9th Annual Kentucky Energy Management Conference Agenda

Thursday, January 30, 2020

8 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Overview

Timothy J. Hagerty, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

8:40 a.m.
Energy Issues Facing the Commonwealth

Kate Shanks, Vice President, Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber

The Kentucky Chamber’s vice president will provide an overview of pressing energy and environment issues currently facing Kentucky. Shanks will provide insights for business on pressing legislative and regulatory issues likely to be taken up in Frankfort and Washington in the coming year.

9 a.m.
Opening Keynote

Dan Brouillette, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

9:50 a.m.
The Future of Fossil Fuels and Kentucky’s Economy

Tyler White, President, Kentucky Coal Association
Ryan Watts, Executive Director, Kentucky Oil & Gas Association

10:40 a.m.
Siting Solar Projects in Kentucky

Gregory Dutton, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd
Brian Zoeller, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd

This presentation takes you from the preliminary stages, including identifying a power purchaser and the purchasing or leasing of land, to the final stages, including approvals from the Siting Board and the Energy and Environment Cabinet, to getting a solar project sited and approved in Kentucky.

11:40 a.m.
Luncheon with Sponsors

12:45 p.m.
Use Energy Star Portfolio Manager to Monitor Energy Use and Boost Profits

Blaine Early, Attorney, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Kurt Barrett, LEED® AP, CEM, Intelligent Services Program Leader, Harshaw Trane

This presentation introduces the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a tool that allows facilities to track energy and water use and carbon footprint and to compare performance to other similar facilities across the country.  Using the principle that if you can't measure it, you can't control it, Energy Star helps evaluate the success of energy efficiency efforts.  Its forecasting components help evaluate the potential return on investment from procedural changes and facility modifications and upgrades.  

2 p.m.
If 100% Renewables is Not a Realistic Option…What Is?

Rodney Andrews, PhD, PE, Associate Vice President for Research, University of Kentucky and Director, UK Center for Applied Energy Research

This session will discuss why we are not going to 100% renewables in the near term, and what will drive our remaining fuel mix.  The disruptive impact of low-cost natural gas, declining electricity demand, and near-term retirements of nuclear and fossil plants will be used to frame the future of power generation.

3 p.m.
Working Groups that Work: A Discussion of Government-Stakeholder Cooperation

Lee Norman, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC  
William G. Barr III, BlackRidge Resource Partners LLC
Tom Fitzgerald, Director, Kentucky Resources Council
Steve Hohmann, former Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Natural Resources

This presentation will feature several members of the working group responsible for the recent revision of the Kentucky oil and gas statutes.  Panelists will discuss the interaction between representatives of the relevant government agencies and representatives of the public and various industry sectors which resulted in the successful adoption of a comprehensive revision of the governing statutes to address current needs.

4 p.m.
Day One Adjourns


Friday, January 31, 2020

8 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Overview

Timothy J. Hagerty, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

8:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote: What FERC Policies Mean for Kentucky  

Neil Chatterjee, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

10 a.m.
The Future of Energy in Kentucky

Kimra Cole, President and Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc.
Kevin Dobbs, President, Kentucky/Mid-State Division, Atmos Energy Corp
Chris Perry, President & CEO, Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives (KAEC)
Amy Spiller, President, Ohio and Kentucky - Duke Energy

Kent Blake, CFO, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Moderator: Timothy J. Hagerty, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Utility executives will discuss their strategy for ensuring ongoing reliable and affordable service. Panelists will also discuss important programs to help customers take advantage of energy efficiency and alternative resources.

11:30 a.m.
Luncheon with Sponsors

12:30 p.m.
Regulatory Update: Where We Stand on ACE, CCR, ELGs, and WOTUS

Timothy J. Hagerty, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Jerry Purvis, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, East Kentucky Power Cooperative  

As the regulatory landscape for electric power producers and other energy producers continues to shift, this presentation will update you on the most recent developments in this fast-changing environment.  Recent significant, and long-anticipated, proposals for changes to the federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) and Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELGs) rules will be explained both in terms of their legal elements and their practical application and implications.  Similarly, the status of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) and Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rules, which are currently subject to litigation, will be evaluated and updated.

1:30 p.m.
Inside the Public Service Commission (PSC)

Michael Schmitt, Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Talina Mathews, PhD., Commissioner, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Gwen R. Pinson, Executive Director, Kentucky Public Service Commission

In recent years the Commission has faced declining staffing levels and an ever-increasing caseload.  At the same time, the issues have become more complex as the regulated utility business model is challenged with aging infrastructure and often declining consumption.   Despite these challenges, the Commission has improved efficiency and increased its focus on enforcement as means of ensuring utility customers throughout the Commonwealth receive safe and reliable service.  In addition, the Commission has increased its scrutiny of water district management and revised the training requirements for board members of water districts.  Meet these top regulators and learn more about the Commission’s mission to ensure public utility rates that are fair, just and reasonable and public utility service that is safe and reliable during these challenging economic times.

2:30 p.m.
Wrap Up and Final Observations

Timothy J. Hagerty, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

2:35 p.m.
9th Annual Kentucky Energy Management Conference adjourns


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