Nuclear Legislative Working Group Meeting Nov. 2017 | San Antonio, Texas


Intergovernmental Groups Meeting

Nuclear Transmission.The Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG) met Nov. 15-17, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas with the Intergovernmental Groups Conference. Participating Intergovernmental Groups included:

  • Nuclear Legislative Working Group
  • Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
  • National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG)

The meeting brought together U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials, state legislators, tribal leaders and other associations. 

The purpose of the Intergovernmental Groups Conference was to provide opportunities for increased communications and coordination with the DOE and among states, tribes and local communities affected by the ongoing cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. Meeting attendees had the opportunity to have discussions with officials from DOE's Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Office of Legacy Management (LM), along with other senior officials at the DOE.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

CPS Energy Tour

CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned energy utility providing both natural gas and electric service. NLWG members will meet with the Energy Supply and Market Operations team at CPS Energy to discuss utility resource management, including day ahead and real-time operations and diversity in energy portfolios. After the presentation and discussion, attendees will explore the trading floor and witness real-time energy traders in action.

  • John Bonnin, Vice President of Energy Supply and Market Operations, CPS Energy | No Presentation

After the tour of CPS Energy NLWG returned to the Grand Hyatt for sessions.

Welcome & Introductions

  • Delegate Sally Jameson (Co-Chair) (D-Md.) | No Presentation
  • Representative John Ragan (Co-Chair)(R-Tenn.) | No Presentation
  • Kristy Hartman, NCSL | No Presentation

Lunch & Business Meeting

  • Introduction to the Intergovernmental Groups Conference
  • Member updates
  • Discussion for spring 2018 meeting

Update on DOE Administration Priorities

This session included a discussion of Administration priorities and DOE efforts relative to EM and NE. In addition, it highlighted actions across the agency to research, analyze and address equitable energy markets and reliability through DOE’s study.

  • Doug Little, deputy assistant secretary for Intergovernmental and External Affairs, DOE | No Presentation

Examining DOE’s Electricity Markets & Reliability Study

DOE released the highly anticipated Staff Report on Electricity Markets and Reliability in August, which sought to provide context to the early retirements of coal and nuclear power plants, along with addressing possible impacts to electric grid reliability. This session will examine the motivations behind the development of the report, its findings and recommendations.

  • Kelly Lefler, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, DOE | Presentation
  • May include additional comments from DOE staff

Update on New Nuclear Construction

New nuclear construction projects across the U.S. are either stalled or mired in cost-overruns and delays—or both. This session examined the challenges facing companies that seek to bring new nuclear power online, whether large-scale infrastructure projects are feasible in the current environment and what new policy options and opportunities are under consideration.

  • Ronny Just, Governmental Relations Manager, Georgia Power | No Presentation
  • Brad Williams, Senior Advisor, DOE-NE | Presentation

Key Messages from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy

This session provided an overview of priorities, projects and new developments from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.

All Politics are Local: Discussion with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management

This session provided NLWG members and DOE senior officials with the opportunity to discuss priorities for EM’s cleanup mission, ways in which NLWG can support EM’s efforts and accomplishments since NLWG’s last meeting in Hanford and how EM may accomplish priority goals with current funding and resources.

  • Jim Owendoff, Acting Assistant Secretary, DOE-EM | No Presentation

Adjourn for NLWG group dinner.