TransForum East

December 1 & 2, 2015 - Washington, DC, USA

Join us for an unparalleled gathering of key industry decision makers for two days of interaction and collaboration on the business of power transmission. You’ll gain insight from case studies of successful business models, regional planning strategies, financing trends, and practical lessons learned from transmission builds and upgrades occurring in the eastern United States and Canada.

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Network with the key influencers in the transmission sector to strategize, plan, and discuss what’s driving transmission investments and potentially impacting the electric system. You’ll hear from leading transmission executives as they review and discuss business models and financing strategies and share practical lessons learned.

Share your ideas and become part of the discussion with a unique, interactive format that includes Q&A sessions, panel discussions and case study presentations, TransForum East provides attendees with significant opportunity for direct dialogue with the formative thinkers and shapers within transmission…You can simply sit, listen and learn, or be an active participant in the discussions — either way, you’ll enjoy fresh ideas and new perspectives that you can turn into actionable plans.

Join your peers as we discuss the integration of renewable energy and its impact on the electric system of the East, learn technological advancements to boost transmission line capacity, debate regulatory challenges and how to leverage incentives effectively , hear updates on the EIPC project…and more!

Agenda

  • Dynamics in Transmission, Part I: Coal Retirements as Opportunity, Natural Gas as Competition – Power flows are changing. With the U.S. generation portfolio in flux, natural gas seems to be the go-to option for replacing coal – but in some areas, it is also replacing transmission. To what extent can transmission exploit coal retirements? To what extent will it be hindered by natural gas? Where do the best opportunities lie?
  • Dynamics in Transmission, Part II: Policy & Regulation, Siting & Permitting – The energy industry is experiencing an unprecedented amount of change and opportunities are emerging for transmission to take advantage of it. But given the lengthy regulatory process for siting and permitting electric transmission projects, will the industry be able to remain competitive? Can regulation surrounding transmission foresee the challenges the industry will face and implement progressive policies?
  • From the Top Down: FERC and NERC Answers to Physical/Cybersecurity Threats – NERC has been developing standards to address the safety and security of the U.S. electric grid. What has been proposed, what has been approved and are these standards enough? Should industry lead instead?
  • Gas/Electric Coordination: Progress and Pitfalls – More than half of New England’s electricity generation now comes from natural gas. Given the increased dependency on natural gas for electricity, FERC issued an NOPR to coordinate scheduling for the two industries. Such coordination requires balancing of markets, synchronization of infrastructure, and a mechanism through which pricing can be executed so that both industries can benefit. This panel will discuss the arguments both sides have presented, the agreements reached so far and where the issue lies today.
  • Order 1000: Competition, Coordination & Cost Allocation – FERC Order 1000 mandates ROFR removal, regional and interregional coordination, and project cost allocation. Is the landscape actually improving for independent transmission developers? What could that segment of the industry look like in 10, 20 years? What progress have Eastern Interconnection RTOs made with respect to transmission planning coordination? And is cost allocation across seams succeeding?
  • Investing in Transmission: Incentives, ROEs & JVs – The transmission industry is in the process of embarking on a massive buildout to replace old infrastructure, comply with industry and policy standards and transport renewable energy to load centers. In June, FERC adopted a new methodology for calculating base ROEs – how has this affected transmission investment thus far and how will it affect it going forward? What are the impacts on independent transmission? Will we see more joint ventures and transactions like National Grid’s $40m investment in Clean Line Energy Partners?
  • Executive Perspectives – Transmission executives candidly share their thoughts and opinions on the dynamics playing out in the industry today, and how these dynamics are shaping the industry’s future.

If you are a professional who operates, plans, regulates, invests in or builds electric power transmission systems within the Eastern interconnection, this is an event you can’t afford to miss!