Utility Regulation Conference: Rates & Reliability

'December 5-6, 2017, The Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington, DC'

Produced by the Knowledge Center, an Executive Conference from S&P Global Market Intelligence

The 2017 Utility Regulation Conference is the pre-eminent executive conference for power and gas utility executives focused on their growth and profitability strategies.  This year’s event features the industry’s most influential utility executives, advisers, regulators and investment professionals sharing their perspectives on the overall landscape and financial alternatives in the current regulatory environment. 

With the new administration, leadership at the federal level, including FERC, DOE, and EPA, has changed, and with it, a new utility landscape is being shaped. While utilities navigate new state and federal regulatory pressure, they face continued financial pressure. Whether justifying a rate of return to an active consumer base, or accessing capital markets, utilities need a well-informed strategy.

Each year the Knowledge Center, on behalf of S&P Global Market Intelligence, and in collaboration with Regulatory Research Associates, gathers industry experts to provide key insights into the obstacles you face and emerging strategies for more favorable orders and profitable decisions. 

Whether you are anticipating a rate case, examining regulatory obstacles to M&A, or looking for strategies to increase profitability, you will receive essential intelligence necessary to make informed decisions. We won’t focus on high level trends or recent surveys, but rather on tactics you can take back to your organization.

Past attendees praise the event for providing relevant, timely and usable intelligence delivered by high quality speakers, backed by data and analytics you won’t find at other events. While the content is unparalleled, the conference also provides ample time to network with executives from across the utility industry, and across the country.

Make plans to attend today.

Tom Thornton Lillian Federico
Program Manager – Energy Research Director
Knowledge Center S&P Global Market Intelligence


Sheldon T. Whitehouse
Rhode Island
United States Senator
Gregory L. Bernosky
Arizona Public Service (APS)
Director-State Regulation and Compliance
Lillian Federico
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Research Director
Heike Doerr
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Senior Principal Analyst
Tanuj Deora
Chief Strategy Officer
Russell Feingold
Black & Veatch
Vice President
Terron Hill
National Grid
Director, Electric Network Strategy
Peter Keller
Berkeley Research Group
Managing Director
George Lowe
Vice President of Federal Affairs
Christopher Mele
Legislative Director
Honorable Philip D. Moeller
Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery
Jim O'Reilly
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Senior Research Analyst
Brien Sheahan
Illinois Commerce Commission
John Shelk
President and Chief Executive Officer
Todd Shipman CFA
S&P Global Ratings
Senior Director-Ratings and Analytical
Branko Terzic
Berkeley Research Group
Managing Director
Stephen Wemple
Con Edison
Director Utility of the Future Team

Utility Regulation Conference: Rates & Reliability Agenda

TUESDAY, December 5th
Agenda is tentative. Please check back for updates.
08:00 am
Continental Breakfast
08:45 am
Conference Opens, Welcome and Introductions

Tom Thornton, Energy Program Manager, S&P Global Market Intelligence
09:00 am
Keynote Speaker
09:30 am
Sector Watch: RRA Industry Update

Lillian Federico, Research Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence
10:00 am
Networking Break
10:15 am
Capitol Hill Roundup: Federal Policy in the Regulated Space
Industry experts will discuss the utility landscape, from Capitol Hill to Federal agencies. Panelists will examine the new leadership at each federal agency, update on the energy bill, and discuss the impact of a new administration.
11:30 am
Utility Generation Outlook: Regulatory Impact
Hear from industry experts and utility executives as they discuss challenges in the industry. Are coal and nuclear on their last stand? What is the 5-year and 10-year outlook for both generation assets? Will renewables successfully fill demand gaps left?
12:30 pm
01:30 pm
Regulated Water Utilities Session
02:00 pm
FERC Update: Competition and Markets
Federal competition in the transmission planning process, jurisdictional boundaries and disputes continue to shape the market. Hear from experts as they discuss FERC orders and rulings, rate case disputes and outcomes, and the impact on price and reliability.
03:00 pm
Networking Break
03:30 pm
Utility Disruptors: Special Presentation
04:15 pm
Investor Perspective
What do investors view as the most critical components for profitability, and how is the market impacting those key factors? Hear from senior investment professionals as they examine shifting asset portfolios, price volatility, and CapEx demands.
05:30 pm
Day One Concludes with Cocktail Reception
WEDNESDAY, December 6th
08:00 am
Continental Breakfast
08:45 am
Special Presentation on Energy Policy

Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator, Rhode Island
Senator Whitehouse will discuss the outlook for bipartisan progress in Congress on efforts to spur innovation, address climate change, and promote efficiency in energy markets.
09:30 am
Next Generation of Regulated Utilities: State Led Collaboration
States and utilities continue to drive innovation through partnerships such as REV. Examine what states are succeeding at driving change and how utilities can continue this trend. Examine renewable portfolio standards, infrastructure investments, and tax reform, as both parties collaborate for change.
10:30 am
Networking Break
10:45 am
Alternative Rate Design ‘The Devil is in the Details’
The old rate case does not apply to the 21st century utility. Dynamic pricing mechanisms, customer incentives, and technological innovation are forcing utilities and commissions to redesign the rate case model. Hear opposing ideologies on how the modern utility rate case should be designed by experienced industry professionals.
12:00 pm
Conference Re-Cap and Takeaways

Lillian Federico, Research Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence
12:15 pm
Conference Concludes

Ticket Info

Utilities, Power Producers, Renewables Executives: $1,295

State and Federal
Employees: $1,295
All Others: $2,995


Event location

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Early Bird Info:

Utility Employees, Power Producers, Renewables Developers: $895 (through Sept 8, 2017)

State and Federal Government Employees: $895 (through Sept 8, 2017)

All Others: $2,495 (through Sept 8, 2017)

Your registration includes all conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch both days, and an evening cocktail reception at the end of day one.

*Discounts available for groups of three or more


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Downloads & FAQs

2016 Brochure: Utility Regulation Conference

Who attends?

  • Utility professionals in regulatory affairs, strategic development, corporate finance, and investor relations
  • State and federal regulatory commissioners and staff
  • Senior development executives at technology providers
  • Financial analysts at investment firms
  • Regulatory attorneys and consultants

Where should I stay?

Information about accommodations will be posted under the "Event Location" section.

Which airports are convenient to this event?

Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles Airport serve the Washington, D.C. area.

What is the dress code?

Business casual.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations for this program are eligible for a full refund, less a $150.00 administrative fee, if received at least 15 business days prior to the start of the program. Cancellations received after that date but at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program receive a credit in the amount of the registration fee, less a $150.00 administrative fee, to attend another Knowledge Center program within 13 months. Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the start of the program are not eligible for a refund or credit.

Attendee substitutions from the same company may be made at any time. In the event of a cancellation from a group discount, refunds or credits are issued beginning with the most heavily discounted price, minus a $150.00 administration fee. "No shows" - or those who cancel within 15 days of the program - and have registered under the Invoice option, remain liable for the full program fee.

The Knowledge Center reserves the right to cancel/change programs, content, speakers or venue at any time. The Knowledge Center reserves the right to make portions of the program registration information available to program sponsors. The Knowledge Center will not be held liable for any costs incurred by registrant due to individual registration cancellation. In the event that a seminar is cancelled due to inclement weather, faculty cancellation or force majeure, the Knowledge Center will refund the registrant's tuition in full, however the Knowledge Center will not be liable for incidental or consequential out of pocket expenses incurred by the registrant. If you have questions regarding the Knowledge Center's refund, complaint or program cancellation policy, please call us at (434) 951-7786.

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