Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri
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Hot Topic Hotline

The Hot Topic Hotline Program is an opportunity for FRI Advisory Board Members to discuss 'hot' issues via web-conference. The program is offered bi-monthly and topics are sponsored by an Advisory Board Member.

Previous Hot Topics & Sponsors:
 

  • Has Tax Reform & Deregulation Ended Secular Stagnation?
    Sponsor: Pauline Ahern, CRRA, Executive Director, ScottMadden, Inc.
     
  • Our Electric Grid: The Backbone for Customer-Focused Innovation.
    ​Sponsor: Warren Wood, Vice President, External Affairs & Communications, Ameren Missouri
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  • Gas-Electric Coordination: Table Stakes & Criticality of Gas Infrastructure.
    ​Sponsors: Commissioner Carla J. Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission
    ​                Todd Hillman, Vice President, South Region, MISO
     
  • The Economic Determinants of Residential Solar & Battery Storage.
    ​Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, President, RC Hemphill Solutions
     
  • Electric Vehicles: How California Utility Regulators & Utilities are Leading the Charge.
    Sponsor: Commissioner Carla J. Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission
     
  • The Cost of Capital: Slower and Lower for Longer.
    Sponsor: Pauline Ahern, Executive Director, ScottMadden
     
  • Cyber Security Challenges and Strategies for Utilities.
    Sponsor: Todd Hillman, Vice President, South Region, MISO
     
  • How to Make Wind Generation a Win-Win.
    Sponsor: Mark Schuling, Consumer Advocate, Iowa Office of the Consumer Advocate
     
  • An Overview of Gas Pipeline Safety.
    Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas
     
  • Electrical Distribution Rate Design for Residential Customers.
    Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, President, RCHemphill Solutions
     
  • The Clean Power Plan: Options for States Under the Final Rule.
    Sponsor: Doug Scott, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute 
     
  • Distributed Generation: A Balanced Path Forward.
    Sponsor: Emily Shuart, Director, Regulatory Services, Public Service Company of Oklahoma
     
  • Gas/Electric Coordination - RTO Planning, Operations & Strategic Perspectives.
    Sponsor: Todd Hillman, Vice President, South Region, MISO 
     
  • Demand Response Prospects & Challenges for the Coming Year.
    Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Strategy, Commonwealth Edison Company 
     
  • EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Challenges & Opportunities.
    Sponsor: Chairman Doug Scott, Illinois Commerce Commission 
     
  • Demand Response Prospects & Challenges for the Coming Year.
    Sponsor: Ross Hemphill, Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Strategy, Commonwealth Edison Company 
     
  • Infrastructure Replacement & Expansion: Smart Modernization.
    Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas 
     
  • Energy Efficiency, the Shifting Landscape in Indiana.
    Sponsor: Doug Esamann, President, Duke Energy Indiana 
     
  • Gas-Electric Coordination: A New Joint-Industry Dialogue.
    Sponsor: Mark Stultz, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Communications, North American Gas & Power, BP Energy 
     
  • Regulatory Approaches to Support Aggressive Energy Efficiency.
    Sponsor: Mark Schuling, Consumer Advocate, Iowa Office of the Consumer Advocate
     
  • Incenting a Win-Win Relationship with Fuel Clauses & Off-System Sales.
    Sponsor: Doug Esamann, President, Duke Energy Indiana
     
  • Hedging Global Costs Pressures at the Local Project Level.
    Sponsor: Larry Landis, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission 
     
  • LNG Exports.
    Sponsor: Mark Stultz, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Communications, North American Gas & Power, BP Energy 
     
  • The Status & Future of Natural Gas Vehicles in the United States.
    Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas 
     
  • Changes on the Horizon in Hedging? 
    Sponsor: Warren Wood, Vice President, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Ameren Missouri 
     
  • Statues of U.S. Energy Policy & Outlook for the Future.
    Sponsor: Louie Binswanger, Vice President, Regulatory & Government Affairs, SourceGas 
     
  • Emissions Trading Credits Under CSAPR & Impact of CSAPR in the Midwest.
    Sponsor: Vice Chairman James Gardner, Kentucky Public Service Commission.  
     
  • All Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency. All? You're Kidding, Aren't You?
    Sponsor: Commissioner Cheryl Roberto, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio  
     
  • Post Fukushima Response.
    Sponsor: Doug Esamann, President, Duke Energy Indiana 
     
  • From the Ground Up: Examining U.S. Natural Gas Supply for 2012.
    Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas, Inc  
     
  • Pipeline Safety: Steps to a Robust Integrity Management Program.
    Sponsor: Lewis “Louie” Binswanger, Vice President, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, SourceGas  
     
  • Innovative Rate Making for Traditional & Transportation Uses of Natural Gas. 
    Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas, Inc 
     
  • Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles - Say Goodbye to Foreign Oil.
    Sponsor: Lewis “Louie” Binswanger, Vice President, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, SourceGas  
     
  • Clean Air Act Compliance Challenges & the Perspectives of the Financial Community. 
    Sponsor: Vice Chair Phyllis A. Reha, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission 
     
  • Infrastructure Investments: The Cost of Environmental Compliance & Impact on Retail Rates. 
    Sponsor: Commissioner Valerie Lemmie, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio 
     
  • New Approach to Estimating the Cost of Common Equity Capital for Public Utilities.
    Sponsor: Commissioner Larry Landis, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission 
     
  • Smart Energy: Renewable Gas. 
    Sponsor: Glenn Jennings, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Delta Natural Gas, Inc 
     
  • Dynamic Pricing.
    Sponsor: Commissioner Valerie Lemmie, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio  
     
  • SmartStar Lawrence – Westar’s Smart Metering Pilot Town.
    Sponsor: Dick Rohlfs, Director, Retail Rates, Westar Energy  
     
  • The New Regulatory Compact: In a changing business environment focused on energy efficiency and decreasing demand - what should the regulatory compact look like for the future? 
    Sponsor: Tim Rush, Director, Regulatory affairs, Kansas City Power & Light 
     
  • Recovery Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency Investments.
    Sponsor: Commissioner Jeff Davis, Missouri Public Service Commission
     
  • Energy Efficiency.
    Sponsor: Diane Munns, Vice President, Regulatory Relations & Energy Efficiency, MidAmerican Energy.
     
  • Smart Grid: What is it? Why do we need it? How do we pay for it?
    Sponsor: Commissioner Sherman Elliott, Illinois Commerce Commission  
     
  • The Cost of Capital in Today's Market. 
    Sponsor: Commissioner Jeff Davis, Missouri Public Service Commission
     
  • Is it reasonable to strive to be BBB or can we do better? 
    Sponsor: Dick Rohlfs, Director, Retail Rates, Westar Energy. Presenter: Philip W Smyth, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings. 
     
  • Aging, Obsolescent & Inadequate Infrastructure: Is it a crises? 
    Sponsor: Lewis Mills, Missouri Public Council 
     
  • Financial Risks of Declining Usage. 
    Sponsor: Jim Jenkins, Vice President, Finance, American Water Western Division 
     
  • Decoupling. 
    Sponsor: Bob Mill, Director Regulatory Department, AmerenUE 
     
  • Decoupling. 
    Sponsor: Commissioner Larry Landis, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission 
     
  • Successful & Practical Methods of Dealing with High Winter Energy Bills. 
    Sponsor: Alan Stewart, President, Arkansas Western Gas 
     
  • Regulatory Relief in Response to the Proposed FASB's Project for Reporting Pension Liability. 
    Sponsor: Barry Cooper, Chief Financial Officer, Laclede Group 
     
  • Rate Surcharges of Adders for Recovery of Specific Costs: What Factors should be Considered in Deciding Whether to Allow Such Mechanisms. 
    Sponsor: Commissioner Michael Moffet, Kansas Corporation Commission 
     
  • Streamlining the Ratemaking Process: Methods by Which the Rate Case Process Has Been Streamlined In Some Jurisdictions & the Resulting Benefits. 
    Sponsor: Chuck Harder, Executive Director, Rates & Regulatory, CenterPoint Energy 
     
  • Construction While In Progress. 
    Sponsor: Chairman Jeff Davis, Missouri Public Service Commission 
     
  • Energy Efficiency: An overview of Programs & Policies in the Midwest. 
    Sponsor: Tim Rush, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Kansas City Power & Light
     
  • Update on FASB's Project for Changes to Pension Liability Reporting & Impact on the Current Regulatory Treatment. 
    Sponsor: Barry Cooper, Chief Financial Officer, Laclede Group 
     
  • Opportunities for Utilities to Cooperate in the Delivery of Energy Conservation Programs. 
    Sponsor: Lewis Mills, Missouri Public Counsel 


For information regarding the Hot Topic Hotline please email Sarah Gott or call 573.882.2155