2014 Symposium: The Utility Industry of the Future


Where: NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY

When: Monday, March 3, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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6.5 Professional Practice CLE Credits Available

Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York State Public Service Commission

David Anderson, Vice President Strategy, Clearedge Power
Michael Burr, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Paul Centolella, Vice President, Analysis Group
Allen Freifeld, Senior Vice President, Law and Public Policy, Viridity Energy
Michael Gergen, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Glen Grabelsky, Director of Utilities, Power & Gas, Fitch
Lynne Kiesling, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University
Michael Lapides, Vice President and Senior Analyst, Goldman Sachs
John McMahon, Chief Operating Officer, LIPA
Diane Munns, Senior Director of Smart Power, Environmental Defense Fund
Stuart Nachmias, Vice President, Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs, ConEdison
David O’Brien, Director of Regulatory Strategy & Compliance, Bridge Energy
Carl Patka, Assistant General Counsel, New York Independent System Operator
John Reese, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, US Power Generating Company
Jonathan Schrag, Senior Fellow, Guarini Center, NYU Law
Richard Stewart, Faculty Director, Guarini Center, NYU Law
Katrina Wyman, Professor, NYU Law
Peter Zschokke, Director Regulatory Research & Special Projects, National Grid

This symposium will examine potential futures for the U.S. electric utility industry. Over the last 10 years, the emergence of low-cost distributed energy resources, new information technologies, and curtailed demand for electricity has prompted a call for new business and regulatory models for the electric distribution utility.

Across the United States, state Public Service Commissions are reviewing how they structure incentives for stable investment and increased innovation. In northeastern states, regulators are also examining how to adapt distribution networks for future natural disaster and cyber-security threats. Although there is widespread agreement that the electricity industry is entering a period of change, the shape of that change in New York, the Northeast, and the United States remains uncertain.

The symposium will provide a forum for utility regulators, industry experts, and energy law practitioners to engage each other in discussion of the potential for utility regulatory reform.

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