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Agenda: State, Local and Tribal Issues

A Public Meeting on the Quadrennial Energy Review, Hosted by the United States Department of Energy Monday, August 11, 2014

New Mexico State Personnel Office Auditorium
2600 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-325


8:00 AM - Doors Open


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Opening Remarks

  • Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Honorable Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator, New Mexico

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Electricity Transmission, Storage and Distribution: Jurisdictional Issues and Policy and Regulatory Priorities

Many of the primary authorities and governance structures that exist for states, localities and tribes related to electricity infrastructure have been in place for decades. What can be learned from the current models for jurisdiction and cross-sector coordination that could apply to national policy when thinking about transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure?  What needs to be modified to adjust to the evolving opportunities and challenges in the electricity sector?

  • Honorable Susan Ackerman, Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • Jeremy Turner, Executive Director, New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority
  • Darrell Lacy, Department Director, Nye County
  • Warren Lasher, Electric Reliability Council of Texas

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Oil and Natural Gas Infrastructure: Jurisdictional Issues and Policy and Regulatory Priorities

The dramatic shift in America’s oil and natural gas production is shining a spotlight on infrastructure needs. What is the appropriate role of state, local and tribal governments in incentivizing, mandating or coordinating expansion and modification of this infrastructure? What federal policies and regulations will support these changes? What are the key issues states, localities and tribes are grappling with in this area?

  • David Martin, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources
  • Ty Vicenti, President, Jicarilla Apache
  • Gregg Fulfer, Chairman of the Commission, Lea County, New Mexico
  • Jason Montoya, Bureau Chief of the Pipeline Safety Bureau, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
  • Daniel Fine, Associate Director, New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

11:30 PM - 12:30 PM - Vulnerabilities and Desirable Characteristics of the Future Energy System

States, localities and tribes face numerous issues associated with the balance between creating energy economic development opportunities and ensuring a safe, reliable, secure, affordable and environmentally responsible energy network. What are the infrastructure implications of maintaining this important balance? What are the key considerations from the state, local and tribal perspectives that may impact or face impacts from energy infrastructure?

  • Ben Shelly, President, Navajo Nation
  • Randy Pacheco, Dean, School of Energy, San Juan College
  • Steve Catanach, Light and Power Manager, City of Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • Mike Mertz, Director, NERC Regulatory Compliance, PNM Resources
  • Frank McRae, Director, Energy Resources Department, City of Mesa, Arizona
  • Jeffrey Pillon, Director, Energy Assurance, National Association of State Energy Officials

12:30 PM - Open Mic for Public Comment

The public will have an opportunity to make 5-minute statements for the record.