O’Malley, Business Leaders Headline 124th Annual NARUC Meeting

WASHINGTON—National political and business leaders will address the nation’s State public service commissioners on the hottest issues in the utility industries during the 124th Annual National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Meeting in Baltimore.

The Nov. 11-14 meeting at the Baltimore Hilton will feature Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy, Exelon Corporation Executive Chairman Mayo Shattuck, III, Verizon Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy, and Communications Tom Tauke, and AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs James Cicconi.

Other speakers include Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, Public Service Electric & Gas Company President and COO Ralph LaRossa, and many more.

Topics under discussion include hydraulic fracturing, broadband expansion, environmental rules implementation, utility service restoration, nuclear-waste policy, and much more. For a complete agenda, please visit http://annual.narucmeetings.org/program.cfm.

Aside from these speakers and topics, NARUC members will elect a new slate of officers for 2012-2013. Current NARUC President David Wright of South Carolina’s term expires at the conclusion of the 124th Annual Meeting. Commissioner Philip Jones of Washington is expected to be nominated for the seat. Reporters interested in covering the 124th Annual NARUC Meeting must contact Rob Thormeyer. Credentialed members of the media can attend the meeting at no cost, although there is a $30 fee to attend the Sunday, Nov. 12, President’s Reception.

Reporters may also cover the Tuesday, Nov. 13, Installation Luncheon, although lunches are not guaranteed.

Aside from the several keynote presentations, the meeting will feature numerous panel discussions on the hottest electricity, gas, water, and telecommunications issues of the day, including:  

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Communicating with the Public during Emergencies  
  • Connect America: The Broadband Experience  
  • Outlook for Action on Nuclear Waste in the 2013 Political Landscape  
  • To Tell the Truth: Who’s Right about Hydraulic Fracturing  
  • Riders on the Perfect Storm: Is this the End for the Ratepayer?  
  • Sink or Swim: Lessons and Best Practices for Dealing with Small-Scale Water Supplies  
  • Who’s the Boss? Cybersecurity and the Utility System  
  • Subsidies: Are Subsidies Being Crafted to Ensure Usefulness as an Effective Tool to Achieve Energy Policy Objectives?

In addition, NARUC committees will hold business sessions and debate policy resolutions. The Association’s Board of Directors will meet as well. Unless marked “Closed” or “Commissioners and Staff Only,” all meetings are open to the press.