A day of expert conversations on the role of competitive electricity markets and power suppliers in advancing America’s energy future.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
For more than two decades, competitive electricity markets and independent power generators have unlocked savings for consumers, enhanced reliability, improved our environment and unleashed energy innovation. But key questions must be addressed to ensure that these benefits continue to advance the energy transition.
Join the Electric Power Supply Association and guests on March 29, 2022 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for a day of expert panels and featured speakers discussing critical issues facing competitive power today – and what it means for America’s energy future.
Registration and Ticket Sales
General Admission Ticket Price– $150 per person
Government Ticket Price– $50 per person – valid government ID required
Media– this event is free of charge and open to registered media.
7:30-8:30 a.m. | Light Breakfast and Registration
Ballroom doors open at 8:00 a.m.
8:35-9:00 a.m. | Keynote Address and Welcome, EPSA CEO
9-12:30 a.m. | Panel Discussions: Addressing Reliability in a Changing Grid, Innovation in Competitive Markets, Advancing Decarbonization
12:30-1:45 p.m. | Luncheon Keynote and Lunch Served
1:45-4:15 p.m. | Panel Discussions: Continued Consumer and Economic Benefits in a Just Transition, Market Design for the Future
4:15-4:20 p.m. | Closing Comments, EPSA CEO
4:30-6:00 p.m. | Cocktail Reception and Networking
Pat Wood III, CEO, Hunt Energy Network and former chair, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Addressing Reliability in a Changing Grid
The tragic and extensive power outages in Texas last winter, along with summer resource challenges in California and other U.S. states, highlight the importance of a demonstrable commitment to power system reliability. Are competitive markets up to the challenge? What practical considerations must be taken, and what is needed to ensure that America’s energy transition is reliable and sustainable?
Moderator: Nancy Bagot, senior vice president, EPSA
Thad Hill, president and CEO, Calpine
Jim Robb, president and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Manu Asthana, president and CEO, PJM Interconnection
Devin Hartman, policy director, energy and environmental policy; resident senior fellow, R Street Institute
Innovation in Competitive Markets
Competitive power markets ushered in a rapid transition to natural gas generation and renewable deployment. From the world’s largest battery storage projects to EV charging, what are some of the innovative projects recently developed or in development in competitive markets? How does competition incentivize and facilitate the innovative technologies needed to meet the future? What barriers remain?
Moderator: Bill Zuretti, director, regulatory affairs and counsel, EPSA
Sherman Knight, president and CCO, Competitive Power Ventures
Nathan Hanson, president, LS Power Generation
Kevin Smith, president, Tenaska Power Services Co.
Curt Morgan, CEO, Vistra Corp.
With policymakers from the states to Capitol Hill and the White House implementing ambitious decarbonization goals, how can market-based strategies deliver substantial and cost-effective emissions reductions? What will support a just and reliable transition?
Moderator: Brian George, senior director, strategic policy and government affairs, EPSA
Stephen Gallagher, chief commercial officer, Brookfield Renewable U.S.
Jill Davies, SVP, Trading, Shell Energy Americas
Arne Olson, senior partner, Energy + Environmental Economics (E3)
Gordon van Welie, president and CEO, ISO New England
John Moore, senior attorney and director, Sustainable FERC Project, Natural Resources Defense Council
Continued Consumer and Economic Benefits in a Just Transition
Competitive power markets have helped deliver historically low power prices. How do power generation costs impact consumers and other economic sectors – and what is needed to unlock greater economic benefits as the grid transitions? Can markets continue to mitigate cost impacts to consumers while efforts are underway to meet ambitious clean energy and decarbonization goals? How can competitive power developers manage ESG demands and respond to investor pressures while maintaining downward pressure on prices and high reliability?
Moderator: Sharon Theodore, vice president, regulatory affairs, EPSA
Naaz Khumawala, research analyst, Millennium
Travis Fisher, president, Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON)
Dr. Joseph Bowring, President, Monitoring Analytics & PJM Independent Market Monitor
David Springe, executive director, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
Marty Durbin, senior vice president, policy, and president, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Market Design for the Future
Competitive power markets have delivered significant benefits since introduced more than 20 years ago. But what is needed to meet emerging challenges and new priorities? It starts with getting market design right. Panelists discuss ongoing conversations in markets throughout the U.S. and what must be considered as markets evolve.
Moderator: Todd Snitchler, president and CEO, EPSA
Dr. Paul Sotkiewicz, president and founder, E-Cubed Policy Associates, LLC
Dr. Emma Nicholson, senior economic advisor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Prof. William Hogan, Raymond Plank Research Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group (attending virtually)
Travis Kavulla, vice president, regulatory affairs, NRG Energy
Dr. J. Arnold Quinn, vice president, FERC-Jurisdictional markets, Vistra Corp.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
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