This weekend was a super sports weekend with the hockey and basketball playoffs, the Kentucky Derby (American Pharoah held off Firing Line and BTW see the 811 info below on AP jockey Victor Espinoza) and the big Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (Mayweather won) in Vegas. Even after the busy sports weekend (plus all the kids’ sports events), my daughter Hannah and I did manage to slip out to Merriweather Post yesterday evening to catch the last few acts of the DC101 Kerfuffle. Panic at the Disco (who I hadn’t heard of) offered a brilliant cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, while The Offspring was totally entertaining and super fun. (You don’t realize how many of Offspring songs you know and are big hits) But the night was capped with an unbelievable performance from one of my favorite groups Incubus, who were absolutely brilliant playing most of their classic hits. It was a great treat. Off to Caps-Rangers Game 3 tonight.
Down to Business: After moving its first funding bill through the House early Friday morning, the lower chamber moves into a district work period this week. The Senate remains in action though and will have a key hearing tomorrow in Senate Environment on legal implications of the new GHG rule. Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and West Virginia AG Patrick Morrissey lead a panel of folks to discuss.
Other hearings in the Senate this week include a hugely-important mark up and budget hearing in the full Senate Environment Committee on Sage Grouse and other ESA items where FWS Head Dan Ashe testifies. My colleague Eric Washburn is in the middle of these issues and can be a huge help. As well, the Senate Small Business looks at seafood safety standards on Wednesday (my colleague Paul Nathanson can help with sources there).
Even though the House is out, rural coops will be fanning out on Capitol Hill during the early part of the week to talk about the EPA’s GHG plan and its impact on rural communities and electric reliability. They will also highlight demand side management issues (including last week’s legislative victory over DOE on thermal water heaters) and focus aggressively on their expanding efforts to offer renewable energy options to the rural customers. Also on the Hill tomorrow, our friends at Air Liquide will be among the folks spotlighted at the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Policy Forum in Rayburn. Look for some cool vehicles…
Off the Hill, there are several good events including Thursday events at the Hudson Institute featuring my colleague Scott Segal as lunch keynote and American Action Forum featuring Jeff Holmstead, both looking more closely at the EPA’s GHG plan for power plants. Encana CEO Doug Suttles speaks at the Chamber of Commerce’s CEO series on Wednesday and CSIS hosts DOE’s Chris Smith to address the future of the SPR, with our friend Kevin Book and others on a panel following.
Finally this morning, the Supreme Court agreed to hear FERC’s appeal of a lower court decision that supported a challenge to its 2011 “demand response” rule, known as Order No. 745. Last year, the court said FERC had waded into state-regulated retail electricity markets too much. Our FERC electricity experts can be helpful if you need them.
Have a great “Cinco de Mayo” tomorrow. Call with questions.
IN THE NEWS
Court Hits EPA on Backup Generator Rule – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said EPA must reconsider parts of a 2013 emissions rules for backup generators used in emergency demand response programs. The EPA had revised rules concerning reciprocating internal combustion engines that usually run on diesel and are used by major power users, including oil and gas facilities and industrial sites. My colleague Scott Segal told reporters the decision is interesting and has some profound implications for the EPA Clean Power Plan. Segal “EPA has increasingly admitted that it must address reliability concerns. It claims to do so through some program flexibility and through multi-state plans (which it mentions over a 100 times in the proposal’s preamble). The Agency appears also to be considering some form of safety valve. But as almost every ISO and NERC have indicated, the Agency needs to do far more. It needs to address the actual suggested emission rates and time frames. Segal also adds that EPA was chastised in this case by the court for failing to coordinate with real reliability experts. Recently, NERC released a series of scenarios that demonstrated significant reliability issues with the proposal. Rather than thanking NERC and seeking to adopt strategies to avoid these outcomes, EPA bristled at NERC claiming that it should have kept its thoughts to itself until EPA finalizes the rule. But of course by then all the key decisions will be made, and it will be too late. That is just the kind of “having it both ways” that this court strongly rejected.
Co-Benefits Study Says EPA Rules will Improve Health – A new study in Nature Climate Change says carbon dioxide EPA’s emissions standards for power plants will influence the fuels and technologies used to generate electricity, alter emissions of pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, and therefore improve ambient air quality and public health. The report calculates about 3,500 premature deaths prevented from smog and soot reductions from the president’s clean power plan. My colleague Scott Segal responded though saying “over the course of the last several years, the Administration has used the exact same health benefits to justify the adoption of several overlapping rules that increase the cost of energy substantially.” Supporters of EPA rules that have little if any direct health benefit argue that the rules reduce small particle emissions and therefore produce secondary health benefits. However, the Administration has already claimed these exact same indirect health benefits to support lots of other rules – rules dealing with air toxics, visibility, interstate emissions, and others. That’s called double counting – and corporations get in trouble if they do that on their balance sheets,” according to Segal. He added that EPA knows these health benefits aren’t really linear as there is a point at which the level of particles is fully protective of human health and the environment with an adequate margin of safety.
And Don’t Forget This Point – Segal raises on other interesting point about the study. EPA and supporters of its rules are more than happy to double count inflated secondary benefits from their proposed rules. However, they steadfastly refuse to consider real world human health effects associated with compliance costs and reliability impacts associated with their rules. For example, Dr. Harvey Brenner, an internationally known epidemiologist, has estimated the relationship between unemployment, loss of income and premature mortality. Applying that model to environmental policy that increases the cost of electricity by backing out coal, Brenner found that “the adverse impact on household income and unemployment could result in 195,000 premature deaths annually.” But these indirect health consequences of the EPA carbon rules are not included for even studied by EPA and its supporters.
DOT Puts Forth New Train Regs – The Obama administration imposed tougher safety regulations Friday for trains carrying crude oil, responding to growing alarm about the spread of oil-by-rail traffic and a series of fiery derailments across the U.S. and Canada. The rules include tougher construction standards for rail tank cars made after October 1st, requirements for phasing out older cars as soon as January 2018, mandates for using advanced brakes and permanent versions of the speed limits that DOT had previously announced. My colleague and rail transport expert Lowell Rothschild said the proposed rule strikes a balance – it imposes significant enhancement to rail car reliability – both in terms of car sturdiness and electronic braking – that are on the high end of that proposed (and even a bit beyond that probably envisioned by industry). But, on the other side, the rule recognizes the logistical difficulties (and cost) associated with the improvements, giving industry a longer period to make the changes than originally proposed. In particular, it allows the 1232 cars currently in service to operate for a considerable period of time before upgrading, apparently recognizing the investment industry has made in these cars and (presumably), their general reliability.
Co-ops, Public Power Welcome EPA Small Biz Review for GHG Rules – The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the American Public Power Association (APPA) have urged EPA to initiate a full Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) process for the federal implementation plan for the 111(d) proposed regulation and now the agency has agreed to conduct it. NRECA head Jo Ann Emerson said the co-ops welcome news that the EPA will hold a small business review panel for the GHG reg for power plans. Emerson: “We strongly urge that it be a comprehensive process to fully understand the impact that the federal implementation plan will have on small businesses. 62% of electric generation and transmission cooperatives qualify as small business entities and stand to experience enormous challenges, if not closure, from this regulation. It is imperative EPA fully and completely hear from all small entity parties as to the impact of this regulation before finalizing the rule.” APPA represents many small government entities that own or operate boilers, integrated gasification combined cycle systems, or combustion turbines that may be subject to this rule. APPA President Sue Kelly said it is only fair that EPA give public power utilities that qualify as small businesses an opportunity to be heard. Kelly: “Imposing undue burdens on these not-for-profit entities will adversely impact their ability to provide reliable electricity at affordable rates.” APPA and NRECA submitted letters to the EPA requesting a SBAR on April 3 and 29, respectively.
Southern Adds More Solar With North Star Project – The Southern Company has surpassed 1,000MW of renewable energy development with the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 60-MW North Star Solar Facility in California from First Solar. First Solar will build, operate and maintain the North Star Solar Facility. Construction began in July 2014, and the plant is expected to enter commercial operation this June. The facility is expected to be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of more than 21,000 average homes. Southern Power’s fifth solar acquisition in California, the North Star Solar Facility will be located on 626 acres in Fresno County and is expected to consist of approximately 750,000 of First Solar’s thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. This is the first facility in Fresno County for Southern Power and First Solar.
811 Derby Jockey Brings Home Roses for Second Straight Year – For the second year in a row, jockey Victor Espinoza won the Kentucky Derby – terrific feat for him and his sponsor, Call 811. 811 is a national number for people to call to locate utility lines before beginning any digging project, no matter how small. Espinoza has been very supportive of this cause, wearing 811 gear, on and off the track and recording this video. Last year, he rode California Chrome to a victory in the Preakness as well while sporting the 811 logo. A utility line is damaged once every eight minutes in the United States due to excavation. Striking a single line can cause injury and outages, and incur repair costs and fines. In fact, excavation damage remains the leading cause of pipeline incidents in the United States. AGA, INGAA and others are sponsors of the 811 program
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
BPC to Feature Governor Senators – The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold the next installment of its Agenda Setters Series tomorrow morning featuring former governors and current senators, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD). In a candid conversation with BPC’s Jason Grumet, the sitting senators will reflect on lessons learned from their tenures as governors, as well as offer their unique perspectives and current goals for the 114th Congress. Launched in tandem with the start of the new Congress, the Agenda Setters series explores timely, compelling and impactful issues in policymaking and politics for 2015. Each series segment highlights leaders and decision-makers putting forth innovative thinking about how to solve present day challenges.
Senate to Hear Legal Issues on GHG Rule – A Senate Environment Committee panel will hold a hearing on the legal issues surrounding the Administration’s GHG plan for power plants. West Virginia AG Patrick Morrissey, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt , former EPA officials Roger Martella and Lisa Heinzerling and Maryland PSC Chair Kelly Speakes-Backman will testify.
Forum to Look at Oil, Venezuela, China – On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the Carnegie Institute will hold a forum looking at ties between China and Venezuela. Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, and the United States and China are the world’s largest oil importers, yet Venezuela’s relations with Beijing and Washington couldn’t be more different. China has built a massive state-to-state, loans-for-oil relationship with Venezuela, while U.S. oil imports from the country continue to decline as diplomatic ties further fray. Matt Ferchen will present his findings from his recent Carnegie article, Crude Complications: Venezuela, China, and the United States, and Francisco Gonzalez will offer comments. He is a resident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where he runs the China and the Developing World Program.
Air Liquide Vehicle Expert to Speak at Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Forum – The 2015 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Policy Forum will be held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. in B-340 Rayburn. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association is co-hosting lunch briefing with the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus. Industry representatives will provide updates on the latest fuel cell advancements, Discussion will cover fuel cell electric vehicles, hydrogen infrastructure, stationary fuel cell power, materials handling, and backup power. Speakers our friend Andrew Temple of Air Liquide, as well as Bloom Energy’s Jon Powers, Gerry Conway of Plug Power and Toyota’s Charlie Ing.
Encana CEO Headline Chamber Event – The Institute for 21st Century Energy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will continue its CEO Leadership Series Wednesday at Noon with a luncheon featuring Doug Suttles, President and CEO of Encana. The energy renaissance, brought on by innovation in the American oil and gas industry, has positioned the United States once again as a global energy superpower. Suttles will discuss the value that domestic production of oil and natural gas brings to the country and local communities. He will highlight the importance of infrastructure and lifting the 40-year old crude oil export ban to realizing the full benefits of the oil and gas renaissance.
Senate Enviro Holds Fish/Wildlife Budget Hearing, Markup – The Senate Environment will hold a budget hearing on the US Fish and Wildlife’s budget where USFWS head Dan Ashe will testify. At the hearing, the Committee will also mark up several pieces of legislation aimed at increasing transparency regarding the ESA process. One is legislation by Sen. Cory Gardner to delay any FWS listing of the sage grouse for at least six years in Western states that have proposed their own sage grouse conservation plans. My colleague Eric Washburn is in the middle of these discussions and can be a huge help.
RFF to Host Forum on Environment, Jobs – Resources for the Future will hold a First Wednesday Seminar at 12:45 p.m. on how environmental policies impact employment. RFF researchers recently developed a new model to more accurately study how environmental regulation affects employment and unemployment. At this event, they will join a panel of experts to discuss the new RFF model, the challenges of measuring the impacts of regulation on unemployment, and the implications of the research results for future environmental regulations and jobs. Presenters will include RFF’s Richard Morgenstern and Roberton Williams with additional panelists including Anne Smith of NERA and CBO’s Terry Dinan.
DOE Fossil Head to Talk SPR – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Christopher Smith, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at DOE, on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to deliver a keynote address on the future of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), and current Department of Energy work on the functionality and strategic purpose of the SPR. Following the keynote, an expert panel will further discuss how the SPR is designed to work as well as domestic policy challenges and prospects for reform of the SPR. Additionally, the panel will examine global strategic stocks systems, and current positions in the changing global crude and product supply system. Sarah O. Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate the groups which includes DOE’s Bob Corbin, Martin Tallett of EnSys Energy, IEA’s Martin Young and our friend Kevin Book of ClearView Energy Partners.
Senate Small Biz to Look at Seafood Safety – The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will hold a Wednesday hearing at 2:30 p.m. on the Food and Drug Administration’s role in ensuring that imported seafood meets U.S. safety standards. Witnesses will include FDA’s Steven Solomon and Assistant Labor Secretary Portia Wu of the Employment and Training Administration.
Indian Spiritual Leader to Address Climate, Himalayas – The Organization for Asian Studies will be hosting a conversation at GWU’s Elliot School at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday with His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Lineage, one of the main schools of Buddhism. This discussion will focus on the effects of climate change on the ecology of the Himalayas and the challenges the region faces. Drukpa is a humanitarian and the spiritual head of the Drukpa Lineage, one of the main schools of Buddhism. He is the founder of Live to Love International, a global network of non-profit organizations focusing on developing sustainable solutions in the areas of environmental preservation, disaster relief and aid, education, medical services, and heritage preservation. In 2010, he received a United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award in recognition of his work throughout the Himalayas as well as the Green Hero Award, given by the President of India. He is currently working with the Observer Research Foundation, a think-tank in India, on an initiative called The Future of the Himalayas, to raise discussion on the strategic, ecological, and cultural importance of the Himalayas.
DOE Official to Address Efficiency – The ACCO Climate & Energy Roundtable Series continues on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. hen DOE’s Kathleen Hogan speaks to the group. The Series is a bi-monthly roundtable featuring discussions on critical climate change and energy initiatives in a town hall format.
Segal Headlines Hudson Fuels, Energy Forum – The Hudson Institute will hold a forum on Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. The day-long conference will address the critical economic, political, and technological issues surrounding future fuels and their impact on America’s energy security. My Bracewell colleague Scott Segal will be the Luncheon speaker and John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil Company, will deliver the keynote address. Panelists will discuss the lessons the U.S. can learn from other countries—and from its own automotive industry—in transitioning to alcohol fuels for vehicles and evaluate the risks and opportunities on the road ahead for a future fuel-driven transportation system. Panelists will also shed new light on the steps policymakers can take to create a common competitive market for future fuels that preserves the advantages of the free market while embracing technological breakthroughs. Other speakers along with Segal and Hofmeister include DOE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar, GM biofuels manager Coleman Jones, Oak Ridge National Labs Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center Deputy Director Brian West, John Eichberger of the National Association of Convenience Store Owners, Methanol Institute CEO Greg Dolan and many more.
Sen Alexander, Holmstead lead Forum on EPA, Financial Reg Reform Issues – The American Action Forum is holding an event on Thursday looking at regulatory reform that will offer a broad analysis of options in the areas of health care, EPA, and financial services. The event will start with keynote remarks from Senator Lamar Alexander and move to a panel of experts that can shed light on the regulatory processes in each area and offer a critique of how that process might be improved. We’re envisioning opening remarks from each panelist followed by a discussion moderated by Doug Holtz-Eakin and a member of the press. My Colleague Jeff Holmstead will join the panel on the Clean Power Plan, while BRT’s Mike Ryan will discuss financial services. Finally, my old friend Mark Merritt, President and CEO, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, will discuss health care regs.
DOE’s Kenderdine to Talk QER – On Thursday at 2:30 p.m., the Wilson Center will hold a forum on the DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). At this special event, QER lead framer and coordinator Melanie Kenderdine, Counselor to the US Secretary of Energy and Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at DOE, will discuss the main findings and recommendations of the first annual QER installment.
Honorable, NERC Head to Speak at BPC Event – On Friday morning, the Bipartisan Policy Committee will hold forum at the National Press Club on the reliability mechanisms for the Clean Power Plan. Over the past few months, FERC held a series of technical conferences across the country to explore the potential impacts of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. While FERC’s technical conferences covered a broad array of issues, reliability emerged as a key topic. Two reliability-related proposals in particular were discussed by a number of speakers: the reliability assurance mechanism (RAM) and the reliability safety valve (RSV). These mechanisms have been proposed by several stakeholders in their comments to the EPA, including the ISO/RTO Council, PJM, Ameren, and others. Stakeholders have proposed that FERC play a significant role in implementing either or both of these mechanisms. Following on from the questions and issues raised during FERC’s technical conferences, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will host a half-day technical workshop in Washington, D.C. to delve into the details of designing and implementing an RSV and/or RAM, and FERC’s potential role in implementing these mechanisms. Speakers will include FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable, NERC head Gerry Cauley, Kentucky Public Service Commission James Gardner (NARUC Vice Chair), NRDC’s John Moore and former DOE official Sue Tierney.
Draft Report on Health, Climate to Be Discussed – On Friday, the National Research Council will review a draft interagency report on the impacts of climate change on human health. HEI’s Dan Greenbaum will lead the discussion.
Forum to Discuss Driverless Cars – On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and the U.S. Department of State will convene industry experts and research scientists to discuss how the United States and Germany, two of the world’s leading markets for advanced automobiles, are leveraging research and development to promote innovation and inform regulation of driverless cars. Panelists will also explore the balance between competition and cooperation when transforming the global technological landscape for next generation automobiles. Speakers will include State’s Jonathan Margolis and several others. Last week, SAFE board members Michael Granoff and Olaf Sakkers addressed this topic in an op-ed in the Detroit News.
US, China Renewable Energy Industry Forum Set – Next week in Washington, DC, ACORE will host the U.S.-China Renewable Energy Industry Forum will convene private and public sector leaders from the U.S. and Chinese renewable energy industries on project financing and cross-border investment.
Forum Looks at NatGas, Low Prices – The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion next Monday at 3:00 p.m. on how low oil prices have impacted fracking and the shale boom in the United States and the potential for fracking to spread across the globe and succeed in Europe and countries like Mexico, Argentina, and China. Panelists include Subash Chandra, Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Guggenheim Partners, Dr. Terry Engelder, Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, known as the “Father of Fracking”, and Russell Gold, Senior Energy Reporter at the Wall Street Journal and author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Cynthia Quarterman, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, will moderate the discussion.
Energy Efficiency Forum Set – Next week at the Walter Washington Convention Center in DC, EE Global’s 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum will be held to convene hundreds of energy efficiency influencers for two-days of unparalleled discussion and networking aimed at driving actionable plans for the next generation of energy efficiency. EE Global hand selects high caliber industry professionals, academics and policy makers looking to exchange the latest technology and information forge partnerships and develop “best practices” policies and strategies for global implementation of energy efficiency.
Forum to Look at Costs of Divesture – The US Energy Association will hold a forum on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to focus on a new study on fossil divesture issues. As opponents of oil and gas development continue to urge colleges and universities to divest their endowments of fossil-fuel related stocks, a new study suggests the costs associated with adopting such policies are real and enormous. Authored by Professor Daniel R. Fischel, president of Compass Lexecon and a professor emeritus of law and business at the University of Chicago Law School, this first-of-its-kind report compares two investment portfolios over a 50-year period: one that included energy-related stocks, and another that did not. Based on those models, Prof. Fischel and his team found the costs of divestment will result in the displacement of billions annually from school endowments that could be otherwise used to improve services, enhance academic programs, and provide support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, all while having no discernible effect on the companies actually being targeted by these divestment policies.
ANGA to Look at Energy Infrastructure – On Thursday morning, May 14th, ANGA will hold a forum on the energy infrastructure. Our nation’s pipeline infrastructure must be expanded and modernized—to power growth and economic opportunity in industrial/manufacturing corridors and bring the many benefits of clean, affordable, domestic energy to communities across our country.
FERC’s LaFleur to Address Energy Breakfast – On Friday, May 15th at 8:00 a.m. at the National Press Club, ICF International holds another Energy and Environment Breakfast that hosts former FERC Chair and current commissioner Cheryl LaFleur. She will discuss FERC’s agenda—one of the key fulcrums of the energy universe today.
Forum to Look at Energy Production Issues – On Friday, May 15th at Noon, the Cato Institute will hold a forum on energy production and natgas. Since 2008, oil production has more than doubled and natural gas production is up about 24 percent, according to the Energy Information Agency. Advances in technology have driven this remarkable achievement. Three major techniques that have revolutionized both onshore and offshore oil and gas production are directional drilling, horizontal drilling, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” In addition, offshore drilling in a record 10,500 feet of water — and then through thousands of feet of sediment below the seafloor — has been made possible by radical new advances in offshore platform technology tied in with global positioning software. These advances in technology have required considerable capital investment that would have been less likely in a nation constrained by a cap-and-trade or carbon-tax system. The forum will look at recent successes in energy production and their implications for public policy and features Ned Mamula, Petroleum Geologist, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Management Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Driving Energy Efficiency With IT – The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) will hold a morning forum on Monday, May 18th that will brings together state, city and business leaders to explore implementing EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan through energy efficiency, and how information technologies can help, in the second of a three-part clean power series. Speakers include PSEG CEO Ralph Izzo; Jessica Burdette, Minnesota Department of Commerce Conservation Improvement Program Supervisor; Alyssa Caddle, Principle Program Manager of EMC’s Office of Sustainability; Rick Counihan, Nest Head of Energy Regulatory and Government Affairs; Katherine Gajewski, City of Philadelphia’s Director of Sustainability; Steve Harper, Intel Corporation Global Director of Environment and Energy Policy; and Nate Hurst, HP Global Director of Sustainability and Social Innovation
EIA Annual Energy Conference Set – EIA will hold its 2015 Energy Conference on June 15 – 16th in Washington, DC. Keynote Speakers will DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, Mexican Energy secretary Pedro Joaquín Coldwell and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm, among others.
Bay, Clark, Moeller Headline Utility Commissioners Education Forum – The 20th Annual Education Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC) will be held on June 21 – 24 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Virginia. Speakers will include former Senator/Governor Evan Bayh, FERC Commissioners Norman Bay, Tony Clark and Philip Moeller, NARUC President and Florida PSC Chair Lisa Edgar, Dominion CEO Tom Farrell, PSE&G President Ralph LaRossa, and American Water Works CEO Susan Story.
Energy CyberSecurity Forum Set for Houston – The 3rd Annual Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit will be held in Houston on June 22-24th. The event brings together the oil and gas industry to address critical concerns and trends with regard to the development of cyber security practices. The complex nature of cyberattacks and those specifically levied against the oil and gas industry have been increasing over the years and while the industry is well prepared, continuous improvement is always necessary to maintain an edge on the nefarious actors working against the industry.