Task Force on Energy Supply for 2015 NCSL Capitol Forum


Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 | Washington, D.C. 

Nuclear Plant Closures: Economics, Reliability and Fuel Diversity

Capiol Forum logoAbout 100 commercial nuclear reactors in the U.S generate almost 20 percent on the nation’s electricity, but that could change given a number of recent announcements prompting reactor shutdowns.

Dramatic changes in energy technology, fuel prices and government regulations are changing the economics of this baseload generation resource. This session explored current energy policies and how they apply to nuclear generation as well as the impact that reactor closures may have on the future of nuclear power in the U.S.

  • Richard Myers, vice president of Policy Development, Nuclear Energy Institute | Presentation
  • Bill Mohl, president, Entergy Wholesale Commodities | Presentation

Clean Power Plan

With states moving forward on clean power plan efforts, a number of critical decisions need to be made, many of which could affect their ability to work with other states and their cost of compliance. This session explored the kind of choices states are confronting—choosing rate or mass approach, for exampleand what issues they should they think about as they approach these decisions.

  • Doug Scott, vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute | No Presentation
  • John Hendricks, director, Air Quality, American Electric Power | Presentation
  • Malcolm Woolf, senior vice president, Policy and Government Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy | Presentation

Modernizing the Electric Grid and Quadrennial Energy Review

This interactive session explored a range of issues that state legislators are confronting in their states, including grid modernization, energy efficiency, distributed generation, consumer choice, valuation, and workforce development. Task force members discussed these issues and provided the U.S. DOE with important guidance on state needs and priorities to assist with the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review.

  • Karen Wayland, deputy director, State and Local Cooperation, Office of Energy Policy and Systems, U.S. Department of Energy | No Presentation

The Growth of Microgrids

Microgrids, which allow a hospital, community or other entity to operate autonomously from the larger power grid if needed, can provide users with a number of benefits and services, such as increased reliability, energy security, cost savings and increased control over generation resources. This session explored the trends, challenges and policy implications of microgrids.

  • Gabe Paoletti, manager, Application Engineering, Eaton | Presentation

Opportunities for Natural Gas End Use

Natural gas has a variety of direct uses ranging from fuel to generate electric power to residential, commercial, industrial and transportation applications. This session explored some of the uses of natural gas that are driving demand, including its direct use in homes and businesses, as feedstock for the chemical industry and its application as a transportation fuel.

  • Dan Kirschner, executive director, Northwest Gas Association | Presentation
  • Ron Edelstein, director, State Regulatory Programs, Gas Technology Institute | Presentation
  • Sarah Magruder Lyle, vice president, Strategic Initiatives, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers | Presentation

Electricity Regulation for the 21st Century

States are exploring a number of new, innovative approaches to take advantage of the rapid growth of technologies that are transforming the way in which energy is generated, transmitted and consumed. What effect might rate design have on policy outcomes? How will new technologies be valued in order to provide needed services and benefits? This session explored these questions as well as policy options that balance energy user’s needs and desires with those of utilities.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Getting the Most from Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is often the first place states look to manage energy costs, meet demand growth and boost economic productivity. The EPA Clean Power Plan is also driving discussions on how states can harness efficiency, the lowest cost approach for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, in their compliance plans. As states select from policies to harness the growing array of efficiency technologies, what questions should policymakers be asking to ensure the state effectively maximizes the benefits of efficiency for consumers, businesses and utilities.

  • Ken Colburn, principal, Regulatory Assistance Project | Presentation
  • Jen Amann, director, Buildings Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy | Presentation

Protecting Energy Infrastructure: Reducing Cyber Threats

As advanced communications and analytical technologies have become integral to the operation of the electric grid, this critical backbone of the nation’s economy has become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and other threats. Identifying these threats and increasing the resiliency of the electric system is essential to ensure the security and reliability of the nation’s grid. This session explored the risks and vulnerabilities, activities to address them, and steps state decision makers can take to help protect the electric grid.

  • Andrew Bochman, senior cyber and energy security strategist, Idaho National Laboratory | Presentation
  • Scott Aaronson, senior director, National Security Policy, Edison Electric Institute | No Presentation

The Role of Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Transportation Funding

There is a continuing trend among states to support the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, including plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. At the same time, state policymakers are looking for ways to address the rapid decline in funding for transportation infrastructure projects. This session examined the growth of alternative fuel vehicles and the policies that states are considering to meet transportation infrastructure needs.

  • Dennis Smith, director, National Clean Cities, U.S. Department of Energy | Presentation
  • Alex Schroeder, manager, Transportation Technology Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Presentation