Task Force on Energy Supply Presentations | 2019 Legislative Summit

Aug. 4, 2019

NCSL Legislativ eSummit logo 2019The NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply explored a range of topics on Aug. 4 at NCSL's 2019 Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Topics included advanced nuclear technologies, electric grid transformation, pipeline safety and workforce development. 

The task force explores the issues and opportunities faced by state policymakers as they shape energy policies and grow a reliable, affordable and resilient energy system to power the nation. The task force also provides NCSL with guidance as it develops energy policy resources for legislators and legislative staff.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Senator Eric Koch (R-Ind) (co-chair)
  • Senator Dave Koehler (D-Ill.) (co-chair)

Workforce for the 21st Century Energy Grid

Workforce development has emerged as a vital issue in the energy sector, with concerns about qualified workforce being available to replace the coming large-scale retirement of technicians, and the need for qualified workers to install and operate the new infrastructure that is needed to power a modern electric grid. This session explored the challenge and discussed concrete steps that lawmakers can take to ensure their states can produce enough skilled workers to fill the many positions that are opening up in the burgeoning energy field.

  • Jeanine Otte, associate director of Workforce Development, Elevate Energy | Presentation
  • Jeff Danielson, Central Region director, American Wind Energy Association | Presentation
  • Stephanie Metzler, director of Development, Mears Group Inc. | Presentation

Policies for Non-wires Solutions

Case studies in several states demonstrate that non-wires solutions—approaches that use efficiency, demand response or distributed energy resources to avoid costly infrastructure upgrades—can meet customers’ energy needs for lower cost than traditional capital-intensive solutions. While the potential cost and resiliency benefits of non-wires solutions is driving growing interest across the U.S., a lack of familiarity and utility disincentives present barriers to its growth. Presenters illustrated a variety of non-wires solutions case-studies and explored the role that state legislators can play in overcoming barriers to the non-wires approach.

  • Lori Lybolt, Utility of the Future director, Con Edison | No Presentation
  • Kate Strickland, manager, Utility and Regulatory Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance | No Presentation

Advanced Nuclear Technologies

There are a number of new nuclear technologies under development, including small modular reactors (SMRs) and micro-reactors. These new, smaller designs are renewing interest and investment in nuclear power due to the increased safety, lower costs and clean energy they can provide. This session explored the unique characteristics of these new technologies, their potential role in the nuclear energy industry and the remaining challenges to nuclear development.

  • Kelly Lefler, senior adviser, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy | Presentation
  • Mason Baker, general counsel, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) | Presentation
  • Marcus Nichol, director, New Reactor Deployment, Nuclear Energy Institute | Presentation

Lunch Keynote – Electric Grid Transformation

As states develop the grid of the future, some are working closely with utilities to accomplish this challenging task. This session investigated examples of successful collaborations across the U.S.

  • Bill Murray, senior vice president, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Dominion Energy | Presentation

Business Meeting

  • Brief updates from Task Force Members
  • Discuss grid modernization report

Pipeline Safety

Recent pipeline incidents and increasing dependence on U.S. natural gas supplies have sharpened concern for pipeline security and safety, while several events have raised questions about the safety of the nation’s massive, aging infrastructure. This session explored the incidents and issues related to pipelines and discussed the ways in which federal and state policies, along with industry action can help ensure pipelines are properly inspected and protected.

  • Annmarie Robertson, senior program manager, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration | No Presentation
  • Brian Weisker, vice president, Operational Excellence, Duke Energy | No Presentation

New Approaches for State Energy Resource Planning

Advances in energy management and generation have led many states to update their integrated resource planning requirements for electric utilities. Some states are requiring utilities to consider cost-effective demand response, energy storage and other approaches as they prepare plans for meeting energy needs. Some utilities are also considering resilience as a component of their resource planning. This session presented recent trends in resource planning and the need for updating state integrated resource planning requirements.

  • Kathleen Spees, principal, The Brattle Group | Presentation