Role of Congress and Federal Agencies and the Interplay Between Them

The security of our energy production and storage in the United States has taken center stage in recent months, with the Trump Administration invoking national security concerns to save uneconomic coal and nuclear plants and the news reports threats to the energy grid from foreign hackers.

With a rapidly changing power sector and growing threats of cyber warfare and extreme weather loom, vulnerabilities in our energy infrastructure must be accurately identified and addressed. Congress should work with Federal agencies to oversee methods of ensuring energy security that keeps pace with threats and harnesses the capabilities of newer grid technologies and resources.

Partner Aaron Cutler will participate in Duke in DC's Beyond Talking Points, a quarterly seminar series exposing government officials from Capitol Hill and the administration to in-depth discussions on critical issues facing America and the world.

Agenda

8:30 a.m.: Arrival and coffee/breakfast

9:00 a.m.: Overview of Energy Grids, Markets and Federal Action

What was the rationale for Congress to step into the energy sector previously under grounds of national security threats? When have federal agencies used these emergency powers in the Federal Power Act and Defense Production Act, and what has been the result?
  • Kate Konschnik, Director, Climate and Energy Program, Duke University's Nicholas School for Environmental Policy Solutions

9:30 a.m.: Discussion 1: Solving the Biggest Energy Security Threats

From grid resilience to cyber security to increasing storm intensity, hear from industry and policy experts as they discuss solutions to current and future threats to American energy security.

  • Moderator: Jennie Chen, senior counsel, federal energy policy, Duke University's Nicholas School for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Michael Goggin, Vice President, Grid Strategies
  • Craig Glazer, Vice President – Federal Government Policy, PJM Interconnection
  • Barry Lawson, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

10:45 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.: Discussion 2: Role of Congress and Federal Agencies and the Interplay Between Them

With much of the authority sitting with federal agencies, what are the proper oversight and support roles for Congress? Also, how can we strengthen federal government interactions with state and local governments and companies?

  • Moderator: Kate Konschnik, Director, Climate and Energy Program, Duke University's Nicholas School for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Clifford Sikora, Partner, Troutman Sanders
  • Aaron Cutler, Partner, Hogan Lovells; Fmr. Senior Policy Adviser/Counsel, House Committee on Natural Resources
  • Jeanette Pablo, General Counsel and Senior Associate, Energy Futures Initiative; fmr. Acting Deputy Director for Energy Systems, DOE Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis


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