WIRES UNIVERSITY “Electric Transmission – The Survey Course”

April 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
1 Constitution Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Electric Transmission – The Survey Course


Morning Session

9:00 a.m.    

Transmission 101: The Fundamentals Of

High Voltage Transmission

v  How the Grid Works: Technology & Operations

  • Don Morrow, Sr. V. P. Corporate Strategy, Quanta Technology
  • Adriann McCoy, T&D Market Strategy Manager, Burns & McDonnell

v  Who Plans & Regulates The Grid – Law, Policy Making, and Procedure

  • Amy Stein, Assoc. Professor of Law, University of Florida School of Law
  • David Morenoff, General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Randall Satterfield, Exec. V. P. Strategic Planning & Project Development, American Transmission Co.
  • Pauline Foley, Assistant General Counsel, PJM Interconnection



Drivers of Transmission Investment

11:00 a.m. Current Challenges –Thinking About the Grid as a Strategic Asset

 Transmission Investment as Market Enabler

  • Hannes Pfeifenberger/Judy Chang, The Brattle Group – On Transmission Benefits

Transmission as a Technology Partner

  • Julia Frayer, London Economics Int’l –Transmission and Other Resources and Technologies (Distributed Generation, Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, & Storage)


11:45 a.m.    Lunchtime Talks (Complimentary Lunch Provided) 

Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) – Member, Energy & Natural Resources Committee

Representative Jerry McNerney (CA) – Co-Founder, Grid Innovation Caucus, Member, House Committee on Energy & Commerce


Afternoon Session-

Major Issues and Challenges

12:45 p.m.     Current Hot Topics

Cyber Security Challenges / Physical Threats

  • Hon. Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  • Joe Doetzl, Chief Information Security Officer & Head of Cyber Security for Enterprise Software, ABB

Transmission Infrastructure & EPA’s Clean Power Plan

  • Steven Fine, Vice President, ICF International
  • Carl Monroe, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Southwest Power Pool


1:45 p.m.       Transmission Grid Futurecast: Executive Roundtable

  • Hon. Phillip Moeller, FERC Commissioner
  • Wade Smith, President and COO, American Electric Power Texas
  • Greg Lemler, Vice President, Transmission Operations, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Michael Skelly, Founder & President, Clean Line Energy Partners


3:00 p.m.       Wrap-Up

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