Indiana Energy Conference

“The Energy Future is Now”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

University Tower / Hine Hall Auditorium
Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI–Downtown Indianapolis)

875 West North Street – Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
(formerly known as University Place Conference Center)

Program Agenda


Registration & Networking                                                                                            8:00 – 8:30

Welcome Remarks                                                                                                                     8:25

Morning Facilitator
Jim Huston, Chairman, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

The Ever Shifting Generation Mix                                                                                  8:30 - 9:00
No one is surprised at just how much the energy mix has shifted in recent years.  What is driving that change?  Do these changes weave in positive environmental impacts?  How has the mix changed in the Midwest and Indiana and what is the future outlook?  What are the cost impacts at the state level of this changing mix?  What is the trend moving forward?
Speaker:  Doug Gotham, State Utility Forecasting Group (SUFG), Purdue University

Natural Gas:  Implications of LNG Exports                                                                    9:00 - 9:30
A review of natural gas related legislation and regulation.  What are the implications of LNG/Mexico exports on price and volatility?  What is the outlook as exports continue to increase?  What are the tension points?  How will that impact consumers?  What does all this mean for the long term U.S. natural gas resource?
Speaker:  Paul Cicio, Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA)

Current & Future Intersections of
Wholesale Electric Markets and Public Policies                                                          9:30 - 10:30

Electricity markets are being subverted by mandated resource acquisitions such as California Solar Mandate, Trump-Perry Coal and Nuclear preservation.  What are the economics of such mandates?  Are we meeting the social objectives that underlie many of the mandates?  Does intelligent pricing help balance out these objectives?  What are the reliability and resiliency impacts? 

Resource Decisions:  Mandates, Pricing, and Flights of Fantasy
Speaker:  Ashley Brown, Harvard Electricity Policy Group

What Really IS the Big Energy Picture in Markets, Finance,
Economics and Strategy?     

Speaker:  Lawrence Makovich, IHS-Markit


Networking Break                                                                                                                            10:30 - 10:45

Transforming the Modern Grid                                                                                    10:45 - 11:45
Mobility and energy are twin pillars of grid transformation, and both will require radical adaptation to meet demographic and economic growth.  Listen in for a broad discussion, including power planning, utility strategies, and grid regulation.  What are the opportunities and challenges for the grid?  Implications of investments and associated costs?  What are the roles of policymakers and regulators?

Electric Vehicles:  The Future of Energy and Mobility
Speaker:  Philip B. Jones, Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE)

Smarter Connections:  Smarter Communities
Speaker:  Adam Cooper, Edison Electric Institute

Lunch Session                                                                                                                 11:45 - 1:00

News Media:  Politics, Elections, Polling
Featured Luncheon Speaker:  Brian Howey, Howey Politics Indiana                    12:30 - 1:00

Networking Break                                                                                                                                 1:00 - 1:15

Afternoon Facilitator
William I. (Bill) Fine, Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor

Battery Energy Storage                                                                                                     1:15 - 1:45
It's a good time to revisit issues such as technology trends, operational storage capacity, storage applications, and cost benefits.  FERC Order 841 will require MISO to integrate storage into the ISO/RTO markets.  Is this going to make systems more cost-effective and reliable?  What is the outlook for storage integration?  What is happening in Indiana currently?
Speaker:   Dean A. Moretton, Adaptive MicroGrids

Distributed Energy Resources:  Coming to a Grid Near You                                         1:45 - 2:45
How should we think about Distributed Energy Resources in retail and wholesale markets?  How will DERs impact providers and consumers?  We will discuss what services DERs bring to various grid players and how to value those resources.  We will look at models from around the nation and globe to extract examples that could be useful in MISO.

Empowering Consumers Through Distributed Energy Resources
Speaker:  Katherine Hamilton, Advanced Energy Management Alliance

Keeping up with Distributed Energy Resources
Speaker:  Paul Zummo, American Public Power Association

MISO - General Overview                                                                                                2:45 - 3:15
Experienced in the changing energy landscape, what is the state of the state at the ISO level?  How are utilities and regulators adapting during times of change to continue to bring effective services to customers?
Speaker:  Shawna Lake, MISO

Networking Break                                                                                                                               3:15 - 3:30

The Debate Unfolding Over PURPA                                                                               3:30 - 4:00
After 40 years with wide-ranging effects on the U.S. electric utility industry, the original 1978 PURPA has resurfaced as a prime mover for renewables.  As the current framework for the regulation of certain electric generation is being reviewed, what can we learn from PURPA's history?  A look at all sides including basic concepts, burgeoning renewables, old issues, regulatory responses.
Speaker:  Jeffrey Bayne, Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP

Indiana Climate Assessment:  An Informational Roadmap                                         4:00 - 4:30
A discussion of expected changes in climate for Indiana by mid- and end-of this century, and their implications for energy demand in the state.  A look at the newly updated 'Indiana Climate Change Impact Assessment Report'.
Speaker:  Dr. Jeff Dukes, Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Closing Remarks



The Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education has approved the 2018 Indiana Energy Conference for 6.5 hours of CLE credit for participating attorneys.  The Indiana Energy Conference is also an approved organization by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Accountants and Engineers who are interested in receiving these credits, please sign up at the registration table.