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Thursday, March 5, 8 am – 1:30 pm
Seattle Seatac Marriott


The Intersection of the Utility Business Model, Regulatory Policy, and Incident Response


Confirmed Speakers
  • Summit Moderator: Richard Mroz, Sr. Adviser, State & Government Relations, Protection Our Power
  • Keynote: Ann Rendahl, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
  • Charles P. Kosak, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Transmission Permitting & Technical Assistance, US Department of Energy
  • Lillian Mateo-Santos, Associate Commissioner, Puerto Rico Energy Bureau
  • Stephanie Gowing, Green Business Advocate, City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development
  • James Moralez, Executive Director, Maxwood Solutions
  • Jay Balasbas, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
  • David Danner, Chair, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission

Theme Summary
The continued delivery of reliable and safe electric power is critical to our economy and society. This paramount responsibility is imperiled by fundamental changes in generation dynamics, load diversity, customer demands, and shareholder expectations. At the same time utilities are searching for even greater service reliability and resilience to all system perturbations.  Join us for a half-day conversation to explore this complex landscape and engage with utility leaders, policy experts, and technology visionaries. You will be enlightened, encouraged, engaged, and empowered.

Speaker Bios Below:

Keynote Speaker

Ann Rendahl
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Ann Rendahl was appointed to serve as a commissioner of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission by Gov. Inslee in December 2014 for a term ending Jan. 1, 2021.

Ann currently serves as chair of the Electricity Committee and a member of the Critical Infrastructure Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), and serves on the NARUC Board of Directors.

Ann serves as a member of the Body of State Regulators for the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market and as the chair of the Western Electric Coordinating Council’s Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System Committee. Ann has been appointed to serve as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Advisory Council through August 2022. Ann has also been appointed to serve on the Advisory Council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.

Ann previously served as the Director of Policy and Legislation for the UTC. Prior to leading the UTC’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, she served as the Director of the Administrative Law Division, as an administrative law judge for the UTC, and as an assistant attorney general representing the Utilities and Transportation Division.

Ann is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco.

Charles P. Kosak
Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE)

Charles P. “Chuck” Kosak is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Transmission Permitting & Technical Assistance Division in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE). Mr. Kosak is responsible for leading the Department’s technical assistance efforts for state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions to facilitate the development of resilient and reliable electricity infrastructure. He has 30 years of experience as a strategist, policy maker, planner, and risk manager. Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Kosak was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense Continuity & Mission Assurance, where he worked to develop plans to ensure that the Department of Defense can continue to execute core functions, even in the face of military and natural hazard threats to installations and infrastructure.

Previously, Mr. Kosak served in several roles in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy; serving as Principal Director of the Office of Partnership Strategy, Principal Director of the Office of African Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Office of NATO Policy. Mr. Kosak has won numerous DoD awards for his service, including twice winning the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. He holds a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland (International Politics and Economics), a Master of Science from the National War College in Washington DC (National Security Studies), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Economics and Political Science).

Summit Moderator

Richard Mroz
Sr. Adviser, State and Government Relations
Protect our Power

Richard Mroz is one of the leading advocates in securing the grid from both cyber and physical attacks. He is the immediate past President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and was nominated by former Gov. Chris Christie in 2014. The nomination was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Senate.  Mr. Mroz was also a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and served as chairman of the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, which was established on a temporary basis after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the now-permanent Critical Infrastructure Committee provides State regulators a forum to analyze solutions to utility infrastructure security and delivery concerns.  Mr. Mroz is a thought leader on issues the Committee regularly addresses including cyber security, workforce development, and infrastructure improvements in all industries.

From 1991-1993, Mr. Mroz served as the County Counsel for Camden County New Jersey.  In 1993 then Governor Christine Todd Whitman appointed him to the first of several senior positions in her administration. He served as Director of Authorities, Governor’s counsel, and liaison to New Jersey’s largest independent agencies.  In 1998 Governor Whitman appointed him as Special Counsel.  In 1999, Governor Whitman recognized Mr. Mroz’s thought leading abilities and appointed him to Chief Counsel.  Mr. Mroz served as the Governor’s primary advisor for legislative affairs, judicial and prosecutorial appointments, as well as, legal, policy and management issues of the State government.  He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and holds a J.D. from the Villanova School of Law.


Lillian Mateo-Santos
Vice President
Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC).

Lillian Mateo-Santos obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, in 1993 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1996. In 1999, she obtained a degree of Masters of Laws (LLM) in Environmental and Energy of the Tulane University Law School. Before joining the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, Ms. Mateo-Santos was a member of various law firms. Her private practice was focused on energy, environmental, land use and permitting matters, including administrative law litigation.

On June 5, 2019, Ms. Mateo-Santos was elected 2nd Vice President of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC).  She is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice law and notary law in Puerto Rico, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Stephanie Gowing
Green Business Advocate
City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED). 

In her role, Stephanie oversees OED’s partnerships to support Seattle’s cleantech sector, and works across departments and organizations to facilitate entrepreneurs, business owners and their staff that need assistance to green their operations.  Through this work, Stephanie seeks to better understand business barriers to implement climate initiatives and works to develop solutions to overcome them. Stephanie has over 10 years of experience working in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors helping businesses implement green practices. She has a B.A from Western Washington in Environmental Planning/Policy, a Masters of Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

James Moralez
Executive Director
Maxwood Solutions 

As Executive Director of Maxwood Solutions, James brings more than 16 years of experience working with a large Electric Utility, and over 20 years deploying hardware in ICS environments and industries.  James has been attending WSU’s energy automation conference since 2001, and has been a PEAC/ESIC committee member since 2010.  Since James formed Maxwood Solutions in 2018 with a vision dedicated to the cause of protecting our nation’s critical utility infrastructure through resilience planning, he has taken on an active supporting role by assisting in the planning and sponsoring of the ESIC Summit.  James’ diverse ICS background as a Principal Engineer included working as a Program Technical Engineering Lead with expertise in Program Transition Strategies, Program and Project Development and Architecture, Cybersecurity and Physical Security, including experience with Edge Data Hardware and Software Integration, Electrical Design, Hardware Testing and Multi-Site Deployment, Manufacturing, as well as SCADA, DCS, Relay Teleprotection, PLCs and Military Communications.  James graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree, in the areas of Power Systems, Power Devices, and Building Electrical Systems.

Regulator Panelists

Jay Balasbas
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission


Jay previously served as senior budget assistant to the governor in the Office of Financial Management working in the General Government Section, Transportation Section and as lead analyst on revenue issues. Before that, Jay worked for the Washington House of Representatives in a variety of roles, including senior fiscal analyst, assistant director of policy and policy analyst on transportation and finance issues. He also worked for the Washington Department of Transportation.

Jay currently serves as the chair of the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety, co-vice chair of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure, and as a member of the Committee on Gas for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC). He also serves as a member of the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee, and on the Washington Action Program which monitors federal activities related to the Commission’s work.

Jay has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Science in finance from Seattle University.

David Danner
Utilities and Transportation Commission

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed David Danner chairman of the Utilities and Transportation Commission in February 2013 and re-appointed him to a second term in December 2018.

Danner had been the agency’s executive director since 2005 and secretary since 2008. Before that, he served as executive policy advisor to Washington Gov. Gary Locke on energy, telecommunications, finance and elections issues. In 2004, Gov. Locke named Danner to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board and Shoreline Hearings Board, where he served before moving to the commission.

Danner has also been a telecommunications attorney in private practice, counsel to the Washington Senate Energy and Utilities Committee, and senior policy advisor at the Washington State Department of Information Services.

Danner serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). He is Vice Chair of the International Consortium of Energy Regulators, and is a member of the State Technology Services Board and the Executive Council of the National Council on Energy Policy. He also serves on advisory boards of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum and the Center for Public Utilities at the New Mexico State University College of Business.

Danner has a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. in communications from the University of Washington, and a law degree from George Washington University.


About PEAC

Dr. Noel Schulz

Conference and Summit Chair

PEAC 2020, “Advancing the Grid: Data to Automation to Resiliency, will be the 22nd in the series that was formerly known as the Western Power Delivery Automation Conference (WPDAC). With a strong industry presence in power and energy automation, PEAC has established itself as a leading forum that attracts practicing engineers, technical staff, R&D personnel, managers, and manufacturers, as well as university faculty and students, to share their experience and ideas. About 200 U.S. and international participants usually attend PEAC annually. This is our first time in Seattle and we expect a record crowd.  For PEAC 2020, we expect papers that discuss case studies and pilot projects in smart grid, power grid automation, intelligent control, security, SCADA, networks and communications, and project management.

In addition, the Fundamentals Track provides tutorial sessions on essential topics in power grid automation. The fundamental track sessions at PEAC have proved to be a great success – well attended, with excellent interaction between instructors and attendees. As the industry develops the strategy for the future power engineering workforce, the fundamentals track is a valuable resource for training and development.

Exhibits from vendors allow attendees to see the state-of-the-art equipment with the opportunity to engage in specific discussions with vendor experts.The ESIC Summit that started in 2015 as part of PEAC brings government, industry, and university leaders together to discuss energy issues of national and global importance.

ESIC Summit 2020 Agenda

ESIC SUMMITMarch 5, 2020       
8:00-8:05amNoel Schulz (WSU), PEAC Conference ChairSummit Welcome
8:05-8:15amRichard Mroz, Sr. Adviser, Protection Our PowerGRID RESILIENCE: The Intersection of the Utility Business Model, Regulatory Policy, and Incident Response
8:15-9:00Ann Rendahl, Commissioner, Washington Utility & Transportation Commission (WUTC)Keynote - The Challenge Ahead: Keeping the lights on while requiring more of the grid
9:00-9:45Charles P. Kosak, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of EnergyUS DOE Priorities: Defense Critical Infrastructure Systems and North American Energy Resilience Model (NAERM)
10:00-10:30Stephanie Gowing, Green Business Advocate, City of Seattle's Office of Economic DevelopmentClean Energy and inclusive job growth
10:30-11:00Commisioner Mateo-Santos, Puerto Rico Energy BureauPuerto Rico - Lessons learned on Grid Resilience
11:00 -12:30National Policy and Regulatory Landscape PanelModerator: James Moralez, Executive Director, Maxwood Solutions
Jay Balasbas, Commissioner, WUTC, Co-Vice Chair, NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure and Chair, NARUC Committee for Pipeline Safety
David Danner, Chair, WUTC and Member, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment
Richard Mroz, Sr. Adviser, Protection Our Power, New Jersey Commissioner Emeritus and Member, US DOE Electric Advisory Committee
Ann Rendahl, Commissioner, WUTC and Chair, NARUC Committee on Electricity
12:30-1:30 Networking Lunch (Sponsored by Maxwood Solutions) - Closing Remarks 1:20