UTILITY PERSPECTIVES 2019
SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1, 2019

THE PENDRY HOTEL – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

To make a reservation at the Pendry Hotel,
click the link above or call 619.738.7000 and mention Quanta Services.

Utility Perspectives is an annual, invitation-only, senior-level
executive symposium hosted by Quanta Services.

The day and a half event brings together the distinctive
viewpoints of leaders in the energy industry to address operational,
regulatory and fiscal factors impacting the industry landscape.

Participation is by invitation only. There is no fee to attend.

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PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Geopolitics and North American Leadership      M – 1

Global trends will impact energy delivery companies and developments at the national, regional and local levels across North America. This panel will discuss global influence on North America’s infrastructure development and what impacts it may have on energy delivery. Topics from global crude oil trade and renewable energy development, to government policy and regional activism, will be addressed in the discussion.

Moderator: Pat Wood III, Former FERC Chairman and Principal, Wood3 Resources

Panelists:
• Siegfried Kiefer, President and Chief Strategy Officer, ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited
• Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One Inc.
• Scott Prochazka, President and Chief Executive Officer, CenterPoint Energy
• Wade Smith, Senior Vice President, Grid Development, American Electric Power (AEP)

The Great Debate: Where Does the Authority Lie    M – 2

This panel of oil, gas and electric executive leadership will address challenges to infrastructure development and evolving policies that could impact long-term visions of leading energy delivery corporations.  Topics will include environmental pushback ranging from endangered species challenges, water permits, including 401 and 404 permitting policies and how jurisdictions interact with one another to develop major policy.  Other topics will include current planning processes, siting and permitting challenges and how the industry continues to construct, or not, under an evolving landscape.

Moderator: Cristin Lyons, Partner and Energy Practice Leader, ScottMadden

Panelists:
• Micheal Dunn, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Williams
• Bradley Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)
• William Quinlan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Public Service New Hampshire, Eversource Energy
• Kris Zadlo, Senior Vice President, Invenergy

Microgrids, Storage and Utility Services       M – 3  

Utilities are beginning to view microgrids and energy storage as appealing ways to serve remote customers. Utilities are also realizing how micgrogrids can be used to deliver needed grid support services more cost-effectively than building traditional, time-consuming transmission and distribution facilities.  This panel will look at several examples of utility microgrids and how these projects are helping both customers and the utility.  Panelists will also talk about future utility business models for microgrids and storage.

Moderator: Alison Silverstein, Consultant

Panelists:
• David Geier, Senior Vice President, Electric Operations, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)
• Ronald Pate, Senior Vice President, Operations and Technical Services, Ameren Illinois
• Chris Root, Chief Operating Officer, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO)
• Joseph Svachula, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid, ComEd

North American Pipeline Infrastructure    M – 4  

Pipelines provide the critical link connecting North America’s abundant supplies of natural gas, crude oil and NLG’s to consuming markets.  The shale revolution, the evolving price of oil, pipeline flows and the challenges of pipeline construction all affect infrastructure development.  This panel will discuss these topics as well as pipeline safety, the drivers behind an increase in natural gas demand for electric power generation and infrastructure development of LNG facilities for the export market.

Moderator: Donald Santa, President and Chief Executive Officer, INGAA

Panelists:
• Chris Bloomer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
• Victor Gaglio, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Natural Gas Business, Piedmont Natural Gas, Duke Energy
• Andrew Harrington, Vice President, Projects, Enbridge
• Jesus Soto Jr., Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

Infrastructure Security for the Future      T – 1            

The electric power and pipeline systems as a whole are more vulnerable to cyber threats today than ever before.  Cyberattacks on our system, as well as on foreign systems, require a constant upgrading of new cyber tools oriented toward operational technology, not just the identification of attacks.  New tools that give grid operators the ability to see attacks and maybe even predict them before they happen are important to the overall security of our power system.  Infrastructure owners around the world are spending billions of dollars per year to protect their systems. This panel will also discuss the emergence of artificial intelligence and the outsourcing of critical skills and how we could potentially use these resources to secure our infrastructure services.

Moderator: Pat Wood III, Former FERC Chairman and Principal, Wood3 Resources

Panelists:
• Tyler Anthony, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
• Eóin Cooke, Vice President, Security and Information Services, AltaLink
• Brad Gammons, General Manager, Global Energy Utilities Industry, IBM
• Jason Sharpe, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ATCO
• Robert Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

North American Transmission       T – 2       

The North American transmission grid is the critical infrastructure backbone of energy transportation.  New transmission helps meet the challenges of generation retirement, renewables on the grid, competitive growth and population and economic growth factors. This panel will address the challenges of permitting and building transmission in light of new and developing regulatory requirements and consider how transmission may look different in the decades ahead.

Moderator: Mark Bridgers, Principal, Raleigh, Continuum Capital

Panelists:
• Calvin Crowder, President and Chief Executive Officer, GridLiance
• Scott Moore, Vice President Transmission Operations and Project Services, American Electric Power (AEP)
• Shawn Schukar, Chairman and President, Ameren Transmission Company
• Kristen Senechal, Executive Vice President, Transmission, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)

Grid Modernization and Financial Implications       T – 3  

This panel will discuss aging energy delivery infrastructures and their effect on energy end-use customers. Does the energy provider’s view of the costs and risks of aging infrastructure align with the upgrade that advocates claim and the customer willingness to accept increased costs?  How do we explain the value of new infrastructure investments when there is little to no load growth and flat energy costs but rising energy bills?

Moderator: Nora Mead Brownell, Founding Partner ESPY Energy Solutions; Former Commissioner, FERC

Panelists:
• Rudy Garza, Senior Vice President, Distribution Services and Operations, CPS Energy
• Pat Hogan, Senior Vice President, Electric Operations, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
• Gary Smith, Executive Vice President, Eastern Canadian and Caribbean Operations, Fortis Inc.
• Wayne Stensby, Managing Director, Electricity Global Business Unit, ATCO Group

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