Knowledge Summit Agenda

Monday, March 3, 2014


2:00pm to 6:00pm

Welcome & Opening Address

3:15pm to 3:30pm

Keynote: The Federal Role When Catastrophe Strikes

The industry looks to the federal government to provide intelligence about security threats and help create standards for dealing with physical threats. It also is backstopped by federal agencies when it comes to coordinating a massive national response to crippling regional power outages. How has the industry-government relationship worked in the past, what problems have arisen, and how should it work in the future?

3:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Patricia A. Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) , United States Department of Energy (DOE)
    Patricia A. Hoffman
    Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) , United States Department of Energy (DOE)

    Patricia Hoffman is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability leads the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to modernize the electric grid through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability and the management of research, development, and demonstration activities for “next generation” electric grid infrastructure technologies.


    Hoffman is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term research strategy for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. Hoffman directs research on visualization and controls, energy storage and power electronics, high temperature superconductivity and renewable/distributed systems integration. She also oversees the business management of the office including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management. Before joining the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Hoffman was the Program Director for the Federal Energy Management Program which implements efficiency measures in the federal sector and the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program that developed advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems. She also managed the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine product.


    Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Penn State University.

Opening General Session: CEOs Confront, Respond to Threats of Disruption

The CEOs of America’s utilities face unprecedented challenges in the threats confronting their enterprises from criminals to extreme weather. It is not unusual now for them to be summoned to meetings with the president of the United States and his top aides to discuss joint efforts to restore power to major regions of the country.  New difficulties arise. How can the industry get needed security clearances to stay on top of cyber threats? How can they coordinate outage restoration efforts while keeping control of the mounting costs of such efforts? Industry leaders tackle these and other questions posed by the challenge with security.

4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, Commonwealth Edison, Chicago
    Anne Pramaggiore
    President and CEO, Commonwealth Edison, Chicago

    Anne Pramaggiore is president and CEO of ComEd, which has 5,700 employees. ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.


    Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company’s transition to an open and competitive energy market under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. She began with the ComEd legal team before moving into regulatory affairs and working on significant components of the Consumer Choice Law.


    Prior to her appointment as president and CEO of ComEd, Pramaggiore served as president and chief operating officer (COO) of ComEd, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. Before being named president and COO, Pramaggiore managed Customer Operations and External Affairs. Additional responsibilities included the administration of environmental stewardship activities designed to promote customer satisfaction.


    Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility.


    Pramaggiore serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Babcock & Wilcox Company and Motorola Solutions and also the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Botanic Garden, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago Urban League, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Zoo and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


    She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

  • Greg M. Graves, President and CEO, Burns & McDonnell
    Greg M. Graves
    President and CEO, Burns & McDonnell

    As Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, Greg Graves leads one of the fastest growing and most successful engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental consulting firms in North America. In January 2004, when Greg was appointed CEO, approximately 1,500 employee-owners worked at Burns & McDonnell. Annual revenue in 2004 was $420 million. Since then the employee count has more than doubled and sales last year that exceeded $2 billion.


    Under Greg’s leadership, Burns & McDonnell has earned a reputation as a national leader in many technical specialties within the energy, public infrastructure, government, aviation, process, and healthcare sectors. In 2012, Burns & McDonnell ranked as the 23rd largest engineering, architecture and construction firm in annual rankings published by Engineering News-Record magazine. Also in that issue, the firm’s transmission & distribution practice was ranked as the largest in the country.


    More importantly to Greg, the firm is now nationally recognized as one of America’s best places to work. In 2013, Fortune magazine ranked Burns & McDonnell the 18th best place to work in its annual ranking of the 100 Best Places to Work in America. It was the second consecutive year and third time in five years that Burns & McDonnell has been named to the high profile ranking.


    Greg joined Burns & McDonnell in 1980. After holding several positions of increasing responsibility with the firm, he was named in 1997 as General Manager of Burns & McDonnell’s Energy division. In 2001, he was promoted to President of the division, a position he held until being named the firm’s 6th CEO three years later.


    Greg recently completed a one-year term as Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the boards of the Union Station, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Kansas Advancement Board, United Missouri Bank, University of Kansas Hospital Authority Board, University of Kansas School of Engineering Advisory Board, and Starlight Theatre.


    Greg and his wife Deanna view public service as a duty in return for all Kansas City has given them. Together, they have chaired fundraisers for the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Starlight Theatre, the Cancer Center of KU Hospital, Hope House, the Tocqueville Society of United Way and Children’s Mercy. In 2009, they were named Kansas City’s Philanthropist of the Year. Greg has also been named the CEO of the Year by the Mid-America Minority Business Development Council and the Difference Maker of the Year by the Urban League of Greater Kansas City.


  • Joseph M. Rigby , Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer , Pepco Holdings, Inc.
    Joseph M. Rigby
    Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer , Pepco Holdings, Inc.

    Joseph M. Rigby is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to approximately 1.9 million customers. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey.

    Mr. Rigby joined Atlantic City Electric in 1979 and advanced through a number of management positions. His responsibilities have included accounting, financial services, treasury operations, business transformation, human resources, and the Atlantic City Electric/Delmarva Power merger transition team. Following the merger that formed Conectiv, he was Vice President/General Manager of Gas Delivery, then Vice President/General Manager of Electric Delivery. He was elected President, Conectiv Power Delivery in 2002. From May 2004 to September 2007, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PHI and was responsible for all financial activity as well as investor relations.

    From September 2007 to March 2008, Mr. Rigby served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric Company, along with Information Technology and Corporate Communications. In March 2008, Mr. Rigby was elected President and Chief Operating Officer, adding responsibility for the competitive energy businesses (Conectiv Energy and Pepco Energy Services). Mr. Rigby was elected President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2009. He was elected Chairman of the Board on May 15, 2009.

    Mr. Rigby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University and an MBA from Monmouth University. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of New Jersey.

    Mr. Rigby is Chairman of the United Way of the National Capital Area and Chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Edison Electric Institute, the Federal City Council, the Trust for the National Mall and the Greater Washington Initiative. He is a member of the Rutgers-Camden School of Business Executive Advisory Board. Mr. Rigby is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.


  • Ralph LaRossa, President and Chief Operating Officer, Public Service Electric and Gas Company
    Ralph LaRossa
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Public Service Electric and Gas Company
    Ralph A. LaRossa was named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), in October 2006. Prior to this position he was vice president - electric delivery for PSE&G. In addition to his responsibilities with PSE&G, he also oversees the communications and state governmental affairs organizations.
    On January 1, 2014, Mr. LaRossa became Chairman of the Board of PSEG Long Island, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), which manages the electric transmission and distribution systems on Long Island and in the Rockaways.
    Mr. LaRossa joined PSE&G in 1985 as an associate engineer and advanced through a variety of management positions in the utility’s gas and electric operations. In 1998 he received Gas Industry Magazine’s Outstanding Manager of the Year Award. PSE&G is New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility.
    Mr. LaRossa is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and has completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development. He serves on the board of directors for the American Gas Association (AGA), New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ, Choose New Jersey, and Bergen County’s United Way. He also serves on the board of trustees for Montclair State University and the Newark Alliance.

Welcome Reception & KITE Awards


  • Energy Company of the Year
  • Utility CEO of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


7:30am to 5:00pm

Breakfast & Networking

7:30am to 8:15am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15am to 8:30am

Keynote: Cyber Threats to America's Grid 

8:30am to 9:15am
  • Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, former Director, US National Security Agency, former Director National Intelligence and Vice Chair, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Vice Admiral Mike McConnell
    former Director, US National Security Agency, former Director National Intelligence and Vice Chair, Booz Allen Hamilton

    Mike McConnell is Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles include serving on the firm’s Leadership Team and leading Booz Allen’s rapidly expanding cyber business.

    Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen after retiring from the Navy in 1996 as a Vice Admiral. In 2007 he left the firm to serve as the Director of National Intelligence, and returned in 2009 to lead the firm’s Intelligence business.

    Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University, the National Defense Intelligence College, and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University. 

Bolstering Physical Security

Increasingly violent weather events are resulting in widespread, prolonged power outages. What can utilities do to lessen the extent of these outages and provide for quicker and more effective power restoration? How can generation units be hardened against potential threats? Is generation diversity still possible in an era of abundant and low-cost natural gas supplies? What new efforts are being mounted to make our power system more resilient? We will explore a variety of physical threats to our power grid and new approaches for addressing them.

9:15am to 10:15am
  • Jasvir Gill, Founder & CEO, AlertEnterprise, Inc.
    Jasvir Gill
    Founder & CEO, AlertEnterprise, Inc.

    Jasvir Gill is the Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise and has more than 20 years of experience in security, compliance and access management. Prior to Alert Enterprise, Jasvir was the Founder and CEO of application security company Virsa Systems. An early pioneer in establishing governance risk and compliance as a software market segment, Jasvir drove the growth of Virsa as an enterprise software provider signing up over 400 major customers. Virsa Systems was acquired by SAP which led to the formation of the SAP GRC Access Control product line. In 2007 Jasvir left SAP to establish AlertEnterprise. 

  • Michael W. Howard, PhD, P.E., President, EPRI
    Michael W. Howard, PhD, P.E.
    President, EPRI

    Dr. Michael Howard is the President and CEO at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).


    Howard has over 30 years of results-driven, multi-faceted leadership experience in organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large public companies with increasing responsibilities in operations, finance, sales and marketing, product development, and strategic planning. Most of his experience is in providing technical consulting services and products to both U.S. and international electric utility companies.


    Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Howard served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development, and President and Chief Executive Officer of EPRI Solutions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EPRI. EPRI Solutions was created by the merger of three companies, one of which was the EPRI Power Electronics Application Center (PEAC) Corporation where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer.


    Previously, Dr. Howard was President of the Tennessee Center for Research and Development (TCRD) located in Knoxville, Tennessee and President of Beta Development Corporation (BDC), an early-stage venture capital firm focused on providing equity investment in technology-based companies.


    Dr. Howard began his career in 1980 with Westinghouse Electric Corporation as an applications engineer for the fossil and nuclear digital control systems group.


    Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in business and engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in engineering science from the University of Tennessee. He has also completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course.

  • Scot Hathaway, Vice President - Transmission, Dominion Virginia Power
    Scot Hathaway
    Vice President - Transmission, Dominion Virginia Power
    He is responsible for about 6,300 miles of transmission lines and more than 400 substation assets providing service to the company’s 2.4 million customers. These responsibilities include transmission and substation planning, development, construction, operations and maintenance, and compliance.
    Hathaway joined Dominion in 2000. He has held numerous energy trading, business development and management positions, including managing director- Energy Trading and managing director–Power Asset Management, responsible for the commercial management of a 7,000-megawatt diversified portfolio of generating assets in PJM and NEPOOL. He previously was vice president– Business Development and assumed his current post in 2009.
    Prior to joining Dominion, Hathaway was vice president–Development for FPL Energy Inc. He also has worked at, Schlumberger Wireline Services, the Gas Research Institute, and Indeck Energy Services. Hathaway is a member of the board of directors of the North American Transmission FORUM, has participated on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council advising the president on the nation’s infrastructure protection, and actively supports the City of Richmond’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program for underprivileged youth.
    A 1982 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a bachelor’s degree in geophysics, Hathaway earned his master’s degree in engineering management from Northwestern University in 1986.

Networking Break

10:15am to 10:45am

Responding to Cyber Threats

From a building in Beijing, Chinese army hackers regularly test the defenses of U.S. utility computer systems. Bad actors in the Middle East, criminals in Russia, terrorists and hackers mount a vast number of cyber assaults each week on critical power control systems. What are the dimensions of the threat, and what new software, hardware and human resource answers are emerging from utilities? What are some of the new tools available to utilities to help mitigate the risks associated with cyber attacks and resist their impact?

10:45am to 11:45am
  • Eric Byres, CTO, Tofino Security
    Eric Byres
    CTO, Tofino Security

    Eric Byres is one of the world's leading experts in the field of SCADA security. Eric’s background as a controls engineer allows him to bring a unique combination of deep technical understanding plus practical field experience to his role as CTO at Tofino Security, a Belden Brand.

    Eric has provided guidance to governments and energy companies on security for critical infrastructures. He has also led the development of numerous standards and best practices. This was recognized in 2009 when the International Society of Automation (ISA) awarded him the honor of ISA Fellowfor his outstanding achievements in science and engineering.

  • John Felker, Director, Cyber and Intelligence Strategy, HP
    John Felker
    Director, Cyber and Intelligence Strategy, HP
    John Felker serves as Director, Cyber and Intelligence Strategy for HP Enterprise Services. His primary focus is developing business strategy in Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
    Prior to HP, Felker was Vice President of Cyber Programs at SCI Consulting, where he developed proactive, intelligence based cyber programs. In his 30-year U.S. Coast Guard career, Felker served as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, where he was responsible for the day-to-day staff leadership and the stand-up of the command. He commanded the Coast Guard Cryptologic Group, which spanned subordinate units from Hawaii to Afghanistan performing Signals Intelligence missions and developing Coast Guard Signals Intelligence capability. He was also executive assistant to the Director of Coast Guard Intelligence where he was responsible for the coordination of Directorate activities within the National Intelligence Community management enterprise.
    Felker’s past assignments include Director of Coast Guard Auxiliary, in the New York metro area, where he led 3,300 Coast Guard volunteers; Chief of the Coast Guard International Training Division, a cadre of 57 trainers who developed and delivered training around the world in support of US Foreign Policy and National Security objectives. He also served as a Program Review Officer for the Chief of Staff, where he was responsible for budget development and review of $1.4 billion in operational programs.
    Felker was the first U.S. Coast Guard-Royal Australian Navy Exchange Officer; Commanding Officer, USCGC RED CEDAR; Operations Center Duty Officer in Miami; Commanding Officer, USCGC CAPE UPRIGHT; and Operations Officer in USCGC ACACIA. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.
    Felker graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in 1978. He earned his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1995.
  • Patricia Kampling, Chairman, President and CEO, Alliant Energy
    Patricia Kampling
    Chairman, President and CEO, Alliant Energy

    Pat was named Chairman, President and CEO of Alliant Energy in 2012. Prior to that she held several positions with Alliant Energy including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In these roles, Pat guided the financial objectives of the company and the communication of a long-term strategic plan. She was also responsible for overall corporate operations and was instrumental in the execution of Alliant Energy’s capital plan, commitment to customers, environmental planning and safety initiatives.

    Before joining Alliant Energy in 2005, Pat spent more than 20 years in increasingly responsible finance, treasury, regulatory and engineering positions within Exelon Corporation, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exelon Enterprises and the Treasurer of Commonwealth Edison.

    Pat holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School, and is a registered Professional Engineer. She serves on the Boards of Directors of American Transmission Company and Briggs & Stratton Corporation.

  • Tom Finan, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    Tom Finan
    Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Tom Finan is a Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Counsel with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), where he is currently working on policy issues related to cybersecurity insurance and cyber risk management.  Previously, he led the effort to develop a resiliency-focused risk analysis and modeling office for NPPD that will examine both cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructures, systems, and the public.  Prior to his arrival at DHS, Tom served as the Staff Director and Counsel for the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment with the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security where he advised the Subcommittee Chair, Jane Harman (D-CA).  During his service with the Committee, he authored two major reports:  Beyond Connecting the Dots: A VITAL Framework for Sharing Law Enforcement Intelligence Information and LEAP:  A Law Enforcement Assistance and Partnership Strategy.  Both informed many of the statutory provisions that Tom developed for Title V of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53) and the Reducing Over-Classification Act (P.L. 111-258).  Tom is a former Assistant General Counsel at the FBI and previously worked in private litigation practice.



Keynote: States Innovate on Energy Security

A handful of states have become leaders in deploying microgrids to build a more robust capability of keeping lights on for vital government and public services in the event of a weather disaster. They have a vision of meshing traditional utility franchises with small clusters of microgrids, using grid intelligence to knit it all together seamlessly. Utilities worry that microgrids can harm operations and their business franchise. Is there a path forward for utilities to adapt and even benefit from an era of more dispersed, distributed generation?

11:45am to 1:00pm
  • Daniel Esty, Hillhouse Professor, Yale University and, Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
    Daniel Esty
    Hillhouse Professor, Yale University and, Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

    Daniel C. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, with appointments at both the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is also the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy as well as the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. Professor Esty’s research has focused on "next generation" regulation and the relationships between the environment and trade, competitiveness, governance, and development. He is the author or editor of nine books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues. His recent research interests concentrate on innovation and environment, global administrative law, data-driven environmental decision-making, environmental governance, corporate environmental strategy, and environmental protection in the information age. In 2007 - 2008, he served as an Obama campaign advisor on energy and environmental issues, as a surrogate speaker and debater, and as a member of the Presidential Transition Team. In 2002, Professor Esty received the American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. Prior to coming to Yale, Professor Esty served in a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Professor Esty earned an A.B. from Harvard, an M.A. as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale.

  • Gil Quiniones, President & CEO, New York Power Authority
    Gil Quiniones
    President & CEO, New York Power Authority

     Gil C. Quiniones is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state electric utility. He was elected by the NYPA trustees in November of 2011, after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated him to the position the previous month. The New York State Senate approved his appointment in January 2012.

    Quiniones is co-chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which is helping to carry out the Governor’s vision for rejuvenating New York State’s energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors.

    As President and CEO of NYPA, Quiniones is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide public power utility’s strategic vision and mission, and supervises its operations, legal, and financial matters. He also oversees the Power Authority’s relationships with elected officials, governmental agencies, other authorities, commissions, and the public.

    Quiniones is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry’s international research and development organization, and the Chair of the board’s Committee on Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, and Smart Grid. He is also active in the affairs of two national public power organizations, serving on the Steering Committee of the Board of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), as Co-Chair of the LPPC’s Government Relations Task Force and as the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association. He previously was a member of then-Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and Chair of the group’s Subcommittee on Distributed Generation.

    Before joining NYPA in October 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served for more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In that capacity, he was the city’s chief consultant on energy policy issues and established and led Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force, a public-private group that developed a comprehensive strategy for meeting New York City’s future energy needs. He also led the development of the energy chapter of PlaNYC 2030, the city’s long-term sustainability plan. In addition, he served as Co-Chair of the New York City telecommunications Task Force and of the city’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Group.

    Previous to his positions in New York City government, Quiniones worked for Con Edison’s regulated and unregulated businesses for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company. Quiniones received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University in Manila and has completed graduate courses in engineering management and technology management at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He has also participated in executive education programs at the Columbia University Business School.

Hardening the Supply Chain

The hardware and software of smart grid and other new transmission, distribution and generation technology have been produced by hundreds of vendors around the world. Vendors rely on other vendors. How can utilities know what they are buying is safe all the way up and down a supply chain that defies understanding? What new ways have arisen to guard against corruption of essential utility services or threats mounted by bad actors on the other side of the globe?  How can security be embedded in your grid? We will define the scope of the problem and explore new strategies for dealing with it.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Director, Policy Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Heath Knakmuhs
    Senior Director, Policy Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

     Heath Knakmuhs is senior director of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. Knakmuhs develops and communicates strategic energy policies and initiatives with a focus on the electric energy sector and its role in the formation of a comprehensive national energy policy. He serves as the principal lead on electric generation, transmission, and distribution issues before Congress, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholder groups.

    Prior to the Chamber, Knakmuhs headed the Washington, D.C., office of the American Transmission Company. He was the company’s primary liaison with congressional members, senators, and staff on Capitol Hill, as well as with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He was also the company’s primary representative before other stakeholder and industry groups with a federal presence. Concurrent with this position, Knakmuhs was an officer for WIRES, a trade association advocating for progressive electric transmission policy.
    Earlier, Knakmuhs spent eight years in the practice of regulatory and appellate law for the global law firm Morgan Lewis in its Washington, D.C., office. In addition, he spent one year clerking for two administrative law judges at FERC.
  • Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer, Global Supply Chain, Cisco
    Edna Conway
    Chief Security Officer, Global Supply Chain, Cisco

    As Cisco’s CSO for its Supply Chain, Edna Conway is responsible for developing and leading the deployment of Cisco’s strategy to assess, monitor, and continuously improve the security of its global value chain. Ms. Conway serves or has served on the company’s CyberSecurity Board, Risk and Resiliency Operating Committee and Eco Board. Conway serves as leader in various international supply chain, security and sustainability standards, public-private partnerships, and information and communications industry consortia (e.g., ISO, iNEMI, IPC, The Open Group Trusted Technology Forum, The Common Criteria and the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition).


    During her tenure at Cisco, Conway has held multiple business, engineering and legal leadership positions. Immediately prior to her current role, she led the development of a transformational Advanced Compliance and Sustainability capability as the Chief Product Compliance Officer. In that capacity, she drove Cisco’s award-winning Green Supply Chain initiative.

  • Nadya Bartol, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, Utilities Telecom Council
    Nadya Bartol
    Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, Utilities Telecom Council

    Nadya Bartol spent almost 20 years working in cybersecurity. At Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) she is responsible for helping UTC member utilities address cybersecurity challenges, from policies and standards to practical implementation. Prior to UTC she worked at a large consulting company leading security program management, supply chain risk management, security measurement, and standards engagements. She co-authored several NIST publications on the topics of measurement and supply chain risk management. She served as Co-chair of DoD/DHS/NIST SwA Measurement Working Group and a principal author of Practical Measurement Guidance for Software Assurance and Information Security.  She is Project Editor for ISO/IEC 27036 – Information technology – IT security techniques – Information Security for Supplier Relationships. Nadya was named one of the Top 15 Women in Energy by Fierce Energy in 2012 and a is recipient of InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) Team Award in 2013 for cyber supply chain standards work.

Networking Break

2:00pm to 2:30pm

Building the Correct Culture

A new mindset will be required, top to bottom, for utilities to meet the challenge of securing the enterprise from threats unimagined just a decade or two ago. What are the heightened expectations for how utilities must execute their responsibilities, and how are utilities preparing?

2:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Bud Albright, Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs , CenterPoint Energy
    Bud Albright
    Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs , CenterPoint Energy

    The Honorable Clarence “Bud” Albright is Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs for CenterPoint Energy.  CenterPoint Energy, among other services, provides electricity and natural gas delivery in over 8 states.  The company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, has annual revenues in excess of $8.75 billion and a market cap in excess of $5.2 billion. Albright is responsible for all federal operations and for policy matters related to governmental affairs.

    Albright is the immediate-past Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.  In that role, as the third most senior official at DOE, he provided leadership for energy and environment programs, including: energy research and development; demonstration and deployment; environmental cleanup; legacy management and radioactive waste management, all with a total budget of nearly $15 billion.  Albright was appointed by President Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

    Prior to joining the Department, Albright served as Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.  In that role he worked to address issues facing the country’s telecommunications, energy, environmental, and health industries. Before joining the Committee, Albright was Vice President of Federal Affairs for Reliant Energy in the Washington, DC office.

    Albright has also served in the government in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Associate Attorney General and Senior Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Additionally, Albright served as Associate Counsel on the U.S. Senate Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra incident.  From 1981 through 1986, he also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

    While attending law school, Albright worked on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as a legislative aide and personal aid to Senator Strom Thurmond. 

    Albright serves on the board of directors of Intelligent Grid Solutions and on the board of advisors of D.C. Biofuels, Inc.  

    A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Albright holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Presbyterian College in his home state and a Juris Doctor Degree from George Mason University School of Law in Virginia.  Albright, his wife and their two children live in McLean, Virginia. 

  • Angela McKay, Director Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy
    Angela McKay
    Director Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy

    Ms. Angela McKay is Director Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy in the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team at Microsoft.  Ms. McKay currently leads Microsoft’s cybersecurity policy work in the U.S., and facilitates international collaboration to improve cybersecurity globally.  Before returning to Washington D.C., her focus was increasing cybersecurity capacity in developing and emerging economies.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. McKay worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the Department of Homeland Security on critical infrastructure and cybersecurity, and at BellSouth Telecommunications as an engineer.  Ms. McKay holds a Bachelor’s of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Maurice Uenuma, Chief Operating Officer, Council on CyberSecurity
    Maurice Uenuma
    Chief Operating Officer, Council on CyberSecurity

    Biography to come

  • Tracy Cox, Director of Applied Strategies, Raytheon
    Tracy Cox
    Director of Applied Strategies, Raytheon
    Tracy Cox is director of applied strategies for Raytheon Professional Services LLC (RPS), a subsidiary of Raytheon Co.  RPS helps businesses operating in high-consequence environments meet their most critical objectives by designing, implementing and managing efficient training solutions that align employees, customers and partners with strategic business goals.
    Cox works with organizations to help them uncover their core value propositions through application of organizational network analysis, enhanced decision-making techniques, innovation, and Raytheon Six Sigma™.  Cox is a frequent conference speaker on leadership, strategic partnering, social capital and Six Sigma in a variety of markets, including Natural Resources. He has also been featured in Fortune, BusinessWeek, IndustryWeek, The Times (UK), T&D Magazine, and World Oil. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Oklahoma and holds a master’s degree in manufacturing systems management from Southern Methodist University.

Dealing with Policy and Regulation

Utility security is of paramount national security. A terrorist assault on an American metropolis leaving it without electricity for days, even weeks, would deal a crippling blow to that region, the American public and the national economy. Given the magnitude of the potential crises that would ensue, what new policies and directives are congressional and regulatory leaders considering for the utility industry?

3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York State Public Service Commission
    Audrey Zibelman
    Chair, New York State Public Service Commission

    Audrey Zibelman is Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission a member of the State Energy Planning Board. She is also Chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She sits on the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, a member of the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s NewYork Renewable Energy Task Force, and a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Electricity.  Ms. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation.

  • Colette Honorable, Chair, Arkansas PSC, Incoming President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
    Colette Honorable
    Chair, Arkansas PSC, Incoming President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

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  • Gerry Cauley, President and CEO, NERC
    Gerry Cauley
    President and CEO, NERC

    Gerry W. Cauleywas named President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in November 2009 and assumed the role in January 2010.


    Mr. Cauley is responsible for overseeing NERC’s mission to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system.  As President and CEO, Mr. Cauley leads key programs affecting over 1,900 bulk power system owners, operators, and users, including standards and training, critical infrastructure, risk analysis, compliance monitoring, enforcement, situation awareness, reliability assessment, and government relations.  Mr. Cauley also oversees the operation of eight Regional Entities engaged in implementation of delegated responsibilities.


    From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Cauley served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the SERC Reliability Corporation, a reliability region covering 16 states in the southeastern and central United States.  During this time he established new programs for monitoring and enforcing compliance with mandatory standards, developed training and educational programs, and a program to track reliability recommendations.


    Prior to his CEO career, Mr. Cauley served as Vice President and Director of Standards at NERC and was instrumental in preparing NERC’s application to become the ERO.  He spearheaded the development of an initial set of standards to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America.  Mr. Cauley was also a lead investigator of the August 2003 Northeast blackout and coordinated the NERC Y2k program, supervising the reporting and readiness of 3,100 electric organizations in the United States and Canada.


    Additionally, Mr. Cauley has served in various positions of leadership during his career, including program manager of grid operations and planning at the Electric Power Research Institute, training consultant for electric system operations, nuclear and fossil plant operations, substations, and distribution. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Mr. Cauley has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in nuclear engineering, and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College - Baltimore. Mr. Cauley is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Kevin Wailes, CEO, Lincoln Electric System, Vice-Chair, Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council
    Kevin Wailes
    CEO, Lincoln Electric System, Vice-Chair, Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council

    Kevin Wailes joined the Lincoln Electric System (LES) as Administrator and CEO in July 2010.  Prior to joining LES, he served as General Manager of Your Own Utilities, the municipal electric utility serving Tallahassee, Florida.   He joined the City of Tallahassee in May of 1987 as and was named General Manager of the Electric Utility in October of 1995.   Mr. Wailes holds a BSEE from Colorado State University.  Among many utility-related positions, he has served on the Boards and as President/Chairman of the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities, the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, the Southern/Florida Reliability Agreement Executive Council, and the Florida Municipal Electric Association.  Mr. Wailes currently serves as a member and vice-chair of the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council, and on the Boards of Directors of the American Public Power Association, the Nebraska Power Association and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.