Indiana Energy Conference

“Realizing the Future of Energy”

Thursday, October 27, 2016

JW Marriott – Downtown Indianapolis

10 South West Street – Indianapolis, Indiana

Program Agenda


Registration & Networking                                                                                           8:00 – 8:30

Welcome Remarks                                                                                                                 8:25

Morning Facilitator
Carol A. Stephan, Chair, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Coal on the Move:  The Debate Continues
The war on coal is not just political rhetoric.  On the path to a low-carbon economy, a variety of strategies will be needed.  Since coal probably won’t disappear anytime soon, just how conflicted are we about ‘clean coal’?  With groups on all sides of the controversy, what is the energy landscape supposed to look like and what does it take to get us there? Do bold moves being made on coal financing have the final say?

Carbon Footprint Reductions and Risks Involved:  A Big Picture Look                                           8:30 - 8:45
Speaker:  Lawrence Makovich, IHS-Energy

Keeping Coal at the Forefront                                                                                                           8:45 - 9:00
Speaker:  Paul Bailey, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

Promoting Renewable Energy                                                                                                            9:00 - 9:15
Speaker:  Dr. Al Armendariz, Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club

Energy Financing-Lending-Ratings                                                                                                    9:15 - 9:30
Speaker:  Monica Bonar, Fitch Ratings

Roundtable with Coal Panelists                                                                                                        9:30 – 9:45
Moderator: John Ketzenberger
President, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

EPA Clean Power Plan:  After the Stay
While some states shift their Clean Power Plan considerations behind the scenes, the energy industry is more interested than ever in how it might choose to comply with the regulation, should it survive judicial review. 

State Perspective / Update:                                                                                                             9:45 - 10:00
Speaker:  Donald Snemis, General Counsel
Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management (IDEM)

Networking Break                                                                                                                            10:00 - 10:15

Policy and Practicality:
Sparring Over Distributed Generation
                                                                                           10:15 – 10:45
Coal is not the end-all discussion of the EPA Clean Power Plan.  But are coal and distributed generation really friends?  How do we manage a clean energy transition in the U.S.? If the right thing to do is build a portfolio, how do we take a long-term view to do it?  
Speaker:  Michael Rutkowski, Navigant

Federal Energy Policy:  The Winds of Change                                                                                10:45 – 11:15
Listen in as a Washington, D.C.-based energy industry advocate shares his ideas on the global and national challenges facing the industry in light of the coming Presidential election.  How will the pendulum swing to strategize the future of federal energy policy under a new administration? With a political season unquestionably “like no other,” what’s in store under a Clinton White House?  A Trump White House? 
Speaker:  Christopher Guith, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for 21st Century Energy

Legislative Round Table:  Harnessing the Energy to Lead                                        11:15 – 12:00
With increasing energy costs and the EPA battleground at large, what do policy makers ponder as next steps for the State of Indiana? If inexpensive electricity is a thing of the past, how can this bode well for increasing local economic development?  How do we advance supportive policies and structure economic development incentives that really work?

Moderator: John KetzenbergerPresident, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

Round Table Discussion – Panelists:
·        Representative Sharon Negele (R)
·        Representative Karlee Macer (D)
·        Senator Erin Houchin (R)
·        Senator Jean Breaux (D)

Lunch Session                                                                                                                                    12:00 - 1:30
Hoosiers “in the know” are getting their answers from the show that does the talking:  “Indiana Week in Review (WFYI TV20).  You may watch for the news, but you’ll stay for the no-holds-barred debate and discussion.  A look at issues facing Indiana from differing viewpoints makes for an entertaining, lively and informative half-hour.

Politics Over Lunch:  One Potato, Two Potatoes - Hot Potato!
A fast paced guide through the political maze of election year.

·         Jim Shella – Host of Television Show “Indiana Week in Review”
·         Mike McDaniel:  Former State Republican Chair
·         Ann DeLaney:  Of Counsel, DeLaney & DeLaney LLC and Former State Democratic Chair
·         Jon Schwantes, Journalist
·         John Ketzenberger, President, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

Break                                                                                                                                                     1:30 - 1:45

Afternoon Facilitator
David Stippler, Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor

A Reliable Grid & The Challenges Going Forward                                                                             1:45 – 2:15
NERC is charged under federal law to ensure reliability of the bulk-power system in North America.  Listen in for ideas regarding the reliability of the bulk-power system.  Paul Barber has been an important NERC insider for over two decades and brings a valuable perspective to the challenges imposed by new environmental mandates, grid resilience and cyber challenges.
Speaker:  Paul F. Barber, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Board of Trustees, Member

Taking the Necessary Steps to Move our Country Forward                                                             2:15 – 2:45

U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D.
House Energy and Commerce Committee

Natural Gas Markets:  Gas Crystal Ball
Effects of Geopolitics on Supply/Demand and Price Volatility
                                                       2:45 – 3:15

“The Schork Report is so influential [it] can even move the price of oil.”
Need an objective view of the energy cash and financial markets?  Look no further than The Schork Report for a true pulse on the factors driving energy prices and the trends for consumer demand.  
Stephen Schork, The Schork Report/CNBC News

State of the Cogeneration Industry                                                                                                    3:15 – 3:45
CHP has always been a little too complicated for its own good – involving both heat and power markets, systems and regulators.  Putting CHP to work can be a complicated business, but for well-designed installations the rewards are many.  What are the various dimensions of electric and steam power cogeneration?  And, how does the proposed U.S. Clean Power Plan impact the viability of CHP?
Speaker:  Paula Guletsky, Sargent & Lundy

Water Resource Protection and Future Investment                                                    3:45 – 4:15
Tiered rates to encourage conservation, allocation of revenue requirement between fixed and commodity rates, and decoupling concepts all present unique challenges and fairness considerations.  A peak at regulatory and Washington updates in regards to broad water issues and challenges.  How are regulators approaching these issues?  What is the future of water utility regulation? 
Speaker:  Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)

Closing Remarks


The Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education has approved the 2016 Indiana Energy Conference for 5.8 hours (pending) 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.