NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply Presentations


2013 fall forum logoNCSL Fall Forum
Dec. 3-4, 2013
Washington, D.C.


Buildings as Power Plants

New building technologies are enabling buildings to use far less energy while becoming their own source of power. The session explored trends in new building efficiency technologies, the role of state policy in driving the use of these technologies and how these developments will impact the energy system in the future.

Joe Phillips, Director, Smarter Buildings Solutions, IBM Global Business Services  PDF PRESENTATION

The Future of Nuclear Energy

The nation’s energy mix has been changing quickly, although nuclear energy production has supplied a relatively stable portion of energy demand during recent decades. Dramatic changes in energy technology, fuel prices and government regulations are affecting energy planning and investments in baseload generation. This session explored how these changes effect the nuclear industry and the role it may play in the future.

Richard Myers, Vice President of Policy Development, Nuclear Energy Institute   PDF PRESENTATION

The 21st Century Grid

New Technologies are faced with large barriers when attempting to compete in both the regulated and unregulated utility markets. Many of these technology developers see the current market model as creating significant barriers to innovation in the electric industry. Energy Storage, smart grid technologies, and others are seeing.

Peter Christensen, Manager of Technology Commercialization, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)  PDF PRESENTATION

Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement & Expansion

Growing production of oil and gas is putting strain on existing infrastructure. As states tap into their own oil and gas resources for their own use and export, they face a growing need to new infrastructure and infrastructure upgrades. State policymakers are increasingly interested in addressing the challenges siting, permitting and financing new and upgraded pipelines.This session examined major pipeline projects and it also explored industry and legislative trends.

Kyle Rogers, VP of Government Relations, American Gas Association  PDF PRESENTATION
David Weaver, VP of Regulatory Affairs, AGL Resources  PDF PRESENTATION
Paul Smith, Senior Director, Infrastructure, America's Natural Gas Alliance  PDF PRESENTATION

Managing Water Concerns Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing

Although a number of federal regulations govern aspects of the hydraulic fracturing process, states are responsible for the majority of oversight related to natural gas extraction. Knowledge of local geology and environmental conditions allows state regulators and lawmakers to tailor regulations to meet their state’s unique needs, and states are continuing to develop and refine regulations, particularly to protect drinking water. This session examined ways in which industry and policymakers are managing water supplies and working to prevent contamination of water resources.

Alan Krupnick, Director, Resources for the Future’s Center for Energy Economics & Policy  PDF PRESENTATION

Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Rising gasoline prices and new state and federal incentives have increased adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, including plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. Additional charging stations are being built to accommodate an increased number of electric vehicles, but one challenge may be whether the utility infrastructure can handle these growing needs. This session examined the opportunities of widespread electric vehicle adoption and the challenges of managing the nation’s power grid requirements.

Michael Stanton, CEO, Global Automakers  PDF PRESENTATION
Kellen Schefter, Sustainable Technology Manager, Edison Electric Institute  PDF PRESENTATION

Costs of Climate Action

With mounting pressure from utility investors and the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, states are seeking least-cost solutions. This session focused on various requirements that may result from government efforts, reduction approaches and their economic costs.

Tony Kavanagh, VP of Federal Affairs, American Electric Power
Kenneth Colburn, Senior Associate, U.S. Programs, The Regulatory Assistance Project  PDF PRESENTATION

Meeting Modern Transmission Needs: Smarter, More Efficient and More Reliable

Energy is local, regional and national. With new energy resources expanding throughout the U.S., creating an affordable, reliable and practical way to transmit this energy is essential to tapping the economic productivity promised by the nation’s energy abundant energy supplies. Presenters discussed the growing electric interdependence of states, and federal efforts to promote the construction of needed transmission through siting, planning and cost-allocation practices. It also explored regional and state efforts.

Jon Wellinghoff, Former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) PDF PRESENTATION