Wednesday, April 15, 2015

11:30 - 12:30pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:00pm Welcome and introductions
Professor Lynne Kiesling, Northwestern University, Economics

Pressures to reduce carbon emissions and funding electricity system investments are two persistent issues confronting utilities and regulators. To start the conversation, sessions 1 & 2 provide deep dives on these important topics.

1:00 - 3:00pm Session 1
Is it appropriate and possible to address carbon through state coordination and reciprocity in the Midwest? If so, what are some ideas and strategies?

  1:00 - 1:45pm
Expert panel
  1. Jon Brekke, Great River Energy
  2. Kathleen Robertson, Exelon Corp.
  3. Doug Scott, Great Plains Institute

  1:45 - 3:00pm
Full group discussion.
Facilitator: Edward A. Garvey, AESL Consulting

3:00 - 3:30pm Networking break

3:30 - 5:30pm Session 2 Rate cases, venture capital and billions of dollars in investments: How do we finance the future?

  3:30 - 4:30pm Expert panel discussion.
Moderator: Professor Robert McDonald, Kellogg School of Management, Finance
  1. Libby Jacobs, Chair, Iowa Utility Board
  2. Ann McCabe, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commissioner
  3. Chris Clark, Xcel Energy
  4. Diane Munns, EDF

  4:30 - 5:30pm Full group discussion.
Facilitator: Professor Robert McDonald, Kellogg School of Management, Finance

5:30 - 6:15pm Reception

6:15 - 7:30pm Dinner and keynote speaker
Professor Lynne Kiesling, Northwestern University, Economics

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:45 - 8:15am Continental breakfast

Utilities, regulators, stakeholders, and electricity consumers share a number of challenges: renewables integration, decarbonization and environmental compliance, consumer-empowering new technologies, and evolving wholesale markets. Session 3 & 4 will explore how to deal with these challenges and the impact on utilities and regulatory systems.

8:15 - 8:30am Welcome
Brien Sheahan, Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission

8:30 - 10:00am Session 3
Does the traditional utility business model survive? If so, how and why? If not, what replaces it?

  8:30 - 9:10am
Expert panel discussion.
  1. Ryan Katofsky, Director, Industry Analysis, Advanced Energy Economy
  2. John Quackenbush, Chair, MI PSC
  3. Ross Hemphill, ComEd

  9:10 - 10:00am
Full group discussion.
Facilitator: Kevin D. Gunn, Paladin Energy Strategies

10:00 - 10:30am Networking break

10:30am - 12:00pm Session 4 Does the traditional regulatory compact survive? If so, how and why? If not, what replaces it?

  10:30 - 11:15am Expert panel discussion.
Moderator: David Boyd, MISO
  1. Cameron Brooks, E9 Energy Insight
  2. Mike Bull, Minnesota Center for Energy & Environment
  3. Dan Lipschultz, Commissioner, MN PUC
  4. Margaret Hodnik, Minnesota Power

  11:15am - 12:00pm Full group discussion.
Facilitator: David Boyd, MISO

12:00 - 12:15pm Concluding remarks
Sheila Duran, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch available


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