Mid-America Regulatory Conference 2019

Annual Conference*

August 11 – 14, 2019

*Agenda Subject to Change

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Cloud Ballrooms A, B, and C

Monday, August 12, 2019

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Lightning Round: General Session

Panelists from across the industry will answer “rapid-fire” questions about hard-hitting industry topics to spur conversation throughout the conference.

Cloud Ballroom C

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Electrification

This panel will discuss the potential benefits, drawbacks, and concerns with the increasing draw of electricity due to electrification of vehicles, homes, and other fast-growing technology. The panel will provide an update on the developmental status of electric vehicles, heating and cooling, and other emerging technologies, as well comment on the infrastructure needed to support them.

Cloud Ballroom A

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO)

This panel will discuss transmission planning with a focus on seams and how to plan for tomorrow’s grid. The panel will present ideas that can be implemented to better coordinate between RTO seams and provide an understanding of how changing the generation mix impacts transmission planning.

Matrix

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Michigan PSC Lunch

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

 

Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Robocalls – Shaken/Stir

The ability to identify a spoofed caller identification is essential to re-establishing trust in the call network. In response to spoofing, the telecom industry has developed a program called SHAKEN/STIR that allows customers to verify the legitimacy of callers. This panel will provide an update on SHAKEN/STIR and projection on the ongoing battle with spoofing.

Cloud Ballroom A

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Regulatory Issues Concerning Water Utilities

Revenue, driven by declining use per customer, is decreasing, while the nature of water utility investment has shifted largely from plant infrastructure needed for serving new customers to non-revenue-producing investments necessary to maintain and improve service reliability. This panel will discuss regulatory measures such as infrastructure surcharge mechanisms, revenue stabilization mechanisms, and future test years, which would support consistent planning and deployment of the most efficient resources.

Matrix

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 5 & 6

 

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cybersecurity

This panel will discuss cyber threats to the utility infrastructure and how to mitigate risk.

Cloud Ballroom A

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gas Innovation

While the electricity sector takes all the headlines on innovation, the natural gas sector has been busy with its own innovation. This panel will explore innovation when it comes to delivery, new policies, renewable natural gas, and rural extension.

Matrix

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Board Meeting (Invitation Only)

Elements Room

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Botanical Gardens Reception

Des Moines Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

From the Consumer Perspective

This panel will discuss what customers want from their utilities, whether it is low-income subsidies facilitating affordability, or demands of 100% renewable energy. The panel will discuss how to best meet customer demands, while balancing reasonable prices, value, and service to all customers.

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Energy Infrastructure

Fueled by social media, advertising and special interest groups, landowners and communities are increasingly pushing back on energy infrastructure projects, from wind development, to transmission lines, to solar arrays. This panel will dissect how utilities engage with landowners and third-party groups and address the role of the regulators during these discussions.

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Kevin Elko

Author, Life Coach and Educator

Dr. Elko will provide a motivating talk that will help jump-start attendees, enabling a more pro-active approach in this competitive world and industry.

Cloud Ballroom B/C

2:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Iowa State Fair visit and activities (evening reception included)

 

State Fairgrounds

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

FERC, NARUC and the Future: What’s in Store

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) have created a number of collaborative efforts. This panel will discuss the outcome of these efforts and where other collaborative opportunities lie.

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Closing Session: Future of the Utility Industry

How will utilities and industry partners adapt to the technological advances and what does the future hold?

Cloud Ballrooms B/C

 

Lunch to Go

 

Conference Adjourns