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SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 2, 2018
UTILITY PERSPECTIVES 2018

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
THE FOUR SEASONS

Utility Perspectives is an annual, invitation-only, senior-level
executive symposium hosted by Quanta Services.

The day and a half event brings together the distinctive
viewpoints of leaders in the energy industry to address operational,
regulatory and fiscal factors impacting the industry landscape.

Participation is by invitation only. There is no fee to attend.

2017 Utility Perspectives Synopsis

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6:00 p.m.         Cocktail Reception at the Four Seasons

7:00 a.m.           Breakfast and Registration

 

8:00 a.m.           Meeting Convenes – Matt Compher, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment, Quanta Services

 

8:15 a.m.           Opening Comments – Duke Austin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Quanta Services

 

8:30 a.m.           Welcome to Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

 

9:15 a.m.           Executive Session M – 1     Geopolitics and North American Leadership

 

10:15 a.m.         Break

 

10:30 a.m.         Executive Session M – 2     The Great Debate: Where Does the Authority Lie

 

11:15 a.m.         Featured Speaker – Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

 

12:00 p.m.         Lunch / The Art of Learning – Aaron Howell, President, Northwest Lineman’s College

 

1:00 p.m.          Featured Speaker – Honorable Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity; Acting Assistant

                         Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, United States Department of

                          Energy

 

2:00 p.m.           Executive Session M – 3     Microgrids, Storage and Utility Services

 

2:45 p.m.           Break

 

3:00 p.m.          Featured Speaker – Honorable Sergio Marchi, P.C., President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian

     Electricity Association

 

3:45 p.m.          Executive Session M – 4     North American Pipeline Infrastructure

 

4:30 p.m.          Closing Comments

 

6:30 p.m.          Cocktail Reception and Dinner

7:00 a.m.           Breakfast

 

8:00 a.m.           Meeting Convenes – Duke Austin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Quanta Services

 

8:15 a.m.           Executive Session T – 1     Infrastructure Security for the Future

 

9:00 a.m.           Featured Speaker – Philip Moeller, Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory

                          Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

 

9:45 a.m.           Break

 

10:00 a.m.         Executive Session T – 2     North American Electric Transmission

 

10:45 a.m.         Executive Session T – 3     Grid Modernization and Financial Implications

 

11:45 a.m.          Meeting Adjourns and Closing Lunch

DISCUSSIONS

2018

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Geopolitics and North American Leadership      M – 1

Global trends will impact energy delivery companies and developments at the national, regional and local levels across North America. This panel will discuss global influence on North America’s infrastructure development and what impacts it may have on energy delivery. Topics from global crude oil trade and renewable energy development, to government policy and regional activism, will be addressed in the discussion.

The Great Debate: Where Does the Authority Lie    M – 2

This panel of oil, gas and electric executive leadership will address challenges to infrastructure development and evolving policies that could impact long-term visions of leading energy delivery corporations.  Topics will include environmental pushback ranging from endangered species challenges, water permits, including 401 and 404 permitting policies and how jurisdictions interact with one another to develop major policy.  Other topics will include current planning processes, siting and permitting challenges and how the industry continues to construct, or not, under an evolving landscape.

Microgrids, Storage and Utility Services       M – 3  

Utilities are beginning to view microgrids and energy storage as appealing ways to serve remote customers. Utilities are also realizing how micgrogrids can be used to deliver needed grid support services more cost-effectively than building traditional, time-consuming transmission and distribution facilities.  This panel will look at several examples of utility microgrids and how these projects are helping both customers and the utility.  Panelists will also talk about future utility business models for microgrids and storage.

North American Pipeline Infrastructure    M – 4  

Pipelines provide the critical link connecting North America’s abundant supplies of natural gas, crude oil and NLG’s to consuming markets.  The shale revolution, the evolving price of oil, pipeline flows and the challenges of pipeline construction all affect infrastructure development.  This panel will discuss these topics as well as pipeline safety, the drivers behind an increase in natural gas demand for electric power generation and infrastructure development of LNG facilities for the export market.

Infrastructure Security for the Future      T – 1            

The electric power and pipeline systems as a whole are more vulnerable to cyber threats today than ever before.  Cyberattacks on our system, as well as on foreign systems, require a constant upgrading of new cyber tools oriented toward operational technology, not just the identification of attacks.  New tools that give grid operators the ability to see attacks and maybe even predict them before they happen are important to the overall security of our power system.  Infrastructure owners around the world are spending billions of dollars per year to protect their systems. This panel will also discuss the emergence of artificial intelligence and the outsourcing of critical skills and how we could potentially use these resources to secure our infrastructure services.

North American Transmission       T – 2       

The North American transmission grid is the critical infrastructure backbone of energy transportation.  New transmission helps meet the challenges of generation retirement, renewables on the grid, competitive growth and population and economic growth factors. This panel will address the challenges of permitting and building transmission in light of new and developing regulatory requirements and consider how transmission may look different in the decades ahead.

Grid Modernization and Financial Implications       T – 3  

This panel will discuss aging energy delivery infrastructures and their effect on energy end-use customers. Does the energy provider’s view of the costs and risks of aging infrastructure align with the upgrade that advocates claim and the customer willingness to accept increased costs?  How do we explain the value of new infrastructure investments when there is little to no load growth and flat energy costs but rising energy bills?

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