The Center on Global Energy Policy and Americans for a Clean Energy Grid hosted a one-day conference focused on the development and challenges of the high-voltage transmission grid in and around New York during an era of ambitious clean-energy goals and profound changes in electric utilities’ roles and regulation. The event featured keynote presentations by Richard L. Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomoand Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, and Gil Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority, as well as panel discussions with distinguished experts.  


9:00am: Welcome and Introductions

  • John Jimison, Director, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid
  • David Sandalow, Center on Global Energy Policy

Panel 1: Enhancing Transmission while “Reforming our Energy Vision”

  • Keynote: Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York Public Service Commission
  • Moderator: Steve Mitnick, Editor in Chief, Public Utilities Fortnightly
  • Respondents:
    • Mark S. Lynch, President & CEO, New York State Electric & Gas and RG&E  
    • Sergej Mahnovski , Director, Utility of the Future, Consolidated Edison
    • Jon Wellinghoff, Esq., Partner, Stoel Rives; Former Chair, FERC


Panel 2: The Role of Transmission in Meeting Ambitious Clean Energy Targets

  • Keynote: Gil Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority
  • Moderator: Peter Behr, E&E News
  • Respondents:
    • Steve Demers, Vice President, Business Development, Acquisitions & Strategy, HydroQuébec
    • Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citigroup, Inc.
    • Ed Krapels, President, Anbaric Transmission, LLC
    • Abigail Dillen, Vice President of Litigation for Climate & Energy, Earthjustice

12:00pm Luncheon Address

  • Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Introduced by James J. Hoecker, Counsel to WIRES; former FERC Chair

Panel 3: Optimizing the New Transmission-Distribution Interface

  • Moderator: Chris Martin, Bloomberg News
  • Keynote: William F. Hederman, Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, US Department of Energy
  • Panelists:
    • Paul Centolella, President, Paul Centolella & Associates LLC
    • Chris King, Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens Digital Grid
    • Steve Hauser, President, Gridwise Alliance
    • Todd Ryan, Director of Regulatory Affairs, SmartWires, Inc.


Panel 4: Modernizing the Grid to Capture Benefit at Every Scale

  • Moderator: Ladeene Freimuth, President, The Freimuth Group
  • Panelists:
    • Jigar Shah, Inergys; Energy Gang Participant
    • Rudy Wynter, President & COO, FERC Regulated Businesses, National Grid Transmission   
    • Travis Bradford, Professor , Columbia University

4:15pm: Concluding Observations

  • David Sandalow, Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Bill White, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid