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Agenda: Electricity Transmission, Storage and Distribution - West

A Public Meeting on the Quadrennial Energy Review, hosted by the United States Department of Energy

July 11, 2014
Lewis & Clark College
Templeton Campus Center - Stamm Dining Room
Portland, OR 97219


8:00 A.M. - Doors Open

9:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. - Officials Panel

  • Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy
  • As available: Oregon officials and/or Members of Congress

9:30 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. - Panel 1: Transmission - Can We Build and Operate the Appropriate Amount for Future Needs?

The subject of transmission has many facets: its role in bulk power reliability, including how to maintain reliability with a changing resource mix; the planning, cost-allocation and state & federal agency siting processes needed to build new transmission; changing load growth patterns; changing resource mix and policies affecting how much, if, and when to build; uncertainty on future needs; using existing transmission better; and more.

  • James Robb, CEO, Western Electric Coordinating Council.
  • Steve Berberich, CEO, California ISO
  • Patrick Reiten, President and CEO, Pacific Power 
  • Elliott Mainzer, Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Carl Zichella, Director of Western Renewable Transmission, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Joel Bladow, Senior Vice President, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association 
  • John Savage, Commissioner, Oregon PUC and Chair, Committee on Regional Electric Power Coordination, Western Interstate Energy Board

10:45 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Panel 2: Distribution - How do we Cope with New Challenges and Opportunities?

A broad collection of emerging technologies on the distribution grid, whether digital communications, sensors, control systems, digital smart meters, distributed energy resources, greater customer engagement, and many others, give both technical and policy challenges and opportunities to the delivery of energy services to customers.

  • Jim Piro, President and CEO, Portland General Electric
  • Patricia K. Vincent-Collawn, Chairman, CEO & President, PNM Resources Inc. and Co-Chair, CEO Policy Committee on Energy Delivery, Edison Electric Institute
  • Ronald L. Litzinger, President, Southern California Edison
  • Jorge Carrasco, General Manager & CEO, Seattle City Light
  • Dave Markham, President & CEO, Central (OR) Electric Cooperative
  • John Savage, Commissioner, Oregon PUC and Chair, Committee on Regional Electric Power Coordination, Western Interstate Energy Board

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. Lunch on Your Own (lunch is available for purchase in the Trail Room – Templeton Campus Center)


1:00 P.M. - 2:15 P.M. - Panel 3: Storage - Is It Finally Coming of Age?

Wide-scale electricity storage has been the Holy Grail of the electricity industry since the days of Thomas Edison. Can changing needs and improving technology make wide-scale storage more of a reality for the transmission or distribution grid, or not?  If not, what would it take?

  • Haresh Kamath, Program Manager, Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Public Utility Commission
  • Geisha Williams, Executive Vice President for Electric Operations, Pacific Gas  & Electric
  • Arlen Orchard, General Manager and CEO, Chief Executive Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Steve Klein, CEO, Snohomish County (WA) Public Utility District

2:15 P.M. - Open Microphone for Public Comments

  • People who want to speak may sign up at the meeting on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers are alloted five minutes each for public comment.