The agenda will be updated periodically with speaker and session details, please check back regularly.

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration & networking breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Opening & welcome

The California ISO Board of Governors Chair Ashutosh Bhagwat and the Western Energy Imbalance Market Governing Body Chair Robert Kondziolka welcome you to the 2022 ISO Stakeholder Symposium.

Ashutosh Bhagwat, Chair, California ISO Board of Governors
Robert Kondziolka, Governing Body Chair, Western Energy Imbalance Market

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome address

Opening remarks by Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm followed by a welcome address by Elliot Mainzer.

Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (participating virtually)
Elliot Mainzer, President & CEO, California ISO

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
SESSION 1 - CEO Roundtable: A reconvening of leadership across the Western states
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking break
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
A conversation on joint authority & governance

ISO Board Governor Angelina Galiteva and Governing Body Member John Prescott will discuss the joint authority & governance model and the progress towards developing a revised governance structure to support the Extended Day Ahead Market.

Angelina Galiteva, California ISO Board of Governors
John Prescott, Governing Body Member, Western Energy Imbalance Market


11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
SESSION 2 - Western states collaboration from a policymaker’s point of view

State leaders will share their views on the market design, governance and the level of regulatory collaboration needed across the West to successfully unlock benefits and maximize cost savings for electricity customers in the Western Interconnection.

Moderator: Rebecca Wagner, Founder & President, Wagner Strategies

Darcie Houck, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Thad LeVar, Commission Chair, Public Service Commission of Utah
Ann Rendahl, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
Letha Tawney, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Networking lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
SESSION 3 - Solutions to the transmission impasse and untangling the wires

The amount of electricity projected to be needed two decades from now is almost three times what the grid has today and will include renewable energy from utility scale solar, storage, geothermal, offshore wind plants and other sustainable resources. With transmission projects often taking up to a decade to complete, how are we going to meet the longer-term transmission needs of this changing system across the West?

Moderator: Rob Gramlich, Founder & President, Grid Strategies LLC

Scott D. Bolton, Senior Vice President, Transmission & Market Development, PacifiCorp
Maury Galbraith, Executive Director, Western Interstate Energy Board
Neil Millar, Vice President, Infrastructure & Operations Planning, California ISO

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Networking break
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
SESSION 4 - Putting the pieces of the Western puzzle together
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
In the arena: From policy to practice

Join ISO Vice President of External Affairs Stacey Crowley and Senators Chris Brooks of Nevada and Chris Hansen of Colorado for this special moderated discussion on their roles and vision in shaping our energy policy of the future.

Moderator: Stacey Crowley, Vice President, External Affairs, California ISO
Featured video: Chris Holden, Assemblymember, California State Assembly

Chris Brooks, Senator, Nevada State Senate  
Chris Hansen, Senator, Colorado State Senate

4:30 PM
Closing remarks

Summary of today, outlook for tomorrow.

Elliot Mainzer, President & CEO, California ISO

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Networking reception
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Networking breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome back
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Featured Presentation – Reliability through collaboration

ISO Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Mark Rothleder will share key operational findings from the recent heat wave events and highlight areas of focus that will be needed to maintain reliability for the future.

Mark Rothleder, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California ISO

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
SESSION 5 – The importance of the customer and stakeholder engagement

As the ISO works with stakeholders on finalizing the Extended Day Ahead Market proposal, the engagement of stakeholders has been key in shaping the final policy. This panel will discuss key opportunities and challenges in engaging with the CAISO as it evolves its energy market and takes on greater regional responsibility.

Moderator: Joanne Serina, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Customer Experience, California ISO

Carrie Bentley, Co-Founder & CEO, Gridwell Consulting
Eric Eisenman, Director, FERC & ISO Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
David Fuller, Director of Business Development & Origination, The Anschutz Corporation
Jim Shandalov, Vice President Origination, NextEra Energy Resources


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SESSION 6 – Technological breakthroughs on the path to a decarbonized grid
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Closing remarks & lunch

Last updated on October 28, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. (PT)