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Friday, November 21, 2014 -
9:00am to 12:30pm
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Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

Gas Supply & Electricity Rates; and The Future of Demand Response

*Registration Required*

Early registration is now open for Roundtable Sponsors. Sponsors attend for free, but must register in advance. General registration will open next week.

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Panel I: Gas Supply & Electricity Rates in New England

For our first panel, we return to the timely and contentious topic of Gas Supply & Electricity Rates in New England in light of important breaking developments, including: The recent announcement by Spectra and Northeast Utilities of their proposed gas pipeline expansion project that would likely compete with the Kinder Morgan proposal; MA DOER's undertaking of a low gas demand analysis (conducted by Synapse Energy Economics); The soon-to-be-released Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative's electric and gas infrastructure study (conducted by Levitan & Associates); and MA DPU's recent approval of a 37% electricity rate increase for National Grid basic service customers (due in no small part to the anticipated increase in electricity generation costs this coming winter due to constrained gas supplies-with a similar increase in NU's basic service rates likely to follow). To discuss these recent developments and analyses, and their implications for gas supply and electricity prices in New England, we have put together a stellar panel, including:

Mark Sylvia, Undersecretary for Energy, MA EEA
James Daly, VP Energy Supply, Northeast Utilities
Peter Shattuck, Director Market Initiatives, ENE
Richard Levitan, President, Levitan & Associates, Inc.

Panel II: The Future of Demand Response in New England

Our second panel focuses on The Future of Demand Response in New England. This is also a timely topic, given the very recent Court of Appeals decision denying the FERC's petition for rehearing of an earlier court decision that calls into question FERC's jurisdiction over demand response in wholesale energy markets. If the court's earlier decision holds (i.e., either FERC doesn't appeal to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court decides not to hear the case, or the Supreme Court sides with the Court of Appeals), this could also potentially spread to capacity markets and would likely effect ISO New England's plan to fully integrate demand response into the entire wholesale market by 2017. Moreover, this could result in pushing demand response down from federally-regulated wholesale markets to state-regulated retail markets. At the same time, the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure, the possibility of dynamic retail pricing, and the rapid development of intelligent devices could inspire new paradigms for price-responsive demand response.

To discuss these latest developments, trends, and potential fixes, we have put together a panel of leading thinkers and practitioners on demand response:

Scott Hempling, Attorney at Law, LLC
Henry Yoshimura, Director, Demand Resource Strategy, ISO New England
David Brewster, President and Co-Founder, EnerNOC
Paul Centolella, Principal, Centolella & Associates

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Susan Rivo

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