CEO Forum 2016 - Monday, December 5th
The Langham Hotel, Post Office Square, Boston
Reducing the Cost of Electricity in New England
James Messenger, Esquire, Gordon & Rees LLP
John A. Shope, Esquire, Foley Hoag LLP
About the topic:
Residents and commercial customers have long complained that New England has some of the highest retail prices for electricity in the country. At the same time, state legislatures and the federal government increasingly mandate the use of renewable or “clean” power, often at prices higher than those of legacy resources. Some advocate for additional natural gas pipelines and/or interstate electric transmission lines funded by ratepayers, others urge additional mandated renewable power, and yet others advocate letting the restructured and competitive wholesale market decide how New England gets its electricity without government intervention. At the same time, private companies, many here in New England, are developing exciting new technologies in such areas as distributed generation, energy storage, and computerized conservation. Our distinguished panel of experts in the field will discuss what the future holds and its implications for all electricity consumers in our region.
Our Moderator and Panelists on December 5 will be:
Joseph P. Kalt, Ford Foundation Professor (Emeritus) of International Political Economy & Co-Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Mr. Kalt is a Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy. His research focuses on exploring the economic implications and political origins of the government regulation of markets. He also heads the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Kalt has published widely in the area of natural resources economics and policy. He is the author of The Economics and Politics of Oil Price Regulation; Federal Policy in the Post-Embargo Era, Drawing the Line on Natural Gas Regulation (with F.C. Schuller); What Can Tribes Do? Strategies and Institutions in American Indian Economic Development (with Steven Cornell); and The State of the Native Nations (with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development).
Dan Dolan, President, New England Power Generators Association
Mr. Dolan has served as President of the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA) since the fall of 2011. NEPGA is the trade association representing 80% of the installed generation capacity in New England, approximately 25,000 megawatts. As President he is the principal spokesperson and oversees all activities for the largest trade association representing competitive electric generating companies in New England. Dolan leads a staff that represents the membership on electricity market rules development and expansion of wholesale electric competition and is a frequent speaker at legislative and regulatory hearings as well at industry conferences.
Zeryai P. Hagos, Director, U.S. Growth & Strategy, GE Power
Mr. Hagos is the Director of Growth & Strategy for GE's Power business in the U.S. region. Mr. Hagos’ responsibilities include leading in-region growth initiatives, translating expert knowledge of the power markets into GE’s business strategy and growing GE’s business with the large utility and independent power producer customers. Mr. Hagos has worked at GE for 13 years, including roles with GE's Energy Consulting business and Strategic Marketing for GE’s energy businesses. Mr. Hagos' responsibilities have included managing GE's long term power market forecast for the US region, advising banks, developers, power companies, governments, and GE on investment strategy including the impact of energy policy, emerging technologies and market design. Mr. Hagos has authored comments filed with state and federal governments for proposed energy policies and regulations.
Martin Honigberg, Chair, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
Mr. Honigberg was appointed Chair of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commision in December 2013. He Came to the Commission from Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC in Concord, where he practiced administrative law and litigation, and was head of the firm’s government relations group.
Suedeen Kelly, Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Kelly is an internationally-recognized energy industry expert and former Commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Ms. Kelly’s knowledge of the national electricity and natural gas industries includes significant experience in infrastructure development and operation, market structures and financial products, emerging technologies, federal and state laws and regulations, impending policy changes and domestic/international market interrelations. She is an experienced litigator on energy and environmental matters in federal and state courts.
Gordon van Welie, Chief Executive Officer, Independent System Operator - New England
Mr. van Welie is President and Chief Executive Officer of ISO New England Inc. He joined ISO New England from Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution LLC, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Power Systems Control Division and was responsible for managing information technology solutions for electric companies. Before coming to Siemens, Mr. van Welie held several positions at ESKOM, South Africa’s electric utility based in Johannesburg. Mr. van Welie is a member of the Executive Committee of the US National Committee of CIGRE; the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC); and seved on the Electricity Advisory Committee, a group that advises the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. In addition, he is chair of the ISO/RTO Council (IRC).
Event Details, Tickets, and Sponsorships
CEO Forum: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Annual Reception And Buffet: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $175 per person (includes admittance to CEO Forum and Annual Reception and Buffet) (Reservations for eight or more persons will receive sponsorship designation.)
Please RSVP by Monday, November 28, 2016*, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling NELF at (617) 695-3660. Tickets and sponsorships may also be purchased online at www.nelfonline.org.
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