NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply Presentations

2013 NCSL Legislative Summit
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013

Welcome and Introductions

Representative Jeff Morris, Washington
Representative Al Carlson, North Dakota

Energy Storage

Storing large quantities of energy to be used on demand in the grid has been far too expensive to be considered a viable technology until recently. New storage technologies are providing opportunities to reduce peak energy costs, integrate variable resources and increase grid reliability. This session looked at the multiple uses for energy storage, where the technology is headed and what policymakers can do to promote the development of this technology.

Bret Adams, EnerVault  PDF PRESENTATION

The Role of Distributed Generation in the Electric Power Grid

The growth of distributed electricity supplies, such as rooftop solar, combined heat and power, and small wind power are changing the way the power grid operates. This session explored the changes, their benefits for consumers, how utilities are integrating distributed generation and what actions can be taken to ensure grid reliability.

David Owens, Edison Electric Institute  PDF PRESENTATION
David Wright, Wright Directions
Isaac Panzarella, director, U.S. DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center  PDF PRESENTATION
Jim Kennerly, outreach coordinator, U.S. DOE Solar Outreach Partnership  PDF PRESENTATION

Modular Nuclear Reactors

Smaller, modular nuclear reactors can address some of the largest concerns posed by their larger counterpart, namely cost and safety. The session looked at this developing technology and we will hear from a company that has been commissioned to build the first modular nuclear reactor in the united States.

Chris Mowry, Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc.  PDF PRESENTATION
Paul Genoa, senior director for policy, Nuclear Energy Instittute  PDF PRESENTATION

The Importance of Coal for Electricity Generation

Coal has helped provide the nation with affordable, domestically sourced electricity. With new technologies, it can also provide clean electricity while protecting against price volatility and maintaining grid reliability. This session investigated coal’s ability to continue its important role as an affordable electricity generation resource given EPA’s greenhouse gas standards and other clean air regulations, as well as the cost and availability of technology that might be needed to meet those standards.

Jeff Bloczynski, associate vice president of Economic Analysis, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity  PDF PRESENTATION

Natural Gas Vehicles: Technology and Policy

Natural gas is proving to be a competitive, and often cheaper, alternative to gasoline for many transportation uses. Although it is growing quite quickly as a transportation fuel for some uses, infrastructure and technology challenges are slowing its adoption. Presenters explored the technology, where auto manufacturers are headed with natural gas vehicle production and policy approaches that have helped some states become leaders in tapping this domestic resource for transportation. 

Jed Bhuta, director of legislative and external affairs, America's Natural Gas Alliance
Mike Britt, director of Maintenance & Engineering International Operations, UPS  PDF PRESENTATION
Representative Randy Frye, Indiana
Kevin McCrackin, vice president of utility marketing, AGL Resources Inc.  PDF PRESENTATION

Demand Response and New Efficiency Technologies

New grid technologies are providing utilities with new tools, such as demand response and new efficiency technologies, for improving reliability and reducing the costs of delivering electricity. This session looked at how utilities are using these new technologies to improve electricity delivery while reducing costs. It will also look at some of the regulatory and market barriers to these efforts and policies to overcome them.

Keyvan Cohanim, EVP, Sales and Marketing, ENBALA Power Networks  PDF PRESENTATION
Rick Counihan, vice president of government affairs for EnerNOC Inc.  PDF PRESENTATION
Ron Domitrovic, program manager for energy efficiency, Electric Power Research Institute  PDF PRESENTATION

Presentation on Quebec/California Carbon Trading Partnership

In a first for any U.S. state or Canadian province, California and Quebec have adopted rules to link their carbon markets. The goal is to expand investments in low-carbon technologies and improve market liquidity for carbon allowances, thereby decreasing overall costs for both Quebec and California.

Assemblymember Scott McKay, National Assembly of Quebec