The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Heartland Electricity Dialog
April 24-25, 2014
Although the electricity landscaping is changing throughout the United States, the changes, issues and perspectives in its heartland are distinctive: less restructured, more vertically-integrated, rate-regulated utilities; more rural with longer transmission lines; big cities but not the megalopolis of the coasts (except for Chicago); with more wind and coal; MISO, SPP & PJM RTO seams; vibrant economies but aging heavy industry. In short, the Heartland needs its own provocative interactive discussions that deepen our understanding of the Heartland's distinctive strengths, weaknesses and visions which challenges our thinking and opening up vistras of new ideas.
This is what Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management Heartland Electricity Dialog will do. Over two days, 3-person teams made up of regulators/policymakers, industry representatives and academics/NGOs from a select, invite-only group of experts from the Heartland will debate 4 to 5 tantalizing, controversial and thought-provoking questions. After each debate, all attendees will participate in deep, robust, substantitive but informal and off-the-record conversation issues affecting the electricity industry in the Heartland of America.
The following is a sample of the possible debate questions:
- The "Best" business model: new, used, old or hybrid;
- Environmental & carbon regulation and its need, impacts and solutions;
- Renewables and Markets;
- DG vs. utilities & technologies, markets and mandates;
- RTOs, seams, states and implications of growing regionalization of load, resources, and wires.
Organizers: Luciano I. de Castro, Edward Garvey and Kevin Gunn.
SAVE the date: April 24-25 for the Heartland Electricity Dialog in magnificent Downtown Chicago!