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Sponsorships are available at varying levels for the 2016 CUB Policy Conference.

Contact Pamela White for more information at, or (503)227-1984 x10.

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CUB Policy Conference

The CUB Policy Center is pleased to announce its sixth annual policy conference. Futurists once dreamed that the 21st Century would bring great technological advances, and while we may not have flying cars, we do live in an age of 3D printers that make lungs, phones that have face to face capacity, and AIs that beat the best human chess players. Like the rest of the world, the energy industry is undergoing futuristic shifts as well: transitioning off coal, increasing renewables standards, electric/natural gas fueled vehicles, and the need for energy storage are no longer speculative - they’re here. So while the CUB conference usually looks at what is next in energy, we find that this year, being futuristic is…passé. Because whether or not we are ready: The Future Starts Now.

Taking place on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Downtown Portland Hilton, this conference will explore emerging issues in the utility sector. The program is specifically designed to educate utility analysts, policy analysts, attorneys, industry professionals, stakeholders, and others working in and around the energy industry.

We anticipate offering Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for this event.

Sponsorship and marketing partnership opportunities are available. To learn more, contact Development and Communications Director Pamela White at or (503)227-1984 x10.

  • 7:15-8:00am: Registration

  • 8:00-8:30am: Breakfast and Opening Presentation

  • 8:30-9:45am: The View From The Top: A Conversation With NW Utility CEOs
  • Panelists: Elliot Mainzer - Administrator and CEO, Bonneville Power Administration; Darrell Anderson - President and CEO, Idaho Power; David Anderson - CEO, Northwest Natural; Stefan Bird - President and CEO, Pacific Power; Jim Piro - President and CEO, Portland General Electric
  • Moderator: Bob Jenks - Executive Director, Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon

  • 9:45-10:00am: Break

  • 10:00–11:15am: Break-Out Session 1

    • Topic 1: The Final Frontier: Has SB 1547 Changed Everything?
      • The passage of the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act brings with it some big changes. The impact this landmark legislation will have on Oregon’s carbon emissions, renewable energy development, community solar, and electric vehicles remains uncertain. What is the role of natural gas in a 50% renewable energy mix? How will over- and under-generation be dealt with? How will it affect energy prices and what will be the impact on public power?

    • Topic 2: Californication: What Do ISOs And EIMs Have To Offer The Northwest?
      • The CAISO Energy Imbalance Market is taking off, with multiple northwest utilities climbing on board in rapid-fire succession. PacifiCorp is proposing to join the CAISO to make it a truly “regional” transmission operator. How do we ensure that this new regional market is managed fairly for all? Where does it leave BPA and the PUDS? What problems can an ISO solve, and what problems does it leave on the table?

  • 11:15–11:30am: Break

  • 11:30am–12:00pm: Midday Keynote

  • 12:00–12:45pm: Networking Lunch

  • 12:45–2:00pm: Break-Out Session 2

    • Topic 3: How Will Our Solar Garden Grow?
      • SB 1547 paved the way for community solar programs, but much uncertainty hangs in the air, as the PUC continues to work on ratemaking rules as well as determining the resource value of solar power. What will community solar programs look like, and who will facilitate them? How do we ensure the 10% mandate for low-income participation is achieved?

    • Topic 4: Read My Lips: What Do Consumers Want?
      • As new technologies introduce more flexibility to the energy system, customers have access to more and more choices in how they interact with providers and the billing process, how they manage energy efficiency in the home, what renewable options they want to buy into, and so much more. What needs, desires and priorities are customers reporting today? Our panelists will shed some light on this question by presenting insights culled from recent customer surveys.

  • 2:00–2:15pm: Break

  • 2:15–3:30pm: Break-Out Session 3

    • Topic 5: A Brave New World: Rate Design For The New Reality
      • Ratemaking for a traditional utility is fairly straightforward, but the outlook becomes more complicated with the addition of flexibility mechanisms and distributed resources. Does net metering require increasing fixed electric charges or adding demand charges to residential bills? Is time-of- use pricing necessary to fully integrate renewables? How does this impact energy efficiency? How do we fairly allocate the “joint and common” costs of the new modern utility?

    • Topic 6: Taking It To The Streets: At The Intersection Of Energy And Transportation
      • As our electric and natural gas utilities increasingly interact with the world of alternative fuels, we must understand how these fields will impact each other. Will cheap natural gas lead to a new generation of compressed natural gas vehicles? How does the low carbon fuel standard affect EV sales? Will electric vehicles help support the electric grid, or make it less reliable?

  • 3:30 – 3:45pm: Break

  • 3:45 – 4:30pm: Award Ceremony: Consumer Champion Award (Honoree TBA)

  • 4:30 – 6:00pm: Reception

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