CUB Policy Conference, November 8 in Portland
Clean Energy Communities / Reliable Systems
What is a utility to do? Disparate stakeholders want today’s utilities to accomplish many things: phase out coal, become 100 percent clean, give customers and communities more choices, make long-term investments, and much more. At the same time, utilities must retain enough capacity to ensure that lights turn on and customers are comfortable on the coldest and warmest days. It is clear that creating clean energy communities in Oregon requires us to resolve conflicting energy policy options.
One factor in meeting this challenge is addressing definitional differences. What do the following terms mean and to whom: Choice? Clean Energy? Community? Resiliency? Reliability? Additionally, what is the role of market mechanisms in driving major utility decarbonization investments? What regulatory improvements would facilitate new customer-utility interactions for strategic use of distributed resources and other new technologies? What information technology and broadband policies are needed to ensure that the future energy system works with privacy and security safeguards? And how can we ensure that all Oregonians have the information and resources to affordably and meaningfully participate in Oregon’s future energy system?
This CUB Policy Conference is specifically designed to educate analysts, attorneys, advocates, regulators, utility executives, and others working in and around the energy industry. All past CUB Conferences have offered Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits from the OR and WA Bars, and we anticipate renewed accreditation for 2019.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. For more information about sponsorship packages, contact Deputy Director Janice Thompson at (503)227-1984 x24, or firstname.lastname@example.org.