Upcoming Current Issues Conference

Contact. Jeanette Walter at jeawalte@nmsu.edu if you have questions, registration inquiries, or require additional information.

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Current Issues: Aug 29-Sept 1, 2021

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: We have postponed the Current Issues conference at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe to Aug 29-Sept 1, 2021. As our first priority is the health and safety of our attendees, we are monitoring the virus status through various state and federal agencies including CDC and will update the webpage with any changes to our plans. Thank you.



Updated: Speakers and topics are subject to change.


Eldorado Hotel • Santa Fe, NM


Jeanette Walter: jeawalte@nmsu.edu or 575.649.4812.


  • Early registration discounts if made by August 9, 2021
  • Registration is limited

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 2021 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: Current and new registration cancellation requests received via email prior to August 9, 2021 will be fully refunded. After March 19th all registration cancellation requests will be refunded less a $200 processing fee. Substitutions can be made at any time. Send the appropriate attendee contact information to Jeanette Walter at jeawalte@nmsu.edu.

Eldorado Hotel Reservations

To reserve your room at the special conference rate of $196 per night, single or double:

  • Online: CLICK HERE
  • Call: 1-800-955-4455 and mention the NMSU Public Utilities conference, Group Code: 2108PUBLIC .
  • Deadline: Reserve by August 9, 2021 for special conference room rate.
    Should you have any problems reserving a hotel room, please call Jeanette Walter at 575-649-4812.

    2021 Current Issues Attendees

    Updated: March 20, 2020

    AlbrechtShari FeistCommissionerKansas Corporation CommissionTopekaKS
    AllenChadRegional DirectorMISOLittle RockAR
    AmerJudithAssociate General CounselNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    ArminioDanielRegulatory Affairs RepMississippi Power CompanyGulfportMS
    BaileyBrentCommissionerMississippi Pubic Service CommissionJacksonMS
    BalasbasJayCommissionerWashington Utilities and Transportation CommissionLaceyWA
    BarksdaleAbbeyESG ManagerAmerican WaterCamdenNJ
    BarnesConitshaRegulatory Affairs ManagerDuke EnergyCharlotteNC
    Becenti-AguilarTheresaCommissionerNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    BenshoffAdamExecutive Director, Regulatory AffairsEdison Electric InstituteWashingtonDC
    BezecnyStephenVP - Rates/RPMCenterPoint EnergyHoustonTX
    BinswangerLewisVice President, Internal AffairsNicor GasNapervilleIL
    BlackNoelVice President, Federal Regulatory AffairsSouthern CompanyWashingtonDC
    BonrudPamelaDirector Gov & Reg AffairsNorthWestern EnergySioux FallsSD
    BowenBrandon Senior Utility AnalystIndiana Utility Regulatory CommissionIndianapolisIN
    BrownDarylExecutive DirectorMISOLittle RockAR
    Brown-BlandToNolaCommissionerNorth Carolina Utilities CommissionRaleighNC
    Browning Christopher Principal Regulatory Affairs Analyst NextEra Energy ResourcesJuno Beach FL
    BurrowMichael CEONineStar Connect GreenfieldIN
    BurrowsLori VP/General CounselArkansas Electric Cooperative CorporationLittle RockAR
    ByrdSandraVice President, Public Affairs & Member Services Arkansas Electric Cooperative CorporationLittle RockAR
    CadoreZoePolicy AdvisorAmerican Petroleum InstituteWashingtonDC
    Charles PetersonKarenCommissionerMA Dept. of Telecommunications & CableBostonMA
    CimernamRickVP - External & State AffairsNCTA - The Internet & Television AssociationWashingtonDC
    ColussyPeterRegional Affairs ManagerCAISOFolsomCA
    ConleyJeffreyVP of Engineering & OperationsNineStar ConnectGreenfieldIN
    CooperTheresaTechnical AdvisorOklahoma Corporation CommissionOklahoma CityOK
    DannerDavid ChairWashington State Utilities and Transportation CommissionOlympiaWA
    DavidsonCharlesProgram DirectorNew York Law SchoolNew YorkNY
    DesselleMichaelVP & CCAOSouthwest Power Pool, Inc. Little RockAR
    DionPhilipVP Customer Solutions & PolicyAmerican Electric PowerColumbusOH
    DuffySusanCommissionerKansas Corporation CommissionTopekaKS
    DutrieuilleGladysChairmanPennsylvania Public Utility CommissionHarrisburgPA
    ElliottLeeAnalystSouthwest Power Pool, Inc. Little RockAR
    EspinozaValerieCommissionerNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    FentonMarkExecutive Director Regulatory Policy & Case ManagementPNMAlbuquerqueNM
    FischmannStephenCommissionerNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    FiskRussellAssociate General CounselNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    ForemanLindaAdministrative Law JudgeOklahoma Corporation CommissionOklahoma CityOK
    FreemanBryceAdministratorWyoming Office of Consumer AdvocateCheyenneWY
    GeeRobertPresidentGee Strategies Group, LLCFalls ChurchVA
    GillanJosephEconomistGillan AssociatesMerritt IslandFL
    GrahamArtCommissionerFlorida Public Service CommissionTallahasseeFL
    GunnKevinPrincipalPaladin Energy StrategiesLadueMO
    HallCynthiaCommissionerNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    HallDanielCentral Region Director, Electricity & Transmission PolicyAmerican Wind Energy AssociationWashingtonDC
    HamiltonBrooksRegulatory AnalystTexas-New Mexico PowerLewisvilleTX
    HancheyWilliam VP Government AffairsCenturyLinkWake ForestNC
    HansonGaryChairmanSouth Dakota Public Utilities CommissionPierreSD
    HardwickSusanExecutive VP & CFOAmerican WaterCamdenNJ
    HarperMarkSenior Director Public PolicyCenturyLinkMonroeLA
    HayesPhillip Director, Chairman NineStar ConnectGreenfieldIN
    HofmannSarahCommissioner Vermont Public Utility CommissionMontpelierVT
    HoltDavidPresidentConsumer Energy AllianceHoustonTX
    HowardChrisStaff AttorneyWV Public Service CommissionCharlestonWV
    HuebschMichaelPresidentHuebsch Consulting GroupWEST SALEMWI
    JacobsLibbyPresidentThe Jacobs Group LLCWest Des MoinesIA
    JansonJulieEVP, External Affairs and President, Carolinas RegionDuke EnergyCharlotteNC
    JohnsonBradChairmanMontana Public Service CommissionHelenaMT
    KatzElinManaging Director, Utilities & Assoc. General CounselTilson Technology ManagementWest HartfordCT
    KeenDwightCommissionerKansas Corporation CommissionTopekaKS
    KellySuedeenPartnerJenner & Block LLPWashingtonDC
    KentnerTessie Managing AttorneySouthwest Power Pool, Inc. Little RockAR
    KjellanderPaulCommissionerIdaho Public Utilities CommissionBoiseID
    KolbeckSteve Principal Manager -South DakotaXcel EnergySioux FallsSD
    LapatoDanielSenior Director, State AffairsAmerican Gas AssociationWashingtonDC
    LeFeversDanDirector, State & Consumer ProgramsGTI EnergyDes PlainesIL
    LeopoldBrettPresidentITC Great PlainsTopekaKS
    LeopoldDianeExecutive Vice President & Co-Chief Operating OfficerDominion EnergyRichmondVA
    LeVarThadChairPublic Service Commission of UtahSalt Lake CityUT
    LoudenslagerSamDirector, Regulatory PolicySouthwest Power Pool, Inc. Little RockAR
    LucarelliPatriciaChief Legal AdministratorRIPUCWarwickRI
    MartinChastaVice President Regulatory Relations & Policy CenterPoint EnergyHoustonTX
    McCaffreeMatthewDirector, Regulatory RelationsItronDenverCO
    McKaigPaulRetiredOncor Electric DeliveryAustinTX
    McNamaraJosephPolicy AnalystSandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueNM
    MerrifieldJeffreyPartnerPillsbury Winthrop Shaw PittmanWashingtonDC
    MoellerClairPresident & Chief Operating OfficerMISOEaganMN
    Mora-SchraderSuzannaDirector, Utility InitiativesExelon UtilitiesWashingtonDC
    MrozRichardManaging DirectorResolute StrategiesHaddonfieldNJ
    MullerCarl HansAssociate General CounselNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    MurphyDanaCommissionerOklahoma Corporation CommissionOklahoma CityOK
    NelsonChrisVice ChairmanSouth Dakota Public Utilities CommissionPierreSD
    NelsonRobert A.Consumer CounselMontana Consumer CounselHelenaUSA
    NessingSandyManaging DirectorAmerican Electric PowerColumbusOH
    NowakEllenCommissionerPublic Service Commission of WisconsinMadisonWI
    O'Connell-DiazErinPresidentFutureFWD, Inc.Bull ValleyIL
    O'GuinnKimberlyCommissionerArkansas Public Service CommissionLittle RockAR
    PfeifferDanITRONLiberty LakeWA
    PierceShannonVP, OperationsNicor GasNapervilleIL
    PowellRegisSr. Policy AnalystArkansas Public Service CommissionLittle RockAR
    PresleyBrandonCommissionerMississippi Public Service CommissionNettletonMS
    ReinhartPatrickVice President El Paso Electric Co.AustinTX
    RendahlAnnCommissionerWashington Utilities & Transportation CommissionLaceyWA
    RevelAlexandra Member Relations Public Utilities Fortnightly ArlingtonVA
    RichLeslieManaging DirectorJP Morgan Asset MgmtNew YorkNY
    RippieGlennPartnerJenner & Block LLPChicagoIL
    RobinsonMichaelCommissionerWyoming Public Service CommissionCheyenneWY
    RodriguezDeannaVice PresidentEntergy TexasAustinTX
    RogersKyleVice President, External AffairsSpireBirminghamAL
    RuddRyderPresidentRSR StrategiesTallahasseeFL
    SatterwhiteMatthew Vice PresidentAmerican Electric PowerColumbusOH
    SherwoodPamelaAssistant General CounselCenturyLinkIndianapolisIN
    ShurdenShawnRegulatory AffairsMississippi Power CompanyGulfportMS
    SmithMichaelActing General CounselNew Mexico Public Regulation CommissionSanta FeNM
    SnitchlerToddPresident & CEOEPSAWashingtonDC
    SpitzerMarcPartnerSteptoe & Johnson LLPWashingtonDC
    SteeleBill President Bill Steele and Associates LLCHighlands RanchCO
    StephensonJasonVP Assoc. Gen. CounselCenterPoint EnergyEvansvilleIN
    StipnieksElizabethPresidentE. Stipnieks StrategiesAlexandriaVA
    StumpRobert Executive DirectorArizona Energy Policy GroupPeoriaAZ
    SuskiePaulExec VP & General CounselSouthwest Power Pool, Inc. Little RockAR
    TaylorHollyAttorney / Policy AnalystWestern Interstate Energy BoardDenverCO
    ThadaniMishalDirector of Market Development and PolicyUrbintNew YorkNY
    TrammellBrookeRVP, Rates & Regulatory Affairs Xcel EnergyDenverCO
    TrincheroMarkPartnerDavis Wright Tremaine LLPPortlandOR
    TullohBrianExecutive Director, External Affairs North RegionMISOEaganMN
    TumaJohnCommissionerMinnesota Public Utilities CommissionSt. PaulMN
    VailSteve DirectorNineStar Connect GreenfieldIN
    WagnerNickBoard MemberIowa Utilities BoardMarionIA
    WagnerNicoleManager RegulatorySouthwest Power Pool, Inc. Little RockAR
    WalkerDeAnnChairmanPublic Utility Commission of TexasAustinTX
    Walker-RatliffJoanDirector Regulatory AffairsPhillips 66Ponca CityOK
    WatkinsSusanDirector of OperationsMississippi Pubic Service CommissionJacksonMS
    WeaverDavidVP, External Affairs Southern Company GasAtlantaGA
    WigginsDena President & CEONatural Gas Supply AssociationWashingtonDC
    WilletteLynnae Manager Regulatory & Legislative Affairs EDF Renewables HoustonTX
    WoolfMalcolmCEONational Hydropower AssociationWashingtonDC

    Presentations will be posted after the conference subject to speaker approval.