Energy Supply Task Force Meeting Presentations

NCSL's Executive Committe Meeting
May 18-19, 2012
Denver, Colorado
 

The May 2012 meeting of the Task Force on Energy Supply provided attendees with a deeper understanding of how utilities, energy offices and Public Utility Commissions address energy demand growth, reliability and cost in their energy planning efforts. It also looked at existing energy plans and the role of state legislation in developing coherent energy vision.

NCSL's Energy Supply Task Force

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Friday, May 18

Transmission Planning for the Future

State policies play a critical role in ensuring that local and regional transmission resources meet the growing needs of the electric grid. More transmission is needed to ensure reliability, increase market efficiency and access renewable energy resources. State energy planning needs to address these growing transmission needs while complementing federal transmission efforts and goals. This session discussed transmission needs and the role of the state policymaker in state and regional transmission planning and development.

Larry Mansueti, U.S. Department of Energy
Rich Halvey, Western Governors’ Association 

Global Market for Energy (Joint Session with International Relations Task Force)

Although the nation has a tremendous amount of domestic energy resources from which it produces electricity, the global market plays an integral role in the exchange of technology, resources and knowledge needed to maintain a diverse set of generation resources. This session discussed key relationships with Canada and other countries as well as steps that are being taken to promote and increase trade.

Chris Hansen, IHS
Stanley Pence, The Consulate General of Canada

The Growing Role of Natural Gas

A growth in accessible domestic natural gas supplies is changing electricity generation planning and providing new energy options for transportation. States are also addressing siting challenges for extraction and storage of natural gas. This session explores how new natural gas resources are influencing energy planning, offering an additional domestic transportation fuel and the policy implications related to both.

Sarah Magruder Lyle, America’s Natural Gas Alliance
Kathryn Clay, American Gas Association

Integrating New Energy Technologies

State mandates and federal incentives for renewable and distributed energy are requiring states and utilities to address integration issues presented by these new resources. This session investigated the challenges facing states in integrating new generation sources, such as distributed generation and renewable energy. It also explored solutions, such as energy storage, and look at what policy changes may be needed to address integration challenges.

Lori Bird, National Renewable Energy Laboratories
Praveen Kathpal, AES Corporation

Saturday, May 19

Advances in Baseload Generation

New designs for smaller nuclear reactors are providing additional options for planners as they develop new energy resources. This session looked at new localized nuclear reactor technology, and the importance of state policy in advancing and utilizing this generation options.

Marshall Cohen, Nuclear Energy Institute

State Energy Planning Report

Ensuring that many disparate pieces of energy legislation support state energy goals can be a challenge. Some states have created comprehensive energy plans to set targets and guidelines for reliability, cost and resources. The plans can guide policymaking and prevent new policies from conflicting with existing plans or state goals. This session reviewed a variety of state plans, why they were created, and what components are critical to a successful plan.

Kate Marks, National Association of State Energy Officials

Utility and Public Utility Commission Energy Planning

Utilities need to plan for load growth well in advance, taking state policies, public utility commission requirements, and regulations into account. This session provided attendees with a summary of how utilities create these plans, the role of state policies in their planning process, and how they balance reliability, cost, and environmental goals.

Fred Stoffel, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.