Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 | Boston, Mass. | Task Force on Energy Supply

NCSl Boston Legislative Summit Logo.The Energy Supply Task Force met in Boston, Mass. on Aug. 5, 2017 in conjunction with NCSL's Legislative Summit. The meeting included a tour of EnerNoc Demand Response Center, where attendees learned about maximizing the economic benefits of energy storage with Demand Energy. Task Force members also explored a range of topics including ensuring the safety & reliability of gas storage, hydrogen fuel cells: market and technology advances, the electricity storage revolution and much more.

Tour and Presentation: EnerNoc Demand Response Center 

  • Greg Gellerdirector of regulatory and government affairs, EnerNoc | Presentation

Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Market and Technology Advances

Hydrogen fuel cells are making inroads as a source for reliable and clean power for buildings, including those that house critical services such as hospitals and police stations. Most of the major auto manufactures will be releasing fuel cell powered vehicles in the next few years and UPS will be deploying fuel cell delivery trucks next year. This session explored fuel cell technology developments and the future of fuel cells for transportation and the power the electric grid.   

  • Morry Markowitzpresident, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association | Presentation

Electricity Storage Revolution

Having the ability to store energy to meet the fluctuations in energy demand and supply improves grid reliability and decreases operating costs. Energy storage is also considered a key tool for integrating high amounts of distributed solar energy resources. As prices drop and storage options increase, more entities are studying and implementing energy storage solutions. States are investigating and implementing policies that promote storage deployment.  Presenters of this session discussed trends in energy storage and what it means for the electric grid.

  • Alan Houghton, business development manager, Johnson Controls, Inc. | Presentation
  • Will Lauwers, emerging technologies director, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources | Presentation

Ensuring the Safety & Reliability of Gas Storage

By providing quick and necessary access to natural gas, the nation’s more than 400 gas storage facilities offer services that are critical to the reliable delivery of natural gas at times of peak demand, particularly for heating and power generation. But in 2015, methane leaked from a storage facility in California for more than four months, resulting in the largest leak of its kind in U.S. history. This session provided an introduction to gas storage in the U.S., examined the response to the Aliso Canyon leak, and explored recommendations and actions from federal and state policymakers and the industry to ensure the safe and reliable storage of natural gas.

  • Ray Harris, Jr., vice president, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation | Presentation
  • Byron Coy, senior technical advisor, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation | Presentation

Business Meeting

The Rise of Smart Cities

As cities continue to grow, they are struggling to meet increased resource demand and capacity constraints while ensuring they remain productive, inviting and accessible.  The smart city initiative is an attempt to leverage advances in transportation, energy, and information technology to enhance a city’s livability, productivity, sustainability and resilience. At the heart of the smart city concept is energy technology, which is key to its implementation. 

  • Michael Pesin, deputy assistant secretary for Advanced Grid Research and Development, U.S. Department of Energy | Presentation
  • Mani Vadari, founder and president, Modern Grid Solutions | Presentation

Meeting Adjourned.