Electricity Dialogue

Electricity Dialogue

2017

Monday, May 1, 2017 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The electricity industry in the central portion of the United States is different from other regions of the country. It is less restructured, has more vertically-integrated, rate-regulated utilities; is more rural with longer transmission lines; its big cities are not the megalopolises of the coasts; use more wind and coal; are laced by MISO, SPP & PJM RTO seams; with vibrant economies yet large aging heavy industries. These differences mean that the forces reshaping the industry (low natural gas prices, declining renewable costs, Clean Power Plan, customer empowerment, advancing technologies, declining load) are national their affects are local and regional.

It is with this in mind that the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is once again pleased to host the Electricity Dialogue at Northwestern, on May 1-2 (noon-to-noon) at its Chicago Campus (located near Chicago's Magnificent Mile). Like previous Dialogues, this Electricity Dialogue at Northwestern unites a select group of regulators, policymakers, industry representatives, NGOs, and academic experts from the center of the country to participate in substantive, challenging and thought-provoking conversations on the issues reshaping the region's electricity landscape.

The Dialogue will feature a Keynote Address by Tony Clark, Senior Advisor, Wilkinson, Barker & Knauer and Former FERC Commissioner.

Topics will include:

  • An RTO Perspective: Reliability and the Challenges with Integrating RE, DG, DER’s and NG
  • Planning Distribution System Investments Given DER Growth
  • Energy Infrastructure: Making Sure We Have What We Need When and Where We Need it to Assure Reliability, Security, & Resiliency 24/7/365
  • Customer Focused Solutions Regarding Distribution – How Can All Players Participate?

For additional information on this event, please email the Searle Center at searlecenter@law.northwestern.edu.

Agenda (pdf)

2017 Sponsors

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law thanks the following for serving as sponsors:

AEEI

EEI

MISO PJM

 


2016

Monday, April 25, 2016 - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Agenda (pdf)

The electricity industry in the central portion of the United States is different from other regions of the country. It is less restructured, has more vertically-integrated, rate-regulated utilities; is more rural with longer transmission lines; its big cities are not the megalopolises of the coasts; use more wind and coal; are laced by MISO, SPP & PJM RTO seams; with vibrant economies yet large aging heavy industries. These differences mean that the forces reshaping the industry (low natural gas prices, declining renewable costs, Clean Power Plan, customer empowerment, advancing technologies, declining load) are national their affects are local and regional.

It is with this in mind that the Searle Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is once again pleased to host the Third annual Electricity Dialogue at Northwestern, on April 25-26 (noon-to-noon) at its Chicago Campus (located near Chicago's Magnificent Mile). Like previous Dialogues, this Electricity Dialogue at Northwestern unites a select group of regulators, policymakers, industry representatives, NGOs, and academic experts from the center of the country to participate in substantive, challenging and thought-provoking conversations on the issues reshaping the region's electricity landscape.

Dialogue topics will include:

  • Job Creation, Economic Development, Technological Innovations and the "Gas-Electricity Intersect."
  • How are customers' electricity expectations changing and how can regulators and utilities best meet those expectations? How can the midcontinent states unlock the economic potential of technologies like energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy?
  • What does the US EPA's Clean Power Plan it mean for the midcontinent region? How can, will & should the states and region? How will new technologies fit?
  • Does cost-of-service, rate regulation survive the twenty-first century challenges of decarbonization and environmental compliance, renewables integration, consumer-empowering new technologies, and evolving wholesale markets? Or is a new regulatory compact necessary based on a new utility business model?

The Electricity Dialogue at Northwestern promises to be provocative, interactive discussions that deepen understanding of the Region's distinctive and unique strengths, weaknesses, and future vision, challenging our thinking and opening up vistas of new ideas.


2016 Sponsors

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law thanks the following for serving as sponsors:

AEEI

EEI

MISO PJM