TransForum East to feature speakers from FERC, EEI, other entities

The 2015 TransForum East will be held on Dec. 1-2 in Washington, D.C., and will feature such speakers as Philip Moeller, former FERC Commissioner, Antonio Smyth president of Transource, and Maryanne Hatch, manager – regulatory affairs with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

A list of speakers for the event can be found on the event’s website.

Moeller, who in an Oct. 6 statement said he would leave the agency at the end of last month, had been at FERC since July 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. President Barack Obama nominated Moeller for his second term in 2010.

Moeller’s term expired in June. In his Oct. 6 statement, Moeller thanked both presidents who nominated him, Senate members for his confirmation, staff at FERC and members of the public for their input on FERC decisions.

Moeller will deliver the keynote address on Dec. 1 at TransForum East.

Smyth will be among the speakers featured on the Dec. 1 panel, “Executive perspectives: 2020 and beyond.”

Smyth is president of Transource, the subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) responsible for the development and construction of competitive electric transmission infrastructure projects across the United States.

Prior to his role as president, Smyth held positions of increasing responsibility throughout the past 11 years within AEP and has worked in the Columbus, Ohio, headquarters and the London, U.K., offices.

Smyth most recently served as director of Transmission Development and was responsible for the identification and evaluation of new projects, acquisitions and strategic business alliances. Smyth also served as vice president of Electric Transmission America, a joint venture between AEP and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.

Joining him on the panel will be Stan Blazewicz, vice president of Business Development, National Grid; Steve Mitnick, President, Win.For.Energy; and Bryan Rushing, senior director, Transmission & Regulatory with Quanta Technology.

As noted in the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance website, Blazewicz has more than 27 years of experience as a utility executive, management consultant, and industry expert in the energy and utility industries. In his current role, he leads National Grid’s efforts to grow its U.S. business through the development of new opportunities inside and outside National Grid’s current U.S. footprint.

Blazewicz set and guided execution of National Grid’s U.S. strategy, as vice president, U.S. Strategy, the website added. He coordinated energy and environmental policy for the company at the federal and state levels. Blazewicz joined National Grid in 2008, as vice president, Global Head of Technology, and devised a comprehensive technology strategy for all of National Grid’s electric and gas networks in the United States and United Kingdom. He assessed emerging technologies and developed plans and partnerships to pursue growth opportunities, the website added.

Mitnick has served in the leadership teams of energy consulting practices at McKinsey & Co., Marsh & McLennan, and PHB/Hagler Bailly. He has been president of transmission developer Conjunction LLC and chief energy advisor to the governor of New York. Mitnick authored the book, Lines Down: How We Pay, Use, Value Grid Electricity Amid the Storm, and nearly 25 articles in Public Utilities Fortnightly, The Electricity Journal, and Electric Perspectives. He is a weekly columnist for EP Electricity Daily and frequently tweets on electricity economics as @ElectricValues.

According to Quanta’s website, Rushing is an energy professional with more than 13 years of progressive technical, operational, problem solving and commercial experience in the power supply industry. He is skilled in identifying business development opportunities, technical and economic valuation, strategy formulation and plan implementation, the website added.

During her Dec. 1 presentation, Hatch will discuss key power industry trends and impacts on the grid.

As manager, Regulatory Affairs, for the EEI Energy Delivery Group, Hatch assists EEI members and others in the industry to develop and promote a strong national energy policy. Her expertise with transmission, FERC, and ISO/RTO issues make her a primary liaison with FERC, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and others throughout the industry.

Prior to joining EEI, Hatch served as an economist for FERC, where she focused on market power, rates, market design, and return on equity for the electric, natural gas pipeline and oil pipeline sectors. Hatch also has experience as a financial and rates consultant for utility sector clients.


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