Five top panels to highlight NJUA’s annual conference this week

Three-day event to be held May 31-June 2 at Seaview Hotel in Absecon

Five all-star panels will be among some of the highlights of the New Jersey Utilities Association’s 108th annual conference, to be held May 31-June 2 at the Seaview Hotel in Absecon.

The theme of the event is ‘Shaping our Critical Path Forward.’ Industry leaders and state officials will discuss a number of isseus, including the Energy Master Plan, Water Master Plan and the state focus on Broadband.

For a complete agenda – and to register – click here.

The five panels will be held Thursday, as follows:

9:20 What is NJ’s water master plan – is there a water crisis in N.J.?

· Mary Anna Holden, Commissioner NJBPU
· Steven Domber, CPM Section Chief, New Jersey Geological and Water Survey and NJ Department of Environmental Protection
· Don Shields, Vice President and Director of Engineering
· Alan Weland, Vice President, Veolia

Moderator: Brian Thompson, WNBC-4 New York

10:05: The digital divide in broadband:

· Valarry Bullard, Director, NJBPU Broadband Office
· Ava-Marie Madeam, Vice President, Verizon
· Aaron Meyerson, InvestNewark
· Rick Mroz, former President, Board of Public Utilities
Moderator: Brian Thompson, WNBC-4 New York

10:45: Break

11:15: N.J.’s laser focus on affordable utility services:

· Bob Brabston, Executive Director, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
· Daniel Minz, Director of Data and Operations, Promise
· Jay Kooper, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Middlesex Water
· Senator Andrew Zwicker – LD16

Moderator: Brian Thompson, WNBC-4 New York

Noon: Luncheon and presentation of the NJUA 2023 Distinguished Service Award to Gov. Jim Florio (posthumously)

· Special guest: Cynthia Jebb, Ramapo College President
· Interviewed by: Larry Carson, President, Aqua New Jersey

2 p.m.: Break

2:30: Balancing the energy equation – energy security, supply diversification and low-carbon transition

· Melissa Orsen, President, South Jersey Industries
· Dan Lapato, Associate Vice President, American Gas Association
· Pat Migliaccio, Senior Vice President and COO, New Jersey Natural Gas
· Dianne Solomon, Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Moderator: Tom Bergeron, ROI-NJ


3:45: Plugging into the electrification mandate

· Zenon Christodoulou, Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
· Kim Hanemann, President, PSE&G
· Michael E. Bryson, Senior Vice President –Operations, PJM Interconnection
· Bob Sanchez, President, Orange and Rockland

Moderator: Tom Bergeron, ROI-NJ