ACEG_FINAL_Logo_070511a_highres  Columbia CIGEP2

New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit

February 4, 2016 

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Keynote Addresses and Remarks From:

Conference Program

8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am Welcome and Introductions

John Jimison, Director, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid

David Sandalow, Center on Global Energy Policy

9:15am  Panel 1: Enhancing Transmission while “Reforming our Energy Vision”

Keynote:            Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York Public Service Commission

Moderator:        Steve Mitnick, Editor in Chief, Public Utilities Fortnightly

Respondents:    Mark S. Lynch, President & CEO, New York State Electric & Gas

Sergej Mahnovski , Director, Utility of the Future, Con Edison

Jon Wellinghoff, Esq., Partner, Stoel Rives; Former Chair, FERC

10:30am Coffee Break
10:45am Panel 2: The Role of Transmission in Meeting Ambitious Clean Energy Targets

Keynote:            Gil Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority

Moderator:       Peter Behr, E&E News

Respondents:  Steve Demers, Vice President, Business Development, Acquisitions & Strategy, HydroQuébec

Ed Krapels, President, Anbaric Transmission, LLC

Abigail Dillen, Vice President of Litigation for Climate & Energy, Earth Justice

12:00pm Buffet Luncheon and Luncheon Address

Richard L. Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Introduced by James J. Hoecker, Counsel to WIRES and Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP

1:30pm Panel 3: Optimizing the New Transmission-Distribution Interface

Moderator:      Chris Martin, Bloomberg News

Panelists:      Paul Centolella, President, Paul Centolella & Associates LLC

Chris King, Global Chief Regulatory OFficer, Siemens Digital Grid

Steve Hauser, President, Gridwise Alliance

Jim Davis, Chief Executive Officer, SmartWires, Inc.

2:45pm Coffee Break
3:00pm Panel 4: Modernizing the Grid to Capture Benefit at Every Scale

Moderator: Ladeene Freimuth, President, The Freimuth Group

Panelists:  Jigar Shah, Inergys; Energy Gang Participant

Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citigroup, Inc.

Rudy Wynter, President & COO, FERC Regulated Businesses, National Grid Transmission

Travis Bradford, Professor, Columbia University

4:15pm Concluding Observations

David Sandalow, Center on Global Energy Policy

Bill White, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid


4:30pm Conference Concludes


The New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit is the eleventh regional summit hosted by Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG), a project of the Energy Future Coalition in Washington, DC.  ACEG supports the extension and modernization of the high-voltage grid as essential infrastructure for a modern society and for access to the clean energy that will be necessary if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change.  As in other regions, the transmission grid in the New York region presents unique issues and opportunities.  It must continue serving a distribution utility structure that may change profoundly as a function of the Reforming our Energy Vision (REV) proceeding under way before the New York Public Service Commission, and it will play a key role in achieving New York’s ambitious clean-energy targets.

We are very pleased to be joined by Columbia SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy as a partner and host for this regional summit, and to draw on the profound experience and expertise the Center offers as well as its links to the energy policy decision makers in the region.

ACEG summits bring together all key stakeholder groups, including utilities, environmental advocates, consumer interests, landowners, state and federal elected officials and regulators, renewable energy producers, and transmission developers, to reach a mutual understanding of the opportunities and barriers confronting the grid, and a consensus that the benefits of moving forward exceed the costs. Panels are often moderated by journalists and bloggers to ensure balanced and non-technical debate, and to promote the education of a larger public audience on these critical issues.

A special thank you to New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit event sponsors

National Grid | Anbaric | New York State Electric & Gas Corporation | Rochester Gas & Electric