• Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019
    2:00 pmWebinar

    Moises Chavez presentation
    David Schultise & Sunil Pillai presentation

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    The Environmental Protection Agency has established National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs) that establish non-mandatory water quality standards for 15 contaminants that can be found in drinking water. These secondary standards relate to aesthetic considerations of drinking water such as taste, color, and odor. While the EPA does not enforce these “secondary maximum contaminants levels”, these guidelines assist public water systems in managing their drinking water systems. Many PUCs come into contact with secondary contaminants, not as direct regulators, but through customer complaints. As conversations about the impacts of secondary contaminants on water service become more common, it is important to consider the role that Public Utility Commissions can play.

    This webinar will provide critical perspectives on secondary contaminants from several of the stakeholders involved in this issue. Topics include:

    • Impacts of water treatment and infrastructure on secondary contaminants
    • Models for PUC intervention and engagement
    • Cost recovery options for additional water treatment methods 

    Moderator:
    Hon. Jack W. Betkoski III, Vice Chairman, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

    Panelists: 
    David Montgomery Moore, Esq., Earth and Water Law Group
    Sunil Pillai, P.E., Water Quality Manager, Golden State Water Company
    David Schultise, Water Quality Engineer, Golden State Water Company
    Moises Chavez, Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Council
    Christine Maloni Hoover, Senior Assistant Consumer Counsel,  Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019
    Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2019
    2:00 pmWebinar

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    The federal Lifeline program provides reduced cost telecommunications and broadband service to nearly 10 million households across the US, allowing them to participate in the digital economy, communicate with friends and family, and take advantage of support programs that can be accessed only online.  Program participants receive $9.25 per month in benefits from the federal Universal Service Fund, and, in 22 states, additional support from state Lifeline programs.  Changes to the Lifeline program initiated by the FCC in 2016, including limitations on the programs used to determine eligibility, proposed reductions in voice only support, the implementation of a new recertification program, and the initial rollout of the National Verifier have had significant effects on participants and the companies that provide this service.  This webinar will provide a report from the field on the impact of these changes and proposals for increasing the availability and success of the Lifeline program.

    Moderator: Sherry Lichtenberg, Ph.D., NRRI
    Participants: Hon. Crystal Rhoades, Commissioner, Nebraska PUC
    Olivia Wein, National Consumer Law Center
    Gina Jasman, Sr. Director, LifeLine Operations, TracFone Wireless, Inc., FCC
    Mike Ripperberger, Telecom Bureau Chief, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019
    2:00 pmWebinar

    Dr. Morgan and Mr. Dagle's presentation
    Link to the full report

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    At the request of Congress, the Department of Energy asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to organize a study to identify technologies, policies, and organizational strategies to increase the resilience and reliability of the U.S. electricity system.  The study committee was comprised of seventeen experts from across various sectors.  Over the course of a year and a half, the committee collected input from stakeholders in academia, government, and industry before authoring their final report, which was independently peer-reviewed.  The National Academies asked the committee to address technical, policy, and institutional factors that might affect how modern technology can be implemented to improve the resilience of the electric system; recommend strategies and priorities for how this might be achieved; and identify barriers to its implementation.  The committee’s final report “Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electricity System” was released by the National Academies Press in July 2017.  This webinar will summarize the findings and recommendations presented in this report, and features three members of the committee:

    Speakers
    Dr. M. Granger Morgan from Carnegie Mellon University and the chairman of the committee,
    Mr. Jeff Dagle, an expert in electricity resilience from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
    Moderator: Carl Pechman, Ph.D., Director, NRRI

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019
    2:00 pmWebinar

    Moderated by Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher, NRRI
    Panelists TBA

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019
    2:00 pmWebinar

    Moderated by Carl Pechman Ph.D., Director, NRRI
    Panelists TBA

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019
    2:00 pmWebinar

    Panelists and moderator TBA

  • Wed
    10
    Jul
    2019