Energy Policy Summit Presentations | 2018 Legislative Summit


Monday, July 30, 2018

The 2018 Energy Policy Summit held at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Lo Angeles, explored the major technological trends transforming the electricity and transportation sectors and investigated how these technology changes can be coordinated to create livable, productive, and resilient communities.

NCSl logo for 2018 Los Angeles Legislative Summit.Transportation Fuels of the Future

Electric vehicles had a banner year in 2017 with almost 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold—more than any other year in the U.S. electric vehicle market. While electric vehicles are making headlines, hydrogen fuel cells are also gaining momentum as automakers expand deployment of fuel cell vehicles. This session explored recent fuel technology developments, opportunities for electric and fuel cell vehicles and barriers to vehicle adoption.

  • Ron Nichols, president, Southern California Edison | Presentation
  • Morry Markowitz, president, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association | Presentation

Making Sense of Electrification

The electrification of water and space heating, transportation and other sectors has become a hot topic across the nation. With the promise of lower energy bills, improved electric grid management, and decreased air emissions, a growing number of states and communities are considering policies to promote electrification. What technologies and policies are driving the push for electrification and what are the benefits and costs for consumers, utilities and society? National experts discussed the opportunities and challenges of the electrification effort.

  • Jurgen Weiss, principal, The Brattle Group | No Presentation
  • Keith Dennis, senior director of Strategic Initiatives, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association | Presentation
  • Chris McGill, vice president of Policy Analysis, American Gas Association | No Presentation

Smart Communities

The effort to create “smart” communities is rooted in the desire to coordinate the implementation of new technologies in a way that enhances community livability, mobility, productivity, sustainability and resilience. This session examined how intelligent energy infrastructure—such as smart buildings, smart lighting and smart electric grids—are altering how we use and manage energy. Presenters discussed the deployment of new technologies and innovative ways to use efficiency and distribute energy within our nation’s increasingly connected communities.

  • David Graham, deputy chief operating officer for Smart & Sustainable Communities, City of San Diego | No Presentation
  • Julia Thayne, head of Innovation and Technology for Cities, Siemens USA | Presentation
  • Nancy Sutley, chief sustainability officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power | No Presentation

Keynote: A New Power Paradigm

  • Jeremy Rifkin, bestselling author, economic theorist, and political advisor, discussed the dramatic transformation of the energy economy, its societal impacts, and what it means for the future.

Book Signing with Jeremy Rifkin

Free copies of his bestselling book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, will be available for legislators and legislative staff.