Upcoming Current Issues Conference

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Current Issues: April 23-26, 2017

Industry leaders and commissioners discuss issues facing the electric, natural gas, water, and telecommunications industries.

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List of Presentations


Updated May 5, 2017

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Eldorado Hotel; Santa Fe, NM


Jeanette Walter: jeawalte@nmsu.edu or 575.649.4812.


Early discounts end on March 31, 2017

Registration and Payment Options:

  • Online: Payment options are credit card, check/money order, or we can invoice your organization.
  • Fax, phone or email: Fill out the enrollment form on the last page of the program brochure. Follow the instructions on the form for a preferred payment option.

Registration instructions for Guest Speakers/Responders:

  1. Click the “Register Now” link above.
  2. Chose the registration category: Current Issues [2017] Guest Speaker/Responder ($0.00).
  3. Press “Proceed to Payment” button.
  4. Guest speakers/responders will be sent a formal confirmation from the CPU staff.

Cancellations. Cancellation requests received via email by/on Friday, April 14 will be fully refunded. No refunds will be made after April 14. Substitutions can be made at any time. Send the appropriate attendee contact information to Jeanette Walter at jeawalte@nmsu.edu. Substitutions made after April 19 will be processed on-site.

Eldorado Hotel Reservations

Deadline: April 7, 2017.

Make your hotel reservation at the Eldorado Hotel.

  • Room block reservation: The Eldorado Hotel special conference rate is $196 per night, single or double. To insure the special rate, reservations should be made by March 31, 2017. Reservations can be made by calling 1.505.995.4500 and mentioning group code 170418NMSU.
Alternative Hotel. TBD.

Current Issues 2017 Presentations

Updated May 10, 2017

PanelLast FirstPresentation
Intersection of Energy, Environment and InfrastructureBeuningStephenRenewable Integration
Intersection of Energy, Environment and InfrastructureMoellerClairPortfolio Evolution: Issues & Challenges
Intersection of Energy, Environment and InfrastructureTutosVanessaPermission Pending: The Important Role of Renewables
Intersection of Energy, Environment and InfrastructureTyranBarbaraOur Energy Future: Integrated Energy Network
Cyber Security Workforce IssuesAuffretJ.P.Trends in Cybersecurity Education
Cyber Security Workforce IssuesMertzMichaelCyber Security Workforce Issues
The Impact of Changing Social Roles of UtilitiesNaumickGaryPermission Pending: A Coordinated Apprach to Reduce Lead Exposure from Drinking Water
The Impact of Changing Social Roles of UtilitiesOppenheimJerroldThe Changing Social Role of Utilities
The Impact of Changing Social Roles of UtilitiesObot WitherspoonNseduProtecting Children & Their Families from Lead Exposures Through Water

Current Issues Attendees: Spring 2017

Updated April 18, 2017

Last NameFirst NameTitleOrganizationState  
AllenJohnRegional Director - SouthMISOAR
AndersonEricCommissionerIdaho Public Utilities CommissionID
AronBenjaminDirector, State Regulatory and External AffairsCTIADC
AuffretJ.P.Director, Research Partnerships, School of BusinessGeorge Mason UniversityVA
BaileyDonCommissionerNorth Carolina Utilities CommissionNC
BakerChristinaAttorney SpecialistArkansas Public Service CommissionAR
BarnesConitshaRegulatory Affairs ManagerDuke Energy NC
BectonKinoSr. Director National Government and Regulatory AffairsAmerican WaterNJ
BernoskyGregDirector State Regulation & ComplianceArizona Public ServiceAZ698.64
Betkoski, IIIJohnNARUC First Vice President, Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Consumer Affairs and Vice ChairmanConnecticut Public Utilities Regulatory AuthorityCT255.52
BeuningStephenDirector Market OperationsXcel EnergyCO378.27
BinswangerLewisVice President, External AffairsNicor GasIL1332.43
BlackNoelVP, Federal Regulatory Affairs Southern CompanyDC
BollesMontaVP & General CounselUSICIN
BollomGregoryAssistant VP Energy PlanningMadison Gas and Electric CompanyWI
BonfieldShawnSr Regulatory Policy AnalystAvista CorporationWA
BonrudPamelaDirector Government & Regulatory AffairsNorthWestern EnergySD
BoothWilliamAttorneyMichael Best & Friedrich LLPDC
BoydDavidVP of Government and Regulatory AffairsMISOMN
BrightBenManager - RegulatorySouthwest Power PoolAR
Brown Ryan Deputy CommissionerMississippi Public Service CommissionMS
Brown-BlandToNolaCo-Vice Chair, NARUC Washington Action Committee and CommissionerNorth Carolina Utilities CommissionNC
BukowskiStephenDirector - New Technology IntegrationEl Paso Electric CompanyTX
BurnsBobCommissionerArizona Corporation CommissionAZ
BurnsNancySenior AttorneyEl Paso Electric CompanyNM
ButlerFrederick President and CEOButler Advisory ServicesNJ
CampWardChief Policy OfficerEdison EnergyCA
CampellCarmenRegulatory and Tribal LiaisonJemez Mountains Electric CooperativeNM
CarberryGlennManaging PartnerTCORSCT
ChampionThomasPrincipalT Champion Consulting LLCMD
ChampleyMichaelFormer CommissionerHawaii Public Utilities CommissionHI
ChrissSteveDirector, Energy and Strategy AnalysisWal-Mart Stores, Inc.AR
ClarkSusanPartnerRadey Law FirmFL
ColemanMaidaCommissionerMissouri Public Service CommissionMO
ColussyPeterExternal Affairs ManagerCAISOCA
ConcepcionGinaDirector, ProcessUSICIN
ConnDaveVP of State Government AffairsT-MobileNJ
CorbariKelleySenior AttorneyFlorida Public Service CommissionFL
CostelloKen PrincipalNRRINM
CrockettValerieSr Program Mgr Energy PolicyTVAGA
CummingsJameySenior Client PartnerKorn FerryTX
DalleyBryceVice PresidentPacific PowerOR
DannerDavidChair, NARUC Committee on International Relations and ChairmanWashington Utilities & Transportation CommissionWA
DarnellRonSenior Vice PresidentPNM ResourcesNM
D'AuteuilSusanAdministrative Law JudgeArkansas Public Service CommissionAR
DavisBrynManager - Asset Management ServicesEl Paso Electric CompanyTX
DawsonShawnDistrict ManagerUSICIN
DionPhilVP, Technology Business DevelopmentAmerican Electric PowerOH
DorityMatthewDirector of Regulatory AffairsKansas City Power & Light CompanyMO
DrakeKimberlyFinancial AnalystPublic Utilities Commission of NevadaNV
DunnBoydCommissionerArizona Corporation CommissionAZ
EdgeBillPublic Information OfficerGeorgia Public Service CommissionGA
EnglandScottEconomistColorado Office of Consumer CounselCO
EspinozaValerie ChairNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionNM
FarmerFrankSpecial Assistant Attorney GeneralMississippi Public Service CommissionMS
Feist AlbrechtShariCommissionerKansas Corporation CommissionKS
FinkSariManagerAmerican Petroleum InstituteDC
FlemingElizabethCPU Vice Chairman and CommissionerSouth Carolina Public Service Commission SC
FonvielleKentExecutive Director, MISO South Region - External AffairsMISO EnergyAR
GeeRobertPresidentGee Strategies Group, LLCVA
GervaisLindaSr Manager Regulatory PolicyAvista CorporationWA
GillanJoePresidentGillan and Associates
GonzalesRicardoDirector NM External AffairsEl Paso Electric CompanyTX
GreeneKimberlyChief Operating OfficerSouthern CompanyAL
GriffinConnieAdministrative Law JudgeArkansas Public Service CommissionAR
HansonGaryVice ChairmanSouth Dakota Public Utilities CommissionSD
HardieLisaChair Oregon Public Utility CommissionOR
HendryAndrewPresident & CEONew Jersey Utilities AssociationNJ
HensonMarthaDirector of Regulatory AffairsOncor Electric Delivery CompanyTX
HermanLexiCorporate Counsel State RegulatoryT-MobileNJ
HiettToddCommissionerOklahoma Corporation CommissionOK
HirasunaRobertExecutive Assistant - District VNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionNM
HofmannSarahCommissionerVermont Public Service BoardVT
HoldenMary-AnnaChair, NARUC Committee on Water and CommissionerNew Jersey Board of Public UtilitiesNJ
HollickPamelaAssociate General Counsel State Public PolicyLevel 3 CommunicationsIN
HowardJohn (Butch)CommissionerSouth Carolina Public Service CommissionSC
HuebschMichaelCommisioner Wisconsin Public Service CommissionWI
HughesGilbertDirector Regulatory ServicesAEP TexasTX
HughesKandiAttorneySouthwest Power PoolAR
JacobsElizabethCommissioner Iowa Utilities BoardIA
JohnsonKenDirector, Rates & Regulatory AffairsPuget Sound EnergyWA
Johnson BradCommissionerMontana Public Service CommissionMT
JonesJohn F.Sr VP - Public PolicyCenturyLinkLA
JonesSandyCommissioner - District VNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionNM
KavullaTravisCommissionerMontana Public Service CommissionMT
KielyCharlesAssistant General ManagerDC WaterDC
KilduffTonySenior AnalystCity of Seattle WA
KirkebyCurtisFellow EngineerAvista UtilitiesWA
KjellanderPaulChair, NARUC Telecommunications Committee and PresidentIdaho Public Utilities CommissionID
LarsenJeffV.P. RegulationPacifiCorpUT
LeechIreneAssociate ProfessorVA TechVA
LeVarThadChairPublic Service Commission of UtahUT
LipperSusanDirector State Government AffairsT-MobileNJ
LoudenslagerSamPrincipal Regulatory AnalystSouthwest Power PoolAR
LovejoyLyndaCommissioner, District 4New Mexico Public Regulation CommissionNM
LowreyDavidDirector, Regulatory StrategyComverge, Inc.CO
LynIvyManager, State Regulatory RelationsEdison Electric Institute DC
MalagonElisaSupervisor, State RelationsArizona Public ServiceAZ
MappKyeshaSenior AttorneyFlorida Public Service CommissionFL
MasonDonaldPresidentAll American Energy Partners, LLCOH
McCaffreeMatthewSr. Director, Regulatory StrategyComverge, Inc.VA
McCellon-AllenVenitaPresident and COOAEP SWEPCOLA
MertzMichaelVice President & Chief Information OfficerPNM ResourcesNM
MoellerClairExec Vice President OperationsMISOMN
MooreJeremyRegional DirectorUSICIN
MooreSharelynnVP Global Marketing/Public AffairsItron, Inc.WA
MrozRichardPresidentNew Jersey Board of Public UtilitiesNJ
NaultAlanPublic Utilities AnalystRhode Island Public Utilities CommissionRI
NaumickGaryVice President, Engineering & Asset ManagementAmerican WaterNJ
NelsonChrisCommissionerSouth Dakota Public Utilities CommissionSD
NelsonDonna L.Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on "Energy Resources and the Environment and ChairmanPublic Utility Commission of TexasTX
NelsonRobert A.Consumer CounselMontana Consumer CounselMT
NortonPiercePresident & CEOONE Gas, Inc.OK
NowakEllenChairPublic Service Commission of WisconsinWI
Obot WitherspoonNseduMPH, Executive DirectorChildren's Environmental Health NetworkDC
O'Connell-DiazErinPresidentFutureFWD, IncIL
OdenJeremyCommissionerAlabama Public Service CommissionAL
O'GuinnKimberlyCommissionerArkansas Public Service CommissionAR
OhtaTeriPrincipal Corporate Counsel, State RegulatoryT-MobileNJ
OppenheimJerroldPrincipal & CounselDemocracy And RegulationMA
OsterJakeSr. Director of Regulatory AffairsEnergySavvyWA
PattersonJamesCommissionerNorth Carolina Utilities CommissionNC
PfeifferDanielVP of Government AffairsITRONWA
PietrzykMarySenior Manager, Stakeholder Strategy and EngagementNuclear Energy InstituteDC
PongraczAnnCommissionerPublic Utilities Commission of NevadaNV
PowelsonRobert A.President NARUC and CommissionerPennsylvania Public Utility CommissionPA
PresleyBrandonChair, NARUC Committee on Consumer Affairs and CommissionerMississippi Public Service Commission MS
RandallRandyVice ChairmanSouth Carolina Public Service Commission SC
Richardson JamesSpecial StaffMississippi Public Service CommissionMS
RobertoCherylPartnerTFC Utilities, LLCOH
RogersKyleVice President, Government RelationsAmerican Gas AssociationDC
SantanaJeniSr Specialist, State Government AffairsT-MobileNJ
SchneiderTimothyPublic AdvocateMaine Office of the Public AdvocateME
SchulingMarkConsumer AdvocateIowa Office of Consumer AdvocateIA
SheahanBrienChairmanIllinois Commerce CommissionIL
ShieldsRobertManagerArkansas Electric Cooperative CorporationAR
SkrmettaEricCommissionerLouisiana Public Service CommissionLA
SloanSusanVP, State PolicyAmerican Wind Energy AssociationDC
SmithBarbaraExecutive Director of Technical OperationsIndiana Office of Utility Consumer CounselorIN
SmithScottDirectory Regulatory AffairsAlliant EnergyWI
SoderbergGraceDir of State Reg RelationsNAWC DC
SolanoElizabethAdvisor Southern Regional External AffairsMISO EnergyAR
SpitzerMarcPartnerSteptoe & Johnson LLPDC
StalbaumDarinVP, Regional Sales & MarketingUSICIN
StipnieksElizabethManaging DirectorEdison Electric InstituteDC
StollStephenCommissionerMissouri Public Service CommissionMO
StorySusanPresident & CEOAmerican WaterNJ
SvandaDavidPrincipalSvanda & Coy ConsultingMD
TessierTimManager, Regulatory StrategyITC MidwestIA
ThomasMicheleSr Natl Director State RegulatoryT-MobileNJ
TownleyDavidDirector of Public AffairsCTC Global CorporationCA
TroxleMatthewDirector of Regulatory AffairsCenterPoint EnergyLA
TumaJohnCommissionerMinnesota Public Utilities CommissionMN
TutosVanessaDirector, Government AffairsEDP Renewables North AmericaTX
TyranBarbaraExecutive DirectorEPRIDC
WagnerNickCo-Chair, NARUC Washington Action Committee and Board MemberIowa Utilities BoardIA
Walker-RatliffJoanDirector, Regulatory AffairsPhillips 66OK
WarnockLoydSVP, External Affairs, Communications & Public PolicyAmerican WaterIN
Washington Alexander Chief Policy Advisor Mississippi Public Service Commission MS
WeberAngelaCommissionerIndiana Utility Regulatory CommissionIN
WigginsDenaPresident and CEONatural Gas Supply AssociationDC
Wilson-FriasCynthia Deputy Chief of Legal ServicesRhode Island Public Utilities CommissionRI
WrightThomasAttorneyMorris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chtd.KS
YoungRandyAttorneyKean Miller LLPLA
YoungbloodMichaelRegulatory Projects ManagerIdaho PowerID
ZamoraCynthia Financial ExaminerTexas Office of Public Utility CounselTX