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The Hot Topic Hotline Program is an opportunity for FRI Advisory Board Members to discuss 'hot' issues via web-conference. The program is offered bi-monthly and topics are sponsored by an Advisory Board Member.

Previous Hot Topics & Sponsors:


Gas-Electric Coordination: Table Stakes & Criticality of Gas Infrastructure.
Sponsors: Commissioner Carla J. Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission
Todd Hillman, Vice President, South Region, MISO

The Economic Determinants of Residential Solar & Battery Storage.
Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, President, RCHemphill Solutions


Electric Vehicles: How California Utility Regulators & Utilities are Leading the Charge!
Sponsor: Commissioner Carla J. Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission

The Cost of Capital: Slower and Lower for Longer.
Sponsor: Pauline Ahern, Executive Director, ScottMadden

Cyber Security Challenges and Strategies for Utilities.
Sponsor: Todd Hillman, Vice President, South Region, MISO

 


How to Make Wind Generation a Win-Win.
Sponsor: Mark Schuling, Consumer Advocate, Iowa Office of the Consumer Advocate

 

An Overview of Pipeline Safety.
Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & CEO, Delta Natural Gas Company

 

Electrical Distribution Rate Design for Residential Customers.
Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, President, RCHemphill Solutions

 

The Clean Power Plan: Options for States Under the Final Rule.
Sponsor: Doug Scott, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute

 

Distributed Generation: A Balanced Path Forward.
Sponsor: Emily Shuart, Director, Regulatory Services, Public Service Company of Oklahoma

 

Gas/Electric Coordination - RTO Planning, Operations & Strategic Perspectives.
Sponsor: Todd Hillman, Vice President, South Region, MISO

 

Demand Response Prospects & Challenges for the Coming Year.
Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Strategy, Commonwealth Edison Company

 

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Challenges & Opportunities.
Sponsor: Chairman Doug Scott, Illinois Commerce Commission

 

Demand Response Prospects & Challenges for the Coming Year.
Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Strategy, Commonwealth Edison Company

 

Infrastructure Replacement & Expansion: Smart Modernization.
Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas

 

Energy Efficiency, the Shifting Landscape in Indiana.
Sponsor: Doug Esamann, President, Duke Energy Indiana

 

Gas-Electric Coordination: A New Joint-Industry Dialogue.
Sponsor: Mark Stultz, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Communications, North American Gas & Power, BP Energy

 

Regulatory Approaches to Support Aggressive Energy Efficiency.
Sponsor: Mark Schuling, Consumer Advocate, Iowa Office of the Consumer Advocate

 

Incenting a Win-Win Relationship with Fuel Clauses & Off-System Sales.
Sponsor: Doug Esamann, President, Duke Energy Indiana

 

Hedging Global Costs Pressures at the Local Project Level.
Sponsor: Larry Landis, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

 

LNG Exports.
Sponsor: Mark Stultz, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Communications, North American Gas & Power, BP Energy

 

The Status & Future of Natural Gas Vehicles in the United States.
Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas

 

Changes on the Horizon in Hedging?
Sponsor: Warren Wood, Vice President, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Ameren Missouri

 

Statues of U.S. Energy Policy & Outlook for the Future.
Sponsor: Louie Binswanger, Vice President, Regulatory & Government Affairs, SourceGas

 

Emissions Trading Credits Under CSAPR & Impact of CSAPR in the Midwest.
Sponsor: Vice Chairman James Gardner, Kentucky Public Service Commission

 

All Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency. All? You're Kidding, Aren't You?
Sponsor: Commissioner Cheryl Roberto, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

 

Post Fukushima Response.
Sponsor: Doug Esamann, President, Duke Energy Indiana

 

From the Ground Up: Examining U.S. Natural Gas Supply for 2012.
Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas, Inc

 

Pipeline Safety: Steps to a Robust Integrity Management Program.
Sponsor: Lewis “Louie” Binswanger, Vice President, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, SourceGas

 

Innovative Rate Making for Traditional & Transportation Uses of Natural Gas.
Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas, Inc

 

Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles - Say Goodbye to Foreign Oil.
Sponsor: Lewis “Louie” Binswanger, Vice President, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, SourceGas

 

Clean Air Act Compliance Challenges & the Perspectives of the Financial Community.
Sponsor: Vice Chair Phyllis A. Reha, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

 

Infrastructure Investments: The Cost of Environmental Compliance & Impact on Retail Rates.
Sponsor: Commissioner Valerie Lemmie, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

 

New Approach to Estimating the Cost of Common Equity Capital for Public Utilities.
Sponsor: Commissioner Larry Landis, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

 

Smart Energy: Renewable Gas.
Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas, Inc

 

Dynamic Pricing.
Sponsor: Commissioner Valerie Lemmie, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

 

SmartStar Lawrence – Westar’s Smart Metering Pilot Town.
Sponsor: Dick Rohlfs, Director, Retail Rates, Westar Energy

 

New Regulatory Compact: In a changing business environment focused on energy efficiency and decreasing demand - what should the regulatory compact look like for the future?
Sponsor: Tim Rush, Director, Regulatory affairs, Kansas City Power & Light

 

Recovery Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency Investments.
Sponsor: Commissioner Jeff Davis, Missouri Public Service Commission

 

Energy Efficiency.
Sponsor: Diane Munns, Vice President, Regulatory Relations & Energy Efficiency, MidAmerican Energy

 

Smart Grid: What is it? Why do we need it? How do we pay for it?
Sponsor: Commissioner Sherman Elliott, Illinois Commerce Commission

 

The Cost of Capital in Today's Market.
Sponsor: Commissioner Jeff Davis, Missouri Public Service Commission

 

Is it reasonable to strive to be BBB or can we do better?
Sponsor: Dick Rohlfs, Director, Retail Rates, Westar Energy. Presenter: Philip W Smyth, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings.

 

Aging, Obsolescent & Inadequate Infrastructure: Is it a crisis?
Sponsor: Lewis Mills, Missouri Public Council

 

Financial Risks of Declining Usage.
Sponsor: Jim Jenkins, Vice President, Finance, American Water Western Division

 

Decoupling.
Sponsor: Bob Mill, Director Regulatory Department, AmerenUE

 

Decoupling.
Sponsor: Commissioner Larry Landis, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

 

Successful & Practical Methods of Dealing with High Winter Energy Bills.
Sponsor: Alan Stewart, President, Arkansas Western Gas

 

Regulatory Relief in Response to the Proposed FASB's Project for Reporting Pension Liability.
Sponsor: Barry Cooper, Chief Financial Officer, Laclede Group

 

Rate Surcharges of Adders for Recovery of Specific Costs: What Factors should be Considered in Deciding Whether to Allow Such Mechanisms.
Sponsor: Commissioner Michael Moffet, Kansas Corporation Commission

 

Streamlining the Ratemaking Process: Methods by Which the Rate Case Process Has Been Streamlined In Some Jurisdictions & the Resulting Benefits.
Sponsor: Chuck Harder, Executive Director, Rates & Regulatory, CenterPoint Energy

 

Construction While In Progress.
Sponsor: Chairman Jeff Davis, Missouri Public Service Commission

 

Energy Efficiency: An overview of Programs & Policies in the Midwest.
Sponsor: Tim Rush, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Kansas City Power & Light

 

Update on FASB's Project for Changes to Pension Liability Reporting & Impact on the Current Regulatory Treatment.
Sponsor: Barry Cooper, Chief Financial Officer, Laclede Group

 

Opportunities for Utilities to Cooperate in the Delivery of Energy Conservation Programs.
Sponsor: Lewis Mills, Missouri Public Counsel

 

For information regarding the Hot Topic Hotline please email Sarah Gott or call 573.882.2155

 

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