Indiana Energy Conference

“Political Transitions: 
What Does it Mean for
Energy and Environmental Policies?”

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

JW Marriott – Downtown Indianapolis

10 South West Street – Indianapolis, Indiana

Program Agenda


Registration & Networking                                                                                             7:30 – 8:00

Welcome Remarks                                                                                                                     8:00

Morning Facilitator
James D. Atterholt, Chairman, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Polling:  How to Give the People What They Want?                                                     8:00 - 8:30
As political transitions continue to move forward following election year, what does polling reveal about fundamental energy-related matters?  Climate change and clean energy were big election discussions, but what's public opinion on the importance of the environment, jobs, and the economy now?  Is there a preferred approach to solving the nation's energy problems?  What does it mean for Congress, the new administration, and state decision makers?
Speaker:  Gene Ulm, Public Opinion Strategies

The Paris Accord and Campaign Promises About Climate Change:
Practical Assessments and Perspectives                                                                       8:30 - 9:15

"We're going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs."  (June 1, 2017)  Now what?  While Trump did leave open the possibility that the U.S. could rejoin the agreement if it's renegotiated, it's not clear when, how or if that could happen. 

Economist's Perspective:  Presentation
Can Such a Global Treaty Really Accomplish Something? 

Speaker:  Robert Godby, University of Wyoming
Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy

States as the Key Climate Policy Actors:  Presentation     
Speaker:  Leigh Raymond, Purdue Climate Change Resource Center

Roundtable Q&A                                                                                                      9:15 - 9:30
Moderator:  John Ketzenberger, President
Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

The Future of the Coal Fleet:  Presentation                                                                9:30 - 10:00
Given the growing concern with grid resilience and reliability, the future of the coal fleet is an important topic that policy makers of all levels are discussing.  What can be done to ensure the grid is reliable and resilient?
Speaker:  Michelle Bloodworth
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)

Networking Break                                                                                                                            10:00 - 10:15

National Energy Policy:  Past, Present, and Future
What We Might Expect Going Forward                                                                       10:15 - 10:45

The U.S., over several decades, has made significant progress in advancing a coherent and consistent energy policy - one that recognizes the critical link between energy policy and environmental compliance and health and job creation.  While the federal government has led many major energy and environmental policy initiatives over the past several decades, and Congress has passed and Presidents have signed several pieces of major energy legislation, energy policy leadership has now near fully transitioned to the states.  Is it time to make the case for a federal/state partnership, respecting states' rights while advancing national interest?
Speaker:  Paul DeCotis, West Monroe Partners

U.S. DOE - Transitional Update:  Presentation                                                            10:45 - 11:15
As Energy Secretary Rick Perry settles in at the U.S. DOE, he has an immediate opportunity to help shape the nation's energy future.  What's been going on behind the scenes in its first season of transition under Perry?  How will he carry out the Energy Department's agenda and what are their priorities coming up?
Speaker:  Katie Jerza, U.S. DOE

Hot Topics:  Inside the Minds of Policy Makers
How Different States are Dealing with Change Very Differently                           11:15 - 12:00    

How are state regulators and policy makers adjusting to ever-changing energy and political transitions?  What hot topics are other states dealing with?  Officials will discuss how they're addressing some of the most pressing issues in their various service territories.  These are views from the front lines.

*   David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
*   Jocelyn Durkay, Sr. Energy Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) - Presentation
Gregory Ehrendreich, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) - Presentation

Lunch Session                                                                                                                 12:00 - 1:15

News Media:  The State of Reporting the News Today
Featured Luncheon Speaker:  Eric Bradner, CNN Politics                                     12:45 - 1:15

Networking Break                                                                                                                                 1:15 - 1:30

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

Legislative Review:
Reflections of First Year as Energy Committee Chair                                                   1:30 - 2:00

Speaker:  Representative David Ober, Chair
House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Moving Toward the Battery Breakthrough
Battery Energy Technology is one of the Fastest Growing Segments                        2:00 - 2:45

The energy world is seemingly always one or two technologies away from a paradigm shift.  Is advanced energy storage technology one of the keys in meeting renewable and clean energy goals?  Experts will update us on recent happenings with energy storage.  We will examine issues such as current technology trends, current operational storage capacity, storage applications, and cost benefits.

*   Lola Infante, Edison Electric Institute - Presentation
*   Troy Miller, Grid Solutions at S&C Electric Company

Environmental Regulation Changes:
Knot as Easy as they Thought
                                                                                         2:45 - 3:15
Although executive orders and memoranda can be rescinded with the stroke of a successor's pen, it is not nearly as easy to dismiss the legal and scientific precedents upon which the directive was based.  What does it really take to change federal regulation?  Is it possible to eliminate all "unnecessary" energy industry regulations?  What does a regulatory overview of the energy industry really look like?
Speaker:  Megan Berge, Baker Botts LLP

Midcontinent ISO:
Moving Toward a Clean Energy Future in the Midwest
                                                 3:15 - 3:45
Let's talk directly about resources in the Midwest.  What resources are coming online?  Going away?  What does the historical view look like as compared to where we are now?  With big changes in the air from FERC down, let's talk about how all the various energy resources tie together to provide power nonstop at an affordable price.
Speaker:  Laura Rauch, Midcontinent ISO (MISO) - Presentation

Natural Gas Panel:
Pipeline Development and Power Generation
                                                              3:45 - 4:30
Politically speaking, what exactly is the role of natural gas in the future as compared to coal?  Is current natural gas pipeline infrastructure meeting demand from the power generation sector?  Are changing patterns challenging the need for new natural gas infrastructure?  With new presidential administration pipeline views, what are we facing in the way of policy reversals and regulatory limitations?  Because ... campaign promises?

*   Kathy Kirk, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP - Presentation
*   Kyle Rogers, American Gas Association - Presentation
*   Dena Wiggins, Natural Gas Supply Association - Presentation

Closing Remarks



The Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education has approved the 2017 Indiana Energy Conference for 6.8 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.