy diversity and grid reliability. Several states have either enacted or considered a range of policies to protect struggling coal and nuclear plants. Is state policy hindering or fixing failures in energy market operations? How can state policy compliment the market?

  • William Berg, vice president of Wholesale Market Development, Exelon Corp. | No Presentation
  • Vincent P. Duane, senior vice president, general counsel, Law, Compliance & External Relations, PJM Interconnection | No Presentation
  • Leslie Kerr, deputy director of the Division of Policy Development, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | No Presentation

Adapting to Change

Grid operators and utilities in many states have been utilizing demand response, energy storage, and other advances to adapt to a rapidly changing mix without sacrificing reliability. Can changes in baseload energy resources be effectively managed with new technologies and management practices? How will markets incorporate and value these new approaches?

  • Kari Bennett, executive director of External Affairs, Midcontinent Independent System Operator | Presentation
  • Jack Thirolf, senior director of Regulatory Affairs, Enel Green Power North America, Inc. | Presentation
  • Jay Morrison. vice president of Regulatory Affairs, National Rural Eectric Cooperative | Presentation

The Grid of the Future

How will the grid transform over the next 10 years and how might utilities and policymakers adapt? Chandu Visweswariah, energy visionary and expert in next-generation intelligent energy solutions, investigates.

  • Chandu Visweswariah, chief executive officer, Utopus Insights | Presentation


Meeting adjourned.