Xcel Energy exec to keynote upcoming TransForum West in Denver

PennWell’s TransmissionHub will host its fifth annual TransForum West event on June 28-29 in Denver. Kicking off the event will be Alice Jackson, vice president – Regulatory Rates, Xcel Energy (NYSE:EXC), who will deliver the keynote address on June 28.

As noted in a May filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Colorado, Jackson is responsible for providing leadership, direction and technical expertise related to regulatory processes and functions for Public Service Company of Colorado (Public Service), one of four utility operating company subsidiaries of Xcel. Her duties include the design and implementation of Public Service’s regulatory strategy and programs, as well as directing and supervising the company’s regulatory activities, such as oversight of rate cases.

Also on June 28, the event will feature a panel titled, “Regional planning dynamics play out in the West,” that will include the following speakers: Carolyn Barbash, vice president – Transmission Restructuring, PacifiCorp Transmission; Joe Taylor, manager – Transmission Access for Public Service and Southwestern Public Service, two operating utilities of Xcel; Don Fuller, director of Strategic Alliances at the California ISO (Cal-ISO); and Johannes Pfeifenberger, principal, The Brattle Group.

Barbash is the executive sponsor for PacifiCorp’s regional integration efforts. Previously, she held various executive positions at NV Energy. In the transmission arena specifically, Barbash has led grid operations, planning, major project management, policy and tariff development, and the implementation of NV Energy’s participation in the Cal-ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).

In his role at Xcel, Taylor is responsible for obtaining and maintaining transmission services required for the retail and wholesale loads of those companies, as well as interconnection for company-owned generation. Taylor is active in several industry groups in the Western Interconnection and in the Southwest Power Pool, and is the chair of the WestConnect Steering Committee.

Fuller has led Cal-ISO efforts to expand regional collaboration across the West, including development of the EIM. Fuller has also led the Cal-ISO team in integrating the Nevada-based Valley Electric Association into the Cal-ISO in January 2012. Also, he was part of the original start-up team at the Cal-ISO, and has served as director of Customer Services and Stakeholder Affairs and director of Settlements.

Pfeifenberger is an economist with a background in electrical engineering and more than 25 years of experience in the areas of electricity markets, regulation and finance. He specializes in electricity market design, utility industry regulation, transmission, financial valuation, energy industry litigation and business strategy. Pfeifenberger, on behalf of his clients, has addressed resource adequacy and capacity market designs, the economic benefits and cost allocation of transmission projects, the reasons behind rate increases, implications of restructuring policies, competitive conduct in electric power markets, as well as the effects of proposed mergers.

Another panel on June 28 is titled, “The complexities and challenges facing FERC Order 1000 projects,” and will feature these speakers: Robert Smith, vice president of Transmission Planning and Development, TransCanyon; Ronald Belval, manager of Regional Transmission Planning at Tucson Electric Power; Elliot Roseman, vice president – ICF International; and Judy Chang, principal, The Brattle Group.

TransCanyon is a joint venture, equally held by its two members – BHE U.S. Transmission, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, and Bright Canyon Energy, a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (PNW) and sister company to Arizona Public Service(APS). Smith, who is also the director of Business Development of Bright Canyon Energy, has represented APS in numerous regional planning forums and has been involved in Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) activities. Smith also serves as vice chair of the WestConnect Planning Management Committee.

Belval has more than 40 years of experience working for investor-owned and public power utilities, predominantly in the areas of planning, engineering and operation of interconnected transmission systems. He served as chair of the United Biomass Energy Commercialization Board and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to present a sustainable renewable energy conversion technology proposal to energy ministers at an APEC conference in Australia. Belvel also chaired the WestConnect Planning Management Committee from September 2010 through 2015.

Roseman, with more than 30 years of energy industry experience, is an expert in market design, electric transmission, integrated resource planning, regulatory and legislative strategy, and project development. He specializes in power grid issues, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, FERC Order 1000, and the planning and financing of transmission projects. Roseman works with clients to make strategic decisions, develop regulatory filings, evaluate opportunities, analyze markets, and craft business plans.

Chang, an economist with a public policy background, has expertise in the analysis of electricity power markets and advises clients on the financial and regulatory issues relating to renewable energy investment and procurement decisions. Furthermore, she is experienced in leading utility executives, board members, and stakeholders in making strategic decisions complicated by pressures from customers, policymakers, regulators, as well as wholesale and retail competitors.

The last panel on June 28 is titled, “The road to construction: Speeding up the process of permitting and siting,” and features these speakers: Daniel Belin, director – Electric Transmission, Ecology & Environment Inc. (E & E); Susan Innis, manager of Siting and Land Rights for Xcel; Thomas Jensen, partner, Holland & Hart; and Rick Thompson, senior manager of Transmission Land Rights and Permitting for Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association.

Belin has 20 years of experience in natural resource inventory and impact assessment, including aquatic and terrestrial ecology and natural resource management, with special expertise in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting, energy facility siting, and geographic information systems (GIS) analysis. As electric transmission sector lead, Belin directs E & E’s global efforts in electric transmission, including managing and directing projects and staff involving impact assessment, GIS and LiDAR analysis, habitat restoration, agency consultation, and public involvement strategies.

In her role, Innis leads a team working on public involvement, siting, routing and permitting for new electric infrastructure projects. She has more than 15 years of experience in public affairs, energy policy and strategy across private, public and non-profit sectors.

As noted on Holland & Hart’s website, Jensen is a nationally recognized practitioner of natural resources and environmental law. He provides strategic and regulatory counsel to leaders throughout the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Jensen, formerly counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and White House Council on Environmental Quality, offers experience framing, negotiating, and implementing solutions to complex legal and policy matters.

Thompson and his staff have primary responsibility for siting, permitting (federal, state and local), acquiring and managing land rights, as well as conducting environmental compliance activities for electric transmission lines, substations and related utility facilities within Tri-State’s service territory.

More information about TransForum West’s agenda can be accessed here, with registration information found here.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.