Gas/Electric Power Integration Summit

The Gas/Electric Power Integration Summit, organized by the EUCI will take place from 4th May to the 5th May 2015 at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Washington, United States Of America.


07:30 AM - 05:30 PM (May 04) (General)
07:30 AM - 12:00 PM (May 05) (General)

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Power & Energy


04-05 May 2015

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Brian Heslin

Brian Heslin

Member, Energy Regulatory and Internal & Government Investigations – Moore... Charlotte, United States
Richard Levitan

Richard Levitan

president at levitan & Associates, inc. United States
Caroline Daly Wozniak

Caroline Daly Wozniak

Energy Industry Analyst at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission United States
Tessa Haagenson

Tessa Haagenson

Policy Studies Engineer at Midcontinent Independent System Operator United States
Curt Kole

Curt Kole

Vice President, Strategic Business Development at Cryoport, Inc. United States
Dan Dolan

Dan Dolan

President at New England Power Generators Association United States
Devin Hartman

Devin Hartman

Energy Industry Analyst at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission United States

Schedule & Agenda

Mon, 04 May07:00 AM - 08:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
Mon, 04 May08:00 AM - 08:15 AMOverview and Welcome
Mon, 04 May08:15 AM - 09:15 AMDrivers and Overview of Electric and Gas Industry Coordination
Five years ago, the notion of natural gas as a major generating source for electricity was largely unheard of. This presentation will set the context for how the electric and gas industries came to be interconnected, discussing technological and social drivers. It will also give a brief synopsis of electric and gas industry overlays and incongruities relating to:Regulatory distinctions and responsesInfrastructure distinctions and responsesStoragePower system reliability/resource adequacyOperational flexibility considerationsFuel planning and contracting divergenceScheduling and dispatch variationsCommunication issuesMarket clearing challengesIntegrated resource planning strategiesGeographic distinctions and variationsBrian Heslin, Member - Energy Regulatory and Internal & Governmental Investigations, Moore & Van Allen PLLCRandell Johnson, Regional Director - USA East Coast, Energy Exemplar
Mon, 04 May09:15 AM - 10:15 AMEffects of Declining Crude Oil Prices and Oil Production on Gas for Power
The plummeting price of oil, starting in fall of 2014, has been the biggest energy story in the world. Historically, the price of oil has been intricately related to the price of natural gas. After the dramatic halving of oil prices, there is now every chance that natural gas will follow suit. Unlike oil, natural gas is an important fuel for electricity production, both globally and in the U.S. Changes in the price of natural gas have traditionally been associated with profound implications on the utility industry and a country's electric generation portfolio. This session will explore the volatility in the oil-gas price ratio in the global and national markets, focusing on the effects of declining crude oil and oil production on gas for power in the U.S. It will identify short and long-term trends, regional variations, and project on the overall positive outlook on the future of gas-fired generation in this context.Anthony J. Scaraggi, Vice President - Operations, GDF SUEZ Gas NA LLC
Mon, 04 May10:15 AM - 10:30 AMMorning Break
Mon, 04 May10:30 AM - 12:00 PMGas/Electric Study Highlights: Eastern Planning Collaborative (EIPC), Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB), and Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC)
This session will feature presentations by contractors who worked on gas-electric coordination studies in each of the three major regional U.S. electricity markets, providing a national overview of challenges, trends and projections for gas-fired power. Highlights and key findings from the Eastern Planning Collaborative (EIPC), Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB), and Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC) gas-electric studies will be presented. The session will conclude with time for Q&A.ModeratorDena Wiggins, President & CEO, Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA)PanelistsRichard Levitan, President & Principal, Levitan & AssociatesNick Schlag, Consultant, E3Jurgen Weiss, Principal, The Brattle Group
Mon, 04 May12:00 PM - 01:00 PMGroup Luncheon
Mon, 04 May01:00 PM - 02:00 PMResolving Functional and Operational Issues for Communication between Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission Operators
Required information necessary for sharing (e.g. pipeline EBBs)FERC Order 698CostsImplementation StrategiesSoftware modificationsPipeline & LDC TariffsMonitoringConfidentiality and regulatory prohibitionsPercentage of firm fleetElliott Nethercutt, Senior Technical Analyst - Reliability Assessment, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Mon, 04 May02:00 PM - 02:45 PMMISO: Effective Communication and Operations
Over the last few years, the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) has made strides to gain a stronger awareness of gas business practices and effectively collaborate with the gas and pipeline industries. This presentation will explore specific strategies MISO has implemented to improve communication and operational coordination. It will review MISO's website and real-time gas display projects/enhancements, communication strategies with pipeline operatives, and decision to implement a full-time electric/gas operations coordinator position.Tag Short, Manager -Intra-day Reliability Assessment Commitment (IRAC) System Operations & Market Services, Mid-continent ISO (MISO)
Mon, 04 May02:45 PM - 03:00 PMAfternoon Break
Mon, 04 May03:00 PM - 03:45 PMPJM: Operational Initiatives
PJM has undertaken a number of initiatives to improve its ability to manage its gas-fired generation, based on its experience from the polar vortex events. Those initiatives include developing new tools to present gas-fired generator status to the system operators, modifying market rules to improve information coming in from the gas-fired generators, and establishing a task team to provide assessments in real time to the operators.Chantal-Aimee Hendrzak, Executive Director - Operations Support, PJM Interconnection
Mon, 04 May03:45 PM - 04:30 PMSO-NE: Improving Reliability: Addressing Seasonal & Infrastructure Challenges
The trend of increased reliance on natural gas-fired generation resources has been especially challenging for New England, a region that has struggled with infrastructure limitations and gas supply interruptions. This presentation will focus on what ISO New England (ISO-NE) is doing to implement change and work with the issues of gas-electric coordination in the short and long term to promote regional reliability. This session will focus on strategies to address communication gaps with the gas industry, infrastructure constraints, and the conflict over firm transportation for new pipelines. It will also discuss how varying seasonal resource supplies affect the market, identifying factors that improved regional gas supplies this past winter for the first time in years.William Callan, Operations Forecast and Scheduling, ISO New England (ISO-NE)
Mon, 04 May04:30 PM - 05:30 PMFERC Initiatives and Market Analysis
The challenges that the electric industry is facing due to increasing reliance on natural gas could have a national impact on reliability and fuel assurance. Thus, the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) has become active in measures to better coordinate the natural gas and power industries. This session will give an overview of FERC's initiatives for gas/electric coordination, including a summary of FERC's technical conferences of gas-electric scheduling and a status update on the forthcoming gas/electric rulemaking. It will also present a technical discussion on FERC's economic analyses on fuel assurance, exploring fuel assurance methods and associated costs that go beyond dual fuel and firm transportation.Devin Hartman, Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)Caroline Daly Wozniak, Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Mon, 04 May05:30 PM - 05:30 PMNetworking Reception
Tue, 05 May07:30 AM - 08:00 AMContinental Breakfast
Tue, 05 May08:00 AM - 10:00 AMFuel Assurance for Fleet Transition: Navigating Functional and Operational Issues in the Coal to Gas Shift
The U.S. coal industry has been under fire from government regulators and environmental activists for being a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, technical advances and cheap natural gas prices are making the nation's fleet of coal plants less and less economical, as many older, dirtier and underutilized coal units are no longer competitive or sensible. All these factors are set to accelerate the decline of coal-fired generation, a generation source currently responsible for approximately 40 percent of electricity generated in the U.S. The death of coal in the U.S. will leave huge capacity gaps that will significantly increase utility demand for reliable gas for power, and raise concerns over national reliability and fuel assurance. This session will identify the impacts of the coal to gas shift on the natural gas and power industries, focusing on how to navigate projected functional and operational issues during this transition:What are the anticipated capacity gaps and fleet implications from the EPA's clean power plan (CPP), the mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) and the new source review (NSR)?What needs to happen to expedite the transition to natural gas replacing coal?How are electric utilities adapting to the significant increase of natural gas as a fuel for power generation?How do fuel assurance initiatives vary by region?What are the best strategies to mitigate functional and operational issues for gas-electric coordination under this fuel shift?What strategies can/are utilities utilizing to procure gas?What are the maintenance implications of running gas power plants at a higher capacity than originally intended?What are the reliability concerns for shifting to one fuel type?How can proper market behavior in the gas and power industry be incentivized to improve fuel assurance under these conditions?ModeratorBrian Heslin, Member - Energy Regulatory and Internal & Governmental Investigations, Moore & Van Allen PLLCPanelist
Tue, 05 May10:00 AM - 10:15 AMMorning Break
Tue, 05 May10:15 AM - 12:15 PMGas/Electric Day: Overcoming Market Coordination Challenges
Market coordination and scheduling has been a major challenge for the gas and electric industries. Historically independent, the two markets have evolved differently so that the operating days for the natural gas and electric industries are not aligned. In March 2014, FERC issued a NOPR (notice of proposed rulemaking) to change the Gas Day and pipeline nominations to better coordinate with the power industry. The NOPR has sparked a big debate, and the gas and electric industries remain fundamentally divided over the proposed changes. This session will focus on solutions to overcome market coordination challenges, exploring:What will FERC's proposal mean for market coordination if issued as written? Will it be of benefit, or will service still be a mismatch?What alternative solutions are there to FERC's NOPR?What arrangement is most agreeable to both sides?If there is a final rule issued, what is the breakdown of the ruling and how can both industries successfully implement changes?How will the final FERC rule on market timing and gas day affect the gas and power industries?How will the daily operations of gas and power schedulers be impacted?Will RTOs need to make concessions to make the power markets more parallel with the gas markets?Moderator:Brett A. Snyder, Partner, Morgan LewisPanelists:Dan Buckner, Director of Fuels Origination and Strategic Development, ACES Power MarketingWilliam Callan, Operations Forecast and Scheduling, ISO New England (ISO-NE)Frank Koza, Executive Director - Infrastructure Planning, PJM InterconnectionDena Wiggins, President & CEO, Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA)
Tue, 05 May12:15 PM - 01:15 PMGroup Luncheon
Tue, 05 May01:15 PM - 03:15 PMDeveloping Strategic Infrastructure Growth: Collaborating for a New Planning Paradigm
The polar vortex has been viewed as a warning sign of how increased demand for natural gas fired generation can cause regional price spikes and infrastructure constraints. As consumption of natural gas for electric power further escalates, the time is now to engage in proactive planning to ensure adequate gas delivery systems are in place to meet future demand. However, as the gas and power industries become more interconnected, the traditional processes for building new pipeline and transmission may no longer make sense. New collaborative and strategic planning methods may be necessary for sensible building. This session will explore needs and opportunities for expanding gas access and infrastructure under the new paradigm of gas-electric coordination, discussing:Type of infrastructure needed to accommodate natural gas fired generationCapacity gaps for customer delivery on peak daysShortcomings with traditional incentives and processes used to build and site transmissionGas and power industry language gapsNeeds to collaborate and strategize cross-industry for sensible buildingOpportunities for new planning paradigmsDetermining sensible transmission - more wires vs. more pipelinesHow to finance and develop fuel expansion in regions of needFair cost allocation for new pipeline capacityRegulatory processes needed to support natural gas expansionMethods to incentivize new development under current market rulesWhat rules need to be modified so people can buildThe role of the market in supporting sufficient fuel for generator performancePromoting competitive customer pricing in times of peak demand and extreme weatherModeratorDan Kirchner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association (NWGA)PanelistsDan Dolan, President, NEPGARandell Johnson, Regional Director - USA East Coast, Energy ExemplarRichard Kruse, Vice President - Regulatory and FERC Compliance Officer, Spectra Energy
Tue, 05 May03:30 PM - 05:00 PMGas Services and Pipeline Arrangements
This session will examine the various types of gas services available for the power industry from both a pipeline and utility perspective. Included will be a discussion on how the nation's largest utility is adapting to increased gas-fired generation through gas procurement strategies of long-term supply contracts and asset management arrangements. A pipeline expert will discuss the effect that power plants need non-rateable services and pipeline impact, and what pipelines can and cannot do for power industry service.Curtis Kole, Director - Business Development, Kinder MorganJoe McCallister, Director - Gas, Oil and Power, Duke Energy Corp
Tue, 05 May05:00 PM - 05:30 PMFuture Trends and Technology Impacts on Gas-fired Infrastructure
This session will discuss longer-term trends of the gas-electric interface in the US future energy supply mix, exploring the correlation between the evolving renewable market and natural gas generation. It will also discuss potential impacts of technological innovations:Germany's new practice of making renewable natural gas and methaneOpportunities in natural gas demand-response as an alternative to new infrastructureJurgen Weiss, Principal, The Brattle Group
Tue, 05 May05:30 PM - 05:30 PMConference Adjourns

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