Upcoming Current Issues Conference

Industry leaders and commissioners discuss issues facing the electric, natural gas, water, and telecommunications industries.
Future Programs. 2017: April 23-26 | 2018: April 15-18 | 2019: April 14-17

Contact. Jeanette Walter: jeawalte@nmsu.edu or 575.649.4812.


Current Issues: April 17-20, 2016

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Brochure: Current Issues: April 17-20, 2016

EARLY REGISTRATION discounts end March 25, 2016.

Registration and Payment Options:

  • Online: Payment options are credit card, check/money order, or we can invoice your organization.
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  1. Click the “Register Now” link above.
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Eldorado Hotel Reservations

Deadline: March 25, 2016, for room block special rate of $193 per night (single or double).

  • Room block reservation: Eldorado Hotel and Spa; Santa Fe, NM.
  • Or call central reservations at 1.505.995.4500 and mention group code 4864.
Alternative Hotels

While there is not a block of rooms reserved, rooms are available at these alternative hotels: Alternative Hotels

Current Issues Attendees: Spring 2016

LastFirstTitleCommission/CompanyState
AckermanSusanCommissionerOregon Public Utility CommissionOR
AkinsNickChairman, President & CEOAEPOH
AllenChadRegional Director - South RegulatoryMISOAR
AndersonEricCommissionerIdaho Public Utilities CommissionID
AndersonKennethCommissionerPublic Utility Commission of TexasTX
AronBenjaminDirector, State Regulatory AffairsCTIADC
AyersChrisExecutive DirectorPublic Staff - N.C. Utilities CommissionNC
BaerTonyaPublic CounselTexas Office of Public Utility CounselTX
BaileyDonCommissionerNorth Carolina Utilities CommissionNC
BankstonStacyRegulatory Case ManagerAEP/SWEPCOTX
BartonLisaEVP TransmissionAmerican Electric PowerOH
BergmannDavidPrincipal Telecom Policy Consulting for ConsumersOH
BetkoskiJohnNARUC Second Vice President & Vice Chair Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory AuthorityCT
BlackNoelVP, Federal Regulatory AffairsSouthern CompanyDC
BoganDavidPartnerLocke Lord LLPCT
BollesMontaVP, General ManagerUSICFL
BollomGregory Assistant Vice President - Energy PlanningMadison Gas & ElectricWI
BonfieldShawnSr. Regulatory Policy AnalystAvista CorporationWA
BowenBrandonUtility AnalystIURCIN
BoydDavidVP Government & Regulatory MISOMN
BrittonSamCommissionerMS Public Service CommissionMS
BroganAlCorporate CounselNorthWestern EnergyMT
BrownRyanDeputy CommissionerMississippi PSC - Central DistrictMS
Brown-BlandToNolaCommissionerNorth Carolina Utilities CommissionNC
BukowskiStephenDirector: New Technology IntegrationEl Paso Electric CompanyTX
BurrowsLoriVP & General CounselArkansas Electric Cooperative CorporationAR
BursawChrisDirector Regulatory USCapital Power CorpMA
BurtenshawAlainaChair, NARUC Water Committee & CommissionerNevada Public Utilities CommissionNV
ButlerJolynnExec Dir - RegulatoryAT&T Services, Inc.IN
ButlerFredPresident & CEO Butler Advisory ServicesNJ
ByrdSandraVice PresidentElectric Cooperatives of ArkansasAR
CarterScottSVP, Comm. Ops & Chief Reg. OfficerAGL ResourcesGA
CaseyKim Director, Finance & RegulatoryAEP/ETTTX
ChevereClaudiaPrincipal Regulatory SpecialistComEdIL
ChristianJoeDirector of Rates & Regulatory AffairsAtmos EnergyTX
ClarkSusanPartnerRadey Law FirmFL
CobbLauren Executive Assistant Mississippi PSCMS
CostelloKenPrincipalNRRINM
CrockerVanceVP, BHE SD Electric OperationsBlack Hills EnergySD
CrowderCalvinPresidentElectric Transmission Texas, LLCTX
DalleyRobertVice PresidentPacific PowerOR
DannerDavidChairmanWashington Utilities and Transportation CommissionWA
DarinThomasWestern State Policy DirectorAWEACO
D'AuteuilSusanAdministrative Law JudgeArkansas Public Service CommissionAR
DavidsonCharlesProgram DirectorNew York Law SchoolNY
DavisLamarCommissionerArkansas Public Service CommissionAR
DewanLeslieCEOTransatomic PowerMA
DionPhilipVP Tech Business DevelopmentAmerican Electric PowerOH
DorityMatthewDirector Regulatory AffairsKansas City Power & Light CompanyMO
DykeDavidManager, Regulatory RelationsOGE Energy Corp - OG&EOK
EdgarLisaCommissionerFlorida Public Service CommissionFL
ErbachDonaldConsultantPaschall Strategic CommunicationsAR
EspinozaValerieCommissionerNew Mexico PRCNM
EvansBrucePresident & Chief Operating OfficerAEP TexasTX
FinkSariSr. Policy AdvisorAmerican Petroleum InstituteDC
FlemingElizabethCPU Vice Chairman & CommissionerSouth Carolina Public Service CommissionSC
FletcherJamesVice PresidentGulf Power CompanyFL
FreemanBryce AdministratorWyoming Office of Consumer AdvocateWY
FullerTreyRegional DirectorUSICTX
GalbraithMauryExecutive DirectorWestern Interstate Energy BoardCO
GaleBrentEVP & Sr. Energy ConsultantStrataG Consulting, Inc.HI
GarciaReneProject Management Office ManagerSouthern California Gas CompanyCA
GarrettMarkConsultantGarrett Group LLCOK
GarzaLeoChairman, AARP AdvocacyAARP NMNM
GeorgeRolandMemberNational Energy BoardCanada
GerberBenjaminExecutive DirectorM-RETSMN
GervaisLindaManager Regulatory PolicyAvista CorporationWA
GriffinConnieAdministrative Law JudgeArkansas Public Service CommissionAR
GrovesCurtisAsst. General CounselVerizonVA
HallNikkiChairmanPublic Service Commission of SCSC
HammonsRosPolicy Advisor - Southern District - Mississippi Public Service CommissionMS
HansonGaryCommissionerSouth Dakota Public Utilities CommissionSD
HarderCharlesVice PresidentSourceGas LLCCO
HeinsStephenOwnerThe Word Merchant, LCWI
HekmanMaryChief Legal Officer and General CounselGolden Spread Electric COOPTX
HighleyDuanePresident/CEOArkansas Electric Cooperative CorpAR
HillNateRegulatory Initiatives ManagerPuget Sound EnergyWA
HillmanToddVice PresidentMISO EnergyAR
HirasunaRobertAssistant to Commissioner JonesNM Public Regulation CommssionNM
HofmannSarahCommissionerVermont Public Service BoardVT
HoldenMary-AnnaCo-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Water & Commissioner,New Jersey Board of Public UtilitiesNJ
HuebschMikeCommissionerPSC of WisconsinWI
HughesKevinChairmanMaryland Public Service CommissionMD
Hunt Heather Executive Director NESCOEMA
HunterDouglasChief Executive OfficerUtah Associated Municipal Power Systems "UAMPS"UT
InceKristieVP State Public PolicyLevel 3 CommunicationsTX
JacobsElizabethCo-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity & Board MemberIowa Utilities BoardIA
JeffersonRickProject ManagerAdvanced MeterCA
JenkinsJamesVP Regulatory and Public PolicyAmerican WaterMO
Johnson Brad Chairman CommissionerMT Public Service CommissionMT
JonesMeredithUtility AnalystIURCIN
JonesVirdenExecutive DirectorMS Public Utilities StaffMS
JonesLizVice President Regulatory AffairsOncor TX
JonesPhilipCommissionerWUTCWA
KavullaTravisNARUC President, CommissionerMontana Public Service CommissionMT
KhouryChollaAssistant Attorney GeneralNM Attorney General's OfficeNM
KilbourneBrettVice President & Deputy General CounselUtilities Telecom CouncilDC
KjellanderPaulCo-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications and President Idaho Public Utilities CommissionID
KnoxRebecca Sr Dir, Retail Energy PolicyEEIDC
KonciljaFrancesCommissionerColorado Public Utilities CommissionCO
LaRossaRalphChairmanAmerican Gas AssociationNJ
LarsenJeffV.P. RegulationRocky Mountain PowerUT
LathropRoyEconomistNCTAMD
LowreyDavidDirector, Regulatory StrategyComverge, Inc.CA
MasonDonPresidentAll American Energy Partners, LLCOH
MathiascheckSusanSenior Director, EnvironmentalNuclear Energy InstituteDC
Maye-EdwardsSherina CommissionerIllinois Commerce CommissionIL
McCabeAnnChair, NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues & CommissionerIllinois Commerce CommissionIL
McCaffreeMatthewSr. Director, Regulatory StrategyComverge, Inc.VA
McCellon-AllenVenitaPresident and COOAEP SWEPCOLA
McNamaraWill Director, Utility Transformation ServicesMCR Performance SolutionsNM
McOmberWoodyVice PresidentBurns & McDonnellTX
MisraJayNMSU CS FacultyNMSUNM
MoellerClairExecutive Vice President MISOMN
MonkenJonathonVice President, U.S. OperationsElectric Infrastructure Security CouncilDC
MontoyaKarenCommissionerNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionNM
MoonMickeyAssistant General CounselCenterPoint Energy, Inc.TX
MorelliGenevievePresidentITTADC
MrozRichardPresidentNJ Board of Public UtilitiesNJ
MyrickBrandiDirector - Electric, Gas & CommunicationsMississippi Public Utilities StaffMS
NelsonRobert A.Consumer CounselMontana Consumer CounselMT
NelsonDonnaCo-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment & ChairmanPublic Utility Commission of TexasTX
NortonPiercePresident and CEOONE Gas, Inc.OK
NowakEllen ChairPublic Service Commission of WisconsinWI
O'Connell-DiazErinPresidentFutureFWD, Inc.IL
O'ConnorAngelaChairmanMassachusetts Department of Public UtilitiesMA
OhtaTeriPrincipal Corporate CounselT-MobileWA
OldakMikeVP & General CounselUtilities Telecom CouncilDC
OrtizGerard Vice President Regulatory AffairsPNMNM
OsterJakeSr Director of Regulatory AffairsEnergySavvyWA
PatronisJimmyCommissionerFlorida Public Service CommissionFL
PequetteRonStrategic Accounts ExecItronCO
PfeifferDanVP of Government AffairsITRONWA
PhillipsNancyAARP NMNM
PickeringChipCEOINCOMPASDC
Pinnix RaglandHildaVP - Corporate Public AffairsDuke EnergyNC
PlaushinNinaVP Federal Affairs, Regulatory and CommunicationsITC Holdings Corp.DC
PresleyBrandonChair, NARUC Committee on Consumer Affairs & CommissionerMississippi Public Service CommissionMS
RedmondEverettSenior DirectorNuclear Energy InstituteDC
ReinertMartySr. Rate & Regulatory AnalystLG&E and KU Services CompanyKY
ReinhartPatrickAssnt. VP - Texas External AffairsEl Paso Electric Co.TX
RenlundCari AnneVice President and General CounselMadison Gas and Electric CompanyWI
ReynoldsChadGeneral CounselMississippi Public Utilities StaffMS
RichardsJeffVP and General CounselRocky Mountain PowerUT
RobertiPaulCommissionerRhode Island Public Utilities CommissionRI
RobertsJacquelineWest Virginia Consumer AdvocateConsumer Advocate of West VirginiaWV
RogersKyleVice President, Government RelationsAmerican Gas AssociationDC
SantilloNicholasDirector Physical & Cyber SecurityAmerican WaterNJ
SchmidtJoelVice PresidentAlliant EnergyIA
SchonhautCindyDirectorColorado Office of Consumer CounselCO
SchulingMarkConsumer AdvocateOffice of Consumer AdvocateIA
ScurisRitaPrincipal Finance SpecialistPURACT
SenterBillDiv Vice PresidentAtmos Energy CorporationMS
SheahanBrienChairmanIllinois Commerce CommissionIL
ShurdenShawnGeneral CounselMississippi Public Service CommissionMS
SimoneFrankVP Federal Regulatory-WirelineExternal & Legislative AffairsDC
SkrmettaEricCommissionerLa Public Service CommissionLA
SlocumJohnManager-State Government AffairsExelonIL
SlocumJohn Manager - State Government AffairsExelonIL
SmithNatalieExecutive DirectorNextEra Energy Inc.FL
SoderbergGraceDr. of State Reg. RelationsNAWC DC
Speakes-BackmanKellySr. Vice PresidentAlliance to Save EnergyDC
SpitzerMarcPartnerSteptoe & Johnson LLPDC
StanleyCindyStaff OfficerMississippi Public Sevice CommissionMS
StantonDavidPresidentSUEZNJ
SteeleHenryCase ManagerAEP/SWEPCOTX
StipnieksElizabethManaging DirectorEdison Electric InstituteDC
StollStephenCommissionerMissouri PSCMO
StorySusanPresident & CEOAmerican WaterNJ
StumpBobCommissionerArizona Corporation CommissionAZ
SullivanJimPresidentThe Sullivan GroupAL
SvandaDavidPrincipalSvanda & Coy ConsultingMD
SymondsMark Public Utilities SpecialistBonneville Power AdministrationOR
TalaveraJudithDirectorAEP TexasTX
TaylorJeffAttorneyNM
ThomasMicheleNatl Director - State RegulatoryT-Mobile USA Inc.NJ
TomHarryManager, Security GroupFERCDC
TullmanRobPresident & CEOUSICIN
TyranBarbara DirectorEPRIDC
Valencia SapienDeAnzaAssociate State Director for AdvocacyAARP NMNM
VasingtonPaulDirector - State Public PolicyVerizonMA
WagnerNickCo-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure & Board MemberIowa Utilities BoardIA
Walker-RatliffJoanDirector, Regulatory AffairsPhillips 66OK
WallKeithDirector of Regulatory AffairsCenterPoint EnergyTX
WarnockLoyd (Aldie)SVP, External Affairs, Communications, and policyAmerican WaterNJ
WashingtonAlexChief Policy AdvisorMississippi PSC -Central DistrictMS
WathenMackVice PresidentPepco Holdings, IncDE
WatkinsSusanChief Operating OfficerMississippi PSC - Central DistrictMS
WaylandKarenDeputy Director, Energy Policy & Systems AnalysisUS Department of EnergyDC
WeberHarryEnergy ReporterBloomberg NewsTX
WhiteJordanCommissionerPublic Service Commission UT
WigginsDenaPresident and CEONatural Gas Supply AssociationDC
WinterJackSr. PincipalWest Monroe PartnersNY
WiseStanChair, NARUC Committee on Gas & CommissionerGeorgia Public Service CommissionGA
WrightThomasAttorneyMLEBKKS
WrightChristineDeputy DirectorSolar CityCA
YeohWillNMSU CS FacultyNMSUNM
YorkKatherineSr. Program ManagerTransmission & Power SupplyTN
YoungbloodMichaelManager, Regulatory ProjectsIdaho Power CompanyID
ZiolaAndrewVP Investor Relations & Public AffairsONE Gas, Inc.OK