Committee on International Relations

This agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Key 12
2:30 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

The Wide World of NARUC – Welcome and Introductions

 Hon. David Danner, Chair, IRC, Washington UTC

2:35 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Approval of minutes/resolutions

Hon. David Danner, Chair, IRC, Washington UTC

2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Remarks by Terry Barnich Award Winners

The Terry Barnich Award is presented annually by the International Relations Committee to commissioners or staff in recognition of outstanding efforts to further international cooperation among utility regulators and to promote professional regulation. This year winner will deliver brief remarks.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Chair, IRC, Washington UTC

Panelists: Mr. Andreas Thanos, Massachusetts DPU

2:50 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Rural Electrification and Global Cooperation

Dan Waddle of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association will describe NRECA’s extensive programs around the globe. With assistance from more than 300 US electric cooperatives, NRECA International has brought electricity to more than 120 million people in 43 developing countries. Mr. Waddle’s presentation will include an overview of NRECA’s work and its interactions with regulatory agencies in the countries in which it works, as well as a discussion of some of the challenges and issues it encounters. This is an opportunity for NARUC members who have done international work to exchange thoughts and ideas with an organization engaged in similar efforts.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Chair, IRC, Washington UTC

Panelist: Mr. Dan Waddle, Sr. Vice President, NRECA International

3:45 p.m.  - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. 

An Update from Mexico: Energy Reforms, WFER, NAFTA and Other Matters

The International Relations Committee has been following the implementation of energy reforms in Mexico. That country’s chief energy regulator will provide a progress report. Chairman Garcia also will preview the 2018 World Forum on Energy Regulation, which will be held in Mexico next year, and discuss the potential impact of NAFTA renegotiation on North American energy markets.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Chair, IRC, Washington UTC

Panelist: Hon. Guillermo García Alcocer, Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico

4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Report on NARUC International Programs

Ms. Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, NARUC


Monday, November 13, 2017

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Holiday Ballroom
1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Welcome to the NARUC 129th Annual Meeting and Education Conference

Opening by the Hon. Jack Betkoski, NARUC President, Connecticut

National Anthem, Nico Sarbanes

Welcome Remarks by The Hon. Catherine Pugh, Mayor, Baltimore

Deputy Secretary of Energy, The Hon. Dan Brouillette, will discuss the Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability and the NOPR for the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.

Election of 2017-2018 Officers and Confirmation of Board Members

Elections facilitated by the Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana

Nomination of NARUC President

Hon. Katie Dykes, Connecticut

Second Nomination of NARUC President

Hon. Thomas Forese, Arizona

Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President

Hon. Mike Huebsch, Wisconsin

Second Nomination of NARUC 1st Vice President

Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri

Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President

Hon. Lib Fleming, South Carolina

Second Nomination of NARUC 2nd Vice President

Hon. Dallas Winslow, Delaware


Presentation of Terry Barnich Award

The Terry Barnich Award recognizes the ongoing commitment of NARUC members to futhering regulatory best practices around the globe.