NERC History, Structure and Overview

A host of market forces has raised concerns about the uncertain future for the nation’s electric grid. Growing renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency improvements, combined with smart grid capabilities, however, can provide new options that can improve resiliency, reliability and financial incentives with distributed generation technologies. This session featured energy and grid experts who shared their expertise from a federal, regional, private sector and academic perspective and explored these complex issues before policymakers. They also discussed states' roles in meeting future challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s transmission and distribution system.

 
CSG Energy & Environment Public Policy Committee
September 21, 2013
 
A host of market forces has raised concerns about the uncertain future for the nation’s electric grid. Growing renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency improvements, combined with smart grid capabilities, however, can provide new options that can improve resiliency, reliability and financial incentives with distributed generation technologies. This session featured energy and grid experts who shared their expertise from a federal, regional, private sector and academic perspective and explored these complex issues before policymakers. They also discussed states' roles in meeting future challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s transmission and distribution system.
 
Presentation by Janet Sena, Vice President and Director of Policy and External Affairs, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
 
 

Janet Sena
Janet L. Sena joined NERC in January 2010 with more than 25 years’ experience in state and federal work in the energy, environment and economic development arena. Prior to joining NERC, she served as Vice President for TECO Energy’s Federal Affairs office. She was responsible for reviewing and evaluating legislative and administrative policies, identifying their impact on the company and its subsidiaries and devising a strategy for the successful advocacy and resolution of those issues. She first came to Washington, DC in 1989 from Indiana to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee for Sen. Richard Lugar. She was responsible for rural electric utility, telecommunications and economic development issues for the committee. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications, Cum Laude, from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.